This is a BLOG written and created by Nikki Albert, who has chronic migraines with aura and fibromyalgia.
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5 Migraine Aura Myths from migraine.com
I like that 'if your migraines are preceded with aura they will always be preceded by aura' and apparently they usually will not. I know my hormonal ones are not. However when it comes to the others hard to say since I have persistent migraine aura symptoms... sort of ruins the whole preceding the migraine part altogether. Still there are migraine auras I can still tell are preceding an aura like numbness and tingling, sometimes unusual visual ones and of course hearing loss or muffled hearing and then things like aphasia. And the auras are never the same and can be mixed together. An aura of some sort is very common for me which is how I knew the menstrual migraines were such a different trigger and type of migraine. I guess I'm the exception and not the rule in the particular case which makes sense given the persistent migraine auras which would confuse the issue substantially.
There was a site that had this and I had linked to it on Tumblr but it is gone. So I had to hunt down someone who found my post and posted the whole thing in a forum. Anyway it is around but I'm posting it here so I will not have to hunt it down to reference it. Now we all know the major symptoms are the wide-spread pain, but our pain isn't just muscle pain... it can be nerve types of pain as well, and the fatigue and the insomnia. And even among symptoms there are some far more frequent than others, but it should be said we have categories... like the cognitive dysfunction, which is a broad one that has more than one symptom and we often just say fibrofog. The insomnia... more than one sleeping disorder. So the list is interesting.
__ Fatigue, made worse by physical exertion or stress
__ Activity level decreased to less than 50% of pre-illness activity level
__ Recurrent flu-like illness
__ Sore throat
__ Tender or swollen lymph nodes (glands), especiall…
When people ask me how I am feeling 99% of the time I am lying. I often say 'not bad', because I feel it is slightly more honest than 'good' or 'fine'. Got sick of fine. Anyway, I lie for many reasons.
I'm having a good pain day: They happen and I'll say that I'm good, fine, not bad. I even feel like I can accomplish great things... in moderation. In which case, relatively speaking, for Me I am not actually lying. This is a Good pain day, it is Not Bad for me and I am Fine with it. I just don't want to explain: I just don't want to explain how crappy I feel and in which way I mean. Because I am tired of it. I just want to deal with it, without having to discuss it, mention it or have any sympathy expressed about it. Because it can be complicated. It may be a migraine with specific symptoms. Maybe it is a FM flare though. Or both. And then I have to explain what it is because most people think my migraines are the main issue but I could be FM…