Struggles with Daily Life

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Sorry it’s been a few days since my last post, I had to have a procedure on my back and was in a lot of pain and also have been suffering from a lot of migraines too. So I thought this topic would be perfect.

The many struggles that come with migraines are so long to list. Having to deal with the pain, and dealing with lights and brightness as well as dealing with everyday life can be a daily struggle, at least for me it is.

I have severe back pain and I was actually told by my neurologist that a lot of people who suffer from migraines suffer from some form of back pain too. So dealing with pain whether it’s pain from the migraines or my back pain is a daily struggle/nightmare for me.

Just doing daily chores, cleaning or laundry can be a daunting task or at least it is for me. I find it so difficult to do anything when I have my severe migraines. Sometimes I can barely get up to go to the bathroom. That’s why I have tried to make my apartment migraine friendly if you will. So when I do get migraines I can still somewhat function. When I get migraines or headaches I suffer from super light sensitivity, but because my apartment is dark  I can still function and get up.  That’s why I say It’s how we deal with it and manage which is key. I have found a way over the last 7 years to live with it, and this is just 1 of the ways how I manage. It’s not easy, but it’s manageable.

Depending on my day, if I have just a bad headache or a super bad migraine, I try to take advantage of the days I’m feeling good, which are very few. When I have these good days I do as much as I can within reason because I know on my bad days I won’t be able to do much of anything.

On the days I have a bad headache, I try to do less strenuous things, things that won’t cause my headache to turn into a migraine like doing the laundry or the dishes etc.  Anything relaxing that wont cause my headaches to turn into a migraine.

I know when I have a headache or don’t have a headache and I exercise or do vacuuming or any heavy cleaning like that it will give me a migraine within a few minutes, so I must have my fiancé help me do the heavy cleaning like vacuuming now. Sometimes we just have to admit we need help and that’s okay.

I know for those of you that suffer from these migraines and have kids it’s probably ten times harder, and I can’t even imagine going through this and having kids. But again I would only say it’s okay to ask for help & don’t push your self. I don’t have kids so that’s all I can add unfortunately.


The biggest thing I do to get through my days are to take it slow and pace my self, and don’t push my self because that’s when I will get more migraines. Stress causes migraines so the less stress the less migraines.

I hope this information has helped, but like I said just do what you can do and don’t push your self no matter what anyone tells you. You and only you knows what your body can do.  Don’t let anyone tell you what to do, its your body and your decision. 

 

Thanks for reading 😀

 

*Disclaimer* I’m not a Doctor or health care professional, I’m just writing about my experiences and offering advice.

Dealing With Extreme Light Sensitivity

pexels-photo-399772.jpegLight sensitivity is a major symptom and trigger for me and something I’d like to talk about today. With migraines light sensitivity is a major problem, the slightest light is like someone sticking a knife in your eyes/head. 

Dealing with light sensitivity is very hard, I have to have the brightness turned down on the tv, on my phone and iPad. I can no longer use a laptop because it will trigger a migraine within 10 minutes. I have to have my bedroom dark, I have blackout curtains so no light can get in, and have to have the blinds shut in the rest of the house.

If there is any light in the bedroom, like sunlight coming in the bedroom I will wake up with a severe migraine. So I have blackout curtains in the bedroom which are great, and you can buy them at Walmart or target for a decent price. They are great for winter or summer too, because they keep the heat and cold out.

Having a dark room like this really helps, my fiancé calls it my “Bat Cave” lol, but it really helps prevent a migraine. When I have a migraine I’m so light sensitive that I can’t take any amount of light, so having a dark room where I can sleep and be in makes all the difference.

So you can see how easy you can become depressed because of this. The only down fall of this is being in a dark room/house all the time can make you become depressed over time. But when your so light sensitive like me you have no choice. So you just have to manage.


I also changed my light bulbs to LED light bulbs, they are fairly inexpensive. I purchased mine at Walmart and I got the Walmart brand so they were a bit cheaper, you can get different brightness’s and I got the lowest. They last a long time and save on your energy bill and really help your migraines. This was actually a idea from my dad, all the lights in my house were fluorescent light bulbs ever since I changed all the lights to LED bulbs my migraines decreased. So I would recommend if you can to change your light bulbs to LED light bulbs.

Going into stores like Walmart or target or even the mall are extremely difficult for me. You will find that almost every store that you go into has fluorescent lights. When I do go shopping I have to wear my dark sunglasses. Because of this I don’t do much shopping anymore, my fiancé has to do most of the shopping because every time I go into stores that has fluorescent lights I get a migraine within 10 minutes.

