While some parents consider their children to be the cause of most of their headaches, one mum says her babies were the cure.
In a post shared to the Love What Matters Facebook page, Katherine C. Thompson credits falling pregnant with her twin girls for ending the chronic and debilitating migraines she endured for years.
“My husband and I started calling our girls ‘magical unicorn babies’ while in utero,” she wrote.
“They gave me my life back. I no longer need a wheelchair for activities outside my home. I no longer have painful twitches in my arms, legs and head. My service dogs, who once were ready to catch me if I fell are now finding themselves with a lot of free time.
“At one time I only had thirteen pain free days over the course of three years. Next week I will celebrate three hundred days in a row pain free.”
Here is the full post, which has attracted more than 83,000 reactions, almost 3,000 shares and more than 5,000 comments.
Katherine begins the post by explaining she was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines when she was just 14.
“These are migraines which come with paralysis and other serious neurological effects and are a rare and misunderstood condition,” she wrote.
“Ten years later the migraines changed from only being bad once a month to being chronic. I had every day pain or serious neurological symptoms.”
Nothing helped control the symptoms
Katherine says for three years doctors tried everything from Botox, nerve blockers and diets to bring the migraines under control.
“Nothing could stop them. Eventually only narcotics could slow them down enough that I was able to return to work,” she wrote.
Katherine says about two or three years ago, doctors suggested falling pregnant could bring Katherine the relief she needed.
“They predicted that the hormones from a pregnancy could act as a ‘reset’ for my body. That it may stop the migraines completely,” Katherine recalled.
Katherine says she and her husband were skeptical because doctors ruled out any hormone treatment that could mimic pregnancy.
“They wanted us to simply roll the dice,” she wrote.
… except pregnancy
The debilitating pain Katherine was experiencing must have become so standard because she remembers the exact day it all stopped – December 23, 2015.
“A week later I called my friend on my lunch break and told her I didn’t know what was ‘wrong’. I wasn’t in pain. I hadn’t been in pain,” Katherine wrote.
“Her response was simple ‘I bet you’re pregnant’. I took a home pregnancy test and sure enough I was.”
And the good news for Katherine only grew from there. At her first appointment, doctors revealed she was carrying twins and, by the time she was seven months pregnant, doctors predicted her migraines were gone for good.
“On my birthday this year I underwent a c-section and delivered two healthy and wonderful baby girls,” Katherine wrote.
“Two months postpartum and I am STILL pain free.” Proving once again that the body really is an amazing, mysterious thing indeed.