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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/

What Does Your Aura Look Like?

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:

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Could You BE Louder?

I’m channeling my inner Chandler Bing here.   I know that since I’ve become a mom, my indoor voice and outdoor voice are way louder than they used to be.   However I know some people who are always just very loud.   Whether it’s due to hearing loss or the fact that they too are just mother’s trying to be heard!!!! I get it!!!  However, some days when I have a really bad migraine, I’d love to scream this! (but I can’t b/c it hurts too much!)

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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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Got My First Migraine at Age 11!

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Left Side Migraines Are Worse for Me!

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Exercise and Migraines

I’ve read many articles over the last couple of months that say that exercising helps headaches and migraines.   I have to admit I’ve often scoffed at those articles. The thought of exercising with a headache, let alone a migraine seemed ridiculous.   Now, I’m not saying I exercise when I have a migraine, that would just be crazy!   However, I have been exercising for 3 months and my migraines and daily headaches have been cut in half!  Did you hear me, by HALF!!!!

Here are some of the articles that I have read about exercise, migraines and headaches.

Exercise for Migraines on Migraine.com

The Migraine Trust

The effects of exercise and exercise-related changes in blood nitric oxide level on migraine headache by S Osün Narin, L Pinar, D Erbas, V Oztürk and F Idiman

Migraines: Simple Steps to head off the pain

I usually do about 30 minutes of plain cardio about 2 to 4 times a week (depends on how much time I have) and 2 HIIT routines a week, plus strength training.   I also pay very close attention to my posture at work as I’m a Systems Administrator who sits for most of my work day.  I also try and get regular sleep at minimum 6 to 8 hours every night.

I get my HIIT routines from Liz Moore-Mom In Love With Fitness , Her Facebook Page  Instagram Videos!

 

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