Even going to the movie theater or going out to eat at a restaurant can be tough, most times when my fiancé and I go to the movie theater to watch a movie or a restaurant I have to wear my dark sunglasses, because I will end up getting a very bad migraine. This becomes very annoying and such a hassle, so I don’t have much of a social life anymore. Because of this we don’t go out very often, so this makes life very challenging.

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Managing your life when your extremely light sensitive can be extremely hard but these are some of the things you can do to help:

  • Get Black out curtains
  • Turn the brightness down on all your electronic devices
  • Get dark sunglasses (I got prescription dark sunglasses made for me at LensCrafters)
  • When you go into stores that have fluorescent lights, or restaurants or the movie theater, wear your dark sunglasses to prevent a migraine (fluorescent lights are a trigger for me so I have to do this)
  • Change your light bulbs in your house to LED bulbs (not only will they help with migraines, they will help your electric bill too)
  • Have the minimum amount of lights on in your house if possible

If you can do any of these things they can help dramatically. Dealing with light sensitivity is a daily struggle that no one can understand unless they have migraines. It’s a piercing pain that can trigger a migraine and when you have a migraine it’s even worse.

So in conclusion, do what ever you can to minimize the light in your house, if possible. I have realized after 7 years of this, that migraines are just apart of me now and so I have had to adjust my life around them. Getting frustrated and mad only makes it worse. All these things have helped dramatically and decreased my migraines, I’m all about natural methods to help migraines so anything like this to prevent them I will do.

If you have any questions or want to share things that have worked for you, you can comment below or contact me 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

Thanks for reading 😃

*Disclaimer* I’m not a doctor or health care professional, I’m just sharing my advice on my experience.

Silent Migraines

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Silent migraines are migraines that occur without an aura or without warning. I get these a lot. These migraines at least for me tend to be less severe, but are still very bad and I get all the same symptoms beside the blindness in my eyes.

You can get these migraines while doing your normal daily routines, or even sleeping. I get these almost every morning. I wake up with severe migraines every morning, which is why I call these silent migraines. 

The symptoms are all the same of a migraine with aura which include: 

  • Nausea or upset stomach, or vomiting
  • Severe throbbing pain on one or both sides of your head, and pain in eyes
    Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds, smells, and possibly motion (when I get up my head feels super heavy, and my head feels like a cement block)

When I get these migraines the only thing to do is take my medication, and I use an ice pack behind my head which really helps. I also put a cold wash cloth over my eyes when my eyes hurt and get sore, I also wear my sunglasses too which helps a lot. My eyes always seem to hurt a lot with silent migraines, because I’m extremely light-sensitive.

The biggest thing to do is just relax, in a stress free environment if possible and sleep. Sleep really is the best way to relieve migraines. When we get migraines it causes inflammation and sleep helps calm that as well as medications. I’ve also found that massaging the temples, head and neck really helps too. You can get one of those neck massagers at walmart or target for a decent price and it really helps.

Again I just want to stress if you’re not seeing a neurologist to make an appointment because they can get you on some medication to make feel so much better and lessen your migraines and get you feeling a lot more comfortable. It’s also very important to make sure nothing else is going on, the first thing I got was an MRI and I checked out fine. However, I know sometimes financially doctors get expensive. If that’s the case I’m always here to help in any way possible.

Any questions contact me anytime, sorry for the short blog today I had one of these silent migraines this morning which is why I chose to write about it today.

Thanks for reading

 

*Disclaimer* I’m not a doctor or healthcare professional I’m just writing and offering my advice on my experience. 

 

 

 

Migraine With Aura

pexels-photo-551588.jpegMigraine with Aura also known as Ocular Migraines, these types of migraines are the worst and most painful in my opinion. The only good thing about them is you get a 20 minute warning before the pain hits, so in that time you can take some medication to try knock out the pain or combat the pain so to speak.

When the Aura comes for me I go blind in one eye, first it starts with faint zig zag lines and then gets more severe, and eventually I cannot see. Rarely it happens it both eyes, but it has happened to me. I get severe light sensitivity, ringing in my ears, and dizzy. I also get severe nausea once the aura has passed, but have had nausea with aura as well. Here are the symptoms when you are getting an aura with migraine.

Symptoms:

  • Seeing zig zag patterns
  • Blind spots
  • Visions loss in one or both eyes
  • Flashing lights
  • Nausea

 

Aura can start anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour before the migraine hits. They call this a pre-headache. The aura can distort all your senses, with me it does. I get an aura with about half of my migraines. I used to get a lot more but because of the medication I am on now, the aura migraines have decreased.

