I live in a location that is hot most of the year. We might get some chill in January/February but, for the most part, highs of 70s to mid-80s is what we deal with during the early months of the year. Daylight Savings (minus the losing an hour of sleep) actually makes things a bit better for me b/c I get exposed to more sunlight. As summer hits around the beginning of May (highs of 80s to mid-90s but 100 isn’t out of the question) and progresses to highs of mid-90s to low 100s in June-September, I actually find I’m the most active. I can’t handle cold anymore (even air conditioning is painful if it’s too chilly – I get grumpy quick so I keep a cardigan in the car for when I need it) and love to go outside and just bask in the warmth. October-December we see cooler temperatures but highs still reach into the 90s. With the loss of sunlight we experience, I also experience a loss of energy. Then allergy season hits in mid-December to the beginning of May… that’s my most painful, tired, stiff, groggy time of the year (initially I thought Christmas was wearing me out but now I know better). I guess my seasons here are winter/spring (because they blend), summer/summer (from hot to hotter), fall, and allergy season (mid-December to May). #fourseasons #blendedseasons #sunlighthelps #heatissoothing
I tracked my migraines for years. I kept detailed diaries before such things as smart phones and apps existed. Sometimes I thought I had an idea of what my triggers were, and sometimes that knowledge failed me. Turns out, my triggers are emotional rather than anything I consume. (See my posts elsewhere about mind-body syndrome.)
Anyway, a few things about triggers. I think for some people (my boss, for example, who can barely be around chocolate poor thing!) the triggers are consistent and obvious. For others you may have several triggers, and the accumulation is what gets the headache going. Maybe hunger is a trigger but only when there’s a low pressure front moving in on a day when you had too little sleep. Or a combination of wine and cat dander and fluorescent lights.
Most of the doctors I have seen over the years had very little interest in identifying causes, with about three exceptions. One doctor was a bit obsessed with sleep’s impact on health and I did an 20-hour sleep study, which turned up only the fact that I was underslept. Another had a thing for allergies and an expensive allergy panel later, we discovered that I had no significant food allergies. A third ordered a scan of my spine and, while arthritis and compression was visible in my cervical spine (C2 – T1), that didn’t completely explain a lifelong experience of headache, though we worked with that for many months through physical therapy, injections, nerve ablation, and so on and on and on.
Migraine causes are really hard to identify so I think doctors just love to throw drugs at them because that’s the easiest thing. If drugs help, that’s all you need. So it’s up to us to try to find out why they happen.
#migraine #drugs #arthritis #paindiaries
Diagnosis of migraine after a decade of suffering helped initially. I knew it was migraine, but I couldn’t get treatment until the doctors also agreed. But that was followed by decades of failed efforts — all sorts of drugs, everything in the book really and everything new that came down from the drug manufacturers, sleep studies, brain scans, MRIs, allergy panels, psychotherapy, botox, food eliminations, and more. Never was a cause successfully identified and some doctors didn’t even want to try to do that. I recently finally got significant relief working with a doctor on the mind-body connection of pain. I don’t know if it’s allowed to recommend specific practitioners here, but I will if it’s permitted. #migraine #failure
Whew! I feel your pain; I’m the same way! I used to get allergy shots as well, and they helped for a while, but I think now they’re back in full force with all these blooms and high pollen count. My cocktail of flonase, zyrtec and some #allergy eye drops, plus avoiding the outside world and washing my face often tends to do the trick. My clairisonic is a lifesaver!
I have allergies that have been quite bad, I used to get allergy shots. There still not grea but there and indication of things in environment that I’m sesitive too. Usually I sneeze and have a runny nose in the morning.
Spring is particularly bad. My sinuses are sensitive to large marametric swings. It leads to a pressure build up and a migraine untill the storm starts. Its worse if I have had too much caffeine, which I limit, or emotional stress.
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