National Migraine Awareness Month – Faces of Migraines: Migraines as a Child #ExcedrinMigraine
June is National Migraine Awareness Month and earlier this month I posted a piece for Excedrin with some information about migraines. I wanted to make this month a little more personal though since migraines have really had a personal impact on my life… just like they do for so many others.
Meet my brother, Alex. Alex has been struggling with migraines since he was about 9 years old. Now he is 19 and a successful college student though his migraines have not made that journey easy. When he was in elementary school, I remember how often my mom would have to get him early from school or even keep him home because he was suffering from a headache.
Many people think that migraines are strictly an adult issue. While much more common among adults, my brothers frequent trips to the doctor, visits to the neurologist, and missed school days can definitely tell you otherwise. After working hard to figure out what exactly was causing his migraines (discovering the trigger of migraines is one of the biggest steps in treating and even preventing migraines). There was a list of foods of the fridge that Alex was to avoid. He even went on a special prescription medicine to prevent his migraines.
My brother still gets migraines. He doesn’t get them nearly as often as he did back then, but they’re still definitely a part of his life. I know sometimes it sounds pretty lame to say that you don’t feel good because you “have a headache.” I’m sure as a guy in college, it’s definitely something that’s tough to say. Sometimes if you have a migraine though, that’s just the case… only it is more than just a headache.
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Disclosure – I am an Excedrin® Migraine brand ambassador. My journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.
Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at Momicles and follow her @Momicles2010