Lucy’s story

My colleagues and manager have been very supportive

Lucy Gibbons

I’m 24, I’m a civil servant and I love my job. I’m probably not what most people would think of as being a civil servant and I didn’t truly know what the job was until I started doing it.

But when it became increasing clear that I was going to have to take a significant period of time off because of my migraines and  I felt like I was losing my purpose.

The start of my migraine

I first started getting migraines 4 years ago whilst I was at university, where I had an intense period of nine months of everyday migraines.

After this my migraines were manageable in my working life though I would frequently cancel on friends and opt for a quiet night in.

Recently, this episode repeated again.

Working with migraine

My colleagues and manager have been very supportive. They have never questioned whether my condition is real (an experience I can’t say is universal in the medical field).

And since returning to work on a reduced basis they have understood that I am best placed to know my abilities and limitations.

We have great flexibility with working arrangements in the Scottish Government: working from home to reduce audio or visual overstimulation; starting earlier or later to allow medicines to take effect; adjustments to lighting at workstations to suit the individual person; and access to a quiet room to for regular breaks.

I now go to work armed with my sunglasses, noise cancelling headphones and even if a migraine is lingering, a smile.

The views and opinions expressed in this ‘Migraine story’ are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Migraine Trust.