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Migraine Memes & Quotes For Migraineurs

by InvisiblyMe

Migraine Memes & Quotes For The Migraineur Life

Migraine is a debilitating condition, affecting an estimated 1 billion people worldwide. There are various types of migraine, different causes or no identifiable cause at all, and different severity. Some may have one or two episodes a year, others may have several each week. Migraines are miserable to live with and sadly many people go for years or even a lifetime without an effective preventative treatment. Here’s a small selection of migraine memes and quotes for the fellow migraineurs out there. You’re not alone.

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1. Best Laid Plans Are Made To Be Broken With Migraines

One of the Invisibly Me migraine memes. A white background with black text at the top. Underneath is a digital sketch of a woman in bed, with her hair in a messy bun and hands over her eyes. The text reads "Me: Time to get something done today. Migraine: oh no, I don't think so. You're all mine".

2. The Debilitating & Time-Consuming Nature Of Migraine

The background is a dark photo of red and white flowers. Overlaid is white text. It reads : Chronic migraines are an invisible illness that can be incredible debilitating, essentially wiping out several hours or more out of each day you get an attack.

3. Headaches Are NOT Like Headaches

One of the Invisibly Me migraine memes. An old comic clip of Batman hitting someone in the face. The other person has said "got another headache, Batman?" The speech bubble for Batman says "how many times... it's a migraine!"

4. The Daily Routine Of Chronic Migraines

A to-do list in a grey design. There are 5 items on the list : Wake up with migraine, take migraine medication, go to bed with new migraine, wake up with migraine, rinse and repeat.

5. Never Underestimate The Humble Migraine

The background is a dark photo of red and white flowers. Overlaid is white text. The text reads : Chronic migraines should not be underestimated. This invisible illness can be incredibly debilitating, frustrating, time-consuming and devastating.

6. Years Of Experience Don’t Make Migraines Less Awful

A white background with black text inside a black lined frame. The text reads: It doesn't matter if you've dealt with migraines for years. Unless the migraine changes, the pain & horror remains the same. It's just as awful & disruptive. You don't stop being affected by it.

7. There Must Be A Miniature Joker Causing The Destruction In Our Craniums

One of the Invisibly Me migraine memes. A clip of The Joker with a huge fire behind him. Overlaid text for the meme reads "The scene in my head right now. Painful fire. So much fire".

8. Rendered Non-Functional – Come Back Later

A white background with black text. At the top it says "out of order". In the middle is a red triangle, with an icon of a person's head in profile with three lightning bolts above it. Below the triangle it says "migraine in progress".

9. The Joy Of The Painful Experience

A white background with black text, underneath which is a cartoon icon of a person holding their head, with lines radiating from it to suggest pain such as a migraine. The text reads "Migraine : the joyful experience of an ice pick in the eyeball during a hellish hangover, just without the fun of getting drunk".

10. Oh The Rage!

One of the Invisibly Me migraine memes. A photo of Zena the warrior princess in battle gear screaming, looking angry and fierce. Text above reads "if one more person tells me stress is causing my migraines...".

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Which is your favourite? Do any of these resonate with you?

Caz  ♥

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Ashley September 12, 2022 - 4:11 pm

Oh so accurate!

InvisiblyMe September 18, 2022 - 4:00 pm

Sadly I couldn’t find a way of showing a person’s head in a trash compactor otherwise that would have been included 👍

Darnell September 12, 2022 - 4:16 pm

#8… non-functional!!!

InvisiblyMe September 18, 2022 - 4:03 pm

Non-functional – try again later… or not! 😆

walkingoffthechessboard September 12, 2022 - 4:17 pm

From what people I know describe the feeling as, it sounds like #9 nails it perfectly.

