migraine relief

57 days and feeling cocky.

In 57 days, it will have been one year to the date since I’ve had a migraine.

Cinco de Mayo to be exact.  So, I’m planning on celebrating with a Corona.  Or maybe more than one if I’m feeling it.

I’m feeling cocky about being amongst the “non-migrainers” for almost a year now.

I would be more surprised to have a migraine now, than the surprise and wonderment I felt back in the days when I was celebrating a 49 day, even a 20 day or 11 day non-migraine streak.

I’m still rocking the daily anti-migraine smoothie.  Still taking my arsenal of supplements daily.  And I’m still not sure what makes the migraines stay away.  Especially after I continue to have migraine triggers in my life daily.

With that said, still feeling cocky and looking forward to posting a picture of that Corona on Cinco de Mayo, 2017.  May enjoy a green beer in addition to my green smoothie in the meantime, but looking forward to how sweet that victory beer will taste.

Cheers.

Celebrating day 201

201 days since my last migraine.  And before that, there had been a 240 day streak between migraines.

Not bad stats, not bad at all.  I’m almost getting to a point of being cocky.  My husband and I went out to dinner last week, it had been 21 years to the day that we had met.  Crazy.  As we were walking up to the restaurant, he said he had remembered going there together once before.  I quickly replied with my memory of getting a migraine when we had gone there together years before.  I then said “not today though, I won’t get a migraine.”  Call that The Secret type of thinking, but I honestly believed, no migraines for me man.  Not happening.

So, I’ll call it a 201 day celebration today when I go and try rock climbing for the first time! Sometimes you’re put in the right place at the right time.  I started talking to someone at a Halloween party a few weeks ago, and found out she was heavily into rock climbing.  I told her I’d always wanted to try it.  By the time I left the party, I had her phone number with a promise to text her to set up a date to meet because “now is the time for me to try this!”

Definite bucket list item.  Just thought it would have been 20 years ago, rather than starting something new at 45 years old.  But, bucket list it is.  Who knows where this may lead.  Excited and nervous at the same time!

So, I’ll be sipping on my anti-migraine smoothie after taking my supplements this morning, thankful that I’m counting day 201 as a huge success in this migraine battle, with a cocky attitude!

Rock on.

I am winning my migraine battle. No, for real, I am!

I have had one migraine in the past year.

Let me repeat that.

I have had ONE migraine in the past year.

If I would have written this yesterday, the number would have been two.  So, I was patiently waiting out yesterday, so I could say those awesome words of one migraine in the past year.

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I had one on September 7, 2015, following a fun, partying weekend which I believe the migraine was the payment for the fun.  See here.

And I had one on Cinco de Mayo of this year.  See here.

I have no special secret sauce, no explanation for this.

In terms of typical migraine triggers, I’ve had above my fair share.  My stress level for a large portion of 2016 reached levels that I don’t believe I’ve seen before.  That resulted in lack of sleep, lots of wine, chocolate, and definitely not eating as healthy as I have in past years, yet a decrease in migraines.

So, what’s working for me?  The constant continues to be my daily anti-migraine smoothies, Butterbur with feverfew, and B-2.  Same as the year prior where I had 9, and the year before that was my most migraines logged at 23.  The year of 23 resulted in having multiple migraines per week.  Each of my migraines last from start to finish: three days.  So, you can see why having one in the past year, that’s pretty freaking awesome.

Maybe I’ve grown out of them.  Maybe the lovely hormones that have come with me in my mid 40’s have assisted with keeping my migraines at bay.  If so, I’m hoping those same hormones aren’t resting me up for some huge whopper of new crap in the future. Trying not to let myself get too anxious with that though.

My second birthday of my little blog here just passed yesterday.  It’s definitely become somewhere that when I’m not writing about migraines, I’m expressing everything from my love of my cat litter box, to challenges with my kids, Pokemon GO, and a plethora of other stuff that no longer takes space up in my head once I write about it and click “post.”

Thanks for all the support I’ve been given over these past years!  I’ve loved it, and I really appreciate when some of my words strike a chord and relate with others!  Hope I’ve even gotten you to laugh a time or two! 🙂

Over the past two years, I’ve written 127 posts, and as a combination, those posts have been viewed 7,764 times.  That’s wild man.

Here are the top five posts viewed over the past two years:

  1. Thoughts on my 17th wedding anniversary…
  2. My husband is my best friend…NOT
  3. 3 tough questions my kids asked me over the weekend.
  4. Our children’s reality, uncomfortably numb.
  5. Atta-Boy Migraine!!!

