Should we class migraine as a mental illness?
I occasionally get migraine and so did my mum before me. It usually, but not always, involves a crippling headache, a day or more in bed, vomiting, impaired vision. But worse is the confused feeling that your brain has too much to process, the brain fog that means for days you can be confused by the most simple tasks. When you speak to doctors about it they usually say 'are you sure it's not just a headache'? Eventually mine gave me some tablets that squeeze the blood vessels in my head which are totally ineffective and just make me feel like my head is in a vice.
I'm sick of this not being taken seriously by anyone and people assuming I can't handle a headache. I wonder if people should be looking at migraine as a mental illness rather that a physical illness when we don't seem to have any idea what causes it? When I have a migraine it feels more like I am going mad, like my brain has let me down, than like when I get a virus or a bug or something.