InvisiblyMe September 18, 2022 - 4:04 pm

I know the experience can be different for everyone, but I’m sure there’s a general consensus that it’s nowhere near as fun as actually suffering because you had a good time getting drunk! 😆

Kymber Hawke September 12, 2022 - 4:29 pm

These are so incredibly accurate, Caz. Thank you for posting these. xo

InvisiblyMe September 18, 2022 - 4:15 pm

I hate that people know what migraines are like to find these accurate, but I’m also glad people might be able to relate and not feel so alone in the experience. Thank you lovely 🙏 xx

Mykie September 12, 2022 - 5:04 pm

Caz, you’ve made some great memes! I relate to them all and find myself wanting to share them. Mine have been making more of an appearance lately and I wonder sometimes if how good I felt after my spine surgery was just some sort of honeymoon period. 😅 They aren’t nearly as bad and yet, they’re still very disruptive to my life. I know you get it.

I am hoping with some recent law changes that I might actually be able to get more effective treatments in the next year or so. 🤞🏼

Here’s hoping things get better for us all, and most especially you. I know how much you could use a reprieve from the never-ending parade of pain and illness. Xx

InvisiblyMe September 18, 2022 - 10:59 pm

I’m sorry you know all too well how awful migraines are and I’m sorry too that they’re making a renewed effort to attack you lately. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that you get more medication options asap, and effective ones at that! Migraine meds have been so limited for so long, but we’re just seeing the introduction of a few new ones now in the UK as you are in the US. I would LOVE a break from migraines and everything else as would we all, but it’s disconcerting when you realise that you’re starting to forget how it feels without these symptoms. You get bombarded with it all constantly for years and it becomes the norm, it is your life. I can’t fathom how someone could never have had a migraine either (for instance, neither of my parents have ever had a single one).

Sending lots of love & best wishes your way, Mykie. Hang in there 💜💙💚💛🧡 xx

Sandee September 12, 2022 - 7:39 pm

My mother had migraines and they were awful. A dark room and to bed she went.

Have a fabulous day and week, Caz. Big hug. ♥

InvisiblyMe September 19, 2022 - 5:10 pm

I’m sorry for what your mum went through, and probably without medications either 🌷 That takes a level of strength I don’t possess.
I hope the week ahead is a good one for you, Sandee! xx

Christy B September 12, 2022 - 7:51 pm

It’s hard to explain to those who have never had them how much they suck! These memes at least help us laugh about it 😉 We laugh after the migraine lifts of course!!

InvisiblyMe September 19, 2022 - 5:12 pm

You’re right, it is really hard to explain what it’s like, isn’t it? It’s also impossible to ever appreciate the full experience unless you’ve been through it yourself. I feel for all those who live with migraines, of whatever type and severity. They all suck. A little laughter wherever possible can lighten the load just a tad. xx

dBv September 13, 2022 - 1:08 am

The Batman and Robin meme, lol. Mine started when I was 13 and were debilitating. The small blinking lights on my vision growing until they disappeared and then the hard pain and nausea. I was lucky mine only lasted about 4-8 hours; I know some people they last for days. Also, my family would periodically go to Canada and buy me 222’s which are Tylenol with Codeine, I believe. I eventually discovered my migraines were mostly brought on by consuming Aspartame from drinking Diet Coke (non-food chemical allergy). Thankfully, I only get them very rarely now. Thank you for sharing and making those sufferers feel less alone and more informed.

InvisiblyMe September 19, 2022 - 5:19 pm

I’m so sorry for what you went through, and still go through, regardless of if they’re rare these days. And you were so young to get such hideous and debilitating migraines. I’m glad your family could get you some meds just to make some episodes slightly more bearable. I’m glad at least you managed to find a trigger or cause for yours, which in itself seems pretty rare for migraineurs to find. Aspartame, you evil additive! I drink pop with aspartame now, after migraines started, because it helps me reduce my water intake due to dry mouth (I was drinking 7L+ a day, oops!) You’d think though, given the potential problems and concerns with aspartame that they’d have developed a safer, healthier alternative by now.

