Khloe Kardashian has opened up about her lifelong battle with migraines.
The reality star has admitted she finds the pain “completely unbearable”, and said she’s unable to carry out even the simplest daily tasks when a migraine comes on.
The 36-year-old spoke with Prevention about her experience, which began when she was just 12 years old.
“I vividly remember how I felt, but mainly I remember how everyone told me that I wasn’t feeling what I felt. People would always say, ‘Oh, it’s just a headache,'” she revealed.
“That’s the stigma with migraines, that it’s just a headache. And being 12 years old, and at that time no one in my family experienced migraines, I was embarrassed to say when I was suffering from one.”
“I would just be incapacitated in bed,” she added, “I would not be able to lift my head up, and being that young, it was scary.”
“It’s so scary. Especially when you’re around someone that’s never seen someone go through that, they get really worried. The pain is completely unbearable. Walking to your restroom or just to get a cold compress is, for me, agony.”
Khloe finally decided to seek help and see an neurologist, who confirmed that she was suffering from severe migraines.
Khloe said regular exercise has helped keep her migraines at bay, but admitted that it was difficult to do so during lockdown.
“During the first month of quarantine, I didn’t work out. I think we were all kind of just scared and trying to figure it out. I noticed that I was getting them more and it could have been the stress, but also not working out,” she confessed.
Khloe also opened up about the guilt she feels when she can’t play with her daughter True due to the pain she is enduring.
“During the pandemic, you’re alone with your kid and you have no real support system. [True] is just two, so it’s not like she’s going to remember, ‘My mom was a bad mom and laid on the floor while I was playing.'”
“But there have been times when I’m in her playroom and have a migraine, and I will just lay on the floor. She’ll say, ‘Mommy, play,’ and I can’t explain to her that I can’t. I just put guilt on myself. I think any new mom would do that.”
The mother-of-one partnered with the Take Back Today campaign, an online community where migraine sufferers can connect about their experiences and find support.
“People think they’re really just a bad headache and brush it off. And that makes people almost either defensive or feel shameful or almost question what they really have.”
“You can go there and talk to people that are suffering from migraine, and you don’t feel so alone,” she added.
“Being able to still take back my day and go and be a good mom again, I mean that is so beneficial.”
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