Mum felt like she was ‘possessed by a demon’ as she suffered with agonizing head pain

Amy Jewell, a bar worker from Liverpool, said her agonizing head pains made her feel like she’s “possessed by a demon” when she is affected and some times they can last for months

Amy Jewell felt like she was possessed by a demon

A mum felt like she was possessed by a demon because of excruciating migraine pain.

Amy Jewell has faced the torment of stabbing pain near her eye which happens in an attack that can last for months, Liverpool Echo reports.

The 26-year-old bar worker said her agonizing head pains make her feel like she’s “possessed by a demon” when she is affected.

And she compares her trauma to a horror film character “rocking, shaking and throwing up” and reckons her head pains are “worse than childbirth”.

The bar worker from Liverpool, Merseyside said it’s like she’s “possessed by a demon” when she has a headache, comparing herself to a horror film character “rocking, shaking and throwing up” and says the pain is “worse than childbirth”.

Amy started suffering from migraines as a seven-year-old

Mum-of-one Amy told the Liverpool Echo : “I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

“It disturbs your life so much, your mental health is really affected, and there’s just no understanding. Society just thinks it’s a headache and it’s not.”

During an attack, which started when she was seven, Amy hides in her blacked-out room next to a bucket.

Her senses are so sensitive even the red light of a TV on standby makes her vomit, and the “weird, musky smell” of summer rain gives her headaches.

She vividly remembers a headache in 2007 when she hadn’t eaten in days, saying: “I remember watching the telly, and the pain in my head and my eyes. I remember screaming to my dad, ‘You’ve got to turn the telly off, I just can’t live like this’.”

After Amy was diagnosed with cluster headaches as a child, doctors advised her to ride out the headaches and attempted to prevent them with beta-blockers and epilepsy medication.

She stopped feeling like she was going mad when doctors there diagnosed her with cluster headaches in 2018.

She said: “I always knew that there was something up with my head with the pain.

Amy was diagnosed with cluster headaches in 2018

“But then I was like, ‘s***, I’ve got to live with it’, but if you can live since you were seven with the migraines, you can live with these.”

Cluster headaches are known to take their toll on a person’s mental health due to their intense nature. They can occur for 20 minutes, multiple times a day for a recurring period of weeks or months.

Amy “broke down” when she finally set foot in The Walton Center again after lockdown to receive her treatment of nerve-blocking botox injections.

“I was like, ‘I literally cannot take any more, I don’t know how much more I can take’. The pain at that moment in my head was horrific.”

When her attacks are particularly bad, she is sometimes taken by ambulance to the specialist neurology and neurosurgery hospital, where she finds the staff more understanding of her condition.

She said: “I think society as a whole, when you say you suffer with migraines, they’re just like, ‘Oh you need to take some paracetamol and some water’. They can be quite dismissive.

Walton Center for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool



“They’ve got no understanding that when I’m walking into A&E with a pair of sunglasses on and a towel wrapped around my head so I can’t see any lights, with a sick bowl, I cannot sit in this waiting room.

“But I think in The Walton Centre, they’ve got more understanding of the pain you’re in.”

The pain has been so bad she has banged her head against a wall and there are months at a time when she vomits daily.

The 26-year-old said: “I’ve never felt pain like it. It feels like your head is in some sort of vice, and you just know there’s no ending in sight for a good week.”

She praised the Walton Center for helping her: “The empathy towards me and the compassion towards the pain in my head, and the time that they’ve got to sit there and give you treatment, is unbelievable.

“If there was more understanding of migraines, it would be amazing.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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