What to do when nothing will work!!

First of all let me say to everyone that’s going through what I’m going through I’m so sorry and hang in there. I know what your going through & it’s a struggle. It’s a illness that you can’t see and that’s the tough part, but what I have learned when medications have failed me, I have found that a Ice pack behind my head really works, and lay in a dark room with no distractions. If you find that’s not working, I have found that a hot bath with epsom salt helps too and you can still use the ice pack while lying in the hot bath, I relax in the bath with the lights off for a good 20 min. You can put a wash cloth over your eyes too. The main thing is to relax. Massaging you head is also another natural way to try relieve the pain. I’m always looking for natural ways, because sometimes the medication just doesn’t work. I hope this information has helped. Thanks and have a great day.

God Bless 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Please Help me

This is not my usual post but I’ve been really sick and my baby girl needs surgery desperately and anything anybody can do to help I would really appreciate it as I cannot work. My fiancé and I are doing everything possible right now to try and raise the money because she needs the surgery ASAP. I included a picture of what her tooth looks like so you can see what we’re dealing with and so you can see that we need to get this taken care of ASAP.

Here is the link to contribute to help Sophie:

http://fnd.us/41WMFe?ref=sh_68Egv5_sh_1vPy3QVuYC41vPy3QVuYC4

My baby girl Sophie which is 17 years old and is my best friend, I would do anything for her. We live in Jefferson, WI. We have been through everything together over the years. Sophie has been having allot of problems with her teeth and had a dental surgery a year ago when she was in pain like this and it helped immensely, but now it’s happening again. Sophie has another tooth that is causing her a lot of pain, and making her very irritable and not the happy Sophie I know her to be. I took her to the vet when I noticed this (like I did last time this happened). The vet told me she needs surgery again to remove a tooth that is causing her alot of pain, and possibly another one that’s on its way to become trouble. The vet prescribed her pain meds and an antibiotic for right now until the surgery can be done. We need $500 to do the surgery, due to me just getting out of surgery a week ago it’s come at the worst time possible. We need this done ASAP for Sophie because I will not let her suffer I love her way to much. 

The $500 would soly be used for the surgery cost. We just need some help so we can get Sophie out of pain ASAP. 

Sophie goes to the Jefferson veterinary clinic in Jefferson, WI. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated. We just want her pain free and happy and healthy again.

 

Please help me get Sophie out of pain and back to chasing toy mice and playing again. 

 

Thank you and God Bless

Brain Freeze to help migraines, does it really work?

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The answer is Yes!!!

I have used a ice pack behind my head for year’s and that really work’s well to lessen my migraine pain.

I read the other day that if you give yourself a brain freeze like drinking a cold drink or eating ice cream too fast it will make your migraine go away or lessen the pain.

So last night when I got a migraine I thought I would try it out to see if it would work, and I couldn’t believe it, it actually worked. It didn’t make my migraine completely go away, but it made the pain in my eye’s go away and I went from a pain level 8 to pain level 4.

Since migraine’s are triggered by a disruption in blood flow, and your brain get’s inflamed creating a brain freeze disrupt’s this and numb’s and calm’s the pain receptor’s.

Just like putting an ice pack on the back of my head work’s. Creating a brain freeze work’s too. It may not work for everyone, as everyone is different. I’m so excited this worked for me, and hope it continue’s to work. 

If you have any concern’s, contact your neurologist or primary doctor. I see my neurologist at the end of the month and will be asking him about this, and I will update on what he say’s about this.

Any question’s please let me know, feel free to comment or message me.

😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃

*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice/information is based off of personal experience.

Triggers

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Today I want to talk about triggers, finding your triggers which cause your migraine’s is a big key into controlling your migraine’s.

Everyone has different triggers, caffeine is a major trigger for me, if I have a sip of any drink with caffeine I will get a migraine with in minutes. I haven’t had caffeine or coffee for over seven years now, the only thing I drink is water because I find I get more migraine’s if I drink anything else.

As you go along your migraine journey you will find what triggers your migraine’s, whether it be caffeine which is a major trigger or chocolate, cheese, bright lights, fluorescent lights, being on a computer too long Etc.

For me bright lights, fluorescent lights and computers trigger my migraine’s right away so I had to replace all the bulbs in my house with low wattage LED bulbs, which made a huge difference for me. I also find being on my iPhone or iPad I don’t get migraine’s but if I am on my laptop I will get a migraine.

