My name is Tasha, I am in my twenties & I’m currently a teaching assistant at a primary school and an artist/musician. I’m a pain warrior who’s dealing with chronic migraines, one day at a time. I thought I would give you an idea of my background and where I’m coming from as a chronic migraineur.
I have always had migraines ever since I can remember. During my childhood, I frequently experienced seasons of bad headaches. As far as we were concerned, that was all they were; just really agonising headaches.
Later on, I developed migraines with auras during my secondary school years. However, at this time we didn’t know that was what they were. My main symptoms were strong nausea along with blind-spots/auras. I used to panic – thinking that maybe I was losing my vision and needed to go to the opticians. Whenever I would go to see my GP, he would tell me I just needed to stop eating cheese and to take paracetamol. Now I don’t know if this is the standard advice that SHOULD be given to a teenager who has migraines, but I wish I had known what I was dealing with sooner. Luckily for me, I usually had those migraine attacks bi-annually. I still had regular headaches frequently on top of those migraine attacks.
By the time I made it to my college and university years, migraines were a thing of the past for me. As a matter of fact, considering university is meant to be the most stressful time EVER in a young person’s life – I NEVER had an attack.
By 2012 the frequent headaches & the migraine attacks returned during really stressful times (annually to quarterly). I started doing research to figure out why I was experiencing visual disturbances & discovered I was dealing with migraines. I used to read about the people who were having attacks 3 times a week and think “Thank God that is not me. Things could be worse!”.
In Summer ’15, they became worse. All I remember is waking up with a migraine, taking 3 ibuprofen tablets (as 2 no longer worked for me) and attempting to sleep it off. I woke up, still in pain. So I took a second dose and repeated the ‘sleeping it off’ method. It wouldn’t budge. I had to miss out on work for over a week. I still had it. Another week had passed and I STILL had the migraine, so my family brought me to the hospital. The doctor had tested my cranial sensors (I’m sure that’s what she said!) and told me to see my GP to monitor my migraines. Since then, I have tried a variety of medications and none have worked thus far except dicoflenac (sometimes). I’ve had multiple tests, MRIs, seen numerous neurologists, opticians, optometrists & even a holistic physiotherapist.
Although I haven’t found that right medication that consistently works, I am fighting every day to remain positive and I am putting my faith and trust in God for my healing. He is the one that keeps me positive, strong & determined to fight. He picks me up & enables me to stand when I feel like I can’t endure anymore.
I decided to start this site for pain warriors because it is hard to see the light & enjoy life with the right mindset when they’re struggling. I believe we need as much encouragement as we can get. I made up my mind after a breaking point that I’m not going to let my pain drag me down. I’m not going to let it dictate my life or my future. I must start living and not accept defeat.
It occurred to me that maybe there are others who have found themselves in a slump and need somebody to encourage them to try their hardest to enjoy life despite the difficulties they face.
Thus, I’ll share what positivity I do have with you. I hope it lifts you up, that you feel empowered and ready to fight back for your life. Know that you are not alone.
This is for you fellow pain warrior, who needs encouragement.
I pray that the Pain Warrior Code will empower you, educate you and most importantly – elevate you.