Some of the strongest and most resilient people I know are those who live with chronic migraine. That may be surprising to many, but migraine is not your typical “headache.”
The Interictal Period
In fact, the disease presents itself in a wide variety of ways, many of which can be completely disabling and on a huge spectrum. Debilitating symptoms of an attack – such as explosive pain, vomiting, flashing lights, vertigo, speech difficulties, confusion, numbness or weakness on one side of the body, extreme sensitivity to light, sound, touch and movement, or even loss of vision – frequently leave us unable to function. However, it is frequently the fight that goes on during the interictal period – the time between attacks – that can take the greatest toll. This is where the true strength, courage, and resilience of those who live with migraine are visible for all who choose to see.