✧ Read Dana’s blog posts ✧ My Mantra: “If the doors are closed, look for a window.” ✧✧✧ My parents were my first and best role models for achieving dreams. They came from poor families, and both knew as children how they wanted to spend their lives. Dad wanted to be an electrical engineer, Mom a teacher. … Continue reading Dana
Migraine triggers are abundant and unique among migraine patients, but often are difficult to track and determine. From diet to weather to stress, triggers are far and wide and most of us would much prefer to live without them. While that’s not easily done, or even possible in some cases, there can be ways to … Continue reading The Triggers & Troubles of Migraine
By Dana – Migraines and sleep problems go together. According to the American Migraine Foundation, migraineurs are between two and eight times more likely to have difficulty sleeping. Chronic sleep problems could indicate a disorder like sleep apnea, where breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Many people associate sleep apnea with overweight, middle-aged men who … Continue reading Migraines & Sleep Apnea: A Connection Worth Considering
By Dana – Migraineurs and spoonies quickly learn that change doesn’t operate on a schedule. Treatments work until they don’t. Doctors order new medications or regimens. Migraines and pain flares occur even with the best management programs. Patients often find themselves working to adjust to a different course of treatment, only to find they have … Continue reading Handling the “Next Normal”
By Dana – Sometimes you receive unexpected results from treatment. That happened to me a few years ago, when my ENT doctor prescribed voice therapy. I went for the first appointment thinking it’d be similar to physical therapy–exercises followed by a home program. And it was, more or less, until the therapist tested my high … Continue reading Pain Management in 4/4
By Dana – Migraines can take center stage in our lives at any time. It happened to me fifteen years ago, during a very rough period in my personal life. On that November 16th, my father died. On that December 27th, my husband and I were in a car accident. On the following January 9th, … Continue reading Pain Diaries: Thank God For Dresden
By Alexandria – Impacting not just the head but the entire body, migraine is the most common neurological disorder, affecting 10-15% of the adult population. For comparison, epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder (after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease). Unfortunately, few people completely understand the mechanism of migraine. Even doctors, neurologists, and scientists … Continue reading This Is Your Brain on Migraine
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