The Author Marianne Strnad

The Author Marianne Strnad
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Migraine Awareness Month #5: "Do That To Me One More Time."

Migraine Awareness Month #5:   "Do That To Me One More Time." 
What comfort measure do you find helps you enough during a Migraine that you go back to it again and again, and how do you use it?  

  Oh man-this one is easy!  First, It's Excedrin Tension Headache medication or any facsimile thereof.  This usually does the trick. If that doesn't work, I try any caffeine product; coffee, soda, chocolate, etc.  I am partial to chocolate shakes because they are cool AND creamy-lol!  But I must say that I do hate it when food becomes my medication.  To me, that is wrong on so many levels. 

  Which reminds me...several years ago I made a watershed discovery.  I knew that if I ate something very sweet-say chocolate cake-in the morning, I would often develop a headache as a result. And it would be a very bad one.  However, if I ate something protein-dense beforehand-like a hardboiled egg-then I would be perfectly fine.  That is a strategy that never fails me.  And I love eggs-lol! 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Moderation is Key!

Migraine Awareness Month #4:  "June Is Bustin' Out All Over!" What's the best tip you can offer others for having some summer fun despite Migraines? about the old adage, "Everything in moderation"?  Yep, that's how I would do it!  Overdoing anything leads to sleep deprivation-one of my biggest triggers.  Just because it's summer doesn't mean you can get away with less sleep, believe me, your body will tell you otherwise-and in no uncertain terms!  Let's also throw in drink plenty of water-because dehydration also causes headaches.  Those who drink too much should know that well!
  So, go forth and have fun-but be smart doing it! 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hello folks! It's been a while since I wrote on my blog.  I'm jumping back in for Migraine Awareness Month.  I've accepted the blog challenge made by a site called "Fighting Headache Disorders...through Awareness"at

  Each day they ask bloggers to write on a different theme, so here I am. Today's theme is "Just Shoot Me!", about my worst migraine triggers, and if I can avoid it and how I can handle it. 
  My worst triggers are pretty typical; red wine, the weather (sunny, high pressure days-yeah, total bummer-I know!), sleep-deprivation, and food-deprivation. Some I can avoid, others definitely not. Most entail taking care of myself. Obviously the weather must be dealt with medication, and when that doesn't work, sleep. 

No matter what I do, THIS is the result to be avoided! What are your triggers, and how do you handle them?