When I first notice signs of a migraine coming on (for me, it’s tightness in my upper neck, a faint ringing and sensitivity to overhead light), I’m overwhelmed by a feeling of dread. Not again… As if I’m expecting a natural disaster to hit, I quickly gather provisions, retreat to a safe, dark space and brace myself for the upcoming storm. My migraines usually only last a day or two, but for some they can drag on for weeks or even months.
Migraine is a serious and sometimes debilitating neurological disease that can cause a lot of really unpleasant symptoms. It’s so much more than “just a headache” and can have a huge impact on a person’s life and ability to function.
That being said, though I don’t find much of anything funny when I’m in the midst of a migraine, there are certainly some humorous aspects I laugh about on days when moving my head doesn’t hurt and looking at a computer screen is actually tolerable. From wearing dark sunglasses inside to basking in the darkness of my lair (a.k.a. bedroom), sometimes a little humor can be helpful in getting through my next flare.
If humor helps you cope as well, you may enjoy the following memes:
Paige is the Associate Chronic Illness Editor of The Mighty. She lives with an autoimmune disease and several mental illnesses and is passionate about helping others share their health journeys and connect with one another. A graduate of USC, Paige lives in Los Angeles and loves exploring the city with her boyfriend and her dog. Follow her on Twitter @paige_wyant and email her at [email protected]