If you live or work with someone like me who has migraines for long periods of time, you must have been on the receiving end of a range of expressions and actions that may have left you wondering: Are they faking it? What did I do to offend them? Am I boring them?
Nope. Probably nothing. And probably not.
Trouble is, it’s hard to ‘get’ migraines unless you get migraines – and, according to The Migraine Trust, six out of every seven people don’t (1).
If you don’t have Migraine, there is likely to be a lot you don’t know about Migraine. For example, you probably don’t know that it’s not just a headache. It’s a multi-symptom genetic neurological disorder. And some of those symptoms and behaviors you see are not what they seem.
In fact, many of us actually fake feeling what you would deem “normal” more often than you can imagine – just to preserve our relationships and our jobs. It’s a rare day when I feel perfectly normal, with no pain and no extra-sensorysymptoms.
This decoder may help you discover something you don’t know about Migraine and help you preserve a great relationship or job. It explains some weird behaviors you might otherwise misinterpret, react to or be offended by.
Hopefully, it will help us all communicate a little better.
15 THINGS PEOPLE WHO DON’T GET MIGRAINES DON’T “GET”
1 – WE’RE NOT PICKY EATERS; WE’RE JUST EASILY NAUSEATED
Waves of nausea can happen at any time, and are often hard to disguise. We turn our noses away, lift a hand to make sure we can hold down our cookies in public. It’s not the broccoli you served for dinner; it’s my Migraine.
2 – WE DON’T YAWN BECAUSE WE’RE BORED OR TIRED
Yawning could mean we’re tired (and we probably are, since sleep can be elusive and inconsistent for many who get migraines). For many, yawning is one of those subtle warning signs of a prodrome (the first of four phases before the pain starts) in which the brain is begging for more oxygen. It’s not that your life story is boring; it’s my Migraine.