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Migraine remorse: the deep regret & shame one feels once coming out of a migraine.
It makes absolutely ZERO sense at all, however, it is a little known fact about being a migraine sufferer. Migraine remorse is one of many uncomfortable symptoms of migraine disorder (none of the symptoms are 'comfortable').
Let's begin by stating that no, migraine is NOT just a really bad headache. Migraine disorder is MORE of a brain attack or technical glitch in the human neurological system. No, it is not even fully understood even by science, so how can we expect friends & family to understand it.
Being a migraine sufferer since an injury to my spine MANY years ago now, one of the more difficult things to come to terms with was the horrible, sinking, SHEER & UTTER shame & REMORSE that followed a migraine attack. A feeling that I couldn't even verbalize to anyone. How to you explain feeling remorse for being sick? Without sounding like an idiot.
"I'M SORRY I WAS SICK" even sounds ridiculous.
"I'M SORRY I COULDN'T SPEAK" sounds ludicrous, who would believe you anyway.
"I'M SORRY I WASN'T MYSELF" sounds mental.
"I'M SORRY I COULDN'T MESSAGE YOU BACK" sounds like an excuse.
"I'M SORRY I COULDN'T WAKE UP" sounds like a lie.
"I'M SORRY I CAN'T EAT THAT" it's my migraine trigger food but you probably think I'm just picky.
"I'M SORRY I MISSED YOUR BIRTHDAY" makes me sound flaky.
"I'M SORRY I MESSED UP OUR PLANS" because I let you down, again.
"I'M SORRY YOU SAW ME LIKE THAT" because I looked pale & deathly, now I think that you'll never look at me the same way again.
And this, my friend, is where migraine remorse comes into play. Because you LET DOWN another person. AGAIN. You cancelled plans. Or you GLITCHED in the middle of a social event. And had to bail, like Cinderella racing the clock. But you're racing your MIGRAINE clock, because you feel a migraine coming on. So you run, dash out with your weird & incoherent & snappy excuses. Because SO HELP ME GOD I don't want them to see me like this. Once my eyes swell & I look like hell. Because HE'LL never want to look at me again.
RUN, Cinderella, RUN!
"Miss, you dropped your shoe!"
FECK, I dropped my shoe! Just keep running, don't look back. I don't want HIM to see me like this...
OH, the fatigue...
Come to think of it, maybe Cinderalla had migraine disorder. And she ran because she didn't want the prince to see her at her embarrassing worst. Because there are other princesses out there that didn't turn into incoherent, blithering idiots hugging the toilet bowl for two days between epic SLEEP marathons & pounding head sounds after ingesting gluten by mistake at an outing.
OH, the shame...
And on the third day (after three days of going AWOL with vague moments of awake-ness), when peace was finally restored to Cinderella's castle (& her neurological cogs started turning in the right direction again) she was SO thankful to be feeling like her chirpy & coherent self yet again.
OH, but the migraine remorse...
Migraine remorse rears it's ugly head. And shame hangs heavily over her like a shroud. Humiliation & REMORSE, the depth of the ocean CONSUME her. She knew she had a lot of explaining to do. And a lot of apologizing to do. For being sick. Yet again. And for being snappy. When she didn't intend to. It's a migraine symptom, not rudeness nor harshness.
"I'M SORRY I WAS SICK..."
"I'M SORRY I WAS SNAPPY..."
"I'M SORRY I LEFT SO SUDDENLY..."
"I'M SORRY I COULDN'T RESPOND TO YOUR MESSAGES..."
"I WAS SICK..."
"I'M SORRY. I'M SORRY. I'M SORRY"
Ohhh, the remorse....
*Chronic pain affects more than 20% of Australians. This means that for every 100 facebook friends you have, at least 20 of them are living with disabling, daily pain affecting every aspect of their lives including their ability to work, sleep, care for themselves & engage socially. Chronic pain is a very isolating, extremely depressing & expensive illness which may be effectively managed through dietary & lifestyle changes. Changes that I had reluctantly made some years ago, which ultimately changed my life. READ MORE ABOUT DEE'S STORY HERE
With dietary & lifestyle adjustment you can successfully reduce inflammation within the body which is proven to not only manage mood disorders but a host of other chronic & acute conditions affecting the vast majority of the population.
If we can accept that age old inflammatory conditions such as gout can be successfully managed through the reduction of inflammatory foods, & we are of the understanding that pain conditions AND mood disorders such as depression & anxiety are marked by increased inflammation within the body (and brain), then there is no disputing the evidence to support that following an anti-inflammatory diet can help to reduce pain flares associated with chronic pain syndromes AS WELL AS to reduce depressive episodes.
Many other modern illnesses with evidence of increased inflammatory signaling include cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and dementia.
Does this mean that these conditions may be prevented as well? Perhaps, we cannot say for sure. But if we look at cause & effect, then let's take the 'cause' out of the equation & see what happens.
And what is the cause here? Inflammation.
Using a simple & traditional philosophy tailored to your needs because every person is different, but the ultimate goal is to restore health & bring you back to a more acceptable level of functioning. To have your life back again is absolutely possible. I know this, because I have been there on my journey.
I believe that some of us have to go through a lot in this life, so that we can help lift others up through the same.
Options also include phone or zoom consults & in person when you take a walk with Dee on the sunny GC (Gold Coast only).
The food you eat can either be the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.
Nutritionist & Lifestyle Counsellor.
Dee, is a qualified Nutritional Therapist with over 15 years of research in natural health & wellness. Dee has overcome many personal obstacles & set-backs to achieve a qualification in the field of Nutritional Medicine & bases her philosophy on bringing life back to basics, keeping things simple & setting goals which are achievable.
With the belief that each person has the ability to make positive changes, large or small, each little change in effect is the basis by which we reach our ultimate goal.
As well as holding qualifications in business & management, Dee is also a qualified trainer, mentor & counsellor, & is happiest when helping others.