Reading is my escape from pain. It is the best pain distraction I have. Along with writing. To get sucked into another world for a little bit, helps.
Some people cannot read at all with a migraine, but I cannot let that gift be taken from me. I cannot. I refuse to.
I noticed though if I read a lot… a lot, a lot, as in for hours I will make the pain significantly worse. So much so, I really do regret that. So no reading marathons for me anymore. Sadly.
And when the pain is very high, like a high 8 or 9, I cannot read. I lose my capacity to focus at that level.
So we are looking at a 6, 7 or low 8. Not non-fiction. Often fluff books that do not require much thought the higher the pain. So a good day I can read whatever I please. A bad day I have to read some fluff romance.
But I need to read. It is a fundamental part of my personality. It is fundamental to my nature. To my very me-ness.
It is one of those pain distractions that is touch and go with us. Some of us simply can’t. Some of us can under certain conditions. But it is a strain, like the computer, and it will increase the pain the more you do it. Which is unfortunate. I never read on lit screens, as that would be far worse. I read either actual books or a regular kindle with the matte screen they have.
Of all the things it has taken, it hasn’t taken this. Thank all the gods for that.