My no good horrible migraines and what I do with them

You know the phrase: “When Mama ain’t happy, ain’t NOBODY happy!” This last year, that took on a very real meaning for this family…


I have written before about a few of my issues here, just a few, right? Well, aside from insomnia and some anxiety/depression, I have dealt on and off with severe, debilitating migraines. Often stress-related, my doctors tell me. My poor husband: Every time I have a headache, he wants to help make me feel better somehow. There were many days when he would leave for work and could tell it would be an awful day for me because I would wake up with a migraine that would keep me in bed. He would hesitate to see if I will be ok and he even called in sick a few times on those days, because on top of it all, he knew it would be a very long morning to have a headache, to be overly stressed and emotional AND to deal with needy and emotional toddlers all day. About 88% of migraine sufferers feel misunderstood and more anxious when asked about their migraines. And 8 out of 10 wish their partner could understand how hard it is to function daily with a migraine. Most of the time, that’s the case at our house too because it’s hard to be in mom’s brain and know what’s going on in there, especially when it’s in severe pain! Luckily, my husband is sensitive to my pain because he knows what life is like without Mom at 100% around here. I feel like he has made a good effort to understand what it’s like for me to be in that state, so he is pretty supportive when they come up. 


Excedrin® has created the Migraine Experience, a migraine simulator to help encourage understanding by allowing non-sufferers to experience the symptoms of a migraine if they haven’t. If you go to Excedrin.com, you can learn more about it and download the Excedrin® Migraine app on your phone. I think it would be a great idea, especially for spouses of migraine sufferers! Having one that understands where I’m at and how to help me has been life saving.


In the last year, I have found myself with migraines so bad that I often forgot what I was doing when it hits and I have to sit because my head throbbing makes me feel nauseous. One time at my in-law’s house, (my father-in-law is a dentist and prescribes medication as needed) my father-in-law noted that I looked like I was in pain. I admitted that I was – the truth is, ever since the first time I got pregnant, I am often in the habit of just waiting out the pain to see if it goes away. I’m used to not taking anything to help the pain, because I couldn’t take anything when pregnant! He sent me to the medicine cabinet for some Excedrin® Migraine. I hadn’t tried it before, but he said it was the best and I knew he’d be the one to know! Excedrin Migraine mom I now have a bottle of Excedrin® Migraine in my purse, in my medicine cabinet and one at my mom’s house. She didn’t have any before, so now I am ready for whenever I need it because it starts working on the pain and light sensitivity and nausea within 30 minutes. So if I have it near when one hits, I feel like I can handle it. The truth is, the combination of a headache + anything makes it so difficult to function. A migraine with cramps: Hell. A migraine on a particularly hormonal and moody day: better steer clear. A migraine that comes from my anxious and overworked brain: one of the worst. When I get headaches, I feel like a different person. I’m unhappy; I’m far more anxious and short-tempered. I don’t want to be social and the worst is, I don’t want to be a mom. I really feel like I can’t face the whining, the crying, the “get me this” and “help me pee” when I am worried about my own head exploding. It’s important to remember that when the plane is going down, moms have to save themselves first, so there is someone there to save the others. It’s easy for me to try to soldier on through pain, because I feel like I have to, but it’s more important to be healthy, happy and there for the people I love.

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103 comments on My no good horrible migraines and what I do with them

  1. Mami2jcn
    May 31, 2016 at 2:04 pm (11 months ago)

    My husband gets migraines and he lays down in a dark room to get over them.

  2. Mami2jcn
    May 31, 2016 at 2:05 pm (11 months ago)

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/737751862670176260

  3. Julie Wood
    May 31, 2016 at 2:12 pm (11 months ago)

    I deal with migraines by getting others to help me out and not make me do everything. I will get migraines from too much stress, and I have to watch what I eat and drink and not do too much or I will get a migraine!

  4. Julie Wood
    May 31, 2016 at 2:12 pm (11 months ago)

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  5. Allison Swain
    May 31, 2016 at 2:25 pm (11 months ago)

    I usually drink more water, and take an aspirin.

