• 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…

  • Botox for Migraines
    Botox,  Chronic Migraine

    Botox for Migraine: What To Expect

    People generally get excited when they hear I get Botox for migraine and ask a lot of questions. After all, it does make my forehead look smooth. However, the excitement usually wears off after I explain that I first had to trial and fail a multitude of preventive medications, that I’ve had daily migraine attacks for years before I started the Botox treatment, and that despite my Botox treatment I still have migraine disease and experience attacks. Because sadly, there is no cure for migraine. However, for those of us living with migraine, Botox is something to be excited about. It is an approved and effective preventive treatment for migraine which…

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

    My Migraine Story: Powering On Through Chronic Migraine

    By Megan Donnelly I’m walking the hallway of my junior high gym, just after a volleyball game, rushing to find a trashcan to vomit in.  I quickly clean myself up and head to my dance company rehearsal.   The Beginning My whole life I have been a driven person, some may say an overachiever. I remember telling my Mom about the pain and then would have to stay home from both school and dance, so I often swallowed the pain in order to dance.  This is something I wish I had never put myself through, and was completely my doing.  Yet, I believe migraine started in early childhood, as my Aunt…

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    Migraine,  Relationships

    Come Find Community within the Migraine Healthline App

    This article is sponsored by our partner, Healthline. Migraine Healthline, is a new app that connects people with migraine. Download your free Migraine Healthline App!  We have been working with Healthline since February to build a strong community within the Migraine Healthline App. This Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, we continue to join forces with Healthline to raise awareness and provide support for the migraine community. We have enjoyed spending time in the app. It is amazing to watch the community take shape and evolve. We see friendships blossom and watch people suffering with migraine reach out to others to lend a steadying hand.  What We Love About The Migraine…

  • 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…

  • old fashioned typewriter with my migraine story on the paper
    Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Heal Your Headache,  Migraine,  My Migraine Story

    My Migraine Story: How I Managed Migraine With the Heal Your Headache Program

    By Amy Hyde My Migraine Beginning My first migraine experience happened when I was 14 and it was actually one of the worst attacks that I have had – what a scary place to start! It was winter and I was clothes shopping with my friends and boyfriend at our local high street. The combination of hot bright shops and cold dark streets triggered my first ever attack. The pain behind my eye built over 30 minutes, I lost the feeling in one arm and began to slur my words. I remember thinking that I needed to go home and get help but my brain just didn’t seem to be…

  • 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. …

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

    My Migraine Story: Learning to Manage Chronic Migraine and Rebound

    By Paula Sicord I had my first migraine attack when I was 11 and sleeping at my grandmother’s house.  I thought I had a brain tumor.  I was misdiagnosed with a mono-like virus, which began a long pattern of mistaken diagnoses.  I was mainly diagnosed with sinus infections, many every year, until I was in my 30s.  At that time, I diagnosed myself with migraine and sought help.  Typical Symptoms My most common symptoms for years were pain behind my right eye, pain in my sinuses, sore throat, dizziness, neck pain, and exhaustion.  I handled them well, with Advil and Sudafed, thinking they were sinus related, until my mid 30s. …

  • 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…