Do you call in to work with migraine?


This recent survey results discuss how people with migraines are reluctant to inform employers about them or tell them that is why they missed work.

Of those who missed work, just 42 percent said they told supervisors the truth that migraines and headaches were the cause. The reason? Most think their bosses/instructors don’t consider headaches or migraines a valid reason for being absent Reuters

And they are right to think that. When I call in sick, which I will for migraines with severe digestive issues (horrible diarrhea and vomiting), severe vertigo or 9 level pain… they still want me to come in when it is done. Like an hour later. Like an Hour Later. I want to say this is going to last 8 hours to 3 days. Generally 8-10 hours for me, sometimes 12-48 hours. No one hour show for me. Yet I force myself to go in. I take whatever medication I can and just force myself to do it, facing whatever hell that will be. Because I miss too much work. Because they do not comprehend a migraine and all the symptoms that go with it.

 While most managers (57 percent) view migraines as a good reason for missing work, 38 percent were less amenable, saying migraines either only sometimes justify calling in sick or don’t justify it at all. Managers were even tougher on headaches: While 43 percent responded that headaches could be severe enough to justify calling in sick to work, 53 percent said “no” or “sometimes” to the issue.Reuters

The poll revealed gender differences among those who missed work or school, with 67 percent of men surveyed staying home one day or more in the three months leading up to the survey, compared to just 44 percent of women. Even though men were more likely to miss work or school, they were less likely to be upfront with their employer or instructor about the reason. The poll shows that 60 percent of men did not mention their headache or migraine to their boss or instructor while most women—54 percent—did tell the truth.

I am upfront about my migraines with my employer due to the fact they are chronic migraines. I know they will have an impact whether I will or or not. Whether I want it to or not. So they need to know. Just a fact. I don’t care if they know about my other health conditions but I don’t talk about them because they have little to no impact. FM for example can flare up horribly but I’ll be at work… it isn’t the same sort of pain and therefore one I can ‘think’ through. And at a non-physical job one I can adapt to to some degree, but not to say it isn’t painful and I don’t have issues with the pain and other aspects, just that I have taught myself to ‘get through it’. Certain levels of migraines I endure because I Must, and some I just Cannot.

  • Men and women experience different types of pain. Twice as many women as men in the poll reported that they suffer from migraines (17 percent of women vs. 8 percent of men), while more men in the survey reported missing work for tension headaches (38 percent of men vs. 31 percent of women).
  • Migraines and missing work. The leading reasons people gave for missing work were migraines (37 percent), followed by tension headaches (35 percent), cluster headaches (10 percent), sinus headaches (10 percent) and other types of headaches (6 percent).
  • Personal experience counts. Those who experienced headaches and migraines themselves were more likely to say they personally feel a headache or migraine can be severe enough to justify calling in sick to work.


The one thing I hate about chronic migraines is that I can’t miss work for a migraine anymore. I used to know a lady with episodic migraines and she would miss work when she got them. Everyone was accommodating and understood. It is a migraine after all. But when you have chronic migraines, you miss work too much so it is not seen the same way. They doubt. They wonder. Why do you get that many? What is wrong or different? They are not so accommodating. Even though you are not missing work for Every migraine just the out of control pain migraines or out of control symptoms. You don’t get to miss work for a migraine. ‘Just a migraine’ is just another day. That is what I hate. It is not a pain that is meant to be functioned through and the neurological symptoms can be really messed up.

So I am not missing work for a migraine. I am going to work with a migraine every damn work day. I am missing work for a mother trucking migraine. The mother of all migraines. To have a employer not get that is not fun. I wish they had a taste of it. Just one day of the worst migraine every, with the combo platter of symptoms. I would want they to work through it and tell me how they ‘feel about that’.


10 reasons working with migraines sucks

All ready to go to work.So is the 9 level migrainetriptan failedwhat do you do_

Let’s face it working with migraines sucks balls. No two ways about it. It just does. I could write a detailed book about how much it has sucked in various ways but I think I would have to not refer to my employer on that one.

So lets see why Does it suck:

1) Forgetting people’s names: This is massively embarrassing in customer service where you know customers for-freaking-ever and can’t manage to remember their name through the pain. But it applies to All fields when you spontaneously forget that dude you have worked with for 10 years. What was his name again? Starts with a… B? Ish… Bish. Who knows. And I wouldn’t ask and feel like a complete wad of dumb.

2) Loss of math: Loss of math skills. Complex. Easy. Just math. Gone. Got to math through haze of pain and confusion. Got to. And use a calculator. Get three different answers when I tried to confirm. Just brilliant. Migraines seem to have a special dislike for math.
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Work not working #blogboost

Have too much ambition_ On the fast track and don't know how to get off_Try migraines.

Working with chronic migraines has always been a battle for me. One that I have never really actually seemed to succeed at. Certainly one I have tried to succeed at. Certainly one doctors have tried to get me to succeed at. But not one I actually have.

This has always, always infuriated me because I have ambition. I have this sense of wanted to progress in a career. I have this desire to want to accomplish things. I also want to hold my own financially. I am a very intelligent person and I want to engage myself. Not to mention, apparently, some of my self worth is tied up in what I do. I rather established that fact when I went on a long term leave and felt sort of at a loss. That can be normal and it is difficult to find ways to fill that void. Nevertheless in my case my doctors assured me it was in my best interests, all around, to return to work part time. They said it was impossible to work full time, to wish was firmly established by me, but that it would benefit me to work part time. And of course there are a great deal of benefits to working. I enjoy getting out of the house and being in the world as it were. I like the forced routine of it that makes me get up at a certain time, and go to bed at a certain time. Otherwise my sleep cycle due to excessive insomnia is extremely erratic. To a point, and I must make that clear, to a Point, it is actually a very good pain distraction. Not to mention the all mighty financial stability, which I value immensely.

