• green sign with preventive medication for migraine spelled out in white and blue tablets
    Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Medication,  Migraine,  Vestibular Migraine

    Your Practical Guide to Migraine Preventive Medications

    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 (but not always) 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,…

  • the treatment pie is a holistic migraine treatment approach
    Chronic Migraine,  Migraine,  The Treatment Pie,  Vestibular Migraine

    Is A Holistic Migraine Treatment Right For You?

    Have you ever tried a holistic migraine treatment approach? The Migraine Strong team developed the Treatment Pie to illustrate the need to attack migraine using a multimodal approach. These nine "slices" represent the medical interventions and holistic migraine treatments that are known to best effect migraine outcomes. When applied together, they have a greater chance of reducing the frequency and severity of migraine attacks than any one slice alone. Each slice is described below.

  • brown bags with red cross on them used for at home migraine treatment plan
    Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Migraine,  Vestibular Migraine

    How To Assemble An At Home Migraine Treatment Plan

    Ever have a migraine attack bearing down and you blank on what to reach for to treat the attack? The misery and neurological changes that come with migraine attacks have the ability to wipe out thoughts of basic reliefs we know can help. This happens to me all the time and I end up relying on my Migraine Strong partners, Danielle Aberman and Jennifer Bragdon, to help remind me of things I can try. Having an at home migraine treatment plan in place helps me when my people aren't available to make suggestions. So what can we do to make sure we have our ducks in a row BEFORE we have…

  • closed book with Allay Lamp for green light for migraine
    Alternative Therapies,  Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Migraine,  Vestibular Migraine

    Allay Lamp – The Green Light For Migraine – Six Month Update

    When Allay gifted me their green light for migraine to review six months ago, I didn’t think it would become one of my favorite tools in my toolkit. In these past months, I have been successfully using it as a preventive and abortive treatment. When I first wrote about the Allay Lamp, I explained how the narrow band of green light in the lamp worked. It was a novel item I had added to my migraine toolkit. But it has been six months now and my love of the Allay Lamp is still going strong. I thought I would write an update on how the lamp and I have been doing.…

  • 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 some attacks. Sadly, there is no cure for migraine. Nevertheless, everyone wants to know about this topic: botox for migraine- what to expect. However, for those of us living with migraine, Botox is something to…

  • 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…

  • 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. …

  • 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 and gifted 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…

  • 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…

  • woman with curly hair and polka dot dress and dog who fought chronic migraine
    Chronic Migraine,  Migraine,  The Treatment Pie

    Overcoming Chronic Migraine – My 18 Year Battle

    I have been encouraged to look back at my chronic migraine journey and to share my experiences to hopefully help others that are on a similar path. This is a rather painful exercise. Not because of where I am now, or even where I have traveled. I think I look back on the 18 years of chronic and mostly intractable migraine and think how different my life might have been without it. Migraine As A Thief When I went back to school, would I have been able to finish becoming a Physician Assistant, as planned? How much more involved could I have been with my kids’ activities? And don’t even…