• Also known as the “Migraine Hangover”, this phase can be as debilitating as the Migraine pain itself. #Postdrome #Migraine #MigrainePhases

    Migraine Explained: Postdrome Phase

    One of the things that makes a Migraine very different than an ordinary headache is that it isn’t over once the pain subsides. Most people are not aware that there are after effects that are just has difficult to navigate as the other symptoms. This final phase of Migraine is called the Postdrome phase. What is the Postdrome Phase? Also known as the “Migraine Hangover”, this phase can be as debilitating as the Migraine pain itself. Determining what the symptoms are of the postdrome phase can be just as difficult as it is to determine the Prodrome symptoms. This phase can last for up to 48 hours after the headache…

  • 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:…

  • On Migraine days I let my cravings tell my body what to eat. When I do this, it seems like my body recovers faster. Here are some things that I like to eat on migraine days. #Migraine #Food #Cravings

    What I Like to Eat on Migraine Days

    I will be the first to admit that what I eat on Migraine days isn’t that healthy. I just let my cravings guide me and honestly, it usually works to settle my stomach and make me feel a bit better. What I Like to Eat on Migraine Days Keep in mind that this is not a list of healthy foods. This is a list of the things my body craves on my worst days. My best advice is to drink plenty of water on the migraine days and let your body guide you for the rest! Snacks The first thing I want the eat on Migraine days is salty snacks!…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • What is Transient Aphasia? - #speech #language #aphasia #migraine #aura #HemiplegicMigraine #garbledspeech

    Transient Aphasia – When the Words Won’t Come

    One of the most annoying symptoms that I have during my Hemiplegic Migraine episodes is aphasia. The National Aphasia Association defines aphasia as, “an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech.”  Although aphasia is generally permanent, transient aphasia is temporary and is the type that accompanies migraines. What is it like to have Transient Aphasia? Most importantly, I know what I want to say but when I try to say the words everything sounds garbled, slurred and unrecognizable. It sounds like I am talking a foreign language that doesn’t exist. It is very frustrating to have the words and to be unable to get them out correctly.…

  • Weather and Migraine - #migraine #chronicillness #headache

    The Weather is Trying to Kill Me

    “The weather is trying to kill me”, this is a statement that I have repeated many times over the past two weeks. I know that it sounds like a crazy statement based on irrational paranoia but it isn’t, I promise. I do realize that the weather can’t kill me but it most certainly can make my life miserable. The past few weeks has been a proverbial barometric pressure roller coaster. The changes in pressure send me into my migraine cocoon and there is nothing I can do about it. Weather Related Migraine Product Review: I tried the MigraineX earplugs a week ago on a day that saw a lot of…

  • LETTER TO MY BRAIN - #migraine #hemiplegicmigraine #aphasia #aura #paralysis

    Letter to my Brain

    Last week, several people wrote letters to their brain. I made a comment on Jay’s post over at beardedigor.wordpress.com that I would be afraid of what I would say. He said I should do it…Challenge Accepted! Dear Brain, What On Earth is going on up there? For the many years you would act up on rare occasions but then you decided to be naughty every single day. It was bad enough when my the right side of my face would droop and my vision would get all sparkley. But when you decided that I didn’t need my right arm to work you went way over the line. Never mind the horrendous pain, which…

  • Sleep, insomnia, migraine

    The Elusive Sleep and Migraine

    It doesn’t seem to matter how much I take care of myself, the one thing I seem to be constantly hunting is a good nights sleep. My inability to sleep effects how well I function during the day and compounded with other triggers, such as weather, can lead to an increase of migraine episodes. Lack of sleep also gives me less “juice” to fight the pain once a migraine episode has begun. Here is how a typical night goes. Around 10:30, I am tired and ready for sleep. I get comfy and cozy, my husband and I pray and say our good nights, then my husband turns off the light.…