Hi there! Since my sophomore year of college, my life has been a revolving door of new doctors and second opinions, just hoping that someone would finally be able to fix me. That someone would be able to stop the pain and suffering. After four years of this, I am worse. I am more fatigued, … Continue reading How Many Doctors Will it Take?
Hi there! I first heard of Botox as a preventative migraine treatment the summer before my junior year in college. I had tried numerous preventative medications, a 5 day infusion treatment in hospital, and lidocaine injections. None of these options provided any significant improvement, so my doctor suggested Botox. What is Botox? Botox is made … Continue reading My Experience with Botox for Chronic Migraine
Hello friends! Today I thought I would try and create a guide for what not to say to people with chronic illness, and suggestions for what to say instead. I think this is important because a lot of the time people don't mean to be offensive. They simply don't know what to say. Not all … Continue reading Say This… Not That: Migraine Edition
Hi there! Today we're going to talk about one of the most exciting advancements in Migraine research- CGRP Antagonists. This stands for Calcitonin general-related peptide receptor antagonist. In slightly simpler terms, this new category of migraine medicine works to block a certain receptor in the brain that spikes during migraine attacks. There hasn't been a … Continue reading Promising Research: CGRP Antagonists
Hi there everyone! Having chronic migraine can be frustrating, to say the least. I personally feel that the unpredictability of migraine attacks is one of the most difficult aspects parts. Although, there are a few ways we can try to reduce the number of attacks we have. I find that identifying triggers, and then finding … Continue reading How I Avoid My Triggers
Good morning! Podcasts are the best. Bold, but true! Whether I'm cleaning, exercising, taking a bath or falling asleep, I always have on a podcast. There cover a wide variety of categories and offer different levels of production, so I really feel there is a podcast out there for everyone. Not to mention- they're free! … Continue reading What I’m Listening to Lately: Podcasts
Hello friends! I hope you're having a pain free day today. My goal for this post is to provide a source of knowledge for you about migraine disease through a series of educational posts. I strongly believe that education is power, and I take pride in my personal research and attention to going's on in … Continue reading What is a Migraine?
Hi there! My senior year of college, I worked at a tutoring center, privately tutored two students on the side, was undergoing physical therapy post-ankle surgery, applying for full-time jobs, and trying to complete my engineering degree. All the while, I suffered from chronic daily headaches and chronic migraines. I honestly still don’t know how … Continue reading Getting a Degree with a Chronic Illness
Hi friends! If you haven't already, you can read my first post about applying for an appointment at the Mayo Clinic here. As a refresher, I explained previously that the woman we spoke to at the Clinic told my mom and I that after we submitted the form explaining my symptoms, we would be notified … Continue reading Journey to the Mayo Clinic: Scheduling
I hung my head over the toilet bowl, my arms crossed over the seat to keeping me from falling all the way in. My sweaty forehead keeps sliding off my arm, and smacking the toilet seat. My legs are wrapped around the toilet bowl, sprawled out in front of me on the cold, hard tile. … Continue reading Living with an Invisible Illness