Triggers:

  • Caffeine ☕️
  • Chocolate 🍫
  • Cheese 🧀
  • Milk 🥛
  • Processed foods
  • Bright lights💡
  • Fluorescent lights 💡
  • Being on a computer 💻 too long
  • Stress
  • Alcohol (Red wine 🍷 especially for me)
  • Lack of sleep 😴
  • Dehydration
  • Hunger
  • Medication overuse
  • Hormonal changes
  • Weather changes (especially when it rains ☔️)

There are probably many more these are just the ones that really affect me.


Some Tips I’ve learned that help with migraine’s are:

  • Inhaling lavender oil can help with migraine pain (I have a diffuser right next to my bed)
  • Massage your neck and temples (I have a neck massager that you put around your neck that works great)
  • Warm your neck & bottom of your head with a heating pad or warm cloth for tension headache’s
  • Relax
  • Minimize stress if you can
  • Make sure your taking your preventive migraine medication (if you have it) on time every day
  • Avoid your triggers
  • Warm lemon water or lemon tea helps with migraine pain
  • Ice at the bottom of your head helps calm your migraine
  • Eating ice cream or something cold can calm the migraine I have found from experience.
  • Make sure your drinking plenty of water because dehydration is a major cause of migraine’s
  • Turn down the brightness on all your devices such as phones and iPads etc.
  • You can even turn down the brightness on your tv (I have found that since doing this my migraine’s have gone down)
  • Put blackout curtains in your bedroom (If any light comes in my room I will wake up with a terrible headache which turns into a migraine)

These are just some of what helps me, they may not help all because we are all different. I hope this helps.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment or message me.

*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice/information is all based off of personal experience.

Migraines: Confusion & Memory problems

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Migraines cause a lot of memory problems and confusion, even after the migraine. Over the years it has gotten worse. I used to have the best memory and could remember the most bizarre things, but now it’s like I’m a senior citizen and I’m 32 years old.

Confusion is a major problem when I get my migraines, I can’t focus on anything or even remember what I did the day before. Most times I go to get something and I can’t remember what I went to get, it can get very frustrating at times. The light sensitivity and vision problems makes this even worse.

Medication:

Medication like topamax, which is the medication I take to prevent my migraines is a major contributor to memory loss unfortunately but it works very well at controlling my migraines. I would never consider coming of this medication because before I was on this medication my migraines were even more debilitating than they are now. Although this medication causes memory problems, it’s a small price to pay when you were getting 5-6 migraines a day and going blind and having to go to the ER twice a day almost every day. I would never want to go back to that so to me the side effects are a very small price to pay.

There are also a lot of medications that you can take when you get the migraines which also make you very sleepy and confused, which is another contributor to confusion and memory loss. I’ve tried so many over the years and the ones that I take now work so well for me. I take Frova, mirapex and promethazine and have a nausea pill that I take every day because the nausea can get very intense.

After you get the migraine:

After you get the migraine you still feel very sleepy and confused. It’s much like the hangover effect. You head feels like a cement block, and super heavy the slightest movement of your head feels like a knife is piercing through your head. Your body feels like it got hit by a train so to speak. You feel so nauseated and even your whole body hurts and aches all over.

Your head feels so scrambled you can’t remember anything or focus on anything. You have no energy to do anything for at least 24 hours. For me it takes me 48 hours to fully get over my migraines. When I have 2-3 migraines a day it takes me even longer. I have severe memory and confusion problems to the point that I cannot drive anymore. These migraines are so debilitating, and it seems the longer you suffer from them the more damage they do.


I have suffered from chronic migraines for over 7 years now, it’s a debilitating condition, unless you suffer from these type of migraines you can’t understand it is what I’ve learned over the years. I have researched and learned so much about my condition over the years and have learned so much from my doctors and my own personal experience and research.

It’s all about what works for you, and there is treatment out there you just have to find what works best for you. What works for me might not work for you, and what works for you might not work for someone else. We are all different, that’s what makes us special and unique.

I always recommend that if you suffer from migraines weather it be chronic or not, is you get referred by your primary doctor to a neurologist, because there are so many medications out there that can improve your life quality, you don’t have to suffer. Before I saw my neurologist my life was strictly in my bedroom, laying in bed which was blacked out and I was sleeping almost all the time, except when I was sick or going to the ER because I was in so much pain.

I had no social life or interaction with anybody, even my family. This is no way to live, and can lead to severe depression. I suffer from depression and anxiety because I was living this way for so long. The best thing you can do is to see a neurologist and get treated, and your primary doctor or a psychiatrist if your depressed. The biggest thing I’ve learned is you don’t have to suffer there is options out there.

