• Migraine,  Science/Research

    The Migraine World Summit- Expertise You Should Not Miss

    Please excuse me while I geek-out a little.  It’s time for the Migraine World Summit 2020!  For those of you who have participated in previous events, here’s your link to register right now as you know you don’t want to miss it.  Click-click-click because it’s only 4 weeks away! For those of you not familiar with it, the Migraine World Summit (MWS) is an annual online event that you don’t want to miss.  You get to see and hear expert doctors, researchers and patient advocates discuss topics that we are all hungry to learn about. We all want to know what is next for us and how we can get…

  • Charleston,  Diet,  Episodic Migraine,  Heal Your Headache,  Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound,  Sleep,  Supplements,  The Bucket Theory

    Minimizing Migraine Attacks: What I wish I knew…

    There is so much I wish I knew about minimizing migraine when my frequency of attacks was ramping up a few years ago.  I would have avoided chonifying and been so much healthier had this blog site been available to me just a few years ago. I know you don’t feel lucky to ONLY have episodic migraine, but count your lucky stars that you haven’t “chronified.”  Social media, has changed the way people educate and help themselves today. You have so many more resources to help you get better. I assume you have episodic migraine that is worsening and you are here trying to figure out what to do to…

  • one football player tackles another like tackling migraine
    Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound,  The Bucket Theory

    4 Steps To Tackle Migraine Headaches

    For as long as I could remember, I considered myself a headachy person.  At some point the headaches progressed to migraine.  Fortunately, for most of my life I had infrequent episodic migraine (EM).  An attack would start, I’d treat it with ibuprofen and I was better in an hour.  I sought treatment when I began losing a few days per month to terrible attacks that didn’t respond to over-the-counter (OTC) remedies.  Over time, my frequency of attacks increased and I “chronified” while under the care of my well-intentioned primary care physicians.  Differences Between Chronic and Episodic Migraine I was diagnosed with chronic migraine after seeking help from a headache specialist. …

  • a rabbit going down a hole after the root cause of migraine
    Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Migraine,  Science/Research,  Sleep,  Supplements,  The Bucket Theory,  The Treatment Pie

    What Is The Root Cause of Migraine

    Back in my early days of episodic migraine I didn’t give much thought to the root cause of migraine attacks.  It wasn’t until I had chronic migraine (defined as 15 or more days per month with migraine symptoms) that I started to wonder what the heck was causing my once full life to get smaller and smaller.  Once I was satisfied that it was “just” migraine and not a brain tumor or aneurysm ready to blow, I wanted to know what was wrong with my body so I could fix it. What was my root cause of migraine? The Question of Why? What is MY Root Cause of Migraine? My interest…

  • a satellite photo of a hurricane, a major migraine trigger
    Anxiety,  Migraine,  The Bucket Theory,  Wine

    Migraine Attack Free While Being Stalked by a Hurricane

    A Turtle Named Dorian Staying migraine attack free while fighting off stress and a hurricane is tough. A fellow Floridian posted a funny meme while Florida waited for news about hurricane Dorian. Something to the effect of waiting on hurricanes was like being stalked by a turtle. We all felt like we were being stalked by a turtle that would likely be a very serious threat to life and property in the coming days.  However, this stress is very different than the colossal stress I have had over the past few months.  The Stress Is Real Just to name a few stressful things I have dealt with – we decided…

  • Too many medications used to treat migraine can can lead to rebound headaches
    Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound

    The Vicious Cycle of Rebound

    What is rebound? And how do you tell the difference between rebound or frequent/chronic migraine?  The more commonly used term in the medical community is medication-overuse headache (MOH).  We call it ‘rebound’ as MOH tends to imply patients are to blame for their pain. Rebound happens when prescribed and/or over-the-counter (OTC) meds used to relieve pain, begin to cause pain or “stop working.” Initially, I didn’t know about rebound. And besides, I couldn’t possibly have rebound from medications prescribed by my doctor! My triptan (sumatriptan) had worked beautifully for many years…until it didn’t.  Maybe I just needed a bigger dose? Perhaps I could take it with ibuprofen or another NSAID (non steroidal anti-inflammatory…

  • Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Keto,  Migraine

    Keto for Migraine – Phases 2 & 3

    The goal of Phase 1 of the ketogenic diet is to get your body into consistent ketosis by limiting your carbohydrate intake to ~25g/day while having adequate protein and getting most of your calories from fat. Read our Starting Keto From Scratch blog to get a jump on this way of eating. This eating pattern allows your body to burn-off a significant portion of your stored glucose (glycogen) and eventually get to the point where it’s using fat for fuel – nutritional ketosis. As promised, this will help explain the goals and tips beyond the first phase of keto for migraine. Phase 2 of The Ketogenic Diet for Migraine –…

  • Tips for beginners of Ketogenic diet for migraine. Read this to succeed! Includes video interview by Ashley Koff, RD. | Migraine Strong
    Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Keto,  Migraine,  Science/Research,  Vestibular Migraine

    Keto For Migraine – Starting From Scratch

    If you are reading this, then you have heard that the ketogenic diet can be an excellent way to help manage migraine. As a registered dietitian schooled in the low-fat era, I thought “Eww, gross!” about low-carb and keto. I wish I had been more open-minded sooner as keto is not at all what I thought it would be like. It helped my head and my overall wellness and was delicious. You may be considering this significant change in the way you eat to help you find a new level of relief from migraine attacks. I will focus this piece on some basics and not on a history of keto nor…

  • 5 Nutrients / Supplements proven to help to treat migraine symptoms. #Migraine #ChronicMigraine #Magnesium #Supplements
    Migraine,  Science/Research,  Supplements

    5 Proven Migraine Supplements You Must Know About

    The evidence for nutritional supplements to help with migraine prevention and treatment of active attacks exists. We wish there were bigger studies on migraine supplements so that more doctors in primary care and general neurology would learn some of the things that certified headache specialists know – they work! So, since social media continues to transform how people with migraine educate themselves, we hope this little summary of the five most effective migraine supplements can help you soothe your own cranky neurons. Please understand that “most effective” means that there has been enough research plus clinical observations in the medical community to deem these 5 supplements as probably or possibly…

  • Migraine elimination diets can help get migraine under control. #migrainediet #chronicmigraine #vestibularmigraine
    Diet,  Migraine,  Science/Research,  The Bucket Theory

    Diet – Show Me the Science!

    You know what used to really irk me? When people would say, “there is no science to support changing your diet to help reduce migraine.” It doesn’t bother me much anymore as I have experienced the powerful effect of diet for myself as well as witnessed countless examples of diet helping people get significantly better. As a licensed professional (registered dietitian), I pride myself on only using evidence-based approaches to help people, but there are few studies to point to and say “A-ha!” I’m bummed that I have no solid response to the demand, “show me the science!” but I don’t let it get to me anymore. Diet Studies So,…