Chronic pain impacts every area of our lives. Let’s face it - living with migraines and being in such excruciating pain regularly can change everything.
Living migraine free is not possible, but it doesn't have to be impossible or unattainable.
With the right attitude, and the right tools and tricks to cope, you can minimize their impact on your lifestyle.
Sensible changes in habits, along with avoiding migraine triggers, can have a huge impact on this condition. The drug therapies available today are more effective than ever before.
Living with migraines and chronic pain that repeatedly interferes with the fun bits of life, or prevents you from being efficient, is as frustrating and depressing as it is painful.
The problems we face as migraineurs are numerous; I hope to cover every one in this website, eventually.
No two migraines are the same, which means each person will have to find their own solutions by trial and error.
Having said that, there are some things that do generally work well like using ice and heat in combination to abort an attack. Learning relaxation techniques will help reduce pain and anxiety.
While migraines might dissolve our ability to maintain control over certain parts of our life, we also have several options at our disposal, to empower us to take action and to make wiser choices.
Seeking out the right information to educate ourselves on migraines used to be difficult.
Now we have access to the Migraine World Summit which is packed full of migraine specialists.
Nowhere else will you get access to over thirty specialists. Click on the links for more details.
We can take action doing (somewhat) simple things like: avoiding known triggers, keeping good records, and asking the right questions of our doctor is a good place to start.
Forming a network of personal medical and healthcare professionals and therapists to help you cope with this medical condition can instill some sense of control, manageability and hope to maintain a more pain-free lifestyle.
Migraine attacks can be debilitating and can often be without effective treatment. Yet I believe, as migraine sufferers, we can educate and empower ourselves, make wiser choices, and give ourselves our best chance at finding our own way to physical and emotional pain relief.
We can consider both the traditional and the alternative more natural approaches to migraine. So we can choose to learn about natural pain relief solutions like: herbs, supplements, homeopathy, biofeedback, exercises, yoga and breathing properly.
There is so much to learn. I have studied for most of the twenty years I've had migraines in my efforts to find my solutions.
There is no doubt that living well with this condition is incredibly trying at times. And sometimes all the time, but we must persevere.
Migraines have taught me patience and compassion.
They have forced me to increase my self-awareness and stay positive during the very challenging times indeed.
I am worthy of happiness, you are worthy of a fulfilling life migraines or not!
They have helped me to learn what is important in life, and discern who is important in my life.
It is my intention to empower you with choice and well-being, and to be proactive through learning, so that we can make wiser choices; not just regarding our pain treatment, but also the rest of our lives.
Becoming resilient is key.
Here are some options for self-empowerment.
• Educate yourself about YOUR diagnosis. Know what you have so you can treat it effectively.
• Keep a journal. Record everything until you find a pattern.
• Be prepared for your doctor. Write your questions down before each appointment.
• Use your neurologist’s wisdom and guidance. Ask questions about living with migraines, your specific type, the easiest way possible.
• Learn about treatment options: medications, alternative remedies and any recent discoveries.
I have had severe migraines for over 20 years now.
It became a difficult puzzle. It took years to diagnose, because I have a rarer form called Status migrainosus or Status Migrainous.
I get all the typical symptoms of cluster and classical migraines, but they are “continuous for more than 72 hours.”
I spend 20 days each month, and have done for over 20 years now, with episodes that can last for up to 10 days each.
In the beginning, I thought they were temporary and from stress. I was told repeatedly that if I thought positively they would go away. I spent many years on this aspect (denial).
I spent three years trialing medications that did not work, and then over eight years meditating the pain away and looking for a more natural “cure”. In 2006 I discovered a triptan that worked for me and I have not looked back.
I have to be honest, I think it took me over six years to get taking the pain medication early enough, and another few years to just relax into taking the abortive at my earliest warning sign. I like to joke that I have a PhD in pain management.
Life is much better now - 20 years later and a lot wiser! I finally manage my pain episodes, and all the disruptions that come with them from a place of peace.
Finding a pain management strategy that works is vital. Understanding my early warning symptoms is crucial, and helps me deal with and alleviate the impending attack. Getting some migraine support or professional pain counseling was really important for me.
The information in this website has been thoroughly researched by me, again and again, and I might add – the experience is first-hand. The format is to provide information, scientific and otherwise, along with my own experience and my advice. I will also try to provide both pros and cons and highlight what you need to know.
Living with migraines is difficult, but it doesn't have to be impossible.
Come and share your story with me at migraine stories and tell me about your pieces of the puzzle that work.
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Until next time, be well and be pain free.
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