• 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…

  • Chronic Hemiplegic Migraine: A Migraine that produces temporary stroke like symptoms. #hemiplegicmigraine #migraine

    Chronic Hemiplegic Migraine Defined

    I blog about my journey with Chronic Hemiplegic Migraine. Most people hear the words but hang on to the word Migraine at the end and think, “she has a headache”. The vast majority, including medical professionals, never stop to think about the implications of the two words I said before the word Migraine.  So, I want to break down what they words mean and then discuss how it is much more than having a headache. What Does Chronic Mean? According to Medicine.net, the medical definition for chronic is: A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months or more. Chronic diseases are in contrast to those that are acute (abrupt,…

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    Eliminating Migraine Trigger Food

    Having Chronic Hemiplegic Migraine has taken a lot of things from me but none has been more frustrating than some of the food I can no longer eat. Figuring out food triggers is especially difficult because it is not easy to track. A migraine triggered by food may not happen for up to 48 hours after the food is consumed. Because of this, I made a decision to stop eating some of the major food that is known to trigger migraine. Here are a few of the foods that I have stopped eating: Hard Cheese Each variety of cheese is classified by 4 categories; Hard Cheese, Semi-hard Cheese, Semi-soft cheese…

  • 4 Challenges I Face Because of Hemiplegic Migraine

    Hemiplegic Migraine has handed me some challenges that sometimes feel like mountains that I cannot climb. Other struggles are not as dramatic or difficult to navigate but put stumbling blocks in my path. Here are some of the most prevalent challenges that I face the most:

  • Faith and Chronic Illness - #faith #Christianity #ChronicIllness #Healing

    My Journey of Faith and Chronic Illness

    When my health started to deteriorate two years ago, I was active in the pursuit of finding God within my struggle. I prayed through the worst of my pain, I read my Bible daily and I used Worship music to help strengthen my faith.  My relationship to God saw me through the days when my life was being shattered. As the journey of sickness continued, I lost my ability to be active within my church. I could no longer sing on the Praise Team. Not only because of the energy required but because the cognitive delays that resulted from Hemiplegic Migraine had made keeping rhythm and staying on key impossible.…

  • Tapering off of Lamictal – Part 2

    A few weeks ago, I posted Part 1 of a two part series about Tapering Off of Lamictal. Lamictal is the first of two seizure medications that I am tapering off of. Since Part 1 posted, I continued to decrease by 50 mg every 5 days. Each decrease included the same eye pain and extreme light sensitivity but that start decreasing in duration. The nausea was no longer a real factor and the joint pain and aches had subsided. After the drop down in which I took no Lamictal in the morning, I only had the eye pain for 1 day. Then I started having trouble sleeping. It was like my…

  • Things Only a Chronic Migraine Warrior Understands - #chronicmigraine #migraine #stigma #chronicillness

    6 Things Only a Chronic Migraine Warrior Understands

    I live a life in which I have a migraine almost every day. A diagnosis of Chronic Migraine requires that a person have at least 15 Migraine days a month and I blow that out of the water. All of this gives me an understanding that most people do not have about Migraine. Here are 6 things only a Chronic Migraine Warrior understands: You know it is not just a “bad” headache! In fact, you know that it is an excruciating headache that is debilitating to your entire body. Actually, you know that a Migraine isn’t a headache at all…the headache is only a symptom of the Migraine. All activities…

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    Importance of a Migraine Safety Plan …

    As I have mentioned before, I have a rare type of Migraine called Hemiplegic Migraine. My aura symptoms include stroke like symptoms and includes vision loss, right side paralysis, inability to say words (just comes out as jibberish) and right side facial numbness (includes tongue and sometimes throat tingling). That is on top of the excruciating headache, light and sound sensitivity. That means being safe in my home has become very important. The reason I am posting this is because yesterday I was reminded of how important that really is. I went downstairs to freshen up my drink (My Yeti cup helps but eventually the ice still melts!). What was…

  • When It Won’t Go Away - #migraine #chronicillness #pain

    When it Won’t Go Away

    Yesterday , I had one of those Hemiplegic Migraines that made me text my husband to come home from work. The pain was a 9 with spikes that were much worse. I couldn’t see out of my right eye, my right arm wouldn’t work and in trying to get my medication I dropped it. Fortunately, my oxygen was working properly. I laid there with my oxygen going, trying and failing to focus on breathing. Every pain spike left my body tensing up to the point that I couldn’t move most less breath. The more spikes I had the sicker I got. My sweet husband gave me my medicine and held…

  • The Trigger That Can’t Be Avoided

    I changed my diet to avoid the nitrates, MSG, CHOCOLATE and certain cheese that are triggers for my Hemiplegic Migraine. You know, those things that can keep me in the dark cave for the rest of the day. I have tried to learn new ways to handle stress and I have given myself permission to take naps and rest when needed. Of course, I take my medications just like I am supposed to and I follow my Doctors instructions to the best of my ability. I do absolutely everything I can to avoid the things that make life harder. There is just one trigger that I have not figured out…