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  6. Jayme
    May 31, 2016 at 4:42 pm (11 months ago)

    You know I love me some Excedrin migraine!! That’s for sure how we roll when it gets bad. I don’t think anything works nearly as well.

  7. Jessica To
    May 31, 2016 at 4:59 pm (11 months ago)

    I take aspirin and lay down.

  8. Abby H
    May 31, 2016 at 5:59 pm (11 months ago)

    Exedrin migraine is the best! And works wonders! When pregnant I take tylonel with caffeine. I found an off brand at Walgreens that works almost as well as exedrin migraine.

  9. heather
    May 31, 2016 at 6:08 pm (11 months ago)

    I do suffer from migraines and when I get one I reach for Excedrin.

  10. Rebecca
    May 31, 2016 at 6:42 pm (11 months ago)

    I try to avoid migraine triggers whenever possible and treat headaches with ibuprofen and rest in a quiet, dark room.

  11. Angela
    May 31, 2016 at 6:46 pm (11 months ago)

    Ugh! Migraines are the WORST! I started getting them at the end of last year. I am so glad you found something that works for you!

  12. Kelly D
    May 31, 2016 at 7:02 pm (11 months ago)

    I don’t get migraines often, but I try to drink extra water and take medicine when I get one.

  13. Jill Shank
    May 31, 2016 at 7:36 pm (11 months ago)

    Mine start with auras. I take something as soon as an aura starts & wait in fear to see how bad the ache will be :/

  14. Jessica
    May 31, 2016 at 7:57 pm (11 months ago)

    I unfortunately suffer from migraines! I take excedrine but before I do I try to lay down and relax for 15 minutes! Clear the mind!

  15. tara pittman
    May 31, 2016 at 8:18 pm (11 months ago)

    I deal with only headaches. I reach for medicine and coffee.

  16. Elena
    May 31, 2016 at 9:48 pm (11 months ago)

    I take a pain reliever and try to relax

  17. Vickie Thornton
    May 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm (11 months ago)

    I deal with my migraines by taking a tablespoon of honey on the onset. If it doesn’t go to away in 15 minutes, I take another tablespoon of honey.

  18. Jo D
    May 31, 2016 at 10:49 pm (11 months ago)

    I too suffer from horrible migraines. I’m a nurse and have to call in when one strikes. It’s so hard because my coworkers don’t understand and it leaves my unit short staffed. It’s a Labor And Delivery unit so because of my fog with the pain I don’t feel safe working. Migraines are just horrible to deal with period!!! I keep big bottle of Excedrin Migraine at work and some in my purse at all times. Thanks for the honest blog post.

  19. ANGEL JACKLYN
    June 1, 2016 at 12:13 am (11 months ago)

    I usually take some ibuprofen and TRY to sleep it off, whenever thats even possible. I don’t handle headaches well

  20. Will
    June 1, 2016 at 4:53 am (11 months ago)

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  21. Caprene
    June 1, 2016 at 6:19 am (11 months ago)

    My celiac diagnosis rid me of my lifetime of migraines. It’s amazing. I always took two extra strength Tylenol and 3 ibuprofen when I had a migraine. I couldn’t take a number of the prescription pills because of my low blood pressure, and I didn’t like the side effects of those I could. I learned to work through the pain. My coworkers could tell the days I came in with a migraine, but I still powered through. I’m so grateful I no longer have them.

  22. Natalie
    June 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm (11 months ago)

    When I get a migraine I go to a dark quiet room and try to sleep. I cannot concentrate or watch tv when I am having a migraine.

  23. Jessie C.
    June 1, 2016 at 5:52 pm (11 months ago)

    I alleviate the pain from migraines by taking medicine.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  24. Jessie C.
    June 1, 2016 at 5:52 pm (11 months ago)

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  25. BusyWorkingMama
    June 1, 2016 at 7:45 pm (11 months ago)

    My husband suffers from migraines and swears by Excederin.

  26. Jeffrey
    June 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm (11 months ago)

    I’ve had some bad headaches in the past but wouldn’t classify them as a migraine. My cousin on the other hand deals with them on a regular basis. I’m not sure the medications she takes but know that she goes to a dark quiet room to rest when they strike!

