Hi everyone. I wanted some advice on migraines and employment. I'm 24 years old and just beginning my career, and I'm really worried about how my migraines will effect my employment. I have not mentioned my condition to my employer because I've been doing well with managing my attacks. However, lately, my symptoms have become an issue again. When I have a migraine at work it's difficult to concentrate and I often forget things that my colleagues tell me. I also have problems with aphasia during my migraine attacks and struggle to communicate effectively. I worry that others can notice these symptoms and they assume I'm a lousy employee. I never call in sick or leave early because of a migraine because I don't think others will understand and, again, will think I'm a lousy worker. I don't want my colleagues to think "why can't she just take some Tylenol?" or "she must be having 'lady problems'".
Whenever I do mention my migraines to someone (usually friends) they can't believe I've been dealing with this for so long. They say "you never told me this before" or "why didn't you say anything?" The truth is, I'm tired of telling people. I've spent 20 years screaming into the abyss only to find out that no one really cares. My mom told me they were "dehydration headaches" and that I just need to drink more water. Doctors gave me every bad explanation you've ever heard, from "it's just PMS" to "try losing weight".
I worry that I won't be taken seriously at work. I've struggled to explain my condition to people who are supposed to care the most. I don't want to have to explain it to my boss. I don't want to be seen as frail or sickly, even though I kind of am. I want to know how all of you have handled employment and migraines. And am I better off suffering in silence than trying to explain my condition to people who don't care?
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