It’s very common to confuse one thing with something else if you don’t know about it. There are things that a layman needs to be aware of. Awareness of certain things is important like facts about smoking, drinking, drugs, condom, environment, hacking etc. From a gazillion things, one thing, I feel, should also be told, that migraine is NOT the same as a headache.
It’s not because I suffer from this painful thing but because so many of us do. You can’t guess the number of people around us going through this hell. Sadly, many of them don’t even know if they have normal headaches happening every time or migraine pain. It is intolerable, unavoidable and the worst than any regular pain in the body. I wish to inform this to everyone possible that how gut-wrenching it is.
It shouldn’t be thought of as a regular headache because it feels like the brain is hurting. Every time somebody says a word, it’s unbearable. If I get a migraine and there is any sound, like ANY, it’s going to disturb me like hell! Even a little patting sound is like a drum strum. Any music beat is like a hammer hitting my head. 9/10 people won’t understand you. Probably some God’s sent would cooperate but a huge bunch of buggers would be like “Oh! It’s just a headache, stay calm”, “Why are you getting so crabby, it’s just a headache *suggests a Disprin tablet*”, “Don’t be so stupid. Don’t ask us to not talk. Because you have a headache you should go”.
The worst thing I heard was from my manager, who was exasperated because I couldn’t make it to work after the terrible pain last night. She was just not ready to accept that I wasn’t on an ‘approved’ leave. Not just she was dumb enough to compare me with another migraine sufferer, she had that audacity to ask for a prescription of the medicines I had!
The intensity of pain differs from person to person. For a person, a tablet will work but for the other one might need an injection. Now, the challenge is how to make people understand how you are feeling. Poor thing, there is no proof to it. The light is bothering, all the sounds are displeasing and everything is so irksome. Even the sufferer is not aware of how ill-tempered & cross they’re being.
“Please cooperate when we tell you to don’t make noise, understand when we tell you to leave us alone for a while and most importantly, believe us. Also, understand that a migraine is not a headache. Even if you hate us at that moment, tell us later, but try giving some space”.