Thank you so much for your comment and sharing some of your experience. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the odd migraines you get become rarer still for you 🤞 x

c.a.post September 13, 2022 - 1:59 am

Still praying for you, dear one.
❤️& 🙏, c.a.

InvisiblyMe September 19, 2022 - 5:20 pm

Thank you, C.A. I think your prayers should go to all the others with migraines who can’t take medication for whatever reason, because while my meds don’t cover all my migraine episodes, I do not possess the strength to live with migraines without any slight respite at all from medications. I really feel for all those who don’t or can’t have that. x

The Oceanside Animals September 13, 2022 - 3:38 pm

Charlee: “Ooh, our Dada used to get migraines fairly regularly.”
Chaplin: “Yep, then he would have to just go lie in bed with a cold cloth or something and eventually he would probably throw up too just to add to the fun.”
Lulu: “Fortunately he hasn’t gotten one in a long time so apparently he grew out of them. Although of course he had some other head-related things to worry about a few years back …”

James Viscosi September 13, 2022 - 3:58 pm

When that other head-related thing happened it was noted in the ER that I had a history of migraines, but fortunately the symptoms of the new event were different (and severe) enough, plus my most recent migraine episodes were far enough in the past, that I didn’t get misdiagnosed and sent home with migraine medication, which could have been catastrophic …

InvisiblyMe September 19, 2022 - 5:25 pm

Charlee, Chaplin & Lulu : Your dada has certainly been through the wringer, hasn’t he? You better give him lots of love & allow him the gift of giving you treats as often as possible 😉

James – I am very, very glad for that. Just the mere “history” of having something means docs have an easy fobbing-off excuse. When I eventually went in for a head MRI a few days after the issue with my head, I got told it was “just a migraine” and they refused a scan. I did argue the point that it was nothing like a damn migraine, but I had no idea what it was so I couldn’t push more than I did. I didn’t realise I nearly died that day either, but I was very fortunate in not needing medical care like you did, so the situation was totally different. To think how badly it could have been for you… well, it’s not worth thinking about. I’m just glad the docs you saw were decent and everything fell into place so you could be correct diagnosed and treated 🙏 x

Blanca September 13, 2022 - 6:46 pm

These quotes are so very true! Thank you so much for sharing, Caz!

InvisiblyMe September 19, 2022 - 10:45 pm

Thanks lovely – I’m glad you like! 🌷

Ellie Thompson September 14, 2022 - 8:13 pm

I’m so sorry you suffer from these awful migraines, Caz. I think #9 is the nearest to how I used to get mine. I’m fortunate that I seem to have grown out of them (I shouldn’t speak too soon!). The ice pick in the eye feels very familiar. Mine were always one-sided (left for some reason), and they’d last for several days when I could barely lift my head off the pillow. The doctors gave me Zolmitriptan, which helped a little bit. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, experiences and memes here. The memes are very accurate, and it seems there are many people here who can identify with most of them. I hope you’ve managed to have a reasonable day today. Love Ellie Xx 🦢🌹💛

InvisiblyMe September 20, 2022 - 9:55 am

Aw Ellie, I’m sorry you used to get awful migraines, and the ice pick to the eye, too. I’m so glad though that they seemed to stop – was that pretty random, do you think? Not related to anything else? I had a neurologist a couple of years ago who said to me that he grew out of migraines by a certain age and I that I will too, so I just need to wait a few more years 😆 Pretty sure that doesn’t happen for everyone, but it is cool to see someone for whom this did seem to happen. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that’s it for you now, no more migraines ever again! Thank you for sharing this, Ellie, and I’m really glad you like the memes. xx

Belladonna September 15, 2022 - 12:28 am

All my teenagers years were blown away with migraines.

