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Top 10 Holiday Gifts Ideas For Someone with Chronic Migraine!

Are you always left wondering, what should I get my “________________” who has chronic migraine?   Perfumes give her migraine, scented lotions and candles give her migraine….so on and so forth.   Please note that this post contains affiliate links that either provide me with a discount or a small commission.  However,  that being said, I wouldn’t recommend the products I didn’t love already!

Here is a list of items I don’t think any migraine sufferer would ever be unhappy with!  It shows you put serious thought into your gifts!

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1.  An eye mask.   What?    Something as simple as an eye mask?   Yes, one with an adjustable band and it blocks out the light!   It also has an icepack that you can remove so that you can wash it.   This one I got from a Therabox subscription is one of the best ones I found.  It’s a cat one, but I swear the ears on the mask help it lay flatter to block more light.   https://www.mytherabox.com/shop/product/966027172

A close second is this one from Amazon.  It looks very similar and it feels very similar. It too has a removable icepack.  I like the icepack on my eyes only when I have a migraine.   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X2KSXMH/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d 

2.  A hooded robe.   I’ve found that the hood will go over my eyes and help block out light.  Plus this one has pockets and is super soft.   I’m really picky about my clothes being soft.  This one is just right and comes in many colors.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MZ2NW3F/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d

3.  I’m unusual many migraine sufferers prefer ice hats.   I prefer heat on my neck and ice on my eyes.   This USB rechargeable scarf fills my need.    I live in a cold environment and work in a cold environment.  These thing relaxes my neck and warms me up.  I have one at home and one at work!   I LOVE it.  Get it here from Amazon.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MS9OFPW/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d

4.  A magnesium spray with essential oils!   Magnesium is great for muscle relaxation and the essential oils in this one are extra soothing.   NEVER apply this on damp or skin that has been in recent contact with heat.   Your pores open up and it can be quite stinging.   It will sting a little anyway from the magnesium, but it’s worth it.   Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0751PX2NX/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d

5.  Migrastil Migraine Roll On.   This wonderful blend of essential oils is comforting when you have a migraine.  It’s also super portable and easier to carry around than the magnesium spray!  My link is for purchasing it on Amazon, but if you haven’t purchased it from them before they have a 10% off coupon code for new purchases available at their website! https://migrastil.com/    Affiliate link here to Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BT8VCOY/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d

6.  Migrastil Nausea Relief Inhaler.   I’m fortunate that I don’t suffer from a lot of nausea with my migraine.   However, this inhaler is a nice inhaler to keep around to help when your tummy isn’t feeling good or if you like me suffer from phantom smells or Phantosmia.   Migrastil also sells a nice Magnesium supplement.   For some reason, I cannot take it due to the FeverFew that is in it.   Feverfew helps some people with migraine, it triggers them for me.   I hope one day they will come out with one that doesn’t have it!

7.  Amazon Echo Dot.   This has saved me on so many occasions.   I can make phone calls from the bed.  I can listen to spa music, audiobooks, and meditations.   Since I have a GM car, I can start my car and get it warmed up or cooled down before I get to it.  I can have it turn on lights, turn down the heat.   It’s a lifesaver!   Literally, you can have it call your emergency contact on your phone!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FZ8S74R/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d

8.  Amazing Grass.   They have a strawberry flavor that has electrolytes AND 1 serving of greens!   It put it in my big cup to make sure I keep myself hydrated!!!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0792MVNDJ/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d  My favorite cup!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQPD1T4/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d

9.  The Total Pillow.   Many of my migraines stem from neck issues.   This pillow helps support my neck.   It’s washable and you can use it in other spots as well.  It travels well too!   I have two!   One for my neck and one for my arm that falls asleep every night because somehow the way I sleep puts lots of weight on it.   So, I put my arm between it and my arm doesn’t fall asleep!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005BX039Y/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d

10. Drink Pure Wine- Wine Wand.  This little gem has allowed me to drink red wine again!!!!!    It filters out the histamines and sulfites that can cause migraines.    Check them out!   This is an affiliate link:  https://lddy.no/asx0   Use mommyhasamigraine in the coupon code section to get a discount!     I will be doing a giveaway of one of these soon!   Keep your eyes out!

