So yesterday I had a No Migraine Day! An event worthy of celebration, always.
Anyway, today I did have one. Lower level. Around a 6 but I took a triptan for it because, well, it was the Worst I had all week so the First triptan I have actually taken this week. So I did. And it worked quite well. So the rest of the day was great. But the migraine is starting to come back now at about a 5, but it is almost time for bed so I’ll sleep that off pretty good. But most of the week was pretty much 4-5 range. Mild migraine wise. Some aura fun, tinnitus, aphasia, and slight dizziness. And photophobia, of course.
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The one thing I have noticed about having such good intensity levels is that I really, really hate bad pain days. Because now I have that contrast. Good vs really sucky. And quite frankly I am astonished I had any capacity to endure that every day the way I did.
We can indeed endure much more than we can think, but we shouldn’t have to exist in that survival mode like that. Certainly not for long durations. It was hell, no two ways about it. This less intensity deal just is a contrast that is so profound to me I can even explain how different it is. Bad days happen though, still. In clusters usually. About twice a week, on average. Not this week, or every week, but I would say statistically they do when you account for hormonal migraines which are generally a bad time right there. And every time I am reminded, this was my life, every single day of the year before. Every damn day. Non-stop. No migraine free day. No lesser intensity. No break. Nothing. Just always 7-9 pain. On top of the FM pain, that also wasn’t treated.
Pain is complicated, sure, and treatment is difficult. But I think we all deserve a little effort put into pain management such that That isn’t our life for a couple of decades. I know I could have done without it.
Anyway, tolerable pain is good pain. Functional pain. I can deal with this pain. Good days. Been going on for some time now. And I love good days. And we all deserve good days. Don’t we?
I suppose anyone without chronic pain would find it odd. That This every day pain is better than the every day pain I had a year and a half ago. But Intensity Matters, man. We have chronic pain, it isn’t going anywhere. FM for example, is going to be there whether I like it or not. My migraines are chronic, as of now, until new treatment perhaps does something to make them otherwise and I have to deal with that. So pain every day it is. So Intensity is a Major Factor. It is one factor we can alter. The other factor we can alter, is how we perceive and react to pain, but that is on another level.