Migraines Are Debilitating And I F***ing Hate Them

This weekend was one of the best of the year. We were covering the Cask and Crossgates event outside the brant new Tru Hotel and it was fucking awesome. Cask and Crossgates is brew fest with 30 breweries, great food with live music and a few hundred people in attendance. Crossgates asked us to be a media sponsor and we didn’t blink at the opportunity.

With that, they gave us our own table, let us do a squadcast on stage and put us on the VIP list for the afterparties in the mall, which included the World of Beer and our own private bowling lane and free food at Lucky Strike. It was amazing…Until I got a stupid migraine.

If you’ve never had a migraine they’re kinda hard to explain. Basically your vision is impaired and is followed by the worst kind of headache. Once you get it there’s no remedy and you basically have to weather the storm.

Here’s an example:

It was about 9:30 P.M. when this happened and we had the whole night ahead of us. At that point we were bowling at Lucky Strike and feeling on top of the world. Crossgates even comped us a hotel room to stay in after we were done having fun. I couldn’t partake in the festivities any longer and had to make a b-line for the exit.

I caught a ride home and had to end my night right then and there. And this was not the first case that something like this has happened. Migraines fucking suck and I’ve been getting them since about the fifth grade.

When I got my very first one it was hard to explain to the school nurse what was going on. I told her that I couldn’t see and she then proceeded to use eyewash on me and couldn’t understand what I was trying to say. I don’t get them too often, but when I do it’s a two day ordeal. Usually the day after getting a migraine I feel lethargic, have a headache and am sensitive to light and sound. Today is no exception.

I’m not writing this to get sympathy because there’s a ton of other worse shit out there. I’m basically writing this to vent and kind of give people who don’t get them an idea of what they’re like. If you don’t get them it’s hard to understand what the hell they are. I’ve called out of work on a few occasions and I’ve always gotten shit for not coming in because I have a “headache.”

Approximately 38 million Americans suffer from migraines and there’s no cure or remedy. I’ve tried just about everything to sooth or prevent them and I still can’t find an answer. They are a ticking time bomb that always weigh in the back of my mind. If I have something important going on I always pray that I don’t get one.

If anyone knows good prevention tips or remedies after an onset of one reach out to me. I fuckin hate them and they suck. That is all. Thanks for letting me rant.

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