August 31, 2020
How has living with migraine or a headache disorder impacted you over the past 10 years? What should others who are new to migraine or are looking for support know about living with migraine or a headache disorder?
September 1, 2020
Had my first migraine in a long time last night. Silence and darkness are my only relief.
April 25, 2021
I just read your post. I am chronically ill. You just lifted a weight off my shoulders when you said 'no one plans on becoming chronically ill"
Thank you so much as I have tears running down my face. Finally some kind of answer
Nancy Harris Bonk37
April 26, 2021
Thank you for your kind words. I didn't mean to make you cry even tears of relief! I can tell you when I accepted being chronically ill (doesn't mean giving up) I felt a bit of relief as well. We're in good company!!
Wishing you a low pain day, Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator
September 2, 2020
I tend to wake up with migraines and it is often unexpected and can really disrupt my day. I do find that maintaining healthy eating practices (especially limiting sugar) and exercising keeps them limited in number!
April 25, 2021
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September 3, 2020
Keeping track of triggers and symptoms through an app (or however else works for you) can help get a better handle on your migraines.
September 4, 2020
Mine have lessened over the years as I've cleaned up my diet and cleaning & beauty products but as I am nearing menopause seems hormones like to trigger them more often.
September 16, 2020
I also gave up drinking soda and highly processed foods and the like - not entirely but eating them as a rare treat. I carefully monitor my amount of caffeine, and work hard to make sure I keep well hydrated, given our brain is a big water filled organ. Those steps helped me a lot too! I am a chronic migraine sufferer who started having "just" hormonal migraines when I was in 7th grade. Back in the early 70s, my small town MD either didn't know pre-teens could have migraines, or just preferred using my weight to blame for EVERYTHING that was wrong for me. It wasn't until I went to college that they were diagnosed correctly and I found out what a quack he was. They got better with birth control pills, but definitely got whacky when I became perimenopausal. What I didn't realize at the time, however, that all the other strange symptoms I was experiencing with my migraines, and the increasing frequency, duration, and lingering exhaustion weren't due to hormonal changes. My body was trying to alert me that I had a completely different type of migraine now: chronic migraine. By blaming my wildly fluctuating hormones - a completely normal thing to do!!! - I delayed getting to a neurologist who could have started treating me for this in it's earlier stages. I'm thankful for having an outstanding primary care doctor who referred me to an excellent neurologist. They communicate and work as a team to make sure I am getting the best care I can. I'm not saying that your hormonal changes and impacts are leading you to chronic migraine, but suggesting that you carefully consider monitoring everything you are feeling during the changes your body is telling you. I didn't and wish I had. And I'm wishing you the very best in your journey!