Migraines: When your sick

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When your sick migraines tend to go out of control. I wanted to talk about this topic today because I myself am currently sick, and suffering from this and just wanted to give some advice on what to do when this happen’s because it’s not something we can control.

When your sick and suffer from Chronic migraines like I do or are prone to migraines or headaches you have to be careful with cold medication. Especially the nasal decongestants and sinus headache medications, even mucinex DM, to much of those medications will cause rebound migraines and that’s the last thing you need when your suffering from a cold or the flu. Just make sure you look at the labels.

The biggest thing when your sick is it’s very hard not to take a nasal decongestant pill/medication, because you get so congested so I find that if you take it once or twice a day or as needed I seem to be fine. I’ve even used the nasal sprays when I’m really congested instead because there are two nasal sprays (at least that’s what I found) one that has the Phenylephrine and another one that has a different medication in it, so I try to alternate not only the nasal sprays but the decongestant pills too. Just be sure not to over do it. I find the Nasal sprays work better for me. 

Some things to try if you’re congested are:

  • Hot showers always work great and make you feel better
  • Netty Pot (But these are extremely uncomfortable)
  • Alternate between Nasal Sprays & Nasal decongestant medications
  • NyQuil/DayQuil (I’ve never had a problem with these before)

 

Some things to stay away from if your congested:

  • Any Sinus headache medications (theses medications trigger a severe migraine within 20 minutes for me)
  • Nasal Decongestant medications (If you have to take one, make sure its just the straight Phenylephrine and take it as needed and don’t over do it, and make sure there are no other medications mixed in with the decongestant)
  • Mucinex DM. (Any of the other Mucinex medications are fine)

pexels-photo-304784.jpegIf you have a chest cold like I do right now, I’ve never had any problems with any of the cough syrups or NyQuil like I stated above. NyQuil is pretty much my best friend when I get sick because it doesn’t cause rebound migraines and it covers most of my symptoms, the only thing it does is make you drowsy but when your sick you just want to sleep anyway, at least my fiancé does lol. 

So in conclusion, if you get a migraine when you get sick just monitor your flu medications, take your scheduled daily medications, drink plenty of water (very important), Drink plenty of fluids, take vitamin C, rest and use an ice pack behind your head to help with the pain. If you feel that you have a sinus headache/migraine try the ice pack on the front of your head/face for 20 min (that has helped me in the past).

If you feel you have a sinus infection try take some maximum strength  mucinex, but if that doesn’t work (like me ) go to urgent care or to your primary doctor because your migraines will only get worse until the sinus infection is cleared up. I almost always get a sinus infection and ear infections when I get a cold/flu. 

I hope these tips have helped, I know it’s cold/flu season and my fiancé and I are really feeling the effects of it this week so I wanted to share my tips on how to get through a cold/flu when you suffer from migraines like I/we do.

 

If you have any questions or want to share any tips please contact me or comment below.

 

Thanks for reading 

 

*Disclaimer* I am not a healthcare professional or doctor, I am just sharing my experiences and offering my advice and tips that I have learned.

Don’t let anyone tell you what to do!!!!!

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I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. Where other’s have heard of different treatments or strange things that “may” cure migraines but they come with severe side effects. For example just 1 of the things, “Botox” scares the crap out of me, i’ve heard so many bad things and bad reviews.  I have certain people yelling at me (“ just do it, your migraines can’t be that bad then if you don’t want to do it”). This infuriates me, because they have absolutely no idea. I know how to manage this, but if I were to not be able to swallow or half my face be paralyzed then I don’t know how I would handle that. I’ve heard way to many bad reviews, and I’m not willing to risk that.

This is why I say unless you are going through it, nobody and I mean nobody has the right to judge what you do or your decisions. It’s your body and you decide what you d, no one else. There will be so many things and people out there saying “ Oh crazy thing took away my migraines”, but it all comes down to what you are willing to do, if your will to do anything that’s up to you. But every one is different what works for someone may not work for some else. 

Don’t get me wrong I’m sure there are a lot of things out there that work for people and I’m not judging anyone, but for me this subject has really hit hard recently. It just really hurts and bugs me when people think they know what’s best for you and know better than you when you’ve been living with it and suffering from this disease for 7 years. Trust me if I could take a magic pill I would, I think we all would.

pexels-photo-556663.jpegWhat it comes down to is you have to stand up for yourself, and no matter who it is, it’s your body and your choice. I won’t mutilate my body or do anything that I don’t want to do, if I want to do it i’ll do it. I’m not going to have someone pressure me into something when it comes to my healthcare. Some decisions are permanent and you can’t unchange them. Sorry if I’m ranting. It’s just something i’m very passionate about.

