• several migraine preventive medications on a white surface
    Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Medication,  Migraine,  Vestibular Migraine

    Migraine Preventive Medications: Comprehensive Guide

    While over 1 billion people world wide have migraine, only a small percentage of them use migraine preventive medications to control their migraine attacks. A migraine preventive medication is considered and offered when people with migraine meet certain criteria: Four or more attacks per month or eight head pain days – Can include severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks typically last for 4-72 hours, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with daily activities. Vestibular migraine attacks might not have head pain, but will include…

  • 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…

  • multi colored pills for a migraine cocktail
    Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Medication,  Migraine,  Science/Research,  Vestibular Migraine

    Migraine Cocktail: A Comprehensive Guide

    According to the Migraine Research Foundation (MRF), migraine affects one billion people across the globe, 39 million in the United States alone, and it’s the 6th most disabling illness in the world. Finding an effective migraine cocktail is one of the single most important things that anyone with migraine can hope to find.  Everyday we have conversations about acute medications in the Migraine Strong Facebook group. Which ones work best, what can be combined together and just how many triptans are there on the market? I hope having all of this information in one place will be helpful for anyone treating migraine or trying to put together an effective migraine…

  • old fashioned typewriter with my migraine story on the paper
    Migraine,  My Migraine Story,  Vestibular Migraine

    My Migraine Story: Finding Relief From Chronic Vestibular Migraine

    By Elice Johnson When did you realize you had migraine?  I first realized I had migraine in 2014.  How long did it take to get an official diagnosis? What type of migraine do you have? In 2014, I started having periods of dizziness and an awful headache that would not go away. The headache lingered for about 3 months. Everyday I would wake up feeling well, but as the day went on, the symptoms slowly crept in during the work day. I saw my PCP and had lots of tests run (bloodwork, stress tests, EKG…) everything was “normal” except for low iron levels. I was told to keep a food…

  • old fashioned typewriter with my migraine story on the paper
    My Migraine Story,  Vestibular Migraine

    My Migraine Story: Vestibular Migraine Diagnosis and Treatment

    by: Heilean Rosenstock-Armie In the Summer of 2017 my world was flipped upside-down. I say flipped as that is exactly how spontaneous and violent it felt.  I was sitting at my desk in work when all of a sudden I leaned forward and grabbed the edge of my desk to steady myself. I placed my head on the desk still grasping it tightly. I couldn’t look up or down. I felt as though I was at sea with no compass in a violent storm. I wasn’t sure if the room was spinning or I was spinning internally. Everything was out of sync. If anyone had said the word migraine at…

  • 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…

  • A woman holding her head with a mask on her face
    Alternative Therapies,  Anxiety,  Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Migraine,  Mindfulness,  The Treatment Pie,  Vestibular Migraine

    Managing Stress and Migraine Attacks During COVID-19

    What a difficult few weeks it has been. It’s hard enough to manage migraine disease during normal life, but adding in quarantines, worrying about the health of family and friends, and having to disinfect every little thing that comes into our house is just so incredibly difficult. For me, staying at home isn’t much of a change. I work from home and most of my job is already done online or in the kitchen. But even I am getting restless not being able to see my friends and especially my mom and dad. Overall I hadn’t had many challenges adjusting, except for having to cut back massively on my grocery…

  • People linking arms standing in support
    Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Migraine,  Relationships,  Vestibular Migraine

    Finding the Right Migraine Support Group

    When I was first diagnosed with chronic vestibular migraine, I wasn’t sure where to turn. I literally didn’t know anyone else with the same diagnosis as me. And as much as I love my neurologist, he might not be too happy with multiple emails a day about what foods might be a trigger or what to do if I’m going to the bathroom too often with the magnesium I’m taking! So I began to research different groups online with others who shared a similar diagnosis.  There are a lot more now then there were back then. especially for VM, but I still felt overwhelmed by the amount that I could…

  • 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…

  • A girl with her hands over her head looking at the sky
    Anxiety,  Chronic Migraine,  Gratitude,  Migraine,  Vestibular Migraine

    A Lesson in Letting Go with Chronic Illness

    Having to deal with any illness for more than 2 weeks at a time can be such a beat down, much less chronic illness. Look at how many people complain when they have a cold that lasts longer than a week. When it starts extending months into years, it’s incredibly defeating.  I know it may sometimes come off like I have the answers for everything, but really half the time I’m writing posts to prove to myself that these things can be done. Today’s post is exactly that. I’ve been totally lost in health issues that I can’t control exactly two times in my life, and both happened within just…