• fireworks over a harbor celebrations and migraine
    Holiday,  Migraine

    Migraine and Special Occasions: Navigating Holidays

    Special occasions often include shopping, wrapping, baking, packing, traveling, cleaning, decorating…it’s enough to make our heads spin…and that’s without the added complication of migraine!! So how do we combat the effects of the added stress from all of the holiday craziness? It seems like a simple thing to say plan ahead, but when we break things down and become intentional about how we get things done, it can help our holidays run more smoothly. Before we get into the nitty gritty of how to manage all of the craziness that comes with special occasions, I think it’s important to remember a very important idea that is often hard to put…

  • a woman lifting a wine glass in toast at a party holding off migraine
    Holiday,  Migraine

    Migraine and Parties: Navigating Holidays

    The holiday season is in full swing and we, and our migraine, will be heading out to family and office parties in the coming days and weeks. What is the best way to navigate a party where you don’t have any control over the food or drink? Safest cocktails or mocktails to order? What food should you look for in a buffet? What do you do at an office pot luck? Here are some of our best tips for how to survive the holiday party season. The Cocktail/Mocktail The Mocktail has become quite the rage over the past couple of years. You can find all sorts of recipes for them…

  • man in airport with feet on luggage watching airplane takeoff traveling with migraine
    Holiday,  Travel

    Traveling With Migraine: Navigating Holidays

    This blog contains affiliate links. As an Amazon affiliate, we earn a small percentage of profit from qualifying purchases at not cost to you. Traveling with migraine can be…challenging. There are so many problematic aspects to it. The excitement, extensive planning and packing, remembering to pack all of our meds and supplements, and planning for head friendly meals away from home are just a few. I have found that if I plan ahead, I can mitigate some of the normal triggers that happen when I travel.  Building The ‘Perfect’ Plan Anyone with migraine knows there is no such thing as the perfect traveling plan. The best laid plans are usually…

  • Gifts,  Motherhood

    Gift Ideas For Moms With Migraine

    Just like other moms with migraine, I’d love nothing more than a neatly wrapped box full of sleep with a bow on top for my upcoming birthday and holidays. However, since it is unlikely that uninterrupted good night sleep is in my future, I will settle for something less abstract. My only requirement is that my presents or those for my kids do not trigger migraine attacks! And if the presents can help to manage my migraine condition, then it’s a bonus. If your loved ones happen to be moms with migraine, here is a list of gift ideas that will make their life with chronic illness a little easier…

  • block letters spell our thankful reminding us to practice gratitude
    Gratitude

    The Benefits Of Practicing Gratitude

    The benefits of practicing gratitude are almost too many to count. During this season of thanksgiving, we tend to talk about the things we are grateful about for a day or two. But it’s rare that we break down how practicing gratitude can have long lasting effects on our emotional, physical and social well being. We thought it would be interesting to look at the effects of gratitude on each of these levels and then how we are practicing gratitude in our own lives.  Emotionally Uplifting  Not surprisingly, practicing gratitude can positively affect our everyday thoughts. While the initial practice of writing in a gratitude journal can give us a…

  • 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. …

  • Migraine,  Nausea,  Vestibular Migraine

    Migraine Nausea: 15 Tips to Help You Find Relief Now

    Nausea, that awful uneasiness you feel in your tummy is certainly one of the most uncomfortable symptoms that often tags along with the intense pain associated with migraine attacks.  It can occur quickly when you’re feeling the sudden dizziness of vestibular migraine attacks as well.  Nausea begins in the brain, stimulates our nervous system and causes our stomach muscles to dysfunction resulting in nausea. We’ll do anything to make it go away right? For the best success, you’ll want to treat it early, at the very first twinge of symptoms.  Read on for a list of 15 nausea relief tips to help you manage this hideous symptom so you begin…

  • Concert stage with bright light and sound sensitivity to manage
    Migraine,  Parenting,  The Bucket Theory

    How to Manage Light and Sound Sensitivity With Migraine: Part 2 – Concerts

    Photo Credit: Eileen Zollinger Light and sound sensitivity are two of the most consistent problems I have with migraine (read Part 1 here). And not just during an attack but between attacks as well. I have found I need to have some tools in my toolkit to be able to enjoy certain events such as baseball games, movies and especially concerts. For The Love Of Music I love music. It feeds my soul in so many ways. One of my biggest regrets is that I don’t play an instrument (I know it’s not too late). I sing in my car with the best of them. There is nothing like your…

  • Sunglasses with light and sound sensitivity to manage
    Anxiety,  Medication,  Migraine

    How to Manage Light and Sound Sensitivity with Migraine

    Light and sound sensitivity with migraine have plagued me for years and I have had to learn to manage both conditions during attacks and in between. This is not an uncommon problem to have. While approximately 85% of people with migraine report sensitivity to light during an attack and about 80% sensitivity to sound (Harriet & Schedt, 2014), almost the same percentages report the same sensitivities in between attacks. The migraine population is coping with migraine symptoms, sometimes on a daily basis. Managing At Home To manage light and sound sensitivity during a migraine attack at home is fairly straightforward. I will typically take my migraine cocktail. A triptan would…

  • 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…