And yet, even part time.

I fail to Get to work: This is an issue. My pain levels vary like everyone’s. And there are days of extreme pain where nothing works. Or days of extreme symptoms. On these days I have missed partial days… so loaded up with medications and then made it in for a partial day, or missed a whole day. I mean, some of those days with vertigo and persistent migraine auras it wasn’t safe to drive. Some of those days I did anyway. But some I just could not. Some days because of the depression and pain, I had no willpower to do so.

I wonder if I just have to push through the pain again. But when I did That I ended up with deep, horrible bouts of depression. Due to forcing myself to exceed my pain limits. Yet this is in fact the only viable solution to this problem I have. And this is freaking part-time. I should not be having such an issue. The idea was: One day on, one day off. Makes it easier to tolerate the idea of working in pain. But the pain disagrees.

Functionality: So I get to work. Bravo for me. Well I my performance isn’t where it should be. Because when I get there I have a migraine. I have a migraine every damn day. I am just trying to not make mistakes to be honest. And damn to you get in trouble for those. So I just try to focus, focus, focus. But there is more to it than that. And I am just trying to get through the damn say. So, yeah, my sales suck balls. This job is easier than my last roll. It was meant to be. To ease my stress and so forth. And it does. But thinking through pain when that brain of yours is pretty much using 90% to tolerate the pain and only 10% to function… it is damn difficult. Thinking through mud.

I’m actually not sure what to do about this. Some days with a migraine my brain capacity seems so very low. My verbal capacity definitely suffers substantially. Sometimes I am very confused. Sometimes I am so very dizzy. It does take a lot of effort to sustain actually focusing on just general tasks. I don’t think people realize how difficult it is to function during one of these. Neurologically speaking. Not just pain wise. It reminds me of my spouse and his beloved truck that has a broken spark plug… truck is running really rough. Well I have have five broken spark plugs all the time. I barely chug along neurologically. Yes, this is difficult because I remember what my brain was like. And I have not had clarity in over a decade. God, I miss migraine free days so much. I miss the processing speed. The clarity of thought. The mental recall. Being able to use my words.



Migraines and missing work #MHAM

All ready to go to work.So is the 9 level migrainetriptan failedwhat do you do_

I am Canadian but I assume the numbers in ratio to population are similar.

I can say that days are missed in my work from migraines.

I have daily migraines so I do work with migraines. But there are also times when the migraine pain levels are unbearable, there is insane nausea and vomiting or moderate to severe vertigo or diarrhea. So there are days when I really just can’t make it in.

When I was working full time it happened more often. I was very stressed. There was more days to be there and therefore more migraines. Only three of the five work days could be treated with tripans. The sleep deprivation issue I get from working full time caused monthly status migraines. So I missed too much work. When on leaves every couple of years. Went on a long term leave as well.

This is all stressful as an employee. You know it causes problems when someone on the team isn’t there, you know that work has to be shuffled to someone else. And you feel guilty about it.

It is stressful for an employer. They don’t know how to ‘fix the problem’. But they want a employee that is dependable. They might try to figure out a best way to handle it that works with you. Or they may try threats and ultimatums. It depends on the employer.

It works for no one. No one wins.

I feel often at where I work now that they don’t take my migraines seriously. I call in. And they ask when I can get in… because it is busy and they need me. Well, I just said I have a wicked migraine without going into the details of my very frequent bathroom breaks… And I don’t know how long this migraine will last but generally the pain phase lasts 10-14 hours. So, no? But she still insists. So I med myself like crazy to get in there all drugged to the gills. Making more errors I might add, and in extreme pain, trying not to toss my cookies or otherwise rush to the bathroom for the other end too many times. And it is hell for me.

We do not want to miss work. I certainly don’t. I know in the States they have something called FMLA but we do not here. I make it to work or I am sick. There is no other options. That is why I had to change roles and go down to part time. There was not other option available to accommodate me in my other role.

Missing work, yet again

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With chronic migraines working with migraines is nothing new to me. Nothing pleasant about it but nothing new.

The pain clinic recently stated I could not work full-time and had to reduce to part-time. I agreed. It has been functionally impossible for me to work full-time with daily chronic migraines and comorbid pain.

Turns out migraines don’t actually care if you are working full-time or part-time. They get brutal on the pain intensity when they feel like it. And migraines are like a hat of nasty tricks. Every migraine pulls from the hat to see what nasty tricks comes with it. Today is nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. This is not working sort of symptoms. Not to mention I ‘lost’ the medication I took pretty much as soon as I took it. So no migraine aborted for me. This particular stretch is a a very brutal menstrual migraine stretch. It has in fact been a very difficult week for me overall and I anticipate this trigger to be over quite soon. But it is going with quite the bang.

So part-time I am still missing work on high intensity days and days with extremely bad symptoms. And I still feel guilty about it. And it still makes me angry and upset. And no one wins here. Not me, not my employer. Not anyone.

Usually I only miss work when the migraine is intense (in the 9 range) on waking or the symptoms are pervasive on waking. Otherwise I got to work and tough it out no matter how hellish it gets and it can get pretty hellish. But once I am There, I am there. I just try and figure out, as my image above suggests, how to manage it. Power through? Take a triptan which never fails to make me dumb and tired. And has about a 60% chance of working at all; either aborting or reducing for some time. Or taking a painkiller, which mildly reduces pain to a lower level for a small, limited duration. Obviously other symptoms can cause some serious work disruptions and they Do. Vertigo, vomiting bouts and obscuring auras being the most intrusive. But you still have to deal with all the rest of the show as well. Brain-dead, having issues with using your words, fatigue, intense nausea, hearing issues, photophobia, phonophobia and sensitivity to scents.