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Migraine Explained: Allodynia

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…

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Migraine Explained: Season Change

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…

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Migraine Explained: Migraine Triggers

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…

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Migraine Explained: Cognitive Dysfunction

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…

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Migraine Explained: What is an Aura?

Migraine Explained: What is an Aura?

An Aura is a part of the Prodrome Phase (pre-migraine) of a Migraine. These are symptoms that include the most common visual aura can also include sensory and language disturbances. I want to look deeper into what these symptoms are and what they might also be warning you of. What is a Visual Aura? According to Mayo.com, a visual aura is: an electrical or chemical wave that moves across the visual cortex of your brain. The best known visual aura…

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