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How to Talk About Migraine With Those Who Don’t Get It

Jason G.

“It feels like there is an inflating balloon inside my head.”

“I feel like a vise grip is attached to my skull and squeezing everything together.”

“Every sound is a beating drum.”

“The smallest bit of light is blinding.”

People with migraine have a list of phrases we use to describe our pain.

Most of the time, we keep those descriptions to ourselves. Why? Because it's difficult to explain what this neurological disease is like. So, we keep it to ourselves and let our squinting and hunched over appearance speak for us, if at all.

Validation and understanding is key for those who suffer from migraine. We want our families to understand what we are experiencing, without the need to justify by providing a convoluted explanation. While in the midst of a migraine attack, freedom to withdraw and heal is appreciated. The support of those around us makes it easier to cope during migraine attacks – whether the attack be in the form of a balloon, vise grip, or drum.

About the Author

Jason G. is a stay-at-home dad blogger, a travel blogger, a public speaker, and a soccer coach from New York. Jason was an original participant in the Speak Your Migraine video series. He's had migraine since 1985.

Jason G. is a real migraine patient. He has been compensated for his time.