  27. CR Williams
    June 3, 2016 at 3:50 pm (11 months ago)

    Thank God I never had to deal with a migraine before.

  28. OFG
    June 3, 2016 at 7:52 pm (11 months ago)

    Thankfully I don’t suffer from migraines nor does anyone in my family.

  29. Lisa Brown
    June 5, 2016 at 6:40 am (11 months ago)

    my husband suffers from migraines but will not take anything for it, will just let it run its course. I am the same way with headaches, no meds. jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  30. Lisa Brown
    June 5, 2016 at 6:41 am (11 months ago)

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    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  31. Stephanie Phelps
    June 5, 2016 at 10:40 am (11 months ago)

    Go to bed in a dark room and no noise and sleep it off for like 3 days!

  32. Amy Tong
    June 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm (11 months ago)

    my hubby has migraines and he usually need pain killer and rest for sure.

    amy [at] uTry [dot] it

  33. Madeline
    June 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm (11 months ago)

    I don’t get migraines but my mother-in-law does. She deals with them by taking aspirin and maybe a nap.

  34. Robin
    June 7, 2016 at 8:15 am (11 months ago)

    Thankfully, I have never had a migraine. Excedrine Migraine does help my tension headaches, though.

  35. Margaret Smith
    June 7, 2016 at 5:27 pm (11 months ago)

    Usually I take Excederin. If that doesn’t work, I take a prescription medicine. I also try to lay down in a dark room. That seems to help.

  36. Malia Price
    June 7, 2016 at 7:42 pm (11 months ago)

    I love my essential oils for head tension! Between frankincense, the soothing blend, peppermint, and the tension blend I’ve got all bases covered!
    Also, two big cups of apple juice:)

  37. Danielle Mathews
    June 7, 2016 at 7:58 pm (11 months ago)

    Dark room, whatever pain med is closest, and try to sleep them off. They are the worst!!

  38. Sarah
    June 7, 2016 at 8:39 pm (11 months ago)

    When I feel a headache coming on it’s almost always because I haven’t been drinking enough water. The key is to catch it early and take something for it before it gets out of hand and ruins my day. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Amy
    June 7, 2016 at 9:09 pm (11 months ago)

    I got migraines during my second pregnancy. And of course, I couldn’t take anything!! Lavender essential oil, an ice pack on my neck, and bed. That’s what got me through. Not pregnant, you bet I’m reaching for the excedrin migraine! And a Pepsi or a coke. 😉 from one migraine sufferer to another, I feel ya, girl. Love you.

  40. Laura Davis
    June 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm (11 months ago)

    My husband has gotten migraines since he was 9 years old! We have tried everything. They get so bad it pops blood vessels in his eyes etc. it’s pretty crazy. He is a die hard Excedrine migraine person too, paired with a neck/head massage by the best wife ever 😘 And he is good. So sorry you get migraines I hope they ease up.

  41. Julie
    June 7, 2016 at 11:56 pm (11 months ago)

    Excedrin and a nap in a dark room! Hard to do with kids!

  42. Judy V
    June 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm (11 months ago)

    The auras are the worst part for me. I can barely see out of my right eye when I get one. I take an excedrin migraine as soon as I feel it coming on. Then I lay down in the dark.

  43. Erika
    June 10, 2016 at 7:26 pm (11 months ago)

    I take Excedrin, use ice packs, and try to sleep.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  44. Cheryl B
    June 12, 2016 at 11:52 am (11 months ago)

    Usually, I will use a pain reliever and a dark room with a fan giving white noise.

  45. natasha Lamoreux
    June 16, 2016 at 2:31 pm (11 months ago)

    My mother would always use Excedrin and lay down in a dark quiet room.

  46. Kaitlyn
    June 18, 2016 at 4:42 am (10 months ago)

    I’m 19, and although my headaches don’t come as often as they used to, every once in a while I will get a truly debilitating headache that nearly drives me to panic. I find that lying down with an icy cold washcloth on my forehead can really help. Keep it quiet and dark too! And take some pain meds as soon as it starts.

