Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sorry I haven't posted - Migraines

I have been having my migraines again in the afternoons. Friday's was awful to say the least. I had taken a shower, gotten dressed, and was on my way to the post office when I got the "strange feeling" that I know means a really bad headache is on the way. I immediately turned around and came home. I was feeling so ill and cold that I just climbed into bed and stayed there the rest of the afternoon.

If you have never had a migraine, here is a bit of information about them from WebMD.
"A migraine headache is a form of vascular headache. Migraine headache is caused by vasodilatation (enlargement of blood vessels) that causes the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around the large arteries of the brain. Enlargement of these blood vessels stretches the nerves that coil around them and causes the nerves to release chemicals. The chemicals cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery. The increasing enlargement of the arteries magnifies the pain."
"Experts believe migraines may be related to mutations in genes that affect certain areas of the brain. Migraine is also more common among people who have epilepsy, depression, asthma, anxiety, stroke, and some other neurologic and hereditary disorders."

I am not sure why I seem to get these headaches for some periods of time and then have none for quite a while. Migraines are something that I would not wish on my worst enemy.

I have been feeling better today, so we went out and took some pictures. As I was trying to upload them, the battery died in the camera. I need to get a USB tool that allows me to use the memory card to connect. I hope to be back tomorrow with an outfit posting.


  1. Ah, so sorry my friend. I have had them too and they are the devil. Glad to hear you are feeling better. My own doc cannot say why I get them, save for the usual risk factors and (maybe) hormonal changes around menopause. Rest up!

  2. My husband gets them too. I have had only 2 in my lifetime so far. I know how debilatating they can sorry you have to live with this. Glad to hear you are better. Dawn Suitcase Vignette xo

  3. I'm so sorry to hear this. I suffer from migraines. Have you tried searching or talking to your doctor about triggers? My migraines have lessened after learning that caffeine, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and hormone fluctuations are triggers for me. Other triggers can be bad sleeping, certain smells, dairy, bright lights, MSG (hidden in more than you think! Same with artificial sweeteners), even changes in barometric pressure can be enough to trigger migraines.

    I really hope you feel better soon, and highly suggest trying to document when your migraines happen and what was going on in your life at the time. Maybe you'll find a pattern you didn't think of and can catch them more often. Speedy healing!

  4. I'm really sad for you. I'm not a migraine sufferer, just allergies. I hope you feel lots better soon. I need to see your smiling face.

  5. I am so sorry!. I have only had 2 migraines in my life and I seriously thought I was going to die! I had no idea that my head could hurt like that and not explode. I don't know how people deal with it that have migraines regularly. Take the time that you need and feel better. Big hug to you! ~Serene

  6. Hope you feel better soon! Both my son and i are migrane sufferers--Yoga helped me. Havent had one in 10 years.

  7. I hope you feel better soon. Acupuncture is another treatment to consider. Its helped me with a lot of issues, and helped one of my friends reduce her migraines.

  8. Hi Debbi,
    I sympathize with you , I get terrible migraines and get so upset when I can feel one coming on. I have had them from take an Excedrin Migraine, to extra Imitrex, a dark room and ice packs. I get sick to my stomach too. The very worst is when we are close to a hurricane because the air pressure changes radically and quickly.

    Good news: I had a friend that used to get them worse than I and all of a sudden they stopped. I am hoping for that day.

    Hope yours goes away quickly.

    Always Summer