Written by Kelly McCarthy for Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc.
Is it just me, or does anyone else cringe every time they see an ad for a new migraine medication. An attractive 30 year old woman is working for a very prestigious company. She’s got a corner office with windows and a presentation to give. Suddenly, her face grimaces as though she is in pain. It’s a migraine, you know it’s bad. What will she do?
She has taken the newest and best migraine medication. Next thing you know, she’s smiling and rocking that presentation. Her coworkers applaud her efforts. In the next scene she’s running through the park with a race number pinned to her shirt. Woah, she’s doing yoga! What migraine? She’s got it beat!
In reality, at the first sign of migraine I would be heading to my car and rushing home before I couldn’t drive. Sometimes my migraine attacks come so fast that a coworker needs to drive me home. I take my medicine and sleep. If I’m lucky, I’ll wake up ready to go in the morning. I could be out another day maybe two.
That’s not to say that the medication in those commercials doesn’t work for some people. Maybe you’ve experienced results like those in the commercials. Maybe you haven’t.
I try to enjoy life with optimism and humor. Hopefully some day one of those medications will work for me. Right now, I watch those commercials with my mom, laugh and ask, how is she running a marathon with a migraine?