My Story: Marina and Migraines
With new therapies and management, Marina is able to stop the cycle and become a powerful advocate for her own migraine care as well as inspiring others. IG: Instagram.com/parentingwithmigraine Web: www.parentingwithmigraine.com
WOMAN: Migraine impacts every part of my life. I never know when it's going to strike.
I was diagnosed with migraine when I was 13 years old. I went through high school, college, law school.
And then I became an attorney. When I got married, and my husband and I got pregnant with our first child,
my migraine disease all of a sudden took a turn. Hormones were one of my big triggers. My migraine was also complicated by rebound headaches.
And the medications were not working anymore. I was barely walking down the hallway. I had to hold on to walls just to make it.
I had to stop working as a lawyer. The pain was devastating. When people often think about migraine,
many think of it as just a headache. But it's so much more than that. It's an assault in your entire body. He's wide awake.
You don't know when sleep is going to happen. BOY: What? WOMAN: Hm. That's parenting with migraine for you.
I found a Facebook group called Migraine Strong. And there, I found other people who
experience chronic migraine, whose experiences were so much similar to mine.
I've talked to my doctor about some of the treatments I've heard from the group. I was able to stop the cycle of the [INAUDIBLE] headaches.
I continued getting Botox injections. I started different preventive medications.
I began getting nerve blocks. I started chiropractic treatment from a chiropractor
that my neurologist referred me to. And things just slowly started to come together.
And going through this experience has taught me the importance of being my own advocate.
I felt like it made me a better patient. There are treatments coming out for migraine.
It hasn't happened in a long time. But now, all of sudden, we're getting all these treatments, which means that there's research happening, which
means that people are paying attention to migraine. And that's wonderful. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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