*Rawr* I am Frankenstein

I felt a little like Frankenstein today. Lumbering, speaking incoherently, scaring small children. But also in the sense that he is charged up with electrical energy... which is a lot like my brain, spiking with energy, causing one part to misfire and the other part to grind to a halting stop. I wish I could hit the reboot on it. I had several ice pick headaches today... brief shards of stabbing pain, which felt like an energy surge, like sticking a battery to your tongue to jump start you brain (not that I would recommend that). Poor Frankenstein, it aint his fault his neural pathways are all shot.

Wii wow

I got myself a Wii. The guys have a serious obsession with material toys. So we have the newest playstation and X-box. I had a little game cube which I played once every six months for a few days until I got bored and went back to reading. I do not have the mindset to play video games. So we got the Wii more so because it was the one system we did not have and because I was worn down until I thought it might be interesting.

It comes with a Sports game and you can play baseball, tenis, boxing, golf and bowling. But if you know anything about the Wii then you will know it is not slouching back on the couch and pushing buttons in the right sequence. No, it is standing in front of the TV, with the controler, swing and punching. So it is far more interactive. I love the bowling and just like in real life I have a wicked curve ball. I absolutely love the boxing... dodging and uppercuts... so, so much fun and hilarious to watch.

I do not know if it would count a exersize to anyone else, but for me it was a workout. I can't play for too long. I start shaking and tembling and aching... just like I would if I do any activity for long. The FMS always makes itself known that way, but it also means that I am doing something, it is a bit of a workout for someone like me and it is also fun and does not require me actually leaving the house. Since I played Saturday and Sunday, my arms and shoulders are aching and will ache more tommrorow. But I had been looking for something like this... to ease my muscles into more activity. So I love that game... it may not be the most complex, or like any other, but it wildly fun. And it is super cool.

Migraine Expressions

The collection 'Migraine Expressions' viewing my insightful and humorous article 'To all those with migraines: I too share your mind cramps' will be available mid July. I think I will buy one of the pre-order copies cause I am so excited to see what all that hard work and how it came out. The samples on the site look very good. I love migraine artwork, so it will be awesome.

Here is the site: Migraine Expressions

It'l be awesome, so buy up a copy.

Children With Migraine At Increased Risk Of Sleep Disturbances

Adults too and count me in... chronic insomnia from birth.

The study found the children with migraine were twice as likely as the other children in the study to have sleep apnea, otherwise known as sleep disordered breathing, which involves repeated arousals from sleep because the upper airway for breathing has been obstructed. Sleep disordered breathing was found in 56 percent of children with migraine versus 30 percent of children with non-migraine headache.

Severe migraine was also associated with shorter total sleep time, longer total time to fall asleep, and shorter REM sleep, which is the stage of sleep in which most dreams can be recalled.

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Migraine Increases Risk Of Severe Skin Sensitivity And Pain

An article on yet another symptom of a migraine. Although it is intersting. I get a lot of overly sensative skin, but I would assume that was the FMS, like I hurt so bad my skin hurts sort of thing.

People with migraine are more likely to experience exacerbated skin sensitivity or pain after non-painful daily activities such as rubbing one's head, combing one's hair and wearing necklaces or earrings, compared to people with other types of headache, according to a study published in the April 22, 2008, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Migraine epilepsy

Individuals with one disorder are at least twice as likely to have the other.1,4–7 Comorbid disease presents challenges in both differential diagnosis and concomitant diagnosis.8 When diseases are comorbid, the principle of diagnostic parsimony does not apply. Individuals with one disorder are more likely, not less likely, to have the other.
Epilepsy proffesionals

This is intersting, I had no idea they were comorbid. It makes sense since what occurs with a migraine, the excitation fo neurons, is similar but less severe than what occures during a seizure. Always interesting to know what is going on in your brain. I looked up because of the muscle jerks, sometimes quite violent, which I attribute to either FMS or migraines, but wish they were not there.

The third study suggests that even though migraine and epilepsy are clearly different syndromes, they both cause paroxystic neurological phenomena. The frequency of epilepsy in patients with migraine and migraine in those with epilepsy seems to be higher than expected. They both cause paroxystic neurological phenomena. The authors suggest there may be comorbidity in both conditions. " This coexistence may be due to the episode of one, for example the aura of a migrainous attack, triggering off the other condition, that is an epileptic crisis. So, it may be that the 'migrainous illness' causes the 'epileptic illness' or the other way around. Their coexistence may be due to a risk factor which is common to both, since it has caused a cerebral lesion which is the cause of both disorders. Finally, a risk factor may have a direct effect, without requiring the intervention of an intermediate cerebral lesion to cause both migraine and epilepsy. This last possibility is particularly attractive to explain the comorbidity of migraine with an aura and genetically determined epilepsy". (3)

Migraine epilepsy is very rare, but you can see how it can happen. Which means we might want to pay attentions to some of those peculiar aura symtoms and how we are when we get them and violet muscle contractions.

Migraine chick cartoons

On Migraine Chick's blog she made these little cartoons. They made me laugh. I wanted to post on here, but that would be rude, since they are her's... so follow the link and check them out.

I would love to just redirect you to the new site...

But sadly the redirect function doesn't function. I will continue to persist hitting it and see if it will eventually do something. Or s...