Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Losing Time to Migraines

Lately, I feel like I've been losing a lot of time to migraines, so I tried to capture that feeling in this collage. Has anyone else been feeling like this?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

What Chance at True Relief?

As I was reading this article called Boiling Mad: Crabs Feel Pain, I was feeling pretty appalled from my vegetarian viewpoint that people even boil crabs in the first place (sorry carnivores). Then I came across this paragraph.

"Interestingly, scientist don't fully understand pain in humans. It is felt when electrical signals are sent from nerve endings to your brain, which in turn can release painkillers called endorphins and generate physical and emotional reactions. The details remain unclear, which is why so many people suffer chronic pain with no relief."

If scientists are just now figuring out that a crab doesn't like to be boiled alive, what chance does a migraine chick have at finding true relief??

Friday, March 27, 2009

Migraine Mood Barbie

Since I've been working on my admin duties for the Migraine Flickr Group, I was really inspired by the photos that people have been taking of their migraines, so I wanted to capture my migraine mood the other day when I was home sick. A Migraine Barbie offered up her services for the photo shoot, even though her plastic head was killing her, and I took this photograph. Then I manipulated it in a photo editing program. All of the photos seem to capture the mood of a migraine to me, but I think that I like the last photo the best with the implode.

Which one do you like best?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Migraine Mascot

I've found a great new migraine mascot. I don't know if anyone remembers the Quizno's ad with the spongemonkeys, the cute furry things that sang about the new melty subs, but I think these dudes are great mascot material.

Now if I could only get them to sing "We hate the migraine."

Check out their website spongemonkeys

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Flickr Migraine

I was invited to take over as an admin for a group on Flickr called Migraine. The group includes photos that you took while you were suffering from headache or migraine of yourself or of anything else. There are some great photos in the group. If you have anything you would like to post, please join the group!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Migraine Poetry Contest

Have you been writing poetry about your migraines. Then check out The Migraine Poetry Contest at HealthCentral's MyMigraineConnection.com. Please see below.

"WHAT: MyMigraineConnection.com and Teri Robert, patient advocate and Migraine expert on MyMigraineConnection.com, have kicked off their popular annual "Putting Our Heads Together" Poetry Contest. The contest, in its ninth year, seeks the most creative and influential pieces of poetry on how Migraine disease and/or headache disorders affect each entrant's lives. Everyone who copes with Migraine disease and headache disorders or lives with someone who does is encouraged to submit up to three poems for the contest - the more creative, the better! To enter the "Putting Our Heads Together" poetry contest, visit: http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/poetry-contest.html

WHY: Migraine disease alone affects more than 36 million people in the U.S. Another 12 million have chronic daily headaches, which means that they have headaches more days than not. With the "Putting Our Heads Together" Poetry Contest, people can artistically express their daily struggles to help themselves and others cope with these potentially debilitating disorders. MyMigraineConnectio n.com also offers important educational content about Migraine and other headache disorders and an online community where people can connect with others who are dealing with Migraine disease and headaches. Last year's poignant entries can be found here: http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/c/123/26269/headache-announcing

WHEN: The contest deadline is April 17, 2009 with winners to be presented on April 27, 2009.

WHERE: http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/poetry-contest. html

CONTACT: If you'd like more information on the contest or Migraine disease, contact:

Teri Robert at terimmc@helpforhead aches.com."

Friday, March 20, 2009

State of the Migraine

Yesterday, I was working on a new migraine plan because I'm getting pretty burned out on the whole affair and I needed to see a glimmer of hope somewhere. Once again, I'm between doctors. My most recent primary care doctor flaked out on me. She said she couldn't treat my migraines any longer and I needed to go find a neurologist. Mind you, I've told her that I've seen three neurologists to no avail.

I think this time I'm going to go try an internal medicine doctor. I've been doing some research on them. Apparently, they are trained to focus on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. Here is a good article about them. About Internal Medicine Maybe they might be more open to treating an ongoing chronic problem as a primary care physician. Has anyone else had any success with an Internal Medicine Doctor treating migraines?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Binaural Beats for Pain Relief?

During my Tweety Travels, a online friend mention using Binaural beats for relaxing during a migraine.

According to Wikipedia, "Binaural beats are of interest to neurophysiologists investigating the sense of hearing. Second (and more controversially) binaural beats reportedly influence the brain in more subtle ways through the entrainment of brainwaves and can be used to produce relaxation and other health benefits such as pain relief."

I've found some websites with free binaural beat downloads.

Download FREE Binaural Beat MP3s for Sleep

The Meditation Podcast

Also, I found a good article on understanding binaural beats at Sound on Mind I'm not sure if Binaural Beats can help with pain relief for migraines, but I figure anything that can help you relax more can't hurt. Has anyone else tried them?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Haiku Migraine Tweets

I've been posting some of my migraine haiku on Twitter as I write them. It seems like the perfect forum for that type of poetry given the restraint of 140 characters. I've also noticed that I tend to write migraine haiku when I'm in a higher pain level and feeling quite emotional, which makes sense. Migraine haiku to me are not a serene contemplation. It's getting that feeling of frustration out in that moment.

Here are some of my newer Haiku:

Co-workers voices
Jackhammer unrelenting
My bone china skull

Dizzy thoughts circle
Like bats, birds and butterflies
My brain has no net

Each time the wind blows
Barometric pressure brain
Roller coaster rolls

My brain yearns to leave
Wrench itself free from my skull
And head to Vegas

Heavy thought like rocks
Weight down pockets in my brain
Will I sink or swim

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Migraine Twitters

During my Twitter travels, I came across this site called Cats Who Twitter. They have a list of cats who like to twitter. I was thinking about doing an informal list of Migraine Twitters, people who are using Twitter for migraine support. If you want me to add your name to list, leave a comment with your twitter link or email me.

Migraine Twitters

Migraine Chickie