Once the aura is over that’s when the pain will hit, when the pain hits, it’s very severe. It’s a steady throbbing pain. I feel it on one side of my head and have pain in my eyes too, I also have very severe nausea. I am prescribed Zoloft for nausea which really helps. I am also prescribed several medications for when I get these migraines. That’s why it’s extremely important to see a neurologist if you are suffering from these types of migraines because they can prescribe you some great medications to help with these types of migraines.

Here are some other symptoms that you may get with a Migraine with Aura:

  • Nausea or upset stomach, or vomiting 
  • Severe throbbing pain on one or both sides of your head, and pain in eyes
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds, smells, and possibly motion (when I get up my head feels super heavy, and my head feels like a cement block)

pexels-photo-576831.jpegAs ive explained in my other posts, keeping track of your triggers is very important. Also starting a headache diary will help. Keeping a headache diary will help you keep track of your headache and migraines so you will know when you got the migraine and what you ate, what you were doing, and medication you took, so you will know what triggered your migraine so you can help your doctor figure out to stop the migraines. I know this really helped me a lot in the beginning.

 

Again avoid Triggers, here’s a list:

  • Stress
  • Lights, flashing lights, fluorescent lights (this is a major trigger for me)
  • Watching too much TV or being on the Computer (again this is a major trigger for me)
  • Certain foods, everyone has different food triggers
  • Weather Changes
  • Being tired, or sick
  • Hormone Changes
  • Medications 
  • Make sure you are drinking water and eating regularly 

 

Some triggers you cannot help because it’s just apart of life, like getting sick, or weather changes etc. The best thing we can do is manage and keep track of our migraines, take our prescribed medication and cope with what we are given. 

The last thing I want to add is migraines with aura is you’re not alone. These types of migraines and migraines in general are hereditary, for example my mother suffered severely when she was younger from migraines and she still has them time to time. This is something I learned from my neurologist and just wanted to add, so your family can help you and possibly knows what you’re going through. The biggest thing is having a great support system and I’m blessed to say that I have that.

 

If you have any questions or need to talk please contact me anytime.

Thanks for reading 

 

*Disclaimer* I am not a healthcare professional, I am just writing about and offering advice and recommendation in my experience.

 

 

 

 

Depression & Migraines

pexels-photo-326580.jpegAs you know I’ve been suffering from migraines for 7 years now, a long time. A long time of pain and because of that I don’t have a social life or go out, like I’ve stated. I already suffer from PTSD and anxiety from a bad car accident I was in when I was 16. After years of these chronic migraines I have developed depression. It’s dealing with depression and migraines which is key, and that’s what I would like to talk about today.

I know it’s a tough subject. But once you have realized your depressed, the most important thing is to see a doctor and get some help. Thinking you can handle it yourself is not gonna work, it might for a little while but after a while you just wont be able to handle it, I learnt that the hard way. I know when I first saw my doctor the biggest thing I didn’t want was to be drugged up, but I learnt that’s not the case and I’m not. I can’t even tell any difference apart from feeling a lot better.

It may take you a few try’s to find the right medication for you, I found mine on the second try. Again its key to find the right doctor that fits you and your personality. I have been very blessed with my psychiatrist, I found a great doctor that listens to me and takes my past history and even my migraines into account. After getting me on the right medication my doctor referred me to talk to a counselor. 

After my first appointment with my counselor, after hearing my story so to speak and what I’ve been through, and the pain with my migraines, she told me I suffered from depression, PTSD and anxiety. My counselor then told me if I felt comfortable with her what she could do for me, and told me several options of treatments. Then told me her plan, and asked me if I was ok with it. I left feeling so much better just after seeing her for the first time.

After seeing my counselor for several months since this past summer 2017, I am doing so much better. The biggest thing I have learned is its best to get on medication, and talk to someone. If I had left it much longer it could have gotten a lot worse. My situation is a little different because I do suffer from PTSD and anxiety, but before my depression I didn’t realize how bad my PTSD and anxiety had gotten. I was having panic attacks several times a day, which I didn’t realize they were panic attacks.

Now I am educated on depression and the signs of panic attacks, and to try reduce my stressors, but now I’m on medication and doing so much better. So the lesson to be learned is to seek treatment. My only regret is not seeking treatment earlier. 

So in conclusion, if you are feeling sad, irritated or just plain loosing hope or having any bad or suicidal thoughts CALL 9-1-1 AND/OR SEEK TREATMENT ASAP. 

