#MHAM Blog Challenge, Day 30: A Whole New World in the ER

Today’s blog challenge for the last day of Migraine & Headache Awareness Month is to watch Aladdin’s “Whole New World” video and discuss the whole new world it would be for me if everyone understood the true pain of migraines and other headache disorders. I don’t need to watch the video, since I’ve seen Aladdin…

Confusion & Worry.

What do you do when your chronic illness provider is world renowned, but doesn’t give you the kind of care you feel you deserve? What do you do when your pain diary doesn’t show the improvement you are supposed to be seeing? What do you do when you are told at two separate appointments that…

#MHAM Photo Challenge, Day 30: Gratitude

Today for the last day of Migraine & Headache Awareness Month, Diana Lee’s (somebodyhealme.com) Photo Challenge Prompt is “gratitude.” I selected a photo of the people for whom I have the most gratitude, who help me the most on a nearly daily basis in fighting my illness. My mom and dad have been fighting for…

#MHAM Photo Challenge, Day 29: Community

I bet I’m not the only one who’s sad that Migraine & Headache Awareness Month is almost over. This month has allowed our community to shine with blog posts, photo challenges, lots of great memes and awareness facts to share, and the conference this weekend in LA, with all its new research. MHAM inspired me…

Thanks Guys!

Nothing like this notification to cheer a girl up a bit!

On Second Thought

Maybe the Pain Management Clinic Will actually be beneficial. I like and respect Dr. S And she recommended this. The last two weeks have been brutal It is easy to give up hope But I did fight, and got this appointment And while I fear it will go badly There’s no reason to be upset…

Depletion

No one can help me. Not my partner Not my parents Not my friends Not my children Not my doctors Not my dog Not god. Everyone is tired At the end of the ropes with which I tie them to me. I am tired of asking for support Favors, babysitting, Rearrangement of schedules, For people…

Nothing

Forget it. I don’t need drugs Or money Relief from my pain Or poverty I don’t need control over my illness Or my life I don’t need anything Because I am nothing.

Symptomatic & Stressed

I don’t know what’s going on with me. Since Thursday I’ve been sick. I don’t know if it’s cluster-style shadow pain; a cold or virus; a sinus infection; prodrome to a significant migraine. At least I know it’s not medication side effects, since I haven’t started anything new. Oxygen and sumatriptan tablets and injection did…

Menopause & Migraine

Kerrie’s The Daily Headache post today cites new research that women approaching menopause have increased migraine attacks. This was certainly true of me. At only 37, my menstrual migraines increased to an absolutely intolerable severity, and I had multiple ER visits or hospitalizations every month for a year during my period. I was having hot…

#MHAM Blog Challenge, Day 25: Exhaustion

The AMHA Blog Challenge topic for today requires us to watch a video. I had basically stopped doing the MHAM blog challenges, because so many of them have been about songs (listen to this); or ideas expressed in TED talks (watch this) and I just haven’t had the energy. Watch that, and write a blog…

#MHAM Photo Challenge, Day 25: Healthy Habit

I do not have many healthy habits, though I try to eat regularly outside my triggers; sleep the same amount every night; and avoid activities and behaviors that will lead to pain in myself or others. However I don’t exercise enough, and I don’t drink enough water. My dad used to feel convinced that dehydration…