My chronic migraine dictionary


We British are very good at responding to the “How are you?” question with a vague and general “I’m fine.”

Usually it’s all that’s needed, but for those who’ve recently asked for more info, I’ve realised my response hasn’t really given the full picture.

So for future reference, the
following can be used as a general guide:

“I’m not having a very good week” = this is the first time I’ve been out of bed this week

“I’m starting to see some progress” = there’ve been a few hours this week when I haven’t felt like I’m dying

“I’m feeling ok” = I can stand up, tolerate daylight and put enough words together to form a sentence

“I’m not feeling great” = I feel rougher than a badger’s arse (as much as I’d love to claim credit for this gem of a phrase I should really admit that I stole it from a  Marian Keyes novel)

“I don’t like migraines very much” = %$¥&£ *CENSORED* $%£§&}¥ *CONTENT REMOVED* %£$&¥€

In general conversation that’s probably about as much as you’ll get.

Because otherwise I’ll most likely cry, or scream, or both.

And that’s just not very British, is it?!


What is chronic migraine? See first post My Brain BSOD


About migrainefreeme

I'm a practitioner psychologist. I'm on a journey of faith and grace. I have complex, severe and continuous migraine. I blog about holding on to hope through life's ups and downs.
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1 Response to My chronic migraine dictionary

  1. nicola says:

    love you whether your act British or not. Real sister in Christ realness with each other. Know that when others dont ask the British greeting its beacuse they sence and feel that the above sentances wont cut it and they dont want to push you to the crying or screaming in case you have been there alot as late and wish you to have some kind of rest. Trust that all care and all long for this nightmare head agony for you to be over even if not asking how are you. The balancing trick is to be there for you without making you feel you have to present yourself well and joyful. We love your heart, nature and attitude and see God through how you bare this very horrid season. May spring and this be over and managed for you as soon as possible. Wishing that for all sufferers.


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