Miss Migraine says goodbye

This will be my last post as Miss Migraine, but you can find my new blog at my website, kellylynnthomas.com, where I’ll be writing about the process of becoming the best version of myself in spite of challenges like having constant migraines. When I began this blog a few years ago, I desperately needed a … Continue reading »

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 »