So in conclusion, stand up for yourself, and don’t let anyone tell you what to do whether it’s family, friends or your significant other. It’s your body and your choice. Investigate, research and make the decision for yourself. 

If you have any questions or just want to vent lol please comment below or contact me anytime. 

Thanks for reading and listening 

Finding a great Neurologist

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Research, Research, Research…..

Over the last 7 years it took me 3 tries to find the right neurologist. Sometimes it takes a few tries, and takes a few months to feel them out. But when you realize they are not helping you or hearing you, it time to move on or find a new neurologist. The biggest thing is find the right doctor that fits your personality, your needs and fits your family’s needs too.

You can actually do a lot of research online. I found the neurologist that I have now by doing a lot of research online and looking at reviews. There is a lot of websites that  have reviews on doctors. Of course there will be those few bad reviews but if a doctor has mostly bad reviews then it’s probably best to look at a different doctor.

The last neurologist I had was referred by my primary doctor and after a year of struggling with her and the clinic I decided to find a different neurologist. So not all referrals mean they will be great neurologists, not to say they might be.

Once you have the appointment with your neurologist, make sure to ask questions. You can never ask enough questions. If you have a doctor that’s not talkative and doesn’t say much and just want’s to give you a bunch of medication with out even talking to you, that’s probably not the right doctor, I had a few doctors like this, it was extremely frustrating. I would be in with the doctor for 5 minutes and all i came out with was new medications.

Finding the right doctor can be tricky but within a month or two you should know if it’s the right fit. The neurologist I have now, I loved him straight away, i’ve been seeing him for over a year now. He was the only doctor that has told me about upcoming treatments they are developing, like they are coming out with an injection you can take that will prevent migraines for up to 6 months to a year. It hasn’t come out yet but he always keeps me updated.  He lets me talk and then he tells me what he thinks, and then decides with me. When I have problems at home he responds the same day and even calls me himself, not his nurse call me like I’ve had with previous doctors.

When your having severe migraines or even bad headaches the best thing to do is get in the care of a really good neurologist. The first thing they will do is order a CT scan or MRI if you haven’t had one done recently. When you do see a new doctor it’s always best to get your records transferred so they can see the whole picture, and you don’t have to explain from the beginning.  Now it’s not as hard as it was years ago because they have this electronic system called “Care everywhere” which most hospitals and clinics have, you just have to give them permission.  So when I transferred doctors it was easy.


So when finding a neurologist my tips are: 

  • Research
  • Try get a referral from your primary care doctor, although it’s not always needed. 
  • Consider the experience of the neurologist 
  • Review patient survey reviews online for the doctor you are seeing
  • Quality of the hospital or clinic the neurologist is located at
  • Check your insurance, you don’t what any surprises 
  • The style of the doctor (i.e Communication etc.)
  • A doctor that respects your values, religious decisions etc.
  • Decide if gender is an issue (Ex. Some people prefer a female doctor if they are female etc.

 

So in conclusion, finding the right neurologist for you is very important and is the best way to start getting you feeling comfortable. They can prescribe a lot of different medications that can prevent migraines and headaches and medications that you can take when you get the migraines that can make the pain and nausea bearable. So when you suffer from these chronic migraines it’s very important to be in the care of a great neurologist. 

If you can’t see a neurologist due to insurance cost, try to see a primary care doctor because they can sometimes prescribe some medications to help for nausea and may be able to help you with other medications with your migraines especially if they know about your insurance problems. 

One last thing I want to add is, for those of you who don’t have insurance and can’t afford to see a neurologist but are really suffering. There are programs at a lot of hospitals for people who don’t have insurance or people who don’t have much insurance coverage. They go based of your income and expenses. They will cover 20 %, 50% or 100% of your bill based off your income. So if you think you can’t afford it, just call the hospital or clinic up and ask if they have this. A lot of private clinics don’t offer this, but all the main hospitals seem to in my experience. I have Medicaid now, but a few years back this was the only way I was able to get care was with these programs. 

 

If you have any questions please comment below or contact me. 

 

Thanks for reading 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.