Migraine stories

People affected by migraine share their personal experience

The migraine stories shared below aim to show the real impact of living with migraine, whilst also offering support and comfort to others affected by this debilitating but often misunderstood condition. Each person’s experience of living with migraine will be different – from the symptoms to frequency and severity of attacks, to the treatments used and the impact on work, family and social life.


“I have done all sorts of stuff whilst in recovery – such as writing music and having business ideas”

Read Selina’s story >


“As I grew older the migraines changed”

Read Saskia’s story >


“I would not be who I am today without migraine”

Read Mathew’s story >


“If you’re reading this and you’re a sufferer, I’m with you”

Read Lauren’s story >


“I was on honeymoon when I had my first ever cluster headache”

Read Taiyeba’s story >


“I am so grateful for the support of my friends and family”

Read Pippa’s story >


“I will always be grateful to them for their kind and generous treatment of me”

Read Alison’s story >


“I remember being very frightened, I thought I was having a stroke”

Read Gordon’s story >


“The anxiety came next, worrying about maybe getting a migraine”

Read Lisa’s story >


“I once had a migraine when I was driving which was scary”

Read Vicky’s story >


“I still try to live every moment to the fullest and experience everything I can”

Read Nicholas’ story >


“Although I was referred to a neurologist, I was never referred to a migraine specialist”

Read Kate’s story >


“When I awake the pain will be gone but I will feel ‘wrecked’”

Read Chris’ story >


“My colleagues and manager have been very supportive”

Read Lucy’s story >


“Migraines are invisible and that’s why no one understands”

Read Emily’s story >


“I can only hope that there is a magic solution out there in the near future”

Read Gary’s story >


“I hadn’t realised how much stress had been contributing to my migraine”

Read Donna’s story >


“You have to do as much as you can on your good days”

Read Chloe’s story >


“Having suffered from migraine all his life, my father knew how to help me”

Read Emma’s story >


“I prayed not to be hit with a migraine when I was attending interviews or other important events”

Read Julie’s story >


“It is almost impossible to fully express the pain to those who have never experienced a full migraine attack”

Read Clive’s story >


I used to hear a lot of “do you have a bad headache again?”

Read Heather-May’s story >


“I wish for migraine to be accepted and treated as the world’s third most common disease”

Read Kyndall’s story >

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“I’ve had migraine for as long as I can remember”

Read Wing See’s story >


“I really hope a cure can be found in my lifetime”

Read Jacqueline’s story >


“I was around nine when I got my first migraine”

Read Lorraine’s story >


“I struggled greatly with university thanks to migraine”

Read Louise’s story >


“Dear Migraine, I feel it’s time to write to you. You have been a part of my life for so long”

Read Amanda’s story >


“I ended up in the emergency department with slurred speech and weakness”

Read Richard’s story >


“Over the years it has affected work, relationships and confidence”

Read Sally’s story >


“Migraines are ruling me, but I want to rule them”

Read Gary’s story >


“I found that people just did not understand or even care”

Read Carol’s story >

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“Heartbreakingly for our three children, the headache free days are rare”

Read the Dawson Family’s story >


“I increasingly feel that I have not been able to fulfill my potential”

Read Elizabeth’s story >


“My face, mouth and leg starts to tingle and become numb”

Read Matt’s story >


“I was diagnosed with chronic daily migraine, trigeminal neuralgia and hemicrania continua”

Read Rebecca’s story >

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“My vision was disappearing, disappearing, disappearing”

Read Tony’s story >

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“Over the years my migraine patterns have changed, as have I”

Read Karen’s story >

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“I started to experience visual disturbances”

Read Claire’s story >

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“I had pain down the left side of my head and face and could not think clearly”

Read Patricia’s story >


“Since I was nine years old I’ve suffered from hemiplegic migraines”

Read Rebekah’s story >


“Then the headaches set in and things got really bad”

Read Jeff’s story >


“I have been retired from the Police Force after 14 years of service”

Read Jill’s story >


“I lost all confidence in going out. As a mum I felt completely useless”

Read Gemma’s story >

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“I became so petrified of my migraines”

Read Holly’s story >


“I curl up in a ball most nights in such severe pain I’m crying”

Read Lewis’s story >


“I was diagnosed with basilar migraines about eight years ago”

Read Sharron’s story >

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“I was so worried I’d be fired”

Read Christina’s story >

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“One of the hard things to deal with is how other people react to my migraines”

Read Graham’s story >

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“I’m the bog standard classic without aura”

Read Linda’s story >


“If you get migraine, or are a care giver for someone who is, just remember that you are not alone”

Read Clare’s story >


“My first migraine occurred three days after the accident”

Read Tim’s story >