Any questions please feel free to comment or message me anytime 😀

*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice/information is all based off of personal experience.

Chronic Migraines

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Chronic migraines can be very hard to deal with, and be a very disabling condition. It’s knowing if you have chronic migraines or not is key.

You can have a low frequency episodic migraine (10 headache days per month) or a high frequency migraine 10-14 headache days per month) determining what you have is key.

Keeping a headache/migraine diary is very important to keep track of how many migraines you are getting so you can determine if you are having chronic migraines and what kind of frequency they are at. This is something that your doctor will ask you to do as well.

If you have more than 15 headache days a month over the course of a 3 month period of which 8 are migraines without medication overuse then you probably are suffering from chronic migraines. If this is happening you definitely need to see a neurologist or a doctor to get checked out.

It’s very important if your having headache or migraine attack’s frequently to see a neurologist. It’s very important to be assessed by a doctor to make sure you don’t have any serious illnesses or underlying condition or disease.


There are many risk factors for chronic migraines here is a list of some :

  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Pain disorders

There are probably many more these are just some of what I have.


Treatment:

Treatment for chronic migraines consists of a variety of things and it’s a personal preference on what route you want to go. Preventative medications and medications that you take when you get the migraine which they call acute medications are very important to treating your migraines.

You and your doctor can make what choice is right for you. Avoiding medication overuse is very important because you can get rebound migraines which is very painful.

Non-medication preventative treatments that you can try are behavioral therapy, ice packs, avoiding your triggers such as caffeine, cheese, alcohol, chocolate etc., and addressing your risk factors.

Avoiding your triggers is very important, caffeine, alcohol and light sensitivity are my major triggers so that was the first thing I had to change.

Everybody has different triggers because everybody is different you just have to figure out what your triggers and risk factors are.

Dealing with chronic migraines can be very hard, but it’s finding the right doctor and the right medications and the right treatment.

If you are dealing with chronic migraines talk to your doctor you don’t have to live in pain, there is treatment options.

Any questions please let me know 😁

*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice is based off of personal experience.

New medication

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For all  you chronic migraine sufferers out there there is a new medication called Aimovig it’s finally just come out on the market.  It looks just like a Epi pen.

My neurologist told me about it a year and a half ago and it finally got approved by the FDA and got released last month. I just signed the paperwork at my doctors office this week, my doctor showed me what it looked  like and how to use it it’s very simple and easy. It costs $575 a month without insurance but it is supposed to reduce migraines by 50% and some people got 75% relief. It has had a lot of success. 

 Unfortunately my insurance doesn’t cover it so I have to pay out-of-pocket, but for me it’s worth its worth it  and worth the investment when I’m getting 3 to 4 migraines a day sometimes more often, Losing my vision and  going practically blind and getting very nauseated, getting very confused and dizzy and because of all this I can’t work or barely leave the house, have a social life or drive.  

 My hope with this medication is that I will be able to regain some of my life back and hopefully be able to work and drive again.  But because the medication is so expensive and because I cannot work I need donations to be able to afford this medication. 

My doctor said they will be coming out with a pill form soon,  hopefully that option will be cheaper and my insurance will cover it but in the meantime any donations would be greatly appreciated, my go fund me page link is listed below. 

 

Any questions please let me know😃

 

 Here is the link for my go fund me page : 

https://www.gofundme.com/cant-afford-treatment-for-migraine&rcid=r01-153329113664-44753c468136406b&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_m

 

*Disclaimer*  I am not a medical professional my advice/ information is all based off of personal experience. 

It’s been a while…😨☹️🤕

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve been really sick 🤒 with my migraines and ongoing stomach issues which I have now learned I have gastritis as well as abdominal migraines, while dealing with my chronic migraines too. So it’s been a rough couple of months. So the topic i would like to touch on is abdominal migraines because it’s something I’ve never heard of until now and it’s apparently very common to get if you suffer from chronic migraines. Abdominal migraines aren’t headaches they are actually a reaction to the same triggers as migraine headaches. So again you have to find what triggers your migraines and abdominal migraines. Which means they hurt a lot and cause a lot of stomach cramps and pain.

Major Abdominal Migraine symptoms:

  • Nausea 🤢
  • Vomiting 🤮
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pain (mine has been in the upper stomach, but it can be a non-localized Pain)
  • Stomach cramps
  • Overall discomfort and feeling sick 🤢 and not wanting to eat or do anything
    Continue reading It’s been a while…😨☹️🤕