Any questions feel free to contact me 🙂

Thanks for reading 

 

*Disclaimer* I am not a health care professional, I am just writing about and offering advice in my experience. If you feel like you want to harm yourself or others please call 9-1-1 or seek treatment or talk to someone.

Rebound Migraines

Rebound migraines….these types of migraines are the worst, but something I would like to talk about.

Rebound migraines can be caused or triggered by medications and caffeine from coffee or soda.

The biggest source that causes a rebound Migraine is Opiate/pain medications. Any pain killer that has a combination of codeine and Tylenol with trigger rebound migraines, even over the counter drugs such as Excedrin, aspirin etc.. It’s not to say that you can never take these medications, but you cannot take them Daily. If you take them once or twice a week it shouldn’t cause a rebound migraine.

The first thing my neurologist told me was to stop taking Excedrin & Pain killers for my migraines. I couldn’t believe it, Excedrin right? Isn’t that stuff for headaches and migraines! He told me they can make them worse, & cause more harm than good. Excedrin actually contains caffeine.

There are also Migraine medications that cause rebound migraines, which seems mind boggling. Medications that you take when you get a migraine like Imitrex, Relpax, Zomig etc. If you take them to often they will cause rebound migraines. My neurologist has told me with the 3 medications I take when I get a migraine I can only take each different medication twice a week. But alternate between them. Sometimes when you get a lot of migraines like me, it gets difficult.

The other reason you can get rebound migraines are changing of seasons, I always seem to have trouble in the fall, and spring. Just like when it storms, or the weather changes I always seem to suffer more with my migraines.


So when you find out your suffering from a rebound migraine, the only way to fix it is by stopping the pain medications your taking for a few days, and by calling your doctor. When I have had a rebound migraine, they have put me on a steroid dose for a week, and when I got a very bad case and they had me go to the hospital for a outpatient visit and gave me medication through I.V. The good thing is, there is treatment.

So I will list some of the symptoms of a rebound migraine I have experienced:

  1. Nausea
  2. Irritability
  3. Memory Problems
  4. Severe Pain
  5. Having 2 or more headaches/Migraines
  6. Pain medications not working or Headaches/migraine coming back when pain medications wear off

Preventing these types of migraines is the key. Sometimes you can do everything and they still happen, but the biggest thing to remember with migraines is, to eat regularly, get enough sleep, exercise if you can, reduce stress(this is very important), avoid triggers and most of all take your prescribed medication & avoid your triggers. Everyone has different triggers.

Good luck and be well. Any questions contact me anytime 😀

*Disclaimer* I am not a doctor or health care professional, this is just a recommendation on my experience.

Can my Migraine headache be prevented?

The answer is yes!! 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

The most important thing to do when you are suffering from migraines is get to a doctor, and get a referral to a great neurologist.

There are so many medications you can take to prevent migraines and medications you can take when you get the migraines. It may take a few medications to find the right fit, but once you have you will never want to go back.

I know it was that way for me. 7 years ago before I saw my neurologist I was having 5-6 migraines per day and with every migraine I would loose my vision for an hour. I was going to the ER 3 times a week, it was awful. No way to live your life.

I went to my doctor and after a few tests and treatments I finally got to a neurologist. I then got on a preventative which decreased my migraines to 3-4 times a day and I was going to the ER 2 times per month. A lot better than I was.

A year later I moved and found a better neurologist. The key is finding a great doctor that will listen and care. I’m so blessed with my doctor.

I’m now on 2 preventives and have 3 different medications to take when I get my migraines. It took me 5 years to finally find the right medications for when I got the migraines.

I still get 2-3 migraines a day, but I haven’t been to the ER in along time. I have to wear sunglasses all the time because I’m so light sensitive and I don’t have a social life.

I am no longer able to work, because of the frequency of my migraines and my light sensitivity, but it definitely beats going to the ER 3 times a day.

Apart from medications to prevent migraines is food triggers. I know I cannot touch a lot of things I used to love anymore. The most important thing to stop having is caffeine. That’s the first thing my neurologist told me.

Here is a list :

Caffeine (very important to stop)

Cheese

Chocolate

Orange juice (this is a trigger for me)

Drinking lots of water 💦 is very important. I switched to drinking only water and nothing else 2 years ago and I can’t tell you how much it changed my life. Not only my migraines but my overall health. If you can make this commitment I would definitely recommend it.

1 last thing in preventing migraines is the Botox injection that you probably have seen on tv. I haven’t tried this, because of the side effects.

For right now I’m just sticking to my medications. But may be willing to try it in the future if nothing else comes available. If I do I will update.

I hope this information was helpful. If you need more information or want information on a great neurologist feel free to email me.

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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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