  47. Barbara M
    June 18, 2016 at 11:41 am (10 months ago)

    Fortunately I do not get migraines.
    And I’m so grateful for that.
    thank you

  48. Kristen
    June 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm (10 months ago)

    I am happy to report I do not get migraines, but my friend who does takes medications and stays in a dark room.

  49. Stefanie Gladden
    June 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm (10 months ago)

    I usually take an exedrin then take a warm bath

  50. Tina W
    June 29, 2016 at 5:32 pm (10 months ago)

    For bad headaches I need a quiet dark place to lay down. Cold compresses on my head often work also.

  51. maria cantu
    July 2, 2016 at 12:19 pm (10 months ago)

    I do not get migraines.

  52. Rebecca
    July 4, 2016 at 7:24 pm (10 months ago)

    Thankfully, I don’t suffer from migraines, but I know people that do and they can be really hard to get rid of.

  53. Janice Cooper
    July 7, 2016 at 8:04 pm (10 months ago)

    Definitely take some aspirin, turn off the lights and get a nap.

  54. Cynthia C
    July 8, 2016 at 11:29 am (10 months ago)

    Luckily I do not have this problem but I’m glad there is relief for those who do.

  55. Susan Smith
    July 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm (10 months ago)

    Yes, I suffer from migraines on occasion. I have to lay in bed in the dark until it goes away

  56. Stephanie Phelps
    July 11, 2016 at 9:23 am (10 months ago)

    I have to deal with migraines but going to a very dark room and sleep it off for sometimes days! Sometimes I have to take painkiller!

  57. Elle
    July 12, 2016 at 7:46 am (10 months ago)

    Unfortunately for me, the migraines I get are debilitating to the point of not really being able to function. Medications don’t work very well for me.

  58. Elizabeth pergande
    July 12, 2016 at 11:14 am (10 months ago)

    I have had migraines in the past. NOT easy to deal with. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

  59. Debbie B
    July 12, 2016 at 1:22 pm (10 months ago)

    I am fortunate that neither I or my family members have suffered from migraines. I do have a co-worker that gets migraines periodically

  60. Rebecca Graham
    July 12, 2016 at 10:56 pm (10 months ago)

    I will have to try Excedrin migraine for my next one.

  61. Thomas Murphy
    July 13, 2016 at 9:43 pm (10 months ago)

    I don’t get migraines.

  62. Ellie Wright
    July 13, 2016 at 11:26 pm (10 months ago)

    I suffer from migraines and so does my oldest son. Nothing but a heavy duty pain killer helps me.

  63. Kerry
    July 14, 2016 at 5:00 am (10 months ago)

    When my son gets migraines, he just needs rest and a quiet setting.

  64. angie
    July 14, 2016 at 5:41 am (10 months ago)

    When I get a migraine, the first thing that I do is take a dose of Excedrin Migraine and I am not just saying that because of this post. hahaha! Depending on the symptoms, as sometimes they are worse than other times, I will lay in a dark room under a sleep mask with peppermint essential oil burning. The combo of the medicine and the peppermint oil almost always knocks them out.

  65. Betty C
    July 14, 2016 at 6:33 am (10 months ago)

    I haven’t had a migraine but my daughter has suffered from them. She usually just went straight to bed in a dark room and tried to sleep it off.

  66. Denise L
    July 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm (10 months ago)

    Thank god I do not get migraines! My brother-in-law gets them often. The only thing he can do to get through them is lay down in a dark, quiet room. A challenge when you have four teenagers!

  67. Jerry Marquardt
    July 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm (10 months ago)

    I dealt with migraines before when I worked at the Olive Garden. I had top go see a doctor, who prescribed a prescription that was able to help out.

  68. Tabathia B
    July 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm (10 months ago)

    I take a prescription for migraines or something over the counter and lay down for awhile

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  69. Tabathia B
    July 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm (10 months ago)

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  70. Linda C
    July 14, 2016 at 4:25 pm (10 months ago)

    Complete darkness and silence and if that doesn’t work, to the ER for a shot.

  71. latanya
    July 14, 2016 at 4:31 pm (10 months ago)

    my husband takes excedrin and lays down to rest