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.

😀😀😀😊😊😊😊😁😁😁

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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