By Jeannette - Within the chronic illness community we speak a lot about the importance of visibility. We discuss the need to self-advocate, to have our rights heard, and the importance of speaking out against stigma, especially when you have an illness that has debilitating symptoms that impact our interactions with the world, but aren’t always … Continue reading The Vulnerability of Visibility
By John Martinez in association with Axon Relief (Guest Post) - If you’re active in the migraine community, you may be noticing that CBD oil is starting to pick up steam as a possible treatment for migraine headaches. However, are the floods of positive anecdotal evidence backed by scientific data? The short answer is: not … Continue reading CBD Oil for Migraineurs?
By Wanda - You would have to sit in on an appointment with my awesome neurologist and me to understand the differences between rice cereal, rice pudding, sticky white rice, and what they have to do with a brain. Every once in a great while, after seeing countless doctors, you might be lucky enough to … Continue reading Sticky Rice, Rice Pudding, Rice Cereal, & Your Brain
By Winslow -With the rising prices of pharmaceutical medications, a great deal of people are searching for more natural solutions to treat their migraines. Below is a list of herbs thought to be beneficial in the treatment of migraine headaches. *Disclaimer: This list is not to be used to diagnose, treat or manage any condition. … Continue reading 5 Herbs That May Treat Migraine
By Lisa (Guest Writer) - According to the Center for Disease and Control (CDC), one-third of Americans are not receiving the recommended seven-plus hours of sleep every night and over seventy different sleep disorders have been diagnosed by doctors. A lack of sleep can lead to serious health concerns like high blood pressure, diabetes, and … Continue reading Can Mindfulness Impact Sleep Quality?
By Liza - "Fibromyalgia symptoms are only about 30% amenable to current pharmaceutical strategies on the market." This is according to Kathleen Houlton, PhD, MPH, lead author of Potential Dietary Links in Central Sensitization in Fibromyalgia. Given that statement and the current estimate of about 5 million people struggling with fibromyalgia (and no doubt the … Continue reading Fibromyalgia and Nutrition
By The Migraine Mantras Team - Rare Disease Day, recognized annually on February 28th, brings awareness to various medical conditions that fall under the category of 200,000 patients or fewer in the US, and 2,000 patients or fewer in the EU. An alarming 1 in 20 people will live with a rare disease in their … Continue reading Showing Our Stripes for Rare Disease Day
By Wanda - Do you make lists? I do. Tons of them. So many lists! Contacts, recipes, shopping lists, allergies, to do lists, appointments, doctors, medications, surgeries, conditions, test results, books to read, health studies... I make SO many lists! So, medications -- 27 at the moment. Some daily, some as needed, some I’d rather … Continue reading Chronically Fabulous at Fifty
By Brittany - It’s been 4 years since I was diagnosed with chronic migraine. Having never experienced a migraine prior to the concussion that caused this chronic neurological disease, to say the last 4 years has been a challenging learning experience is an understatement. This last month has been particularly challenging, with each day being … Continue reading 5 Ways I’ve Learned How to Survive Chronic Migraine
By Jorie - For 18 long months I planned, and planned, and planned my perfect dream wedding. I thought the day would never come. My now-husband, Trey, proposed to me in January of 2017 and as soon as the ring hit my finger I hopped on Pinterest searching for inspiration, joined Facebook wedding planning groups, … Continue reading How I Survived My Wedding as a Chronically Ill Bride