"It hit me like a semi truck." That's how Khloe Kardashian describes her lifelong battle with migraines.
The reality star is opening up about her struggle with the debilitating condition to help educate others and create a sense of community among those who suffer from migraines with TakeBackToday.com.
"I've been suffering from migraines since about the sixth grade," Khloe explains. "That's the first one I can really vividly remember."
In the beginning she had to go it alone. "When I was a kid I didn't have anyone I could relate to or talk to about this," Khloe says. She's the first in the Kardashian klan to experience them. So, when Khloe would say she had one her family told her to "push through it." "They always thought it was an excuse for something," she explains. "Without them realizing it, it would shame me from expressing if I was suffering."
Nobody understood what she was going through until her father experienced a migraine amid his chemo treatment. "I'm so sorry, I didn't realize how debilitating these are," Khloe remembers him telling her. In fact, the World Health Organization places migraines as one of the 10 most disabling medical illnesses on Earth.
"I felt like I'm not insane here and somebody knows what I'm experiencing," Khloe says. Over the years, the rest of her family has learned how to help and show empathy for her migraines as well. "They'll help me get the things I need. But, I just need silence. Leave me along during that time."
The last few years her symptoms have worsened. "Ever since I had True, my migraines really spiked," Khloe says. She feels "mom guilt" when she has to bow out of activities due to her migraines.
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Khloe has also tried a wide variety of medication and homeopathic treatments to alleviate her migraines. "Nothing really worked for me," she says. However, Nurtec ODT has made a difference for her. (Khloe is a spokesperson for the company.) "Something that easy and accessible by my bed, it's dissolvable and it works for me within 15 minutes. It was a game-changer."
Occasionally, Khloe also experiences nausea and vomiting among her migraine symptoms.
In one Keeping Up With The Kardashian's episode, Khloe even described "throwing up blood" and "blindness in my left eye."
Khloe ultimately decided she wanted to show that part of her life on the show to help educate people about the severity of migraines. "That is good for people to know and they're not alone," she says. "If I can help even one person, I feel like that's my duty to."
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