When I was a child I suffered from migraines. My pain was horrific and no pain reliever would alleviate the pain. My mom would sit by my bed holding a wet cloth on my forehead and must have felt hopeless. No parent wants to see their child suffer. No one else in my family seemed to undergo such pain. People would get headaches once and awhile but not to the extent I would endure.
I recently thought about the possibly that there is a correlation between the wiring of my hypo manic mind and migraines. Maybe a migraine was the beginning of understanding Bipolar II. Maybe a migraine was a red flag to a bigger problem that would occur down the line.
Even though there is no way of testing the level of pain one experiences when having a migraine, if you have a child that suffers chronic migraines it might be a symptom of something else. It could be a great teaching tool for the possibility that your loved one might have a mental illness that will surface at some point down the road.
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