Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Migraines Anyone?


Migraines are annoying, and so unnecessary.  Why in the world do I need a Migraine to slow me down?  In two words, I don't.

In my previous life (the one before I moved to another state and we decided to have our last child), I was very busy.  I had a high-stress job that I loved, and being busy was what motivated me and made me thrive, and I was good at it...very good at it.  Stress was my middle name, and I loved it (not negative stress, just busy stress).

That was true for so long, that I assumed it would be my whole life (though at my age, I should know better than to assume anything).

Then I had my little bundle of joy, and an elective hospital procedure afterwards (my only procedure ever, my only time in a hospital outside of having my children, ever...knock on wood that remains true).  And something went wrong.  I now get migraines like crazy!  In the beginning they were knock-me-out-all-day-long migraines, and I was completely baffled.  What's worse is every bit of stress (good or bad) that knocked my routine out of whack, caused me to get one.  It was crazy and something I was so not used to (how could I go from being so strong to being such a wimp?!?).

Visits to the Dr. assured me the procedure was not to blame, though I had and still have my convictions that it most certainly was to blame. I know I never had this challenge, and now I know that I do.  For me it's 1+1=2 no matter what I've been told by the Dr's (I've been to two).

These days, five years later, I've gotten very good at noticing the small signs that indicate a Migraine is coming, and if I catch it right away, I'm good to go (Excederin Migraine medicine works great if I get it right away).  Happily, I've been able to catch them quickly for a long time now and haven't had a day ruined in a long time, until yesterday.  Out of the blue one snagged me and took me down for the better half of the day (of course it was a day I had a deadline and a lot of things to do).

So, my question to you is...are migraines a regular for you?
Has anyone dealt w/a switch like this in life where you never got them, and now get them at the drop of a dime?

And is there anyone who has found a way to just get rid of them entirely?  THAT would be more than ideal. Five years of having them come to party at my house is long enough.  They really do take up more time than I can afford to lose. I'm not complaining...just looking to the bloggy world for possible solutions. Crossing my fingers here, hoping to find something that works.

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  1. I used to get migraines! from the time I was 9 til I was 25...14 years. I have seen several Chiropractors in my life and most of them helped to reduce the frequency of my migraines. It wasn't until my (now) husband used a very specific technique that I am migraine free!!! It's been 5 years now and I have not had a migraine. While this won't work for everyone I would suggest Chiropractic.
    If you want more details just send me an email.
    Hope this helps!

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    1. I am so glad you got rid of them!! Thank you for the helpful tips. I've never been to a chiropractor.

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  2. You may think I am totally crazy... and that's ok. I used to get headaches that would make me sick to my stomach and I would curl up in a ball until the aspirin and tylenol I took all at once started to kick in.... Then I totally gave up eating sugar products (because of the candida) No More Headaches!! I only get a headache now when I am doing a cleanse and releasing toxins.

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    1. I don't think you're crazy, I believe sugar is part evil. :)

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  3. I've never had one but I feel for those of you who have. I know they're absolutely debilitating. :(

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    1. They are, they're just ridiculously wretched and I wouldn't miss them a bit if they decided to move on.

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  4. I had a few in my time, cut gluten and all processed food out of my diet, saw a chiropractor and stretch for about an hour a day, poof gone!

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    1. Back to diet. You know, it couldn't hurt, and I'm pretty good (B+ on a grading scale) at watching what I eat anyway, so it shouldn't be too hard to give it a go.

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  5. Oh goodness I have had these for years. NO fun at all. I hope you can find some relief. There are some good medications for those these days!!

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    1. You and me both. They've been around long enough.

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  6. Oh I am so sorry. I get a migraine literally every single month as part of my "PMS" suffering. It doesn't keep me down ALL day, but a good 3 or 4 hours usually. They are the worst.

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    1. I carry my Excederin w/me everywhere I go, just in case. Sorry you get them too.

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  7. I rarely get migraine. It comes once in a blue moon when I am too tired or when I haven't had enough sleep for three days in a row and crazily busy during the day (yeah I am one of that sleepless creature).

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    1. I used to be, and I used to be able to skip meals (which I did a lot), but I can't do either one anymore w/o a headache coming on. Glad to hear yours are rare. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Unfortunately I do get them every month right before I start my period (too much info? lol) They are so bad they pretty much knock me out for 2 days. I often find myself sleeping on the bathroom floor because the cold tiles feel good on my head and help ease the nausea. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis 5 years ago (roughly around the time the migrains started) and putting 2 and 2 together, have a feeling that has contributes to the migrains also.

    Sorry to hear you get them also! They certainly can ruin an entire day!

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    1. I am no stranger to the bathroom tiles, I have to say. sorry you get them too. If you find a way to fix yours, lemme know, and if anything I do works, I'll be sure to send an email over your way too. :) Stupid headaches. -_-

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  9. I am sorry to read about your migraines. Me? I get sinus headaches, but these are not nearly as severe as a migraine.

