Alice in Wonderland syndrome, - is what the neuro-otologist said to me about the experiences I finally shared with him. It sounded scary, weird and made me question reality because of its terrifying symptoms during vestibular migraine attacks which were already unpleasant and debilitating.
A stiff, painful neck is common when it comes to migraine. I have had neck pain along with migraine for as long as I can remember. It took me a long time to realize, and believe, that the stiff, painful neck was actually a symptom related to migraine. It was not a separate underlying condition for me. However, cervical neck dysfunction can co-occur with migraine which can make the diagnosis more difficult.
If you are reading this, then you are likely curious about whether or not the ketogenic diet can help you find migraine relief. 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. Keto is not at all what I thought it would be like. It helped reduce my attacks and improved my overall wellness while being delicious. There is scientific evidence to support the keto diet for migraine as well reports from neurologists and other practitioners.
Vitamin D has been getting a lot of attention over the past few years. This is because much of the general public is low in this important nutrient. But what about those of us with primary headache disorders? Can low Vitamin D cause headaches (tension-type headaches)? We all know that migraine is more than a headache. But what evidence is there about the relationship between Vitamin D and migraine? According to an observational study, approximately 42% of people with chronic migraine were considered deficient in Vitamin D. What's also eye-opening was that the longer the person was chronic, the more likely they were to be low.
Nausea and vomiting have to be some of the most uncomfortable and debilitating symptoms that come with the intense pain of a migraine attack. While it usually ends in stage three, nausea can occur in any of the four stages of migraine. Researchers think nausea begins in the brain, stimulates our nervous system and causes our digestive process to dysfunction resulting in nausea. We’ll do anything to find migraine nausea relief, right? For the best success, you’ll want to treat it early, at the very first twinge of symptoms. Read on for 15 migraine nausea relief tips to help you manage this hideous symptom so you begin to feel more comfortable…
Access to a headache specialist or a doctor trained specifically to treat headache disorders can be hard to find. Several states have no headache specialists and others have only one. For people with migraine and other headache disorders in these states, significant travel as well as insurance battles have to ensue before seeing someone that can help manage their symptoms.
One of the salient features of migraine - what distinguishes migraine from other headache disorders - is the presence of nausea. You don’t have to experience nausea in order for your headache to be considered migraine, but most people do experience it as part of their migraine attacks. The nausea does not actually come from the gut, but it is due to activation of certain areas of the brain by inflammatory neurotransmitters. Many anti-nausea medications can treat migraine as well, and could be a helpful addition to your acute migraine treatment plan.
“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!
If you have been diagnosed with migraine, chances are you’ve experienced migraine ear pressure. That more than uncomfortable feeling of fullness and pressure in your ears. Like you have water trapped in your ears and you can’t release it. Worse is when ear pressure fluctuates so it feels or even sounds like bubbling or popping or a fluttering feeling in your ear making it nearly impossible to ignore. These ear pressure fluctuations may cause hearing to become distorted. You may even experience temporary & fluctuating hearing loss with migraine ear pressure changes.
Reaching for either hot or cold for an attack is high on the list of relief options for those with migraine. It has the added benefit of also being very inexpensive. Using either of these strategies at the beginning of an attack can help reduce our need for medications.