There’s nothing generic about migraine disease

There’s nothing generic about migraine disease

Migraine is an invisible chronic illness, and one that is highly individual. I experience pain, vertigo, blurred vision, and trouble speaking clearly when I have a migraine. Others experience light-headedness, neck stiffness and congestion. These symptoms are internal, not like a cut that wells up red with blood. You can’t take a picture of them … Continue reading »

Cruises, migraines, and limitations

Cruises, migraines, and limitations

I can probably never go on a cruise, and not because I can’t afford it. According to my mother, who takes a cruise every winter, music plays constantly in all the recreation areas. There’s usually a dance night on the ship’s promenade, with loud music and flashing lights. They even pipe music into the cabins … Continue reading »

Book Review: The Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraine

Book Review: The Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraine

Title: The Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraine: Understanding the Hormone Connection to find Hope and Wellness Author: Susan Hutchinson, MD Publisher: Oxford University Press Format: Trade paperback Pages: 240 ISBN: 978-0199744800 List Price: $19.95 I’m sort of embarrassed to admit how much I learned from The Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraine—not only about the connection … Continue reading »

In 2015, Miss Migraine resolves to…

In 2015, Miss Migraine resolves to…

Today snow is falling softly and covering the green, brown, and black hues of winter-time Pittsburgh in a fresh white. I’m sipping a chai latte and thinking about what this year will bring. Often, I make a few New Year’s Resolutions, and I’m usually good about sticking with them. But this year, setting “resolutions” doesn’t … Continue reading »

Miss Migraine takes a year-end break

I’m going to give myself a blogging vacation for the rest of the year. On the 25th I leave for Arkansas for a week to visit my best friend, and I want to concentrate on hanging out and doing fun things away from the computer screen. I’ll be back in 2015 with migraine-related resolutions, musings … Continue reading »

Manage your migraines #7: Use an FSA to save money

An FSA, or flexible spending account, is an add-on to many employer-provided health insurance plans. It allows you to put pre-tax money into an account that you can then use for out-of-pocket healthcare costs. Anyone with a chronic illness knows how high those out-of-pocket expenses can be, between copayments, deductibles, and prescriptions. An FSA works … Continue reading »

Getting through Thursday

My alarm rings. I immediately shut it off and snuggle into my husband’s warm body. Even half-asleep, I can feel the migraine throbbing in my temples. The pain radiates outward to the rest of my head, and all I want to do is sleep until noon. It’s Thursday, the worst day of the week. At … Continue reading »