Painfully Wonderful

There is something especially wonderful about the pleasures one can find in states of great pain. Pain is not a thing that most of us appreciate, nor should we. It’s something our body does to let us know something is wrong – we’re stepping on glass, the music is too loud, we’re straining our muscles too much.

However, migraines are a pain which no one really understands. Scientists and doctors haven’t quite figured out why people get them or how to cure them. As a sufferer of such pains, I will describe them briefly, as they are similar to many other pains that we can have: Constant pain, seeming to go on forever, causing panic and calm alternately. It is a pain which heightens the senses, causing every glimmer of light to be blinding and ever stir of the breeze to be deafening. It is a pain that makes you aware of the blood beating a steady, constant path in your body.

And it is a pain that can make you appreciate things more than you thought possible. When in a state of great pain, every single relief is a blessing, a thing to rejoice over. The slightest chill in your arms make you smile as the heat of the pain eases for a moment. The feeling of calm that washes over you as you fall asleep makes you sigh with gratitude. The distraction a book offers makes you feel languid and serene as you concentrate on something outside of your pain. These things are what make bearable the knowledge that you live with a shadow of immense pain ready to pour over you at any given moment.

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3 thoughts on “Painfully Wonderful

  1. I suffer from cluster headaches every so often–you can almost set your watch by them when they occur. Blisteringly intense and dreadfully painful. I know of your pain, and genuinely empathize. I’ve done some reading on them, so start with webmd.com, if you haven’t already.

  2. slightlyignorant says:

    Ouch. My father used to get cluster headaches. He would prowl around the house at three and four in the morning, just moving so as not to think about them. I hope yours go away eventually like his did!
    Thanks, I’ll check out the site :).

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