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Zorvolex for Migraine, Did it Work? -Product Review

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So, a few months ago, my neurologist gave me samples of this low dose NSAID medication as an abortive for my chronic migraine.   She gave me the 18mg and the 35mg.    I first tried the 18mg on a mild migraine.   It didn’t help me at all and I had to resort to Imitrex my tried and true medicine.

I don’t like taking Imitrex.  It makes me feel weird.  I get a lot of the usual suspects for side effects.   I’m not even sure how to explain how it makes me feel, except this:  It feels like I can feel every blood vessel in my body as it narrows them.   It makes my skin hurt and I don’t want to be touched.   Not to mention it usually requires me taking Ibuprofen to lessen that feeling and then an antacid afterward.  I also have a family history of heart problems, so I usually wait until the last possible moment and use it as a last resort.  However, I’m lucky that it works for me most of the time.   Then if the first dose doesn’t work, I have to take a second dose and that will put me in bed for the rest of the day.  More than likely that’s where I was headed anyway.

The next time I started to get a migraine, I tried the 35mg dose.   Still nothing.  It didn’t touch it at all.  I used up all of the samples hoping and praying that they would work and unfortunately for me, this product didn’t work.

In conclusion, I cannot recommend this product, but let me know in the comments if it worked for you!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

My Dog Got Skunked Migraine. Botox for Jaw Clenching?

So, I had Botox for my migraines two months ago and it seems to be helping, in most areas.   I had asked my dentist about the botox for grinding my teeth and she said it wouldn’t help, but then I see that it IS supposed to help with jaw clenching, which I do! So, the next time I go, I’m going to ask about getting help with that.  I have a dental appliance to help my teeth, but it doesn’t stop me from clenching my jaw.  Has anyone else had experience with Botox helping with their jaw clenching?   Please let me know!!!  Please feel free to leave comments on my comments page!

However, my dog got skunked earlier this week, and quite frankly I’m not sure there was anything that could have prevented that migraine, which I’m still dealing with today on a much smaller scale.   I’m able to work. I have had a migraine for 4 days, but my dog still smells!  Although you have to get close to him to really smell it.  Oy!!!  I couldn’t get the smell out of my nose for at least two days.  He’s always by my side when I have a migraine, but this was one of those instances where I was like….AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH   get away from me!!!!!

So here I am at work today with sunglasses on, praying that what little pain I have will remain little!

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Here is my poor dog, after being at the vet!  He had to get a vaccine booster.  He’s allergic to it, so this is my dog on Benadryl.  It was like he was drunk all night.  It’s sad and funny at the same time!

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Day 17 after Botox Treatment for Migraines

So, today is day 17 of my first Botox experience.  I intended to write a day 10 article, but life got in the way.   Day 10 is the day when you are supposed to see and feel some results.  So, here are my results thus far.

I didn’t realize how much effort I was using to keep my eyes open.  I have deep set eyes and as I age, it’s getting harder and harder to see without forcing my eyes open wider.  That has gone away!  Yay!  I’ve had a total of 2 migraines.  One right after my treatment, which I expected and another after a long stressful day.  HOWEVER, the 2nd one, went away with plain Advil.

My WTF lines in my forehead are barely visible now.   That’s cool.  Rarely are there “good” side effects when you take a drug!   My temples feel more relaxed than ever.  I still have the bruise next to my eye.  Yesterday I thought I was on the verge of getting a migraine all day.   I took some Advil and after a few hours, it didn’t help.  I had my Imitrex waiting for me and I was getting ready to take it.  The pain was tolerable, but it was slowly increasing, and then it just went away.

So, I’m leaning towards saying that this is helping me so far.  I will write another follow-up article to see if my progress continues and what happens when I get the second round of Botox.  They said they could give me more if necessary, and I think I do need a little more above my right eye area, which is the area that always hurts the most when I get a migraine.

How Chronic Migraines Changed How I Live and Parent

Recently, I got an article published on GrokNation’s site.   Please read all about it here!

http://groknation.com/parenting/living-chronic-migraine-pain-changed-live-parent/

Enhanced Water?

