My Story

Hi everybody!

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.

Tasha M

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13 thoughts on “My Story”

  1. I am sorry to read you have so much pain.
    Just out of curiosity, have you ever had an occipital nerve block? I was curious because I had one for a different issue referring to a lot of spinal damage, but when they gave me the shots it immediately relieved chronic headaches and pains I have all of the time, opened stubbornly shut sinuses, and overall made my head feel peacefully good. I was told by my doctor it is also given to people who suffer severe migraines. I am no doctor, but you are the first person with migraines I can ask. I was surprised when he told me because I have grown up with migraine sufferers who never knew there were such shots.
    I pray God sends you some relief. God loves you!

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    1. Hey Gail, no I’ve never heard of them. If it’s occipital nerves only then I am wondering if that’ll only relieve tension headaches 🤔 I will look into it but the only thing that makes me nervous about meds is the other problems they trigger off 😖 it is interesting that people with headaches/migraines aren’t more aware of that though.
      Do you still have them? Thank you – I’m definitely trusting in God for my healing to come 🤗💝
      Tasha x

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      1. The pressure that causes one for me has tried to come back at times, but have not been near as like before… thus far PTL! But mine are more affected by having nerves, blood vessels, and muscles that are enflamed with some of the same that have not been used as much in years because of spinal damage. I am as curious as you are when it comes to the migraines for so many friends.
        I pray you find some relief… certainly no triggering. I am praying and trusting in God with you! ❤

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  2. I suffer from chronic migraines as well, they’re constantly thumping through my head, plus worse attacks where all I can do is lie in a darkened room with my head wrapped in ice packs. I take morphine to control the pain, it keeps it down to a marginally manageable level. But it doesn’t stop all the pain. I’ve tried Botox and the occipital nerve block that helped sometimes but not consistently.
    Hope you get better and good luck with your blog.
    Cat

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    1. Thanks Cat, I’ve recently just started new meds so I’m hoping that’ll make a difference. Have you tried anything else since the Botox and nerve block? Your attacks sound very similar to mine. It’s very frustrating stuff. 😖😔
      Tasha x

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      1. Dear Tasha:
        I’m on 150 mg of morphine a day, they’re slow release so they last 12 hours. I take 90 in the morning and 60 at night. They help to keep the pain down to a more minor throb. But I still have bad attacks that nothing will help but lying in bed with ice packs and some fast acting morphine that lasts 4 hours.
        I’ve tried chiropractic, acupuncture and homoeopathic, none of them worked. The nerve block helped a little and the botox really helped one time, but not the rest of the time.
        What new meds are you trying? I hope they work for you. Perhaps you would prefer to PM me at cadam@rogers.com.
        Warm regards,
        Cat

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