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    1. My mom used to get the sinus headaches. Sorry you get 'em, I remember those were a barrel of laughs too. Not. :(

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  10. I'm sorry Rosey! That must be very difficult. My 17 year old daughter began getting migraines very young, and continues to have them often. She also has TMJ which is aggravated by migraines, and vice versa. We've tried keeping track of foods and activities which may cause them so we can avoid them, with no luck. It's a complete mystery.

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  11. Ugh ... I'm sorry. I have had two I think my whole life but I get tension headaches every once in a while.
    When I am working out and drinking the amount of water I should be every day (for me about 2 liters) I typically don't get them anymore.

    Feel better mama!!

    xoxo
    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Water is a wonder drug, hubby used to drill that into me over and over for years, and I finally got it. ;) Hope your Zumba was good tonight!

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  12. That is awful!
    I'm glad you know how to catch majority of them.

    I've heard such terrible things about the migraines.

    I wish I knew something to help you. My SIL has them awful. She is an EMT.
    I read an article once that I sent to her. Now I wish I had bookmarked it.

    *HUGS* Sorry Rosey. I hope you get some helpful tips!

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    1. Thanks, Colette. I hope your SIL got rid of hers. I'm determined to try the suggestions here, sure can't hurt to try, and one of them might be just what works.

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  13. so sorry to hear that...
    I hope you find a solution that takes it away...

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  14. I get them if a bright light hits my eye wrong, like the sun or a camera. I actually used to get them all the time until I had a procedure (can't remember which one, I've had a lot of them) and suddenly I don't get any! I used to not get headaches too but since you read me you know those days are over. I hope you get to feeling better, that pain is torture!

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    1. I was at a SuperBowl party once, having a grand old time and I stood in a spot where a stand up light was in front of me and that was all she wrote. I had to go home and it was a total evening bummer.

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  15. One thing I am thankful for is that I do not get migraines. I'm so sorry to hear you have been dealing with them. I wish I had some advice for you.

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    1. No worries, thank you for the nice words. :)

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  16. Oh no, I'm so sorry! I consider myself very fortunate to never have had a migraine. I know people who have, and they say it is utterly horrible. It's a good thing that you can feel them coming on, but sounds like sometimes they still knock you off your feet. Hope you find the best way to treat and prevent them!

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    1. You'd think after five yrs. I'd be used to them, but I'm not and just want to find a way to get them gaaaaaaaaaaaawn. Slang for gone. ;)

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  17. I'm so sorry to hear that they came back! That must be such a discouraging feeling. I'm thinking of you.

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  18. Did you by any chance have an epidural? I started getting them after I had one, no help though I've only ever been able to just try and sleep them off. Fortunately as I get older they are a lot less frequent.

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    1. No, but I opted for a tubal, and it was all down hill from there. I've Google'd it since and it seems common, but I was never told it was a possible side effect. It's such a common procedure I thought it would be a breeze. I'm wondering if I would have said no if I'd known. Probably not...I probably would have just thought they were no big deal. phft. Hindsight is 20/20, yes? :) Sorry you get the too...I feel your pain, haha, literally.

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  19. Oh that's awful! I don't get migraines, but my mom gets them, and used to get them quite often when I was growing up. I felt so bad for her!! Sorry you have to put up with that :(

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    1. Thanks Brandi, they are ugly little things. Sorry to hear your mom gets them. :(

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  20. I typically get 2-3 migraines a year now; I used to get them before every cycle...(hope this isn't tmi)...they got REALLY bad when I was going through menopause but now that is over, thankfully, they've become much less frequent.

    Sorry I can't offer any advice other than, when they hit I take the painkillers, go into a quiet room with my herbal pillow (lavender, feverfew, and chamomile) and sleep it off.

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    1. That's just what I do... it's just such a time suck because it takes hours for them to go away if you don't catch it in time. Glad to hear yours are less frequent, though it'd be nicer if they were gone for good, huh? Happy to see you out and about. :)

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  21. I have had migraine's most of my adult life, due to other health issues I'm unable to take any medication that could help, when I know one is coming I get in a cool dark place and hope that my vertigo don't kick in which it usually does with any kind of headache I get.
    kd329@yahoo.com

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    1. My husband's aunt had Vertigo for awhile and it was not good. I'm very sorry to hear you've got them both. I get to a dark place too, asap, those lights get ya every time!

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  22. I feel for you!

    I have really bad allergies. When I moved to Savannah, Georgia for grad school years ago I got major migraines daily. There you can see the pollen all over. Mold is bad to. I felt like I had a walking hang over so much of the time.

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    1. That's terrible, and I hear it's gorgeous there too...sorry that experience was marred by migraines.

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