The isolation of migraine

"...A major element is the isolation and feeling like you're within padding and a bubble..."

When it comes to migraine, many of us feel that we are misunderstand and those around us can dismiss the realities of this neurological condition. We feel isolated, alone and as if we must suffer in silence. 

We spoke to Alexandra, a migraine sufferer, about how the condition can make her feel distant from those around her. 

Migraine Action: Artwork image

"This image highlights the isolation of migraine and how it can make me, the sufferer, feel trapped but still with full visual and physical awareness that life is moving rapidly around me. It can feel like the conversations of 10 people are spinning around your head. As migraine isn't always easy to detect and posture  and movements might seem unaltered to others, you can feel bombarded by conversations and people trying to engage with you.

In a state of an ocular or silent migraine the amount of noise and information can feel suffocating. You want desperately to feel connected, but you can not get out of the feeling. Sometimes I've felt like my words are coming out in a muffled, intangible slur, even though I've been told I seem sharp and connected. You just don't have enough energy to pick yourself up and retain mental agility and flexibility to connect with different things going on.

I have been reflecting on what migraines take away from me.
A major element is the isolation. A feeling of being within padding and an isolated bubble from other people. You feel lost and confused, fearing the duration of attack and things you have to achieve. Air pressure change and even the change in sky colour or cloud cover can affect or bring on my migraines. Sometimes even the smallest pitter patter and drizzle of rain can awaken my brain.

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But once an attack is over there is a feeling of excitement and I am vibrantly positive about feeling connected again. I feel tired but as if coming around from a deep broken slumber or the type of fatigue you have when you have had a virus. Positivity waves over me and it is such a reassuring thing to feel peacefully connected again." 

This Migraine Awareness Week we want to ensure that no one is left feeling isolated and afraid due to migraine. We are here to ensure that no one suffers alone and no one suffers in silence.

If you would like to help support us this Migraine Awareness Week find out more by clicking here.

Want to share your migraine experiences? Contact us today at to share your artwork and experiences and help educate non-sufferers on the reality of living with migraine. 

Until there is a cure, we are here to help all take control. 




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