I was reading something online about migraines a couple weeks ago and I read in the comments people saying things like, "migraines aren't disabling." In the past, that would make me angry, but these anonymous people just made me laugh. I'm sorry, but have you ever had a migraine? Have you ever had one for 3.5 years? Because I have, and believe me, I've given up a lot. Every portion of my day is changed because everything I do I have to consider what the effects will be on my health and how that will affect the rest of my day, any plans I may have, and my future. For example, why do I wear my hair down? Well, it hurts too much to put it up most days. And why am I wearing so many layers? Well, my meds make me cold, my bra hurts my back in ways that make my migraines worse so I'm hiding what I'm not wearing, and, frankly, I may just be too tired and in too much pain to care what other people think.
Ok, so I guess those comments did get to me.... It's not so much I care what random people say online, but I know it's what society as a whole tends to believe. I am tired of being judged, tired of justifying myself to others, and tired of justifying myself to myself.
Yes, in fact, migraines are disabling. Partially because of people with attitudes like that.