I just wanted to let some readers out there know, that if you have been diagnosed with Chronic Migraine you may qualify for a discount and or reimbursement of a deductible for Botox injections. See this website to see if you qualify! https://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/botox-coverage-costs
So, I’m nearly 3 months into my Botox shots and I have to say that I’ve seen an improvement with my pain. I still have other migraine symptoms. However, the pain has been much less!
About 3 weeks ago my neurologist was looking at the migraine diary that I’ve been doing with a study for Amgen on Chronic Migraine. I found this out through Migraine.com. Check them out and subscribe for more information! Anyhow, she saw how many migraines I have had in the last two months and decided I was a candidate for Aimovig!
I had to fill out a bunch of paperwork at the neurologist office. They gave me a brief overview of how I would be injecting into myself. I got a letter in the mail about a week later.
So, I’m getting my first two doses for free! A few days after that I received a nice little booklet from the Amgen.
A week later I received a red sharps disposable can. I have to throw out the injectors into this sharps container, and then when it’s full send it back to the company who provided it.
On Saturday I received my first dose of medicine for free. I’ll receive my second dose for free while I’m waiting for my insurance company to pre-approve it. If my insurance doesn’t approve it, I’ve read it’s about $580.00 a dose! I read in the letter that came with my medicine that I could apply for a savings program. Which you can find here if you have been prescribed this medicine! https://www.aimovig.com/sign-up/ .
The medicine needs to be refrigerated. Last night I finally sucked it up and gave myself the injection. I *think* I did it correctly. I hope I did it correctly. I’ve watched some YouTube videos on how to do it and other people’s experience with it. I’ve read that it takes a full 24 hours before it really starts working.
I will keep you posted!
I have been working on this book for a couple of years now. Over the last couple of years, my daughter started asking me some really interesting questions, which made me change the book to answer her questions. I believe I’ve written it in a style and using words most kids will be able to understand. I tried to do this without comprising what a migraine really is, an entire disorder with many symptoms. In this book, I’ve written mostly about my personal experiences and symptoms.
This week, I found an editor because it really needs it. However, I have found an illustrator who is currently working on concept art for my book! She’s an up and coming illustrator, editor, producer, and animator, her name is Melina Lescoe from Sweet Potato Productions. I’m really excited to be working with her!
To see some of her work, please click on the links above or her websites!
Artwork for article provided by Melina Lescoe!
So, I try to follow the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan. I fall off the wagon, but then I try my best to get back on it. What usually throws me off the wagon is lack of energy and my chronic migraine condition. When you don’t feel good, and your stomach is not at it’s best, you tend to eat what sounds good, like Saltine Crackers, or white bread (gasp!).
Recently I was on the Trim Healthy Mama shopping site buying some more of their Super Sweet Blend Packets to go. Which are awesome to keep in your purse, use at work and they also help you measure out how much you are putting in! I saw this Baobab Boost Powder that has a ton of anti-oxidants, more than Blueberries, Acai Berries, and Pomegranates! It’s also supposed to give you more energy! So I was up for anything that might give me more energy!
It’s also supposed to help with blood circulation, blood pressure, and many other things. If you go to the bottom of the Trim Healthy Mama’s website about the Baobab Powder you will find a list of benefits. There are also a few other sites that list the benefits as well.
I’m not a doctor nor do I pretend to be one on the internet or on T.V.!!! All I can tell you is that I’ve been drinking this powder mixed in with Lemons with THM Super Sweet Blend and in my favorite English Breakfast Tea for 30 days. I’ve only had 3 migraines that actually weren’t that bad and that only took a couple of Motrin to help them go away. Now I could be having a really good month, it’s hard to tell. I generally have 10-15 migraines a month. It doesn’t take much to trigger them, a little stress, a change in the weather, certain lighting, smells, barometric pressure changes, altitude changes and the list goes on and on.
Here’s a video from Trim Healthy Mama about it. I’m not an affiliate for them so I don’t make any money from this if you buy it. If you are like me and willing to try just about anything to help you with your migraines, for $13.99 which is a month’s supply it can’t hurt to try it!
Recently, I got an article published on GrokNation’s site. Please read all about it here!
Most of the time I get migraines on the right side of my head. I’m used to these and have a higher pain tolerance for these. However, if I start to get one on the left side of my head (aka, the bad side or the wrong side) I know I’m in for trouble!!!!! Which side is your bad side?
I don’t get aura’s before migraines most of the time, but when I do I know it’s going to be a bad one. What do your aura’s look like? Mine look like this:
Do you put anything extra or buy water with extra ingredients to help with your migraines. They always tell us to drink plenty of water. So I drink a ton of water and then always buy some that has electrolytes in it. Lately I’ve been gagging down 20 drops of Trace Minerals added to my electrolyte water in the morning. It has a slight metallic taste to it. So I do it like a shot and then chase it with anything that tastes decent! It could be that I’m just having a good week, but I’ve been pretty decent this week since starting this. I got the Trace Minerals here.
I think we have all done this, pretending your well. My standard answer is that I’m fine, even though I’m in pain. Now if it’s a two Imitrex and lay down migraine, I’m not pretending I’m well. However most days I can have a migraine and pretend like nothing is wrong. How good are you at that? Now that is acting!!!!
Mine is, “Have you tried drinking more water?” I drink about 10-12 8 ounce glasses of water a day. Half of those usually include Electrolytes and 1 contains Trace Minerals.
Exciting news for me! I was recently accepted to become part of a trial for a new medicine and the Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I will be going there on the 22nd of February for my first evaluation.
If you want to find out or participate in a study go to this page and find out more details and call them! The more research and treatment options we have the better!!! Make life better for people with Chronic Migraines!
Since MHNI categorized me as a Chronic patient I am going to be finding out what the process is to receive Botox and get it covered by my insurance. I will let you know what the process is and give you tips and see if it helps me and let me know if it helps you!
After my last 12-day migraine I’m willing to try anything to ease the pain and regain my life back!
If you suffer from Migraines help yourself while helping others!!!! VOLUNTEER!!!