Life with migraine: the things you miss

For Ruth, migraine attacks took a toll on every aspect of her life. Her work as an assistant manager for a major corporation was affected, as she often needed to take time off because of her headaches. She would start her vacations knowing that she would lose at least one day just due to her migraine attacks, which are triggered by changes in the weather.

Ruth's family life also suffered. As part of a large extended family with nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, family activities such as birthdays and hockey games are an important part of Ruth's life. Because of her migraines, Ruth was often unable to enjoy these special occasions, finding herself in bed with a migraine attack while everyone else carried on with their family activities. For Ruth, the toughest thing was missing Mother's day, Father's day, and two or three days during the Christmas holidays because of her headaches.

As Ruth says, "there are so many things you miss that you can't ever get back." But Ruth's story does have a happy ending - thanks to working with her doctor, she has found a treatment for her migraine attacks, which makes a big difference in her life. To learn more, see "Finding a migraine treatment that works."

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