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Post  sailingmuffin on Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:26 pm

Hi All,

Lately, for the past six weeks or so, I have found that I tend to get very anxious when the pain level is high. I also tend to get very frustrated from both the migraines and the fainting.Several times over the last few weeks, I found myself crying-even though I don't know why I am crying (it usually happens when I am tired and worn out from fighting this headache. I haven't switched meds or anything. I am just tired of this.

Today, I was sitting on the sofa attempting to read and my vision got blurry, then I had double vision, and the fact that I couldn't even read a book just made me anry and frustrated. I simply sat on the sofa and cried for a bit. Even my roommate noticed that I have been crying more than usual recently- she did say it was ok to cry. She is very supportive.

I am sure that part of this anxiety and frustration is due to the fact that we don't have a clear diagnosis of the fainting and there isn't anything I can do about it. The migraines are frustrating because they have been pretty bad recently.

Any one else have this?

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Re: axiety/ frustration with Migraine

Post  Jewishmother on Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:58 pm

Yes.........I cry often.........my theory is that the migraines mess with chemicals like seratonin in my brain and make me more emotional. It is so okay to cry - please do not beat yourself for that - we need that release from this very frustrating and painful condition. Some nights I just end up sobbing - it does help me to let it out!
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Post  BillH on Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:35 am

Hello,

Hey, its cool. It happens to all of us at times. There is an awful lot of this condition that just preys on emotions. Can't control your body enough to read a book, frustration becomes an oft added emotion. Crying is a great outlet, for emotions, tension, and the terrible maelstrom of the medication 'side effects'. Some people deal with things in different ways, some destructive. Be glad that you have not become someone that is destructive to yourself, just think about how much better you will feel after it is over! I have to try to explain it, not too good at that, it's great that you have someone that is there for you.
Dealing with Fainting/passing out... I am not currently at the place that I loose consciousness now. I dealt with it for a couple years and then something changed, still don't know what. My Neuro told me that it was Migraine and that it will pass, and it has. It is hard to have to rely on someone to pick you up and make sure that you are okay. It is embarrassing when it happens out in public, people that you know are always there and they always start asking questions. The last thing you want to do is answer questions, just say 'not doing well, will call you later', that usually works when the people are caring friends. When they are not, don't worry about it.
Thanks for allowing me to add a little here, It is good for me, and I hope that something here is a small help. I hope you get better soon.

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Post  Kate on Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:47 am

Yes, I break down when I've had enough and get tired of fighting these things. I know how you feel...I'm tired of the migraines. I also get anxious with higher levels of pain that is non-stop.

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Post  Laura on Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:16 am

I think it is certainly within the range of normal to cry when faced with a chronic disorder, no clear answers and frustration. I believe many people find crying to be a release and feel better afterwards. I find crying to be helpful to a point. However, if I cry too much or too hard - then it triggers a migraine attack.

I certainly hope you get some answers or relief.
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Post  tortoisegirl on Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:21 pm

I also get really anxious and have mini break downs at time, especially after doctor appointments that are a let down (ie. don't have anything helpful for me). I didn't have any of these problems before the pain. I think if you think therapy or even a medication would be helpful, there is no reason to feel shameful about it. Talking about what you are going through with an outside party can always be helpful. I try to change my attitude and remind myself that it could be worse, I have a lot to be thankful of, etc, but its tough. Sometimes I just need to get the day over with and start fresh the next day. Best wishes.

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Post  Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:26 pm

I know exactly what you mean, I had a migraine aura just today and since then I have been crying but it kind of releases my fear and anxiety and feel really sorry for myself for a few days after Sad

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Post  chelle8178 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:52 pm

I know exactly how you feel and crying is definitely okay. It's good. It's cathartic, sometimes it's the only thing to do when you cannot control the pain or the anxiety or all the other things that go along w/ migraines. Hang in there.
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Re: axiety/ frustration with Migraine

Post  Mini on Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:40 am

I never cry, I dread situation that make me feel like crying because if I cry, even for a very short time, I get immediate migraine, guarnteed.
Crying is one the worst migraine triggers for me.The bad, bad pain that comes, as a result, is sudden and ceratin, and this has made me train myself to resist tears many, many years ago.

I have suffered from migraine since childhood, and it was already then that I have noticed that if I cry, for any reason, I always get "a bad hadache".
So in time I found ways to resist tears. It was very hard, it still is, as I imagine that crying could bring much comfort in so many of life's situations and with migraine itself, but I don't dare.
This is another thing that migraine has robbed me off.

SM, I am not surprised you feel like crying with all the uresolved diganosis over faniting, and everything else that you deal with you have good reasons to feel helpless anf frustrated.

Frequent pain alone, even without issues of s/e of all medicines we take and what they do to our bodies over a long period of time, can drain us emotionally. It is exhausting to live with constant uncertainty, and disabilities (like pain and complex auras etc) day in day out. It wears you out.

Feeling frustrated and sad in such circumstances, is a most natural human response to such overload, so do not be too hard on yourself SM.
If anything brings you relief, do not beat yourself over it but use it, and I hope it helps.

And if you get tried of crying you can also box a hard cushion with anger and frustration, if you find that this helps.
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Post  dcook60 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:08 am

mini, i can't cry either. every time i have used this form of release from frustration or sadness, it has made my life so much worse because of the hideous pain which follows.

through many years, i have learned to be more stoic, and i haven't cried for ever-so-long. that doesn't mean i don't feel those emotions, but just that crying compounds all my problems. (i've become pretty good at stomping around the house and swearing, though - lol) dianne


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Post  Mini on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:27 am

I know what you mean, about feeling the same emotions Diane. Sometimes tears run spontaneously from my eyes when I am terribly sad about something, when my children were little I was telling them that my eyes are "sweating", but it was not actual crying.

People often think that I am stoic, or I lack emotion, but since I live in England this is only seen as a "positive". People generally hate showing emotions here, but I feel them twice as strong, since I have to deal with them only internally.
The intensity of M pain that comes after proper crying even for a short time, is the worst kind, so I will not risk it.

Fortunately I can show other positive emotions, so I make most of it.
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