taking charge of our migraines: a new year of headache and migraine blog carnivals.

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I’m always walking a fine line with my migraines and their triggers. A food combo on Wednesday may be fine; the same combo on Friday can lead to a migraine. One day chocolate is fine; another it sends me into a cranium-crusher of a headache. In order to track food intolerances that might be making my IBS worse, I should keep a food diary. I will add a column for headaches; maybe, other than total avoidance, there REALLY is a pattern to food consumption and headaches.

Changes in barometric pressure lead to migraines: we don’t need a barometer to know a front (hot or cold) is coming in. As Bob Dylan said, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” – or words to that effect in Subterranean Home Sick Blues. This seems like an area where I COULDN’T take control; the vagrancies of the weather are not something I can influence: I don’t have the special powers of a shaman who can “dance” rain into being for example. But, I can keep a different sort of migraine log: record daily the barometric pressure and other weather conditions in one column and my headaches/migraines in another. Since much evidence remains antidotal on weather and migraines, my log will be another addition to this personal-view-based body of knowledge. PS: thanks to the newly launched migraine.com, I learned of mediclim.com that sends email alerts about potential health-related weather issues.

My neck/neck spasms are another trigger for migraines (and an increase in the level of my chronic facial pain and ondontalgia). My pcp has suggested I go to a spine and sports medicine physical therapy facility for my neck, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis issues. This will involve some negotiations: it appears that the facility is out of network for my health insurance provider (thus causing a deductible and  higher out-of-pocket expenses).  Since we need to come up with an additional $2,500. just to pay for the insurance this year, somehow more budget cuts will have to be made if I try to take control of my neck spasm-induced migraines. Since we live on one income, close to the bone, some of the few luxuries we afford ourselves will have to go: no more soups from Whole Foods; scones from Starbucks; facial creams and lotions to roll back time. I’ll have to polish up my pr skills, and see what deals I can broker.

I resolve to take charge of my migraines in 2011. If I can avoid them, I can reduce the amount of medication I take for them. These savings can go towards my rehab costs. In 2011, I will be stronger than the headaches! The thought is kinda scary, kinda exciting, and a lot of work. I’ll let you know if it pays off.

For more info on this months headache and migraine blog carnival, see: Somebody Heal Me.


frosty nights and sweet delights: 2 blog carnivals to enjoy

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Songs delight, northe300px-Carnival_1961rn lights, frosty nights: the chronic babe “let’s embrace” winter-themed blog carnival.

The theme of the December headache & migraine carnival is “How can we make the holidays special despite the need to limit our migraine triggers?” Six folks share their “tips and tricks” for the holiday season.


While you’re there, read about the themes for their next carnivals: jenni at chronicbabe.com wants to know “how you are making the most of the new year,” while the headache & migraine theme is “taking charge of our migraines.” Why not curl up with your laptop and blog about the year to come.

And, by the way, the Patients for A Moment Blog Carnival is “the year in review.” Check out Getting Closer to Myself for details: submission due on December 19th.