• 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. …

  • wine filled glasses using The Wand by PureWine to have wine without migraine
    Migraine,  Motherhood,  The Bucket Theory,  Wine

    Wine Without Migraine: Try PureWine

    With the weekend coming up, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a glass of wine without migraine? Imagine enjoying a glass of red or white wine while enjoying a mom’s night out without suffering from wine sensitivities? How about drinking a cold beer with a few co-workers at a happy hour without any side effects? Sounds too good to be true? Thanks to PureWine, it doesn’t have to be! Alcohol Alcohol is a well recognized migraine trigger. According to American Migraine Foundation, alcohol can trigger a migraine attack anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. People with migraine are also more susceptible to hangovers.  Leiden University Migraine Neuro-Analysis…

  • A small bowl of guacamole surrounded by chips
    Diet,  Migraine,  The Bucket Theory,  The Treatment Pie

    How to Recognize Migraine Baseline and Reintroduce Foods After an Elimination Diet

    The migraine brain is said to be hyper responsive to its surrounding environment. We respond with migraine attacks to things that people without migraine wouldn’t react to at all. The Bucket Theory was developed as a way to explain how difficult to control triggers (like hormones, stress and weather) fill up a portion of our bucket each day. While these triggers are hard to manage, the ones that we have some control over are the ones that we eat and drink each day.  What Is An Elimination Diet? An elimination diet is a short term modification of diet that allows us to remove the ‘commonly known’ migraine triggers. These triggers…

  • water drops that over flow the bucket theory
    Diet,  Migraine,  Mindfulness,  The Bucket Theory

    The Bucket Theory

    THE BUCKET THEORY – WHAT IS IT? We are always trying to come up with new ideas for how to manage migraine disease. The Bucket Theory developed out of a desire to explain how complicated migraine triggers could be and why something could feel like a trigger one week and not the next. The following is the Bucket Theory illustration of how the migraine mechanism is tripped. It goes something like this…each day we start out with a bucket that isn’t empty but contains things that we can’t avoid (ie. hormones, stress and weather). These things fill 1/3 or maybe even 2/3 of the bucket depending on how much is…