Migraine Journey Wednesday (Vol.22 - Ari Gieros)


I’m 17 and I live in State College Pennysylvania but everyone gets confused as I am not in college. I am in the United States. I also have moderate high functioning autism and also have my jaw still healing from the operation that is hurting from the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)

My Migraine History

My migraine history starts when I started getting really horrible stomach migraines and some people didn’t even understand or believe what I was saying. I still never even want to eat or even don’t. The age I started having stomach migraines was when I was 13 years old. I am now 17 and have been from stomach migraines for 4 years. My triggers include bright lights, smells, and noise. My symptoms are really bad middle stomach pain that squeezes. I also get spasms that are severe, nausea, yawning, get tired, dark shadows underneath my eyes and wanting to cry. Sometimes I feel anger and I use laughter helps to keep the pain under control. I get stomach migraines everyday and my intensity is so severe. My Aunt Lori started getting migraine headaches in her childhood. My Grandpa started getting his migraines in his head as well.

The People Around Me

My Mom, Sarah, Bobbie, Julie and my stuffed animals have been a great help to me. They understand and are supportive.

The Effect of Migraines on My Life

Migraines affected me somewhat with school because it is really hard for me to focus in class with these stomach migraines all the time. I would want to stay home sometimes because of the pain. Fortunately, my Mom told that I could, for once a month at least.

What I’ve Tried

Topiramate is working somewhat. I am working on it to work but I am hurting still. On days that things get really unbearable, I try to breathe through it, cry and talk it out.

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Some Advice for my Fellow Migraineurs

Please remember to take your medicine on time, like early evening meds lie 6:30 or earlier. I have to do it for my stomach migraines. Remember if you don’t know what stomach migraines are, look them up. Believe someone when they try to tell you about their migraines and try to understand what they say because no one is really faking it nor making it up.

Stomach migraines are not just a headache. It really hurts. I really need people to understand me and believe me. If you don’t know what they are, ask me and I will gladly tell you, I wouldn’t mind educating you about what they are.

Thank you, Ari, for stepping forward to share your migraine journey with everyone. When you share your stories it not only helps others but you heal in the process too. 

If you would like to share your story and let your voice be heard like Ari, you may do so here: bit.ly/2rJcpMR 

With love, the Migraine Buddy team 💜 

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