• Migraine,  Natural Treatments

    5 Migraine Natural Treatments that Actually Work

    Let me start by saying as someone diagnosed with both vestibular migraine and Meniere’s disease I believe in medication. I personally take preventative medication daily and also use abortive and rescue medication as needed. So there will be no medication shaming happening here. I understand people with chronic pain and vestibular disease need them. That said, those with migraine have to watch how often we reach for our abortive and rescue medications to avoid rebound or medication overuse headache. So having effective migraine natural treatments to reach for in our migraine toolkit is essential. Here are five migraine natural treatments that are effective in managing my symptoms. My Top 5…

  • Alternative Therapies,  Nausea,  Vestibular Migraine

    Allay Lamp: Green Light Therapy for Vestibular Migraine

    When I first saw the Allay Green Light for migraine relief I’m going to admit, I was a bit skeptical. When you see an ad for it scroll across your Facebook newsfeed, it hurts your eyes a little to look at it. Rest assured that green light you see through your computer screen is not the light emitted from the lamp. The Allay light bulb contains no color mingling or color interference like on your computer screen or phone. It’s a pure, flicker-free light that’s gentler than every other light. As I read positive reviews and learned who developed the lamp, it definitely started to spark my interest. I wondered…

  • Dizzy,  Meniere's Disease,  Vertigo,  Vestibular Migraine

    Dizziness Relief Tips: Advice from Vestibular Patients

    Dizziness relief is something we all need because one of the hardest parts about living with a vestibular disorder is dealing with daily dizziness. For starters, it’s a terribly unpleasant and unsettling sensation. Feeling it daily is exhausting more than most people know. Because our brains use so much energy in attempting to compensate for dizziness. ‘Dizzy’ is also an all-encompassing word to describe the many types of symptoms we experience. Our dizziness can include general imbalance, rocking and swaying, dropping and bouncing sensations or full on whirling vertigo. With that line up of dizzy symptoms it’s important to have an arsenal of treatment options ready to bring you relief.…

  • Meniere's Disease,  Science/Research,  Vestibular Migraine

    The Vestibular Migraine and Meniere’s Disease Connection Explained

    Migraine disease (MD) occurs on a spectrum, so much so that even people within the same family, with the same genes experience a very different variety and severity of migraine symptoms. Dr. Michael Teixido who is an otolaryngologist with a special interest in advancing the study of conditions that affect hearing and balance, says dizziness and vertigo symptoms occur in about 25% of migraine patients. That breaks down to about 3 in 100 people. Yet, in my primary care physician’s office, I am her only patient diagnosed with vestibular migraine (VM) and I live in a very densely populated county in Florida. For me this points to a problem of…

  • Jenn after her migraine recovery
    Vertigo,  Vestibular Migraine

    The Vestibular Migraine Recovery Plan that Ended My Daily Dizziness

    Most people consider migraine to be a terrible headache that lasts a couple of hours and then the person recovers and feels better. But, that’s far from the reality of what it’s like living with migraine disease. Migraine is actually a neurological condition that along with intense head pain causes the brain to have an inappropriate response to stimuli also called triggers. Stimuli include lights, sounds, scents, hormones, weather, sleep disturbances, stress, dehydration, chemicals in foods and in the environment and so much more. These factors are easily ignored by those without migraine, but for those with migraine, it can feel like an assault to our senses and create debilitating…

  • Depression,  Migraine

    12 Strategies to Cope with Depression and Isolation with the Stay at Home Order

    Most of us have been living under safer at home orders for over a month now. You only have to read recent posts from your friends on Facebook to understand our emotional response to stay at home orders along with our sense of danger varies widely from person to person. Yet, even if you’re completely healthy these orders can have negative effects. For those with migraine, negative thoughts that cycle into depression and anxiety can trigger more frequent attacks. While it’s the first time any of us have ever experienced anything like this, it’s not the first time the world has dealt with quarantine. We need strategies to help us…

  • Wash Hands to prevent cold, flu and corona virus
    Cold,  Flu,  Migraine

    Managing Migraine During Coronavirus, Cold & Flu Season

    Cold and flu season comes around every year generally running from about Thanksgiving to Easter. As it reaches it’s peak here in the US along with the new, Coronavirus, it’s important to focus on prevention and safe treatment. When you have migraine disease, adding an additional illness on top of it can definitely complicate things. Developing tools for migraine and flu relief is the key. Cold and flu symptoms entwined with migraine make body aches, brain fog and fatigue unbearable. So knowing how to work through both illnesses at the same time is necessary.  The last thing you want to do is unknowingly trigger a migraine attack while trying to…

  • woman holding her head searching for simple strategies for tuning out tinnitus and migraines
    Meniere's Disease,  Tinnitus,  Vestibular Migraine

    The Tinnitus and Migraines Link: Simple Strategies to Help You Tune It Out

    Tinnitus Awareness Week ran from February 3rd – 9th 2020. As it comes to a close let’s help shine a light on this distressing condition by defining it and discussing strategies to foster hope. Tinnitus is the perception of hearing noise in your ears when no external sound is present. It has been experienced by about 45 million Americans according to the American Tinnitus Association. Making it one of the most common health concerns in the United States. Tinnitus is not a condition itself, but a symptom of another condition like Migraines, Meniere’s Disease, noise exposure or injury. In many cases an exact cause is never found. It’s often described…

  • Meniere's Disease,  Migraine,  Vertigo,  Vestibular Migraine

    11 Essential Items to Keep in Your Migraine Relief Kit

    When you’re diagnosed with migraine, it’s always there, lurking in the background. Whether you’re at work, out with your friends, on a date night or relaxing at home an attack can strike anywhere. The best way to keep migraine from worsening or becoming a runaway attack is to treat it early, at the very first sign of symptoms. As this new year begins, consider making it a priority to be prepared in any circumstance by creating a migraine attack relief kit. Then tuck it away in your purse or car so you’re always ready to take action. Admin of Migraine Strong are often asked what we reach for in our…

  • Migraine,  Nausea,  Vestibular Migraine

    Migraine Nausea: 15 Tips to Help You Find Relief Now

    Nausea, that awful uneasiness you feel in your tummy is certainly one of the most uncomfortable symptoms that often tags along with the intense pain associated with migraine attacks.  It can occur quickly when you’re feeling the sudden dizziness of vestibular migraine attacks as well.  Nausea begins in the brain, stimulates our nervous system and causes our stomach muscles to dysfunction resulting in nausea. We’ll do anything to make it go away right? For the best success, you’ll want to treat it early, at the very first twinge of symptoms.  Read on for a list of 15 nausea relief tips to help you manage this hideous symptom so you begin…