InvisiblyMe September 20, 2022 - 11:14 pm

I really do feel for everyone who lives with migraines, perhaps all the more so when they’re younger. Teen years are hard enough and fraught with change, let alone having to manage migraines at the same time. I’m sorry you went through that, it couldn’t have been easy at all. How’re you now, migraine-wise? I hope the present & future are migraine-free for you 🤞 xx

Belladonna September 21, 2022 - 3:29 am

I thought I would suffer for the rest of my life but I’m all better. But if I don’t eat regularly and drink my water they come back.
I would always lose vision my right eye and then the migraine would strike 🤦🏽‍♀️ I don’t wish that misery on anyone. Thank you so much for asking.

Bonnie A. McKeegan September 15, 2022 - 3:22 pm

oh my gosh, I’ve been gone from blogging world for a while but popped in to see this. I can relate to so many of your awesome migraine memes, but I gotta say #10 is ME. Don’t tell me to manage my stress better, PEOPLE. Thanks for making my day, Caz! P.S. A long timea go I wrote a blog post titled Healing the Grief of Migraine through Creativity – The Pirate Bitch’s Treasure Trove. It’s basically my holy moly migraine sucks the life out me blog post. She’s a evil pirate who steals so much from our lives.

InvisiblyMe September 21, 2022 - 3:31 pm

Thank you so much for popping on to read and comment here during your blogging break, that’s really kind of you. I’ve missed you in the blogging world – are you hoping to go back to your blog? Selfishly I hope so, but at the same time you do need to do what’s right for you. Your post rung a bell but my memory is appalling so I went back and found your post from a couple of years ago to re-read. Your post is brilliant, but I am truly so sorry for what you’ve been through with migraines, and for so many years.

“Life becomes a battle for survival” – that is so very true. It takes all I’ve got not to jump out the window sometimes, most times actually. I don’t know how people get through chronic migraines without medication either because while I don’t have enough to cover every episode (average 28 episodes per month), I wouldn’t still be here if I had to go through all of this without meds for when migraine starts.

I love your treasure trove idea and the fight to take back what’s yours. It’s a hard, exhausting fight, but so worth the effort. I’m now very glad the Pirate hasn’t taken chocolate. I’m very fortunate there! I don’t have triggers, so I don’t need to avoid anything per se but it also makes me feel frustratingly powerless that there’s nothing I can do to stop or reduce migraines. There are just ways to better cope with the devastation they cause.

I’m finding the lack of purpose, the loss of so many years of life and the loss of identity is now taking a toll. Your post is motivating to make someone like me, kind of swept along in illness trying to just hold on, make me think again about the bigger issues. I try to avoid them by staying busy but eventually you look back and find life has passed you by. We do need to build in small joys, meaning, brightness into our lives. It can’t be all just clinging on and trying to get through illness and pain. There has to be more than that.

I’m really glad you like the memes and quotes, Bonnie. I really do hope you’re able to find some lightness in your days when you can. Sending love 🌷💜 xx

Despite Pain September 16, 2022 - 3:46 pm

These are so good and so accurate, Caz. The amount of plans that needed to be changed due to my migraines was ridiculous. But your meme about daily ritual is absolutely spot on. Rinse and repeat. I remember thinking, it’s getting better then the sparkly light aura appeared again. I will be eternally grateful for having an early menopause!

InvisiblyMe September 21, 2022 - 4:05 pm

Aw Liz, what a life, eh. I’m sorry you know what all of this is like. I always find it amusing in a really frustrating way that when you have health issues you need to plan more, and yet you can’t because health issues are also so damn unpredictable. You can’t really win! xx

Katy September 16, 2022 - 9:23 pm

I honest to God don’t know how any of You deal with chronic migraines!!! I’ve had 2 in my life…..one was last week. I thought I would die. Ended up vomiting the pain was so bad. I’ve had friends and family members live with these weekly. How?!! I can’t even imagine going through life with that sort of pain all the time. My heart and soul goes out to everyone who suffers this regularly. HUGE SIGH. Thanks for this Caz….all so dead-on! 💖💖💖

