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Rare Migraines complicated by Barometric Changes in Weather induce other conditions

After finding out that I had brain lesions, a somewhat ruled out MS diagnoses, and a following battery of testings, the final diagnose of Vestibular Migraines with Aura was simply another piece of the puzzle of multi dimensional symptoms. Unfortunately, other co-morbid conditions either primary or secondary directly become effected, either increasing or decreasing in severity.

Once I started to connect that Weather and extreme Barometric changes were a contributing factor to all of my symptoms, having the Migraines with or without aura, vertigo, nausea, light, sound, sensitivity and speech, cognitive or executive functioning impairments became validated as well as making some sort of sense. However, there is not much we can do about the weather.

Learning to recognize what impacts my body, brain, and emotional symtomology was a long course in the irritating “process of elimination”. First Ibs dictated the food triggers, allowing me to determine what food to eat or not eat. Second was the elimination of pyschotropic or other medications, a slow detoxification method that assisted in overall wellness pursuits of healing the body. Third and most importantly was finding the self regulatory and driven methods of what works in mastering my conditions, decreasing any snowball effects, and instead of them mastering me now there are a new set of tools to get through each occurrence.

Through mindfulness, meditation, music therapy, talk therapy, art therapy, and other enjoyable things, “maintaining a balanced life against an elusive set of symptoms” have been much better manageable. The only downfall to having these sort of migraines, which at times are debilitating is the fact that others cannot see them with their physical eyes. Not being aware of the impact of migraine or headache disorders, leaves the sufferers with a huge hole in their being. It is important that we all realize that we are not our conditions. Our conditions though very invasive, do not have to determine who we are, or how we choose to live. Our so called disabilities do not set in stone our incapabilities, for we are very able.

What these conditions do actually do, is steal away a quality of life, they sometimes cause us to have to explain or justify ourselves to others. At times we can undermine ourselves by giving power to the conditions, to the stigma’s and to the all encompassing statements of “you look good, you look so well, you don’t appear sick”. Learning how to deal with migraines, is a tireless and continuing path where getting to know the triggers, responses, and outcomes tends to be an inward purpose for us all that manifests outwardly in everyday living.

Keep records of your symptoms, duration of, and add to this the Weather Conditions and Barometric Pressure Changes. These do contribute to migraines and impact functioning levels. Try this for a month…then when you see the patterns evolve you will then have a eureka moment and be able to fit in some puzzle pieces to the enigma of being a migraine, headache or other neurological based suffering individual.

Dont give up, dont give in to your conditions but do make every attempt possible to understand how they effect you.

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Comments

  • mindzfuleez217 author
    7 years ago

    Karen and Sara, “Triggers” are our first indicators and how we learn to deal with each symptom is very individualized, just as every migrainers migraine is extremely different on so many levels.There is also co morbid conditions that can hinder or more so impact any given migraine on any given day.

    Foods, smells, external stressors that flow into internal reactions, and everyday living situations can be modified to a degree for each of us. How we identify what promotes or brings on our migraines, are only a few of the obtainable no matter how enigmatic reliefs we can attempt to figure out by listening to our bodies.

    Of course the Atmospheric Weather of which, we cannot control surely if we pay a little more attention to weather effects upon our functioning perhaps, a pattern emerges that can provide even more insight to our condition.

    For example, with quick or extreme barometric pressure changes, or rain storms I personally become effected in numerous ways. Do you ever notice that the night before a storm or extreme change in weather that you either have difficulty going to sleep or are on edge or a bit more emotional? What about your cognitive or executive functioning, do you notice a decline in memory or sensitivity to light, sounds, or everyday strenuous mind/body tasks?

    Since Migraines are invisible to others until they outwardly manifest for others to see, it is important that we know what triggers us beforehand so we can let people around us know what we are experiencing. With this comes encouragement to them and ourselves, and helps us to manage our symptoms/reactions in an non invasive manner.

    Therefore, I urge you for 2weeks to keep a diary of:
    *your wake & sleep time patterns
    *the weather conditions for daytime/nightime, followed by
    *your overall functioning with or without migraines for those days.

    You might be surprised of what may be revealed by keeping this sort of logging system for yourselves! Let us know how it goes and remember, migraines don’t have to control us, but we can control how we manage our symptoms.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    7 years ago

    We have some great tools here to help identify and manage Migraine triggers. These include the Migraine Meter to journal triggers – http://migraine.com/migraine-meter/ and on that same page you will find information on an app for the iPhone and/or Android.

  • Karen Mullins
    7 years ago

    WEATHER is an impact that I can not control. Most of the others I can manipulate to make sure they do not effect me as much as they once did. I get migraines 2 a week and look forward to the postings here. Thanks.

  • Sara Borders
    7 years ago

    Love this “Learning how to deal with migraines, is a tireless and continuing path where getting to know the triggers, responses, and outcomes tends to be an inward purpose for us all that manifests outwardly in everyday living.”

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