Not feeling embarrassed has to come from within yourself. It’s okay to be anxious about it, I’m pretty sure we all are at some point. Hell, I still get anxious about it from time to time! Just promise me that no matter how anxious you get, you still get what you need, when you need it, okay?
I don’t get super embarrassed about it much any more. My method of coping? Like Lord Tyrion from Game of Thrones says, “Wear it like armour, and it can never be used to hurt you.”
I wear a medical bracelet:
This is my not-so-inconspicuous pharmacy that I carry around with me (here it’s naked, usually full to the brim of 6 different kinds of “as needed” meds):
This is my sumatriptan injection. I was pretty upset there was no Disney Princess themed injection case, so I made my own:
I take my injection in public all the time, and when I do I use a hella cool bandaid, usually Monsters Inc themed (check out the gun show):
Is this the best method of coping? Idk. It seems to be working for me so far, but I also have the privilege of going to nursing school and working in the medical field so I am surrounded most of the time by people who know a little but about neurology or the biology of addiction.
Different things work for different people, you have to find what works for you. Some people feel less embarrassed by finding ways to be more discrete about their illness.
What I can promise you though, is that talking with other people like us with migraines is definitely a step in the right direction. When you realize that you’re not the only one who suddenly lost a bazillion pounds from topamax and feeling super uncomfortable in your body, or when you realize that you’re not the only one who poops funny from the magnesium, or your not the only one who gets aphasia/brain fog and starts forgetting all your words…. you kinda start to feel a little less embarrassed.
When you know that you have friends who go through the same things as you, it makes all the rest of it: the pills, the doctors and hospital visits, the occasionally funny looks from friends or family… just a little bit easier.
Migraineurs, do you agree?