InvisiblyMe September 21, 2022 - 4:16 pm

Aw I’m sorry for your recent migraine, Katy. I hope that’s the second and last one you EVER get! I have on average 28 episodes a month, which surprised me after keeping a migraine diary for the neurologist. It takes everything I have not to jump out the window during some episodes. I wouldn’t still be here without medications, even though I don’t have enough for each migraine attack. I don’t know how those who can’t take such medications get through them, I really don’t and I truly feel for each person in that situation. With medication is bad enough! Thanks for the comment lovely 💜💙💚💛🧡🖤 xx

Kerry September 17, 2022 - 7:18 pm

I have never had a migraine but my husband suffered. You could see the pain on his face until he got the right medication. Wishing you no migraines. K x

InvisiblyMe September 21, 2022 - 4:18 pm

I’m sorry about your husband’s experience with migraines. It amazes me to think some people have never had a migraine. Neither of my parents have ever had one either. I guess you get so used to it that it’s hard to imagine them not happening. I’m glad your hubby had medication because I can’t imagine going through them without it. xx

Sue Jackson September 17, 2022 - 9:52 pm

Great collection here! It’s nice to feel understood!

I’ve had an almost-constant migraine for the past month after a meds change sent my hormone levels into a tailspin. Just starting to get better now, but the constant pain was awful. My son had terrible migraines, but his turned out to be duw to Lyme disease ( a very common cause of migraines), so he is doing much better with Lyme treatments, thank goodness.

Thanks for pulling these together!


InvisiblyMe September 21, 2022 - 6:02 pm

Yikes, a constant migraine for a month and no meds to end it? I take my hat off to you, Sue. I wouldn’t have survived this long without Sumatriptan to cover at least some of the attacks each month, so I can’t imagine a constant one now for that long. I’m glad it seems to be changing and easing off finally. I’m glad at least your son is doing better since getting a diagnosis & treatment for Lyme. So many are misdiagnosed and left suffering, which is awful when Lyme Disease can be tested for and managed these days. I hope he continues to feel better on his treatments and that your migraine clears off completely and preferably doesn’t come back! Sending gentle hugs your way 💜 xx

annieasksyou September 17, 2022 - 10:40 pm

I like the “out of order; migraine in progress.”

Good collection, Caz
XXXX Annie

InvisiblyMe September 21, 2022 - 11:02 pm

Thanks. Annie, I’m glad you like them! 👍 x

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InvisiblyMe September 21, 2022 - 11:04 pm

Glad to hear it! 👍

Lisa's Notebook September 26, 2022 - 10:05 am

I’ve never seen any of these but they did make me smile, albeit wryly. The icepick in the eyeball definitely resonates with me! x

InvisiblyMe May 2, 2023 - 11:20 am

I’m glad it raised a wry smile, but I’m sorry you can appreciate the ice-pick reference. Not fun at all. xx

Trace Hentz October 10, 2022 - 12:47 am

WOW! You nailed it! My sister and several family members got them – I do rarely but when I do… dark room, cool, no food…
Love this post! XO

InvisiblyMe May 2, 2023 - 11:22 am

I’m sorry a number of your family get migraines. It makes you wonder what the causes for people are, whether there’s any familial link or it’s merely a crappy coincidence. I hope your rare migraines stay that way or better yet just disappear entirely, but maybe that’s wishful thinking..! xx

AJ May 2, 2023 - 6:50 am

All on point. My sister missed the Pyramids of Giza because she had migraine that day of the tour. Imagine going to Egypt without seeing the pyramids? That’s what migraine does. 🙁

InvisiblyMe May 2, 2023 - 11:24 am

Aww that would have been pretty devastating! I hope she had a good time in Egypt when she could at least, but yeah, I’d be pretty pissed to go all the way there & not be able to see the Pyramids. Migraines are all about being as inconvenient and impractical as possible.x


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