Not tired, just getting a migraine.

“Premonitory symptoms occur hours to a day or two before a migraine attack (with or without aura). They include various combinations of fatigue, difficulty in concentrating, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, blurred vision, yawning and pallor.”    International Headache Society About once a week I will start yawning uncontrollably. It’s not long after Read More …

Yet another comorbid diagnosis

When I started on this journey 2 years ago, all I wanted was relief from what felt like near-daily migraine pain. I have learned much about headache medicine and about my own body. In the process, I have received a few new diagnoses. I also learned that the cluster headaches I thought were in remission Read More …

The impossible has happened

September 3, 2013 was the day I last used Oxygen to abort a cluster headache. Since that day I have experienced 9 “shadows” — a migraine-level pain, warmth, tearing, and eye drooping in the eye that normally experiences attacks. These “shadows” have been eliminated using a combination of energy drinks and Tiger Balm. And now, Read More …

Rating migraine disability differently

Inspired by a post from Kerrie Smyres on Migraine.com, I began rating migraines differently, using a “red/yellow/green light” system to track the quality of my life each day. After about a week, I noticed something interesting. I don’t have “green light” days very often. “Red light” days are pretty rare, too. Most days are “yellow”. Read More …

Suffering is optional

I’m bound to get some blow-back just from the title of this article. So let’s start by acknowledging the truth. There is a lot of suffering in this world. Horrible, unthinkable things happen every day to people just like you and me. For the sake of this article, let’s follow that up with a few Read More …

How can you stand to be online with a migraine?

Many people who deal with frequent migraines post online during the attack. We often receive negative comments from others when we do this. To someone who only gets an occasional migraine or never gets one at all, this behavior must seem counterproductive. Once you understand why we get online, maybe our behavior will make more sense. Read More …

Suicidal threat – responding on social media

How many of us have said these statements either in our heads or out loud to a trusted loved one? Were we thinking about suicide when we said it? Maybe. Maybe not. “I can’t take this anymore!” “I give up!” “I just want to quit!” So how can you know? Isn’t it better to “be safe Read More …