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.FullSizeRender (006)

Common Weather Triggers

What is your most common Weather Trigger?   Mine is the Barometric Pressure changing.   I’m using a new app called MigraineX, which you can download to alert you to changes in the Barometric Pressure.  You can also, buy their earplugs which is supposed to help you balance out the pressure in your head when these changes occur.  On my next airplane flight I’m going to try these because I do suffer from migraines after a long flight.  (Long as being over 2 hours!)

The Bright Light from the sun can also be a trigger so I ALWAYS have sunglasses.  Some days I even have to wear them on cloudy days b/c I can tell my eyes are being light sensitive!

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Pretending You Are Well?

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!!!!

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What One Piece of Advice About Curing Your Migraines Annoys You the Most?

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.

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Technology That Can Help You Be Healthier in 2017

So it’s the new year and as usual, most people are looking to get healthier.   There are all sorts of technology-based items that can help you keep you on track!

There are lots of different food diaries, exercise diaries and the like.  I’ve looked at several almost all of them offer some sort of premium service.   So far the one food diary that I have liked the most is  My Fitness Pal.  It allows you to sync your Fitbit and TONS of other devices with it.  Many of the other diaries only sync with certain devices, which I think is a downfall.  If you pay for the premium you can customize your macro-nutrients so you can focus on certain nutrients more than others.  Recently when I was stuck at a certain weight and couldn’t seem to get it to budge I figured out the cause thanks to a Facebook group I was in.  The app will work with your activity tracker and add more calories to your daily allowance.   So, I thought I was able to eat a little more (not going wildly overboard but still under my allotted “extra” calories, and that’s what was doing it!  Turn that feature off if you get stuck at a certain weight!!!!!  My weight finally budged after that!!!

Many of you have Apple iPhones, you probably are aware of their “Health” App.   Well, it’s supposed to track your sleep, mindfulness, physical activity, nutrition, and sleep. For a more detailed idea of what it can do, there is an awesome article from How to Geek here!  It integrates best with, of course, the Apple watch.  Unless you have a ton of money to blow on that along with the fact that the new iPhone that is coming out is supposed to be over $1,000!!!!  I find it to be a giant waste of money!

The Apple Health App also integrates with My Fitness Pal for the nutrition portion of the app.  It also works with some iHealth devices.  They have a wireless blood pressure monitor that keeps track of your blood pressure so you can show your doctor.  iHealth also sells a Smart Gluco Blood Monitoring System to test your blood sugar and you can sync it with your iPhone to keep track of that.  They also sell scales.

Withings sells many devices that will sync with your phone, as we all Fitbit.  Fitbit also sells scales.  I have the Aria scale.  It syncs with my phone and tells me my body fat percentage.  Last time I got on it, my weight didn’t go down, but my body fat did.  I have been working out more lately on a new regime so I can attribute my body fat going down.  I don’t know how accurate the body fat calculator is on this scale, but in this case, it would seem to me that it’s working.  Remember a pound is still a pound whether it’s fat or muscle, they weigh the same!!!!!  Muscle just takes up less space!!!!  As shown by this picture of some props that are in my office!

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Now I have a Migraine app on my phone called Migraine Buddy, it’s a pretty slick program that helps you keep track of daily headaches, possible causes, what you did to or take that helped or didn’t help AND a sleep tracker.  The sleep tracker is inaccurate.  I was annoyed by it when I realized that it was getting it from my Apple Health App.  My Fitbit sleep tracker is way more accurate.  So, I thought why can’t my Fitbit tell Apple’s Health App Sleep Tracker the correct info.  Well, apparently it’s not that simple!   It doesn’t work yet, BUT there’s an app for that!!!  It’s a $2.99 app called Sync Solver.  It manually will allow you to sync all your Fitbit data to your Apple Health App.  Now all of your info is in 1 App.   Seems a bit ridiculous, but if you are like me someone who suffers from Migraines it’s good to have a record of all of this stuff to show my doctors because if feels like a never ending battle trying to prove to them that it isn’t JUST STRESS!

So, there are lots of new devices out there to help you keep track of your health, and help you to become a happier, healthier person.

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