• The Headache Phase of a Migraine is the 3rd phase of a Migraine. It can include pain and many other symptoms of Migraine. #Headache #MigrainePhases #Migraine #Symptoms

    Migraine Explained: Headache Phase

    To those that do not experience Migraines, it may seem silly to write a post about the Headache Phase of a Migraine. You are probably thinking that a Migraine IS a headache after all. Nothing could be further from the truth! What is the Headache Phase? Headache is the third phase of a Migraine. It is characterized by pain that is on one or both sides of the head but it is more common to have pain only on one side. This phase can last for a few hours but it can last for up to 3 days. The headache phase can also change from one side pain to involve…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…