There’s not enough talk about the financial burden of chronic migraine on patients and their loved ones. I was lucky to have had at least some sort of financial cushion during the beginning stages of my chronic experience. Thanks to my grandma I had quite a bit of savings for someone who had just gotten out of grad school. She wanted to help me get started in this world by making it possible for me to relocate to a place with good job opportunities. But before I could even find a job that I liked, my migraine became chronic. Since then, my savings dwindled before my disbelieving eyes.
But really, there was nothing I could do about it. When you’re in this much pain every day, you’d give anything to make it go away. One big money drainer was the fact that I had to move back from the US to Germany.
My partner and I also needed to drive a lot (often long distance) to see specialists. That alone equaled a lot of gas money.
Half a year into living with chronic migraine, we had to move to a different apartment due to an insanely noisy environment.
And the biggest drainer of all were the hundreds and hundreds of dollars I spent on medication and on nonmedical relief methods (only 90 percent of which seemed to have a positive effect on my health). I also spend more on food now than I did before because I am so limited in the things that I can eat.
I’m constantly working on ways to cut expenses, but every time I am able to save up some money, something stops working in the apartment (and yes, it’s always the expensive stuff that breaks and it happens right when you saved up just enough to get by somehow). So yea, at the moment, I can hold on to money as well as someone is able to hold on to a puddle of water in their hands. It’s almost impossible with chronic migraine and it’s high time we all talked about this more.
Can you relate? How do you navigate the financial hardships of chronic migraine disease? I‘d love to hear from you! ❤️ J
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