• CGRP migraine treatment
    Medication,  Migraine

    CGRP Migraine Treatments: Have You Tried Them Yet?

    It has been so exciting to witness the release of the new CGRP migraine treatments to treat and prevent migraine pain in the recent years. These are the first migraine specific acute medications to come out in decades since the Triptans. They are also the first preventive medications to ever develop specifically for migraine! If you have chronic migraine, CGRP migraine treatment may help prevent migraine attacks and/or make them less severe.

  • Girl with migraine
    Alternative Therapies,  Exercise,  Migraine,  Sleep

    5 Effective Steps For Natural Migraine Prevention: S.E.E.D.S.

    Even though migraine affects 1 out of 7 Americans annually and is a leading cause of outpatient and emergency department visits, many people still think of migraine as “just a headache.” [1] When people call migraine “a headache,” they minimize migraine and its symptoms. First, migraine is a genetic neurologic disease. Second, migraine has an array of disabling symptoms, with headache as just one of the symptoms. Finally, because migraine is a disease that we live with every day, it needs to be managed daily. This article will focus on natural migraine prevention method, such as S.E.E.D.S., to successfully manage migraine disease............

  • self-care reading a book
    Migraine,  Self-care

    Self-Care Sunday: 5 Ideas For People With Migraine

    Self-Care Sunday is not just for Sundays. You can do it on a Thursday or any other day of the week. The most important thing is that you intentionally set the time for yourself to take care of your health. Research shows many people do not understand the true meaning of self-care. According to studies, 44% of people believe that self-care is only possible for people with enough time and 35% of people believe self-care is only possible for people with enough money. According to Healthline, self-care does not need to be expensive or time consuming. [1] Many people also believe that making time for self-care is selfish. [1] Those…

  • Botox for Migraines
    Botox,  Chronic Migraine

    Botox for Migraine: What To Expect

    People generally get excited when they hear I get Botox for migraine and ask a lot of questions. After all, it does make my forehead look smooth. However, the excitement usually wears off after I explain that I first had to trial and fail a multitude of preventive medications, that I’ve had daily migraine attacks for years before I started the Botox treatment, and that despite my Botox treatment I still have migraine disease and experience attacks. Because sadly, there is no cure for migraine. However, for those of us living with migraine, Botox is something to be excited about. It is an approved and effective preventive treatment for migraine which…

  • Girl with hands over her face
    Chronic Migraine,  Rebound

    Regain Control: How to Get Rid of Rebound Headaches

    “You need to take less medications to get rid of rebound headaches”, a doctor I have never met before said to me when I was sitting in his office. I had my 2 year old son in a stroller with me. He was whining (my 2 year old, not the doctor) and I was trying to entertain and keep him quiet with a milk bottle and a rattle. I knew what that doctor saw that day. A stressed out, exhausted, mother of a toddler who was pregnant with another child who was over medicating with Excedrin. Of course she’s having constant migraine attacks. She’s in rebound! But I did not…

  • eggs on tray that says family
    Family,  Gratitude

    Ideas for Family Time During Coronavirus Quarantine

    For many of us, in a pre-coronavirus world, it was a challenge to balance family time with home, jobs, school, and extra curricular activities. It was always something we had to find the time for in our busy life. One month ago, as the coronavirus announced its presence, the world changed. At first, everything felt chaotic, scary, and overwhelming as we tried to comprehend what was happening. What does it mean? Will my family be safe? Will our jobs be safe? Then schools closed, my husband started working from home, and there was no toilet paper to be found. It appeared as if the world had paused and the time…

  • Kids engaging in independent play and quiet activities
    Motherhood,  Parenting

    Quiet Activities For Kids When You Have A Migraine Attack

    Anytime I feel the tingling sensations in my temples and my neck tightens while I am at home, I know that a migraine attack is not far behind. I’ve been parenting with chronic migraine for almost 6 years now. It’s been a difficult journey but also one that brought me lots of happiness, laughter and lessons I am sure that most parents agree parenting is difficult. However, when parenting is affected by migraine attacks, it often feels impossible. Since migraine is a spectrum neurological disorder, some parents experience migraine attacks once a month, others a few times a week, and yet there are still others who experience daily attacks.  Being Prepared…

  • Woman receiving chiropractic treatment to manage migraine
    Chiropractic Treatment,  Migraine

    Chiropractic Care and Migraine Headaches

    Can chiropractic care help my migraine headaches, I found myself wondering while sitting in the treatment room of Matthew Kowalski, D.C. for the first time. Why was I here? The reason was simple. Migraine was destroying my life. I weighed just 95 pounds soaking wet, I had stopped taking all pain relievers a few weeks prior to stop the rebound cycle, and I failed my first round of Botox (maybe because I was in a rebound cycle or because Botox takes several rounds to become effective.) I had just quit going to a provider who berated me for starting Lexapro, because in his world that interfered with “his treatment.” I…

  • woman sitting by couch having negative feeling at the holidays
    Anxiety,  Holiday,  Migraine

    Overcoming Negative Feelings While Living With A Chronic Illness 

    Migraine is a liar who makes us harbor negative feelings about ourselves. Chronic illness tends to become the major focus of our lives and therefore we become so much more inwardly focused. Everyone is insecure about something, but having a chronic illness makes us insecure about our basic selves. It skews our perception of ourselves. We feel that we are not measuring up to our own expectations and therefore we cannot be good enough in the eyes of others. The worse we feel about ourselves, the  more we feel that others must feel the same about us. I often hear that we are our own worst critics. It cannot be more true…