‘ I’m ter­ri­fied for my chil­dren’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - SUE DUNLEVY

BONDI mum Emily Lawrence Gazal says mi­graines make her feel like the “fam­ily ghost”.

“In­stead of be­ing the heart of the home, I’m watch­ing from the out­side, I’m like a ghost. I’m there but I have to miss things like pick­ing up and drop­ping off at school and mak­ing din­ner be­cause I’m too sick,” the free­lance writer told The Sun­day Tele­graph.

The 44-year-old mother of three says she has a headache most days and of­ten has re­ally bad ones that leave her bedrid­den for three days.

She’s tried mul­ti­ple med­i­ca­tions, pre­ven­tion medicine, vi­ta­min sup­ple­ments, di­etary changes and ex­er­cise to con­trol the con­di­tion to no avail.

“The fact that all the painkillers are ad­dic­tive and cause more headaches is pretty bad,” she said.

She’s ter­ri­fied the treat­ments she’s taken have dam­aged her brain and is dis­traught that two of her young chil­dren have also de­vel­oped mi­graines.

“GPs know noth­ing about it,” she said. “You don’t talk about it, the pain doesn’t go away, but peo­ple don’t want to hear you com­plain­ing about pain year af­ter year.

“I’m ter­ri­fied for my kids, the things they won’t be able to do in life be­cause of mi­graines.

“Five years ago a neu­rol­o­gist turned me away. He said he’d tried ev­ery­thing on me and noth­ing had worked. It was dev­as­tat­ing.”

Bondi’s Emily Lawrence Gazal with her three chil­dren Xan­der, 12, Tresi, 10, and Milo, 8. Pic­ture: David Swift

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