And the one that started it all:

‘Winning’ (Charlie Sheen reference of course) the endless game of migraines (for this quarter at least)

One migraine in the past year.  I am definitely winning!

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In a pinch…

Traveling with the fam last week, hours a day in the car, making my green smoothie, or even bringing it frozen just wasn’t in the cards.

I picked up the Naked green machine boosted smoothie, and that with my supplement arsenal, seemed to work out just fine.  I wasn’t about to totally chance it and fully skip out on green smoothies, as on vacation I tend to not eat or drink according to my regular lifestyle!  🙂  While I don’t think it has nearly the same benefits of my homemade anti-migraine smoothie, it seemed to work in a pinch.

And by the way, it was delicious!  It tasted like apple juice.  Even my youngest braved trying it.  I kept telling her it tasted just like apple juice, and when she tried a sip, her response was “Um, no mom, it does not.”  Oh well, it worked for me!

73 days migraine free and counting!

Day 40

Well, here I am on day 40 of no migraines.  Good stuff, this 40 days.

Not as good as it would have been if my streak didn’t end on Day 240, but still, 40 is very good.

This time of year, this is a normal sight in my freezer:

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It’s how I go on vacation.  Freezing my Anti-Migraine smoothies and taking them with me wherever I go help me stay on track and not to have to prepare them while on a trip.

I have to keep my arsenal of daily supplements and smoothies on track even on vacation. Especially on vacation, because that is where fun foods and drinks happen, which may be enough at times to throw my body into the train of thought of “Oh, things are different, she’s having way too much fun, let’s give her a migraine!”

Wishing you and myself a migraine free summer.

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I have at times considered adding vodka to my green anti-migraine smoothie!

 

197 days migraine free

Well, I’m  around the corner from my record of 205 days migraine free.  Pretty cool stuff.

I just don’t want to get crazy and jinx anything and shoot for a blog post on day 200.  Fact is, I’ll be in Vegas on day 200, and if the  last time I had too much fun is any indication, day 200 may not come.  Hoping it will, but just in case, I’m celebrating on day 197!!!

Here’s to Butterbur, B-2, Feverfew, and anti-migraine green smoothies!

I’m loving feeling that migraine free is the new normal, and that migraines are not the norm.  I’m not naive enough to think they can’t and won’t return.  But I’m living in the moment for now.

Keep fighting the fight friends!

 

Take the Butterbur.

I’m on day 155 of no migraines.

Yesterday, my son just had his second migraine in 19 days.

I’d trade places with him in a heartbeat.

No almost 16 year old should have to deal with this shit.

Hey, look at what you got from mom!  Migraines!  Happy birthday, oh no, wait, that screws up birthdays and events.  My bad.  Sorry man, I wish you didn’t get that part of me passed down to you.

Thankfully, it didn’t seem as heavy as the last one.  He had the kaleidoscope eyes last night, and a migraine hangover today, but not as bad as the last one.  I am thankful for that.

I had him take one of my Butterbur supplements this morning.  He was not too willing, telling me he didn’t want to take my ‘weird stuff.’  Good Lord child, I’m not drugging you up, take the Butterbur.

My good friend asked if he’d drink my anti-migraine green smoothie.  I laughed and said no way.  She asked ‘even if it would help him?’ Nope.  It’s referred to as green algae by him and his sisters.

Going to go with Butterbur in the mornings, and maybe some B-2 at night, part of my anti-migraine potion.  I hope that makes the difference he needs for these to not rear their ugly head any more.

Imitrex fail!

‘Here are some samples of Imitrex. Take one as you feel a migraine coming on.’ Was what I was told by my doctor early in my migraine career. Up to that point, I had taken ibuprofen, and as it made a slight dent in the pain, I was hoping for bigger results.

Then came game day…

I was going to a good friends house to visit with her and let our kids play.  It was about a 30 minute drive.  As I pulled up to her house, my eyes began doing their kaleidoscope tricks.   Oh wait!  I have a pill that can help me!  I took the prescribed Imitrex.  Full migraine to follow 20 minutes later as the kaleidoscope eyes relieved themselves to leave me with an overall dull feeling.  Then, something that I hadn’t experienced yet in my migraine career, praying to the porcelain gods as I vomited in my good friends bathroom.

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Snapshot of that moment:  my two small children (didn’t have the third yet) running around with my friends’ two small kids, playing, my friend is watching the children, and I am puking in her downstairs bathroom.  (Can I say how happy I am that she had such a wonderfully clean home?  I don’t know how to express my appreciation for a clean toilet when puking in another’s bathroom.)

After I returned from the bathroom, I laid on the floor of the living room on my back.  Although the back of my head was on the floor, it felt like I was raising it up, my neck muscles were sore and tightened. Scared, and so thankful this was a good friend that I wasn’t embarrassed to be in front of during all this crap, I read the paperwork that came with Imitrex.

  • Vomiting, check.
  • Drowsiness to the point of barely able to keep my eyes open, check.
  • Tightened neck muscles, check.  See below more specific details of the tightened neck:

‘Chest/jaw/neck tightness can commonly occur soon after using sumatriptan. Only rarely are these signs of a serious condition. However, you may not be able to tell it apart from a serious reaction due to a lack of blood flow to the heart, brain, or other parts of the body.’  How nice.

Fast forward about an hour, and my husband was at my friends door to take our kids and I home.  I went straight to bed and stayed there until the next day.  I vividly remember telling my husband that I am happy to stick with ibuprofen as treatment for migraines for the rest of my life.

I am sure Imitrex and other drug treatments have thankfully been successful for many people.

I am the person that gets every random side effect with prescription drugs, including the antibiotics that were prescribed to me just last year that stated you may experience ‘psychotic episodes’.  How lovely, crawling out of my skin and not being able to sleep is a side effect to trying to get rid of bronchitis.  Lucky me.

I know my body is sensitive to prescription drugs, therefore I choose to be very careful before taking any.  I weigh out the side effects vs. benefits before I commit to taking anything, for fear of it negatively impacting my life.  This is why I felt it so necessary to try each and every thing I had ever read and learned about migraine relief and prevention before filling my Topamax prescription back in August of last year.

I am so thankful that up to this point it has not been necessary to fill that prescription.  I was literally sick reading through the possible side effects, preparing myself for all that were listed.    Although, that was the point I was at, the migraines had gotten so frequent and life impacting, the benefits of taking Topamax were winning the side effects battle of the two.  I don’t take for granted that my anti migraine potion has been successful for me.  And I’m not naive, there may be a day where I need to look at the benefits of another prescription that could overrule the possible side effects if my migraines were to change course or get worse again.

Here’s to having hope that I won’t need to fill prescriptions in the future with lists of side effects though!  Because I don’t know that I’ll keep getting invited over to friends houses if I continue to lay on their floor and puke when I arrive!

I’ll take 20 days for $100 please.

20 days migraine free feels like one hundred bucks.

200 days felt like a million bucks, see here:  200 days.  Boom!  Drop the mic.

And I completely understand that my math is not to scale, 2 hundred and 2 million are not accurately represented in my example of how the days feel.  It’s all good.

$100 is nothing to sneeze at.  If I found $100 on the ground, I’d be happy and smiling all day long.  Which is me now, 20 days of no migraines, I’m happy and smiling.

I’ll keep on aiming back towards that million bucks feeling, and hoping to avoid the feeling that I get on a day that a migraine comes, the feeling that my wallet just got stolen.

I’ll take the C-note today and smile as I take my feverfew, butterbur, B-2, and drink my green smoothie, my anti-migraine potion.

Hope to parlay it into bigger payoffs again soon!

When all else fails, make cherry margaritas!

At times, I will have a beer at night if I have had a migraine during the day. It just levels off the stress and pain, and makes the shoulders go down a bit.

I really enjoy wine, but wine and migraines just never sound good together for me.

With it being cherry season here now, I’m thinking the next time I get a migraine, a cherry margarita may just have to be in order.

Migraine or no migraine, pretty sure these will be in my near future again.

Here goes:

  • About 3 cups of fresh cherries, pitted.  (Use a pitter bought at a store, or if you don’t have a pitter, see here for an easy way to pit them)
  • 1 can of frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 cup of tequila (more or less depending on your preference)
  • Triple Sec if you have it, about 1/2 cup (this will not make or break the drink, still make it if you don’t have it!)
  • 1 cup or so of water (lessen or add as you prefer the consistency of your margarita)
  • Lots of ice, about 2 cups at least

Blend well, pour in a cool glass, and enjoy!  Delicious, and cherries have the benefit of being an anti-inflammatory!

What migraine?  (ha ha, I wish!)