New here (obviously). I will fess up right off the bat and say this isn't the sort of forum I've ever been on. A bit about me: I am...in my mid-late twenties, and I've lived with migraine of one sort (from abdominal as an adolescent to chronic) for over half my life. I'm currently in a master's program, have just applied to a small selection of doctoral programs, and have spent every other week of the past two months battling serious pain and a growing attachment to alcohol. 2009 wasn't really my year, and I guess 2010 isn't shaping up quite the way I hoped. A while ago I dug myself out from under almost a year of daily pain, but lately I feel like that "digging out" part has never really stopped. I used to like hiking, literature, bad science fiction, and baking. Lately I've struggled to finish work or research, and ... I don't know. I'm looking for something the neurologist doesn't have, I guess. I am staunchly atheistic and I haven't got any chickens to sacrifice, so I'm all ears. I hope my sharing some of my story here will do some good for some of us.