Choose a movie monster that reminds you of your Migraines and tell us why.
So I gave this one a lot of thought. Like, A LOT a lot.
I thought while making cake pops.
I thought while at work.
I thought while taking a shower.
I thought while watching Dance Moms (thank God my migraines aren’t like Abby Lee Miller. I think that would be even worse).
Eventually, I turned to my mom on this one. I loved the idea of Darth Vader being a Migraine Monster used over at That M Word (Star Wars nerds unite!), so I tried to turn to a more unconventional idea of a monster as well. I guess it’s not technically a monster in the traditional sense of the word, but I chose:
As I’ve mentioned, I’m the youngest of 6 six kids. Three of my sisters are married, and I’m an aunt 7 times over, meaning I watch kids movies very frequently. I have 5 nieces, so I’ve seen a lot of princess movies in my day (and in all honesty, it doesn’t take much convincing for me to watch a Disney movie… or really any convincing at all.)
So here’s the thing about Maleficent. You know that bitch means business right away. When it comes to my migraines they start out in one of two ways. Either: 1) I get an aura that throws me completely off balance and distracts me from being able to function; or 2) The pain starts instantly. Usually I’ll get a dull pain behind my eye or at that spot on my parietal bone and it quickly intensifies.
And in either instance, things go from bad to worse, and that’s when the monster really comes out:
Maleficent in her usual form is just a warning. When she morphs into the dragon, you know that it’s time to just turn out the lights, pop the pain pills, fill up a Nalgene bottle with ice cold water, grab an ice pack, and shut out the world until the pain stops.
In true Disney fashion, good must prevail over evil, and two things contribute to Maleficent’s demise:
- A sword through her heart via Prince Phillip. What does this have to do with my migraines? In many instances, my pain becomes concentrated behind one of my eyes. I’ve learned that one of the best remedies is to utilize the pressure point that is the supraorbital foramen in whichever eye/side of my head the pain has settled in (recently it’s been left more than right). Although there’s a stabbing pain, I also end up stabbing myself in order to relieve some of the pain.
- Falling to her death due to a cliff collapsing .In all honesty, sometimes the only thing I can do is sleep. Once I’m able to quiet my brain (I sometimes meditate and use visualization that helps me relax enough to sleep) and can “collapse” it allows something to happen that gets rid of my migraine. Or at least lessens the pain.
What movie monster reminds you of your migraines?
National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com