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Wendy Byde

My doctor and I have had a great relationship since before my daughter was born. For years, I trusted his opinion, thought he would know what was best for me, and have taken his medical advice to heart. However, my body has changed as the years have passed by. One of the most noticeable changes that has come with age is frequent migraine attacks. These episodes are increasingly unbearable.

I tried to talk to my doctor about the increase in migraine attacks, but he was not a migraine specialist. Perhaps he wasn’t aware of the most up-to-date research into migraine. Maybe I simply wasn’t making it clear how much migraine had been interrupting my life. That’s not to say my doctor is a bad doctor. Not at all. We had just reached the limits of what he could effectively do for me when it came to migraine.

…selfish as it sounds, this situation was about me, and not my doctor.

I’d been thinking of making an appointment with another doctor, especially when I had compared stories with other people with migraine that I knew. It was time to take action and start looking for answers on my own.

It might sound odd, but it always felt like I was “cheating” on my regular doctor. What I had to realize though is that, selfish as it sounds, this situation was about me, and not my doctor. There’s no harm in talking to different doctors and it’s important for me to be my own migraine expert and seek the best care for me.

I know some people may think that finding a specialist may seem daunting. As a person with migraine, thoughts of day-long trips can always feel risky. But, migraine care is a growing industry and migraine specialists are popping up in more places around the country. If you take the time, do the research, and reach out to others, finding a new doctor may be easier than you think.

About the Author

Wendy Byde is a lifestyle blogger and mother from Orange County, CA. She teaches 1st grade and has a BA and MA in Elementary Education. She’s had migraine since college.

Wendy B. is a real migraine patient. She has been compensated for her time.