• A woman holding a protein shake next to weights
    Alternative Therapies,  Exercise,  Migraine,  The Treatment Pie

    Exercise and Migraines: 5 Head-Friendly Workout Ideas

    Exercise induced migraines are a struggle for many of us, yet we are all told to exercise to prevent migraine attacks. It’s a little confusing right? As someone who has lived with vestibular migraine for over 4 years and had 24/7 dizziness along with feeling like I was walking in a bounce house all day, this was an extremely frustrating part of migraine treatment. How on earth can I move when I feel so terrible?  My Personal Journey This was a question I had for a while as I searched for a new exercise plan after I lost my job to migraine. I usually just stayed at home but I…

  • A woman holding her head with a mask on her face
    Alternative Therapies,  Anxiety,  Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Migraine,  Mindfulness,  The Treatment Pie,  Vestibular Migraine

    Managing Stress and Migraine Attacks During COVID-19

    What a difficult few weeks it has been. It’s hard enough to manage migraine disease during normal life, but adding in quarantines, worrying about the health of family and friends, and having to disinfect every little thing that comes into our house is just so incredibly difficult. For me, staying at home isn’t much of a change. I work from home and most of my job is already done online or in the kitchen. But even I am getting restless not being able to see my friends and especially my mom and dad. Overall I hadn’t had many challenges adjusting, except for having to cut back massively on my grocery…

  • People linking arms standing in support
    Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Migraine,  Relationships,  Vestibular Migraine

    Finding the Right Migraine Support Group

    When I was first diagnosed with chronic vestibular migraine, I wasn’t sure where to turn. I literally didn’t know anyone else with the same diagnosis as me. And as much as I love my neurologist, he might not be too happy with multiple emails a day about what foods might be a trigger or what to do if I’m going to the bathroom too often with the magnesium I’m taking! So I began to research different groups online with others who shared a similar diagnosis.  There are a lot more now then there were back then. especially for VM, but I still felt overwhelmed by the amount that I could…

  • A girl with her hands over her head looking at the sky
    Anxiety,  Chronic Migraine,  Gratitude,  Migraine,  Vestibular Migraine

    A Lesson in Letting Go with Chronic Illness

    Having to deal with any illness for more than 2 weeks at a time can be such a beat down, much less chronic illness. Look at how many people complain when they have a cold that lasts longer than a week. When it starts extending months into years, it’s incredibly defeating.  I know it may sometimes come off like I have the answers for everything, but really half the time I’m writing posts to prove to myself that these things can be done. Today’s post is exactly that. I’ve been totally lost in health issues that I can’t control exactly two times in my life, and both happened within just…

  • A grocery store vegetable aisle that are migraine diet safe
    Charleston,  Diet,  Heal Your Headache,  Keto

    Finding the Migraine Diet That Is Best for You

    It’s the new year and lots of people are making a resolution to focus on their health. For many of us, that’s decreasing our migraine days by trialing new treatments, like a migraine diet. At Migraine Strong we like to focus on The Treatment Pie, which is using a combination of medication, supplements, exercise, mindfulness, therapy, hydration, and diet as a multimodal approach to decreasing the migraine threshold. Although diet is just one slice, for some people (like myself) it can make a huge difference. For others, diet may not be as effective as medication or therapy. But the only way to know for sure is to give it a…

  • a sign that says difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations with a plant
    Anxiety,  Migraine,  Mindfulness,  The Treatment Pie

    The Benefits of Therapy for Migraine

    I used to be one of those people who thought therapy was only for people who had gone through something really traumatic. Something from their past, maybe a death in the family, but not just for a “normal person” like myself…whatever that means. Now I realize what an important tool it is for everyday life, especially when managing a chronic illness like migraine.  For many of us, our worlds are turned upside down by terrifying symptoms like vertigo just appearing out of nowhere one day. For others, we’ve been beaten down by years of dealing with pain, canceled plans, and special accommodations for our diet, travel arrangements, and workplace that…

  • pink shoes balancing on a wooden log
    Migraine Advocacy,  Vertigo,  Vestibular Migraine

    A Life Without Balance

    Imagine a life without balance…. It isn’t easy even if you try. Perhaps some may get a hint of it after a wild ride after an amusement park, but it’s impossible to try to understand what that’s like for someone to live through everyday.  Daily Symptoms You know that scene from The Sandlot where all the kids decide to dip before going on the spinning ride and then everyone starts to hurl? That’s one example that comes to mind when I attempt to describe a vertigo attack. Or if you’ve ever been on the ride The Haunted Mansion where things appear and disappear, change size, or seem out of place,…

  • Frustrated with your migraine diet not working? Here are 5 reasons it could not be giving you the results you expected. #migraine #migraines #migraineremedy #migrainerelief
    Diet,  Heal Your Headache,  Keto,  The Treatment Pie

    5 Reasons Your Migraine Diet Isn’t Working

    One message that I receive fairly often on The Dizzy Cook goes something like this – Hello, I’ve been on the Heal Your Headache diet about 2 weeks and I’m not feeling better. Why is my migraine diet not working? If anything, I feel worse. Should I stop? Can you help?!  It seems crazy to me that anyone would expect huge changes just two weeks in, but I forget that I used to be one of them.  I was about a month or two into the Heal Your Headache diet when I felt frustrated with it as I wasn’t really seeing any noticeable relief. It was difficult to always have…

  • Migraine diet recipes for 4th of July celebrations - keto and low tyramine/HYH
    Diet,  Heal Your Headache,  Keto

    Fourth of July Migraine Diet Recipes

    Fourth of July is always a special holiday for me since it’s the anniversary of being officially diagnosed with vestibular migraine. This was especially bittersweet for me because I had seen so many doctors, went to the ER numerous times, tried vestibular therapy for months, only to still be 24/7 dizzy. Doctors continued to tell me I was just stressed or had anxiety. To have a credible doctor finally validate your illness and understand what you’re going through just feels so good.  Still, this time of year can be stressful for many with chronic migraine. Lots of parties, cookouts, and outdoor events can lead to attacks or even just a…

  • Chronic Migraine can flip your life upside down, but changing your perspective may help bring back some positivity. #chronicillness #migraine #vestibularmigraine
    Chronic Migraine,  Relationships,  Vestibular Migraine

    Living with Chronic Vestibular Migraine – Turning the Negatives into Positives

    As if finding a doctor to treat something like vestibular migraine isn’t difficult enough, you have to navigate your life with this new chronic illness. While some have symptoms from an early age, many don’t, and they can morph and change over time. This illness can randomly pop up or be triggered by stressful events, hormones, and other things that are out of one’s control. While they say Migraine is genetic, there’s nothing that can explain why some people have it chronically and other’s don’t. Therefore there’s no possible way you can prepare yourself for how to handle the situation of a chronic illness. You’re sort of thrust into the…