Growing up with a headache is not something I'd like to remember about my childhood, but unfortunately, I started experiencing headaches when I was only nine years old. I never knew that I was already suffering from migraine attacks then, but looking back and knowing what I know now about migraine, I can safely say that I was. As I became a teenager, my headaches came frequently and fainting would also accompany the pain. By the time I was in my childbearing years, the headache pain was unpredictable. When other symptoms developed, I was diagnosed with Migraine. At first, it was all blamed on my fluctuating hormones, but after going…
‘You really need to see a headache specialist!’ If you've had chronic migraine for any length of time, you've heard some version of this. It’s a true statement. However, when the number of headache specialists in the United States is a whopping 707 to treat approximately four million chronic migraine patients…scheduling to see one of these specialists can feel like scoring slightly better odds than spotting a unicorn.
Finding a new doctor, especially a specialist is daunting. I recently undertook this stressful process as I moved from a part of the country where headache specialists were plentiful to my new home with very few options. And, of course, the wait for an appointment was months.
The benefits of turmeric are often praised for its potent anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, cancer and pain fighting properties. But, what about turmeric for migraines? Migraine disease is largely genetic and is not often connected with inflammation. But, there is increasing interest in the area and a bit of emerging research that points to a neurogenic inflammatory response during attacks. So it makes sense that treating the neuroinflammatory response may prove to be a benefit in managing migraine. (1.) Stay with me to learn more about turmeric for migraines. I hope it helps you decide if it’s a good treatment strategy option for you.
The best pillow for migraine is an often debated topic online. And with good reason. With many of us finding ourselves in bed to weather the storm of a migraine attack, we need a comfortable and supportive pillow. However, as we are all unicorns, there doesn’t appear to be one best pillow for migraine. We have compiled some recommendations from our private Facebook group and through personal research on the topic. The list below contains the current recommendations from our community.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is a form of physical therapy aimed at reducing symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, and lightheadedness in those who have vestibular dysfunction. Those with Vestibular Migraine, a very common vestibular diagnosis, are some of the many people who benefit from VRT.
There is no denying that there is a relationship between sugar and migraines for a significant percentage of people. Many are adamant that they get a headache from eating sweets. Their sugar headache can easily progress to a full migraine attack for those who are prone to migraine.
If you have migraine and fatigue you’re not alone. Fatigue is one of the most common invisible symptoms of migraine. It has been found to occur in as many as 70% of migraine patients. (1) To make things more complicated fatigue can trigger a migraine attack, though it most often comes as a result of one. Fatigue is more than the tiredness that someone without chronic illness feels after a hard workout or a long day at the office. Fatigue is also not just sleepiness. It can’t be alleviated by a good night’s sleep. It’s muscle weakness, a deep lack of energy, alertness and strength. Migraine and fatigue are always…
The Allay Desk Light is here! A year ago we were trialing the just introduced Allay Lamp, which has a narrow band of green light that is helpful for treating migraine. We have enjoyed using the Allay Lamp over the past year! It has helped reduce our overall pain and migraine light sensitivity and we found it can be extremely helpful in reducing nausea and vestibular migraine symptoms. This year they have come out with the new Allay Desk Light. The Migraine Strong team received complimentary Allay Desk Lights in exchange for our honest review. There are so many features that we love about this sleek new light. It has…
The Bucket Theory is talked about frequently in our private Facebook group. We use it to explain exactly how things on the migraine triggers list can go about triggering migraine attacks. The theory developed out of a desire to explain the complications involved in identifying personal triggers on the migraine triggers list. Especially the triggers that might trigger us one week and not the next. Sound familiar?