• Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Medication,  Rebound

    Prednisone for Migraine Explained – 5 Questions & Answers You Need to Know.

    A steroid taper is commonly prescribed by headache specialists in certain circumstances to break a prolonged migraine cycle.  Are you wondering if a course of prednisone for migraine is something you should ask your doctor about? This is written from the patient and patient-advocate perspective and is not medical advice.  The goal is to help inform you so that you may work with your doctors.  Specific questions about medications and whether they are right for you can only be addressed by your doctors. 1.  What is Prednisone? Prednisone is a medication in a group of drugs called corticosteroids or steroids, for short.  Prescribed steroids are man-made medications that are similar…

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    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…

  • Charleston,  Diet,  Episodic Migraine,  Heal Your Headache,  Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound,  Sleep,  Supplements,  The Bucket Theory

    Minimizing Migraine Attacks: What I wish I knew…

    There is so much I wish I knew about minimizing migraine when my frequency of attacks was ramping up a few years ago.  I would have avoided chonifying and been so much healthier had this blog site been available to me just a few years ago. I know you don’t feel lucky to ONLY have episodic migraine, but count your lucky stars that you haven’t “chronified.”  Social media, has changed the way people educate and help themselves today. You have so many more resources to help you get better. I assume you have episodic migraine that is worsening and you are here trying to figure out what to do to…

  • one football player tackles another like tackling migraine
    Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound,  The Bucket Theory

    4 Steps To Tackle Migraine Headaches

    For as long as I could remember, I considered myself a headachy person.  At some point the headaches progressed to migraine.  Fortunately, for most of my life I had infrequent episodic migraine (EM).  An attack would start, I’d treat it with ibuprofen and I was better in an hour.  I sought treatment when I began losing a few days per month to terrible attacks that didn’t respond to over-the-counter (OTC) remedies.  Over time, my frequency of attacks increased and I “chronified” while under the care of my well-intentioned primary care physicians.  Differences Between Chronic and Episodic Migraine I was diagnosed with chronic migraine after seeking help from a headache specialist. …

  • Too many medications used to treat migraine can can lead to rebound headaches
    Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound

    The Vicious Cycle of Rebound

    What is rebound? And how do you tell the difference between rebound or frequent/chronic migraine?  The more commonly used term in the medical community is medication-overuse headache (MOH).  We call it ‘rebound’ as MOH tends to imply patients are to blame for their pain. Rebound happens when prescribed and/or over-the-counter (OTC) meds used to relieve pain, begin to cause pain or “stop working.” Initially, I didn’t know about rebound. And besides, I couldn’t possibly have rebound from medications prescribed by my doctor! My triptan (sumatriptan) had worked beautifully for many years…until it didn’t.  Maybe I just needed a bigger dose? Perhaps I could take it with ibuprofen or another NSAID (non steroidal anti-inflammatory…

  • Marina discusses her journey with chronic migraine and how pregnancy and becoming a mother affected her symptoms. #chronicmigraine #migrainemom #mommybrain
    Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Migraine,  Motherhood,  Rebound

    Surviving Chronic Migraine and Motherhood

    Chronic migraine and motherhood is similar to the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray’s character was stuck reliving the same day over and over again. He woke up in his Bed and Breakfast to Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” on the clock radio every morning knowing that he was trapped in a time loop of which no one else was aware. That’s what it felt like when I woke up every morning suffering with chronic migraine which began when I got pregnant. Migraine was nothing new to me. I’ve had episodic migraine (defined as less than 15 headache days per month), since I was 13. Excedrin Migraine and…

  • Diet,  Rebound

    Coffee: Friend or Foe? Caffeine and Migraine

    Updated July 2020. This is one of the most common questions people ask me. In general, caffeine helps the average person with headaches and occasional migraine attacks. They may enjoy a rich cup of coffee each morning to get things going as well as an afternoon pick-me-up. And, some people love to relax after a nice dinner and sip an espresso, cappuccino or cup of decaf. They may notice that their occasional tension headache or even migraine attack vanishes after enjoying a strong cup of coffee. Caffeine and migraine is often a hotly debated topic. How Caffeine Works Caffeine acts to constrict blood vessels and speed everything up. It is…

  • Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound

    Rebound FAQ’s

    What prescribed meds cause rebound? Simple analgesics – Prescribed NSAIDs (i.e. indomethacin, naproxen) Combination pain relievers (i.e. Fioricet) Triptans (i.e. sumatriptan, rizatriptan) and ergotamine medications (i.e. DHE) Opioids (i.e. tramadol, hydrocodone, codeine, oxycodone) What over-the-counter meds cause rebound? Simple analgesics – NSAIDs (i.e ibuprofen, naproxen) acetaminophen, aspirin Combination pain relievers (i.e. Excedrin Migraine, Excedrin) Does Aleve cause rebound? How about Tylenol? Yes, for both medications.  They are simple analgesics. Why would my doctor prescribe meds that would put me in rebound? Doctors want to help their patients feel better. Many are not aware of the risk of rebound, especially if they are general practitioners. Some docs prescribe the meds as…

  • 6 Steps To Escape Rebound Headaches #MedicationOveruse #Migraine
    Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound

    6 Steps To Escape Rebound Headaches

    If you are reading this, you suspect or know that you are in rebound and are considering what it might take to escape rebound headaches. I’m not going to sugar-coat it. The process is miserable. If you are in rebound, many attempted treatments may not work to get migraine under control. So, educate yourself about what to expect and how to optimize the process so you can get prepared and find your motivation. You are not alone in this. Many of us have been in a terrible rebound cycle at least once. The good news is that there is a good chance you will go back to your baseline, episodic frequency once you are ‘on the…