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Maria Yakimchuk

Hi, I’m Maria and I’m a chronic migraine sufferer. I’ve been suffering with migraines since I was 13 years old. Now being a chronic migraine sufferer does not mean I get migraines every day. Migraines are tricky and everyone experiences them differently. My migraines are usually set off by weather, so I have no way of eliminating that trigger. I have no control over when my migraine starts. I get clusters of migraines, which means I can go for weeks without having a migraine and then have a migraine for a week straight.It’s very difficult to be a parent when you’re a migraine sufferer. Loud noises, poor sleep, and high stress increase the chances of me having a migraine attack. And when I have a migraine attack, I’m unable to care for my children. So it’s important that I have help on hand when this happens. There is no cure for migraines and pain medicine only works sometimes. So I have learned to live with this debilitating disease. It often means that I require more sleep than your average person, self-care is non-negotiable, I have to limit my drinking and exposure to too much noise. But I’m still able to live a normal life most of the time.

Tips for chronic migraine sufferers: Know your triggers and eliminate as many as possible. Get plenty of sleep. Practice mindfulness and yoga. Take supplements. Check if you have a magnesium deficiency. When you’re having an attack, rest is a dark, quiet room.

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