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, 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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