Still don't know what the migraines are from? Can’t stop the pain? Medications not working? Is anything working?
If not, let me give you some tips. I am not a doctor, I am a professional counselor and fellow migraine sufferer with decades of trial and error, research, failures and success.
Take advantage and learn from my mistakes.
Learn what to do and how to be prepared.
Very well prepared.
Develop your best pain management strategy.
Take action, timing is everything.
The statistics are alarming. Millions of people are suffering needlessly. Only half of us are getting effective treatment.
Don’t become a statistic.
And remember, always, with all medical advice, to consult your primary care physician first before adopting any new courses of treatment.
You can live well with this condition. You can move forward and enjoy your life more. And Migraine Savvy will help you do just that.
To live well with this neurological medical condition requires new skills and new ways of doing things. And you need to become resilient.
You will be knocked down by this disease, and you need the strength and the willingness, to get back up again, and again, and again. That's called resilience.
Your journey will be challenging and oftentimes painful. You may feel very alone, but please know you won't be. I, and thousands of others, have learned how to cope with this debilitating disease.
We've discovered how to be flexible, how to roll with the punches. We've learned how to reinvent ourselves, finding new jobs that suit our new lifestyles, and we've learned what to do and when.
With me as your guide, you'll learn better coping skills for all areas of life and to reinvent yourself, so that you can become the best you despite the havoc this condition causes.
You will learn how to become, and remain, resilient.
Learning to be resilient means you will overcome the depression and anxiety associated with your attacks and learn to think more clearly.
Thinking more clearly means you make wiser, more informed, decisions.
You will learn ways to communicate your needs to others and stay happy, calm and balanced.
You will find ways to feel more gratitude and bring out who you really are. A more purposeful life may just be one of the gifts you eventually discover.
But for now you need to manage the pain. It is time to respond like a victor and not a victim by focusing on solutions that work for you. If you don’t have them right now, persevere and keep looking. Never give up, new things are being invented every day.
Get your life back! Find a sense of control. Find ways to make peace with this condition and your body. Your first step is finding effective pain management. Trust me on this one. I was in denial for 14 years or so. Way too many. Please don't repeat this mistake.
It wasn't until I formed an effective pain management strategy that I was able to finally create the life I wanted.
This website has a lot of information for you about migraine headaches. It covers:
I also share my experience and advice.
Here are a few links to some of the topics that link to the corresponding pages. Please also look at the top navigation bar under the header to find the topic you want to know more about or click on the links in the right hand column for related articles.
You can also use the Google search bar at the top of the page to find what you are looking for.
With the chronic and recurring cycle of pain, it can be hard to stay positive. Living a happy life may seem impossible some days.
But I am here to tell you that it is possible to live a full and fulfilling life.
Even if you, like me, are having chronic long term full blown attacks or occasional episodes. There are more effective medications and more tools for us to use today than ever before in history.
If I, and thousands of others like me, can learn to become resilient and live well with my migraines, so can you!
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Until next time, be well and be pain free.