Migraines and the Art of Pain

The Jail Tree by Michele Bledsoe


Excruciating headache

since 2:00 am

curled up

hand clamped over my eye

to keep it from

popping out of my skull

beneath the unyielding pressure.

It went on and on

for hours and hours

coming in terrible waves..


When relief came

I was bursting with gratitude..

how wonderful it is

when pain stops.

So I ran to my easel

and painted and painted

with such great joy..


The headache did not return..

banished like a demon

in the light of God’s gift.




  1. Once a person said to me he got migraines from drinking cognac. he advised me to keep a diary about all I ate and drank. After a while I discovered that my migraines followed 4 days after eating ham. I stopped eating ham for years and for over 40 years I don’t have migraine. Since 10 yrs I do eat ham again, in small bits, and I am fine. So maybe your migraine is food-related also. My advise is to try it out and realise the migraine can come days and days later than the guilty food.


  2. I am a chronic migraine sufferer. More than half of my month are migraine days so I know that relief! Sometimes I am even afraid to make art in case it will bring on another cycle of pain. So I get it!


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