• Aura is the second phase of a Migraine. It can include vision, verbal and Speech symptoms. #Migraine #Aura

    Migraine Explained: Aura

    One of the things that makes a Migraine different than an ordinary headache is that a Migraine has phases. Over the next few weeks, I want to take an indepth look at each phase of a Migraine. Today we will be looking at the Aura phase of a Migraine. What is an Aura? A Migraine Aura is a set symptoms that include the most common visual symptoms but can also include sensory and language disturbances. According to the American Migraine Foundation, “Up to one-third of people with migraine experience aura as a distinct phase in the progression of their migraine attack.” What is a Visual Aura? According to Mayo.com, the visual symptoms are:…

  • The Prodrome of a Migraine Attack is the "pre-headache" phase. It is the warning sign that a migraine is coming. #Prodrome #Migraine

    Migraine Explained: Prodrome

    One of the things that makes a migraine different than an ordinary headache is that a migraine has phases. Over the next few weeks, I want to take an indepth look at each phase of a migraine. Today we will be looking at the Prodrome. What is Prodrome? Prodrome is derived from the Greek word, prodromos which means running before. The medical definition of prodrome is, a symptom or group of symptoms that appears shortly before an acute attack of illness. Therefore, when discussing migraine, prodrome means symptoms that occur before the actual migraine begins. The prodrome phase of a migraine can occur a few hours or even a few…

  • Migraine Explained: The Stress Connection

    Stress is a controversial topic because there is a misconception that all stress is bad or comes from bad things. The truth is that some of the happiest moments in life are stressful. Our bodies were also made to use stress to keep us safe from harm. Not all stress is bad but sometimes the way our bodies react to it is. The Stress Connection My Doctor tells me all the time that my “migraine brain” is very sensitive. Things that do not impact other people will wreak havoc on my body. Things like weather changes, lack of sleep, sickness and other “normal” events will trigger severe migraines. Basically, my…

  • Fighting a Stigma of any illness is difficult but when the illness completely isolates you, it can be even worse. - #Stigma #Migraine

    MIgraine Explained: Fighting a Stigma

    Migraine in all of it’s varying forms is a misunderstood illness and it is accompanied by many stigmas. The fact that people with Chronic Migraine have 15 or more migraine days per month is only compounded when loved ones do not try to understand. Fighting a Stigma of any illness is difficult but when the illness completely isolates you, it can be even worse. Before I can talk about fighting a stigma, I need to talk about what some of the stigmas are. It is just a headache- Nothing could be further from the truth. A migraine brings nausea, vomiting, debilitating pain and visual disturbances (see Migraine Explained: What is…

  • Status Migrainosus is a migraine that lasts 72 hours or more and can be a serious medical emergency that can cause a stroke. #MigraineStatus #StatusMigrainous #StatusMigrainosus #IntractableMigraine

    Migraine Explained: Status Migrainosus

    If you have Chronic Migraine, you have probably heard the words, Status Migrainosus or Status Migraine. They are the most dreaded words in the Migraine community. Other words doctors use is Intractable Migraine and in very basic terms means the migraine will not go away. There is much more to know about Status Migrainosus because it doesn’t always present in the same ways for everyone. When Does it Become Status Migrainosus? To get diagnosed the migraine must have last for at least 72 hours but that doesn’t have to be consecutive. Another words, medications may provide relief but it is temporary. The migraine will return as soon as the medication…

  • What is Allodynia and what is the connection with Migraine? - #SkinPain #Migraine

    Migraine Explained: Allodynia

    Before I knew the word Allodynia One day, while having a Hemiplegic Migraine, my husband was trying really hard to help me get comfortable. This is no easy task since I have no use of my right arm and I can’t talk during the attack. I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t just say that something was making my feet and legs hurt. It wasn’t long before he was frustrated too. He felt really bad that nothing he was doing was helping me. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what he could do to help because I didn’t know why I was in pain. Fast forward a couple of days, another Hemiplegic…

  • For many Migraine Warriors, the season changes mean more Migraine Attacks. Find out why and what that may mean for those that have Migraine. - #Migraine #Seasons

    Migraine Explained: Season Change

    Autumn is here and it is time for fire-pits, s’mores, trick-or-treaters, pumpkin-spiced everything, and for some, an increase in migraine symptoms. As the autumn leaves colors of red and gold brighten the horizon, as the season change also creates changes that can trigger migraines. What Factors Cause Triggers as the Season Change? Barometric pressure change is the most common seasonal migraine trigger. As the seasons change, the barometric pressures shift and these changes, though sometimes minor, can trigger migraine attacks in people that are highly susceptible to barometric pressure changes. Cynthia Armand, MD, a physician at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York, explains the reason. “Our head is made…

  • Eliminating Migraine Triggers will help alleviate the number or severity of Migraine Attacks. Find out how to find out what your triggers are and what my Top 5 Migraine Triggers are. - #Migraine #MigraineTriggers

    Migraine Explained: Migraine Triggers

    Migraine Triggers is a difficult topic to address because everyone has different triggers. There are many things considered to be triggers therefore it can be difficult to track. In this article, I want to discuss my 5 most common triggers. I am also including information about how to find out what your migraine triggers are. My Top 5 Migraine Triggers Sensory Triggers: I am putting these three together but strong smells, loud noises and bright lights are all my major migraine triggers. What makes this one difficult to track is that what is a strong smell one day may be perfectly fine the next. Some days a room fan is…

  • Migraine Explained: Cognitive Dysfunction - Also called Brain Fog and Migraine Hangover is cognitive impairment that causes trouble with finding words, remembering things and hinders the ability to put words together. #cognitivedysfuntion #migraine

    Migraine Explained: Cognitive Dysfunction

    Cognitive Dysfunction is the loss of functions such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning of sufficient severity to interfere with daily functioning. People experiencing cognitive dysfunction have trouble with verbal recall, basic arithmetic, and concentration. These types of delays are common with Chronic Migraine patients and is often referred to as “Brain Fog”. During a Migraine Attack, the cognitive dysfunction can be a part of the Prodrome and last up to two days after the Migraine has ended, or the Postdrome stage. The reason this is such an issue with people, like me, who have Chronic Migraine is because the brain never fully recovers before the next attack hits. So, what…