Dear Elle — My Migraine Pose Won’t Go Away. Please Help.

Sarah Goldy-Brown
Jul 4, 2018 · 3 min read

Dear Elle,

I recently checked out your article “All the Pretty People on Instagram Are Doing the “Migraine Pose.” Or sorry, I do believe you replaced the word “migraine” with “headache” when you received some backlash.

I’ve been meaning to write something about my own experience with migraines for quite some time, so thanks for this motivational push. You see, I seem to have this problem (along with 38 million other people) — I can’t quite seem to shake my migraine pose. You‘ve clearly done a lot of research on the disorder and proper pose, so perhaps you can offer some advice?

I’ve already spent enough time reaching out to neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, otorhinolaryngologists, cardiologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, optometrists, and vision therapists. I’ve sat through more than 70 doctors appointments and 90 sessions of various therapies. I’ve tried more than 22 prescription drugs and a number of natural “remedies.” I even spent the better part of a week with an IV in my arm getting an infusion treatment.

Nothing seems to work. Not even money. My family has already thrown thousands of dollars on this “pose”, but it continues to linger.

Some days, I think my “migraine pose” has a life of its own. It comes on unexpectedly and at the worst possible times. My “pose” rarely makes my face look slimmer or flattering. Sometimes, it’s not even my face making the “pose”. A couple of times per week, my whole body wants the chance to model.

Full Body “Migraine Pose”

My “pose” has side effects too. Props to those pretty people you shared about for pushing through the blurred vision, brain fog, severe head pain, ear pressure, tinnitus, dizziness, nausea, noise sensitivity, and light sensitivity. If only I knew how to do it like them. Perhaps then, I could finally break out of my migraine “pose.” Could you put us in touch so that we can talk?

I’m saddened to say that even more people seem to be suffering from this incurable migraine “pose”. Could you do an article on that next? We may not be models or Instagram stars, but we are real people (mostly women) fighting a disabling condition. That has to count for something.

Awaiting your advice,

Sarah Goldy-Brown

P.S. Click here to learn more about migraines. To learn about how mine started and the repercussions of concussions, read my article, “It’s Not a Minor Incident.”