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appetite, insomnia, and cognitive/focus issues

I know appetite loss and cognitive effects are common with migraine, and I'm learning that insomnia is a factor for me too. It's driving me crazy in the middle of my current cluster (at minimum every other day since 4/13). Because I'm spending *so much* time somewhere in the range of prodrome to migraine to postdrome, I feel like it's a rare good day when I can focus well and consistently or get to bed at a vaguely reasonable hour. And I tend to under-eat when stressed, as well as having very specific foods that I can stomach when I'm in somewhere in the migraine process, which means I'm having trouble getting adequate nutrition. I've received a lot of the standard advice about sleep hygiene with variable success--that one's sort of an ongoing battle. Anyone have any survival tips for appetite suppression and cognitive issues?

  1. Hello Galadhwen, thank you for reaching out. I hear what a challenge getting good sleep and adequate nutrition is for you, particularly when in the midst of a bad cycle. It can be so hard to eat when you feel so miserable. I thought some of these articles, written by a dietician, might be of interest to you:
    https://migraine.com/author/melissahl/
    Additionally, this article gives some suggestions for managing the brain fog that frequency accompanies migraine:
    https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-and-brain-fog-tips-and-tricks/
    You are not alone struggling with these symptoms. Migraine and cluster can be such difficult diseases to manage. Please know we are always here to listen when you need support. Keep us posted on how you are managing. Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson (Migraine.com team)

    1. Thank you! These are very useful.

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