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Scroll to the bottom for our giveaway! Ends December 15th - so hurry and enter! It's that time of year again. Things get super busy, schedules change, there are lots of different - sometimes strong - smells around, there are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
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Scroll to the bottom for our giveaway! Ends September 15th - so hurry and enter! This time of year doesn't present as many challenges for me personally from a "back to school" perspective as it does for many... because I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
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Scroll to the bottom for our giveaway! Ends July 1st - so hurry and enter! I always find it kind of funny that everything nowadays has an "awareness" month... but I'm certainly not knocking it. Roughly 36 million people in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
I have noticed a connection over the past year that is new to me. I've been having vividly bad dreams that seem to be connected to a migraine attack. They are not so much what I think of as nightmares... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
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I'm excited to announce that I'll be working with Excedrin Migraine again during 2013 as a Blog Ambassador. I hope through this relationship with Excedrin Migraine that I will be able help myself, and all of you, with the seemingly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
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I've read several articles about the link between epilepsy and migraine before... and it seems the research is continuing. This new study was featured on my local news tonight. I am going to check more fully to see if any... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
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In my last post... I talked about how we all know we should track out migraines daily to help understand our patterns and triggers, as well as help our doctors with the most detailed information possible. I talked about how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
Oh my gosh Sam... I am so sorry to hear about your horrible work environment. I can't imagine in this day that someone would really sit and smoke at their desk with co-workers around. Very selfish. I give you so much respect for sticking it out at all. And you are kinder than I would be about reporting... that is really nice of you to give them a break on it. I hope the peppermint will help. It's still one of my go to helpers after all these years. I hope things will get better and maybe your director will quit smoking in the new year... can't help but hope... right?
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We've all been told how helpful it is to track our migraines. So why don't we? Is there anything we can do to make it a daily ritual we consider a positive, helpful tool instead of another chore in our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
Great question for this month's Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival. "Venting About Migraine Disease: How do you vent your frustrations about living with migraine disease in a way that's helpful to your healing, both emotionally and physically?" I really... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
My Mom was nice enough to clip this article from the Wall Street Journal for me and pass it on. Interesting stuff... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444320704577567352444742524.html Hopefully the research will continue. Kelli :) Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
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I had to laugh when I saw this photo... I can't even remember where I saw it, but it so cutely illustrates how I feel when my head hurts. Poor hamster. For the most part, all has been well... but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
Hi Jennifer, I'm so sorry to hear about your horrible experiences with light triggered migraines. You are definitely not alone... what a nightmare in terms of trying to live a normal life in a world with fluorescent lights all over the place!! I wonder, have you seen the newer TheraSpecs glasses yet? They haven't been around for very long, but look promising. They were designed by someone attempting to help his wife with her chronic headaches. If you haven't seen them yet, I thought I would at least forward the link to you. https://www.theraspecs.com/ Best, Kelli :)
Hi cbradshaw, I am so sorry to hear about your horrible situation at work... and I really do understand completely how horrible it is and that it was exacerbated by the Fabreeze smell getting added. I would have the same reactions you're having, absolutely no doubt. I find this to be one of the most frustrating things about migraine. People who don't have it just don't realize the immediate reaction we have to certain triggers like smells. I think it's also a really tough situation too for non-migraineurs because they look at what the "offender" is doing as their own personal choice that should be none of our business (i.e. if they want to smoke, as long as they're not doing it in our immediate presence, how it is any of our concern). That's been my one big objection to smoking in general as a "personal" habit. First, the second hand smoke makes it no longer a "personal" vice, and secondly, the smell stays on your clothes, breath, etc... so again, it's no longer just a personal thing. But, I guess if I look at it in the same way as a person that might have body odor they don't take steps to curtail... how far can I actually go to complain and get the other person to change their behavior... unfortunately I think some of it is just out of the realm of our control. I'm sure you read this in my post... but the one thing that really has helped me is to have another smell available that I can take a whiff off or put on as a lotion or oil to try and lighten up the heaviness of the bad smell. For me, that's been peppermint and my absolute favorite is the Origin's Peace of Mind (http://www.origins.com/product/3821/11719/Bath-Body/Daily-Essentials/Sensory-Therapy/Peace-of-Mind/On-the-spot-relief/index.tmpl). It doesn't always help... but I keep it in my bag at all times. I wonder, since you work in a hospital, have you tried wearing a surgical mask... or even getting a mask like painters use to keep fumes out. I know that's kind of drastic to have to wear something like that... but if you're at risk of losing your job... or not being able to do your job adequately and getting fired... maybe that would be an option. Just a thought??? Anyway... just wanted to write you back real quick and let you know that you DO have a kindred spirit out here who knows exactly the pain you're going through in trying to deal with this situation. Best, Kelli :)
Love this latest topic from Diana Lee's Somebody Heal Me Migraine Blog Carnival. "True Migraine Confessions: In honor of Migraine Awareness Month, give us your most personal, embarrassing or secret stories of living with migraine disease. Be as open as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
I find this fascinating and very hopeful for a lot of migraineurs with chronic daily debilitating migraines... who are at the place they need to do something a bit more agressive to deal with their disease. Great video from Good... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
Thanks John. I agree. I know everyone who gets relief from Midrin (or Midrin alternatives) will very much appreciate having multiple options for supply going into the future. I can't imagine the anxiety it must be causing so many people to think they have a medicine that's working, and may not be able to get it. Very frustrating. If you happen to see this comment... I would love to ask you a compounding question. I haven't taken Midrin since I was in my 20s... it stopped working for me... but I'm 42 now and have had excellent luck with Imitrex/sumatriptan since it first came out. I do have migraines nothing seems to touch, but I'd say I can get quick relief about 50% of the time. When Treximet came out, that was even more effective for me. I generally take a triptan with a hydrocodone, and the combination has been working well for me for 10+ years (maybe even 15 now). My insurance changed a couple years ago and the they stopped offering a reasonable co-pay for brand drugs... so I could no longer get Treximet. So, what I started doing was just getting generic sumatriptan, naproxen sodium, and hydrocodone and taking the 3 together. It works great. I'm just curious... would there be any good reason (price/effectiveness) to attempt to compound those three drugs into a single pill... or is the point of doing that mainly for brand drug combinations that are difficult to find (or get a personalized dosage)? I don't know much about compounding other than that I did a testosterone cream for awhile to see if that might help my migraines (my levels were quite low and I also have trouble with my weight, so we were trying it out). It did seem to help, but then my insurance refused to cover the cost of the tests I needed to check my levels regularly... of course. So, if you have any thoughts, I'd be interested to see if compounding the medicines that work so well for me is something I should look into? Thanks, Kelli :)
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2012 on Missing Midrin? at Kelli's Migraine Daily
Thanks so much Teri... if anyone needs it for their pharmacy, here is the contact info on the Macoven Pharmaceutical website: Phone: 877-622-6836 Fax: 225-647-6798 Email: [email protected] Also... thanks so much to Teri, who has been closely following the Midrin issue and has a great resource of information if you want to understand why/how this situation occurred with a drug that's been around for so long and helped so many people with their migraines. You can visit Teri's site here: http://www.helpforheadaches.com/articles/2010/Discontinued-Migraine-Medications.htm Or see her articles on Health Central http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/c/123/130286/migraine-epidrin-1
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2012 on Missing Midrin? at Kelli's Migraine Daily
Thank you to John Voliva for sending me the following article. I've received numerous questions from readers asking if I knew why Midrin was discontinued and so difficult to find. The solution John presents below just never even occured to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
Thanks so much for your comment Tracy... I am so happy to hear you like the Origins Peace of Mind as much as I do. I still use it after many years and helps me with the nausea as well. I just love the "cold" smell of mint... and the Peace of Mind scent is definitely my favorite of the 10 or so I've bought over the years. It's the perfect strength, but is still mild enough that it doesn't overpower me. I hope your recent migraine is better... and that you have continued success treating yours. Best, Kelli :)
I found this press release from the AHS very interesting. Any of you that have read my blog over the years know that I am a huge proponent of acupuncture and have had excellent results from my acupuncture treatment in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
Click on the graphic to display it larger. Included here with permission. Clicking on the graphic will take you to the Mount Sinai page. Source: Mount Sinai Medical Center Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
Hi Karolina, I did try Zomig year ago. I didn't pursue as I was having such great luck with another triptan (Imitrex/Sumatriptan)... but I'd bet if I couldn't get relief with the "suma" that the "zolmitriptan" in Zomig would probably might work for me as well. Thanks so much for commenting. I know it is so helpful for other migraineurs to see posts and comments from people about what is working for them. It's all about trial and error with this nasty disease! Best, Kelli :)
I blogged back in 2004 about Botox for Migraines. My original post is here: http://www.migrainedaily.com/2004/10/botox_for_migra.html I had planned to try it, but upon some research I found that the manufacturer tested on animals in a particularly cruel way and I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at Kelli's Migraine Daily
I had abandoned the idea of using Botox when I learned about how it's tested on animals and just couldn't stomach it. I just read from the HSUS the following: "On Friday, Botox manufacturer Allergan announced that the company has developed—and received federal approval for—a new procedure that avoids using animals in testing this product. The company expects the new method to reduce animal use in Botox testing by 95 percent within three years, as it secures regulatory approvals outside the United States." Read more here: http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2011/06/botox-testing-victory.html Good news for animal-loving migraineurs who want to give botox a try. Best, Kelli :)