• 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…

  • a sign that says difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations with a plant
    Anxiety,  Migraine,  Mindfulness,  The Treatment Pie

    The Benefits of Therapy for Migraine

    I used to be one of those people who thought therapy was only for people who had gone through something really traumatic. Something from their past, maybe a death in the family, but not just for a “normal person” like myself…whatever that means. Now I realize what an important tool it is for everyday life, especially when managing a chronic illness like migraine.  For many of us, our worlds are turned upside down by terrifying symptoms like vertigo just appearing out of nowhere one day. For others, we’ve been beaten down by years of dealing with pain, canceled plans, and special accommodations for our diet, travel arrangements, and workplace that…

  • Enjoy reading again with these strategies while suffering from #chronicillness or #chronicmigraine | Migraine Strong
    Chronic Migraine,  Migraine,  Mindfulness,  Reading

    5 Tips To Enjoy Reading With Chronic Migraine

    On days when chronic migraine symptoms are especially challenging, reading can offer an escape from daily struggles, an opportunity to practice mindfulness, or new information to manage our illness. Books can inspire us, educate us, comfort us. I have always loved to read. Yet, I had to place a temporary hold on this hobby a few times during my life, like when I went to law school and when my episodic migraine morphed into chronic migraine. Chronic migraine dramatically changed my life. For quite some time it took over my identity and with it my love for reading. I have come a long way from those dark and painful days.…

  • 8 steps to thrive not just to survive with chronic migraine | Migraine Strong
    Migraine,  Mindfulness

    How To Thrive, Not Just Survive, With Chronic Migraine

    Over the last five and a half years, I got married, had two beautiful children, and had gone to hell and back surviving chronic migraine. Although many women with migraine find relief during pregnancy and breastfeeding, I experienced the opposite reaction. Hormone fluctuations, stress, sleepless nights with newborns, and medication overuse headaches all played a role in transforming my episodic migraine into chronic. During what was supposed to be a joyful and exciting time of motherhood, I struggled with severe head pain, nausea, vomiting, depression, and hopelessness. Surviving Chronic Migraine As I was being sucked deeper into this illness, my pain days gradually increased to where I was experiencing pain…

  • water drops that over flow the bucket theory
    Diet,  Migraine,  Mindfulness,  The Bucket Theory

    The Bucket Theory

    THE BUCKET THEORY – WHAT IS IT? We are always trying to come up with new ideas for how to manage migraine disease. The Bucket Theory developed out of a desire to explain how complicated migraine triggers could be and why something could feel like a trigger one week and not the next. The following is the Bucket Theory illustration of how the migraine mechanism is tripped. It goes something like this…each day we start out with a bucket that isn’t empty but contains things that we can’t avoid (ie. hormones, stress and weather). These things fill 1/3 or maybe even 2/3 of the bucket depending on how much is…