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Guilt, blame, and whose fault is it, anyway?

After a three-month stretch of miserable, awful migraines that required multiple rounds of steroids and several sick days, my migraine specialist suggested we add a fourth preventative to my regimen of medications. “Now you really need to focus on lifestyle things, because you’re going to be on four preventatives and you’re not where you want … Continue reading »

What happens when I forget my triptans

After breakfast, I felt the migraine coming on. It spider-webbed across my forehead, sending fingers of pain inward to my brain. I was about to leave for my flight to California for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, and I wasn’t going to screw around with “Should I take a triptan or not?” Nothing—and especially not migraines, … 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 »

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 »

Support this documentary to spread migraine awareness

Support this documentary to spread migraine awareness

If you follow any migraine-related accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or any other social media network, or you receive newsletters from migraine-related organizations, you’ve probably already heard about the documentary Out of My Head. According to its website, Out of My Head is the first comprehensive, feature-length documentary about migraine (and it’s about time!). The … Continue reading »

The migraine treatment roller coaster ride

The migraine treatment roller coaster ride

When I tapered off of Neurontin/gabapentin a few months ago, my migraines destabilized despite the Topamax/topiramate and Pamelor/nortriptyline I was also taking (try saying that three times fast). To compensate, my doctor raised the topiramate, but my body rejected it. This left me feeling desperate, exhausted, and frustrated. Another treatment plan down the drain. All … Continue reading »

“Can’t They Do Something?”

“Can’t They Do Something?”

This post is my entry for the February 2013 Headache and Migraine Carnival. This month’s topic is “Migraine Pet Peeves: What do people say about migraine disease or other headache disorders that annoys or angers you?“ Every person who spends enough time around me knows I have chronic migraines. When I mention my latest bad … Continue reading »

Miss Migraine Gets Angry Part 2

Miss Migraine Gets Angry Part 2

If you read Miss Migraine Gets Angry, you know that my insurance company tried to limit my access to triptans, and that I planned to follow through with them and correct their egregious money-grubbing behavior. (Oops, did I type that out loud?) Unfortunately, I wasn’t entirely successful, partly because I’m currently unable to take triptans … Continue reading »