• Transient Aphasia - When the Words won't come

    Migraine Explained: Transient Aphasia

    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.…

  • A Silent Migraine is a type of Migraine with Aura in which the person does not enter a Headache phase of the attack. #SilentMigraine #Migraine

    Migraine Explained: Silent Migraine

    Did you know that it is possible to have a Migraine without pain? You might be scratching your head because you thought that a Migraine is a headache. Well, if I do nothing else with this blog, I hope to educate some people about how untrue that assumption is. A…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • So what is the problem with the season change that causes the issue? Let’s take a look at some of the factors that seem to create the perfect Migraine Storm. #SeasonalMigraine #SeasonChange #DaylightSavingsTime

    Migraine Explained: Season Change

    When it is time for a season change and the clocks spring forward or fall back, my brain seems to going into an open rebellion. It rebels against too much change at one time. These shifts trigger a season of Status Migrainosus that will typically require hospitalization. So what is…

  • 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…

  • 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…