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June 21st is Shades for Migraines Day

Today is the longest day of the year, first day of summer and #ShadesforMigraines day.  Today where shades all day long to support Migraine Awareness!!!!

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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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)

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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That Moment When…..

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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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Physical Therapy for Migraines

Some of my migraines stem from neck issues.  Specifically between the C1, C2 disks in my neck and the base of my skull.  Poor posture, injury and scar tissue can cause these to cause more tension and pain that radiates into your head.  I’ve started some physical therapy for those headaches/migraines.  I slash headaches/migraines  because some of the time I get headaches that start in the back of my neck, however if I strain my neck I will get a migraine that lasts for a minimum of 4 days.    Until recently when I went to my neurologist she just gave me Imitrex and I was on my way.   Until I really started taking detailed notes about my migraines and headaches did I notice that some of the worst migraines stem from the back of my neck and last for days, usually after I’ve done something dumb.  You know not wanting to make more than 2 trips out to the car for groceries so I tried carrying most of them in one hand so the other was free to open the door!  Some not so dumb, I have a 3 1/2-year-old that weighs close to 40 pounds and I tend to carry her on one side all the time!  She gave me a prescription for Zanaflex, which does help, but when I’m having a multi-day migraine I have to take them every day.  I can’t really do anything but sleep when I’ve taken one.

So this week I started physical therapy.  They told me to switch my pillow to a down pillow.  If you suffer from migraines, you too could probably call yourself a pillow collector!  I have so many because I’m always searching for the right one!   The therapist told me for my neck I should get a down pillow because they are easier to mold under your C1 and C2 spinal disks.    Here’s where they are:

 

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The therapist had me simply take my chin and touch it to my chest and asked me how it felt.  It felt super tight but I could tell it was helping to relax the muscles in my shoulders and neck.

He told me to buy a lumbar support for my back for my chair at work and practice sitting up.   I’m supposed to be doing an exercise for about 3 minutes every couple of hours, and I need to check my posture every 10 minutes to make sure I have a neutral spine.   I found this video online that seems to be as close as I can find to show you what exercise you may want to try if your migraines stem from the back of your neck!

 

Got My First Migraine at Age 11!

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