Last week I was in so much pain with a three-day migraine that I pressed on my left brow bone so long and so hard that I developed a noticeable bruise in that location.
I have had other migraineurs tell me they resort to similar tactics when nothing else brings relief, but I have to admit it frightened me a bit when I came to and realized what I'd done to myself. It is eerie to realize I was in so much pain that I could forcefully bruise myself and not even notice.
I wonder if this little anecdote would be useful to people who don't comprehend the disabling nature of migraines. Probably not. It seems as though experiencing one is the only way to bring the message home for some people.
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