• 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…

  • Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Hormones,  Medication,  Menopause,  Migraine,  Science/Research

    What No One Tells You about Migraines and Menopause (and Perimenopause Too)

    I have always been a headachy person.  Fortunately, migraine didn’t interfere with my life in a debilitating way until my 40s.  Perimenopause was the culprit.  Having gone through perimenopause with migraine does not make me an expert.  It’s one of my areas of interest as a patient and patient advocate.  I have poured over the literature on migraine and migraines as well as watched in-depth interviews of 4 well-recognized experts in this area that were interviewed during the five Migraine World Summit broadcasts.  Their intention was to help during a difficult, undiscussed time and that is my intention, too. My Story I hit the big menopause milestone 6 years ago. …

  • 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…

  • allay lamp green light manages migraine light sensitivity
    Alternative Therapies,  Chronic Migraine,  Migraine,  Research,  Science/Research

    The Allay Lamp for Migraine Light Sensitivity

    My migraine light sensitivity is rather legendary. Everyone from my family, friends and even this migraine community has heard me talk about or has read what I have written about it. During bad attacks it seems as if the sun is loud and not just exceedingly bright. I love a dark cave of a room during an attack more than anywhere else. It is my safe place.  When I was approached by the Allay company to test the new Lamp for migraine in exchange for my feedback, I was excited to give it a try. This is yet another tool that we can add to our toolbox to fight migraine…

  • Migraine,  Science/Research

    The Migraine World Summit- Expertise You Should Not Miss

    Please excuse me while I geek-out a little.  It’s time for the Migraine World Summit 2020!  For those of you who have participated in previous events, here’s your link to register right now as you know you don’t want to miss it.  Click-click-click because it’s only 4 weeks away! For those of you not familiar with it, the Migraine World Summit (MWS) is an annual online event that you don’t want to miss.  You get to see and hear expert doctors, researchers and patient advocates discuss topics that we are all hungry to learn about. We all want to know what is next for us and how we can get…

  • woman leaning forward easing her neck pain from migraine
    Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Migraine,  Science/Research

    Why Is Migraine Such A Pain In The Neck?

    I have had neck pain along with migraine for as long as I can remember. It just took me a long time to realize that the pain in my neck was actually a symptom related to migraine and not a separate underlying condition. This was certainly complicated by the fact that I had herniated a disc at the C6-C7 area of my spine shortly after my son was born. Because of this, I really thought that the years of neck pain before and after this injury were all related, even though though physical therapy was successful. Why was I still so convinced that the pain in my neck was a…

  • a rabbit going down a hole after the root cause of migraine
    Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Migraine,  Science/Research,  Sleep,  Supplements,  The Bucket Theory,  The Treatment Pie

    What Is The Root Cause of Migraine

    Back in my early days of episodic migraine I didn’t give much thought to the root cause of migraine attacks.  It wasn’t until I had chronic migraine (defined as 15 or more days per month with migraine symptoms) that I started to wonder what the heck was causing my once full life to get smaller and smaller.  Once I was satisfied that it was “just” migraine and not a brain tumor or aneurysm ready to blow, I wanted to know what was wrong with my body so I could fix it. What was my root cause of migraine? The Question of Why? What is MY Root Cause of Migraine? My interest…

  • Help to manage migraine by attaining and maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D
    Migraine,  Science/Research,  Sleep,  Supplements

    How Vitamin D Can Help Manage Migraine

    There are very few studies exploring vitamin D and migraine. That didn’t stop me from reading the scientific literature to get me closer to a possible connection.  Could supplementing with vitamin D help prevent migraine symptoms? We’re all looking for pieces to our personal “migraine puzzle.” I watched a series of videos from a neurologist who strongly believes that there is a relationship. This study suggests that vitamin D may play a role.  From what I have read, I think the answer is yes for some people and possibly for many. What Is Vitamin D? First, a little about vitamin D. It’s not really a vitamin but a hormone.  I’ll continue to refer…

  • Tips for beginners of Ketogenic diet for migraine. Read this to succeed! Includes video interview by Ashley Koff, RD. | Migraine Strong
    Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Keto,  Migraine,  Science/Research,  Vestibular Migraine

    Keto For Migraine – Starting From Scratch

    If you are reading this, then you have heard that the ketogenic diet can be an excellent way to help manage migraine. 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 as keto is not at all what I thought it would be like. It helped my head and my overall wellness and was delicious. You may be considering this significant change in the way you eat to help you find a new level of relief from migraine attacks. I will focus this piece on some basics and not on a history of keto nor…