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What are vestibular migraines?

I always asumed virtigo, dizziness and all that wierd motion stuff was just part of the neurological fun of a migraine. I guess there is a migraine class for people with a whole lot of this part of the migraine.

Vestibular migraine is a variant of migraine in which instead of headache being the most predominant feature, dizziness is. Patients usually say that out of nowhere they got extremely dizzy and don't feel like they're on even ground. Some describe a spinning or rocking sensation. They have light or sound sensitivity and get nauseous or throw up. Episodes can last minutes to hours, and there's a chronic form where people have a constant sense of imbalance. In many instances, people have a history of migraine headaches before vestibular migraine shows up.-

Study links "aura" migraines in women to brain lesions

Lovely. When I get my MRI next month I bet the doctors will be astonished to find a black hole where my brain used to be... but maybe not, maybe just lesions, which sounds worse than it is, I think.


Scientists said there is no evidence the so-called "silent" lesions, which can be as small as a pinpoint and are common in many older people, affect mental or motor function as adults age. Still, the study of more than 4,600 men and women in Iceland is the largest prospective research to show that migraines occurring in midlife may affect the brain years later, said Lenore Launer, chief of the neuroepidemiology section of the Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography and Biometry at the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Md.

"The importance of this study is it suggests that migraines are not just an episodic condition," Launer said. "It may lead to long-term changes in the brain. At this point there's no real clinical message for people with migraines."

I think I emotionally flatlined

Somewhere along the way I seem to have lost my sympathy for other people's pain. Not my empathy, that I got loads of. More so I cannot seem to tolerate complaining or whining about any sort of mild to moderate pain in others. I should not compare other people's pain to my own, because it is not a contest or a game or even a measurable scale in which to read one person's suffering over anothers. Yet I cannot seem to stop myself from doing it. I hear someone with some minor complaint, even a long enduring minor complaint, and I listen and nod and make some general sympathetic remark. Most of which is false, because while I empathize and often feel the same or worse, I do not think it is productive to announce it. That in fact on my best day I am not doing so hot, but I still do all the things I need to do and none of the things I want to do. I think of what I need to endure because that is the way it is, and all the meds I need to just function at that minimal capaci…

I had a Bad Day

I woke up feeling absolutely drained. Then our kitten got sick all over the place and me. So I called in work cause I wanted to make sure he was not sick sick, since had has been sick and he is just a wee kitten, but the boss did not think that was a reasonable excuse. So after I changed I went in all cranky and tired. Then the day was just one fricken thing after another. I set a vet apt for Charlie for the end of the day, the last appointment they had to get him checked out. To make sure he is not too sick, to make sure my other cats do not get it. But boss was not pleased I had not asked her about this. So I resechdualed it for the closest one that had to the very end of the day, which will be next monday... which is pushing it since he is a kitten and needs his shots. I had a killer migraine all day and was just out of sorts, the whole day sucked the big one, and because of the migraine these generally small things compounded until I was just plain cranky. Finally, I sta…

Exercise is totally over rated

I have been attempting some mild exercise, under the theory that just a little will prevent my muscles from wilting and my ultra hypermobile knees from collapsing. It is really hard to get motivated when you have chronic migraines... a migraine is not the time to be thinking about any sort of movement. I read that aerobic exercise would not cause a migraine, so that does leave a small window of opportunity. I am not so sure about that theory, since I did a workout (by workout I mean danced several songs on my Wii... which totally counts) and not too long after his with one fricken whopping migraine.

Plus with FMS any sort of exercise causes a great deal more pain. Every time I do just a little of exercise on either upper body or lower, well then that whole muscle group hurts like hell for two to three days. Which means hard to have any consistent routine on a daily basis for sure, cause that pain compounds. Then I think if I keep doing it and just push through that pain, then ma…