Great question for this month's Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival.
"Venting About Migraine Disease: How do you vent your frustrations about living with migraine disease in a way that's helpful to your healing, both emotionally and physically?"
I really had to think about this one... do I bother venting anymore after all the years I've been dealing with migraines? I definitely talk about them... to my parents, friends, but it seems like more of an "updating" than really venting. When I really think about it... I think I have two main ways that I vent... one probably healthy... one definitely unhealthy.
HEALTHY: I cry. When I've had a migraine for multiple days in a row... especially the type that go away for a decent period (12 hours or so) after medication and then rebound back even worse... I eventually just break down and cry for awhile. (Wow, it makes me tear up thinking about it... it's depressing!) It happens alot when my body is aching from laying down too long trying to rid myself of the migraine... or when I'm up in the middle of the night because I can't sleep well because the pain keeps me awake or I'm having bad/unsettling dreams (I tend to have bad dreams when I have a migraine, I did some research and found out that other migraineurs have this as well). I cry and feel sorry for myself for awhile, and then I honestly feel better. Sometimes I think it's okay to just be down and feel sorry for myself. I let myself feel bad and then I remember what a great life I have and that there are so many people who are dealing with this just like I am... and I feel better.
UNHEALTHY: I eat. When I've had a multi-day migraine and am feeling depressed, I tend to eat unhealthy food (processed, sugar, caffeine) in the down-cycle. I.e. I've been suffering for a good day, then have a period of feeling better in there... I eat pizza/coke or other things that are not giving me the type of nutrition I need. I feel like this is a way of venting because it #1 makes me feel like I'm getting a reward for my suffering, and #2 makes me feel good for the moment... the carb/sugar high, the awesome taste of pizza, etc. This type of venting is a terrible cycle though, as I know eating food lacking in nutrition is not helping my migraines, and could be making them worse. It's an emotional crutch, but is a potential trigger at the same time. Definitely an unhealthy way to vent and it's contributed significantly to my difficulty losing excess weight throughout my life.
Those are the two main ways I think I vent my frustration over my migraines. I'll be interested to hear how my fellow migraineurs vent in this month's Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival.