Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Migraine Awareness Month #19: Migraines and Mojo

Today's writing prompt is from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: Migraines and Mojo: How has living with Migraine/Headache Disorders affected your sex life?  

So who do I have to kill for coming up with this prompt?  Teri? Diana? Ellen?  Come the American Headache and Migraine Association patient conference in November, one of you is dead meat.  OK, I’m kidding.  Kind of.  But my parents will read this.  And probably little Mrs. Francis Turner.  And I’m going to have to talk about sex.  There, I said it.  SEX. 

In my experience, sex and migraines are mutually exclusive during a migraine attack.  Know what this means?  It means a chronic Migraineur like me needs to have married a very patient man.  And luckily I did.  I have a feeling that at times sex in every marriage takes patience.  Well, sex in our marriage takes oodles of patience.  A triple dose.  Imagine if saying “not tonight, honey, I have a headache,” wasn't just an excuse, but was a real life problem that you spent countless hours and dollars and time in your marriage trying to remedy?  Patience?  Yes.  Our marriage, not just our sex life, takes lots of patience.

It hasn’t always been this way, luckily.  At times I am “more well” than others. For my parent’s sake, and little Mrs. Francis’s sake, let’s just say less patience is required during those times and leave it at that.  But we have learned recently we can’t always count on that, and we are married and committed to each other anyway, thankfully.  If you read this blog often you’ll find that I think my husband is near saintly, and he tells me his universe revolves around me, and he makes me believe it, regardless of what the mojo has been like around the house lately. 

So, migraines and mojo?  More like Migraines, Mojo, and Patience.  Without the third ingredient, good luck managing the other two!

 June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders.  The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by


  1. You're brave, Julie... I'm taking the alternate post on this one


  2. It's a part of life with Migraines, I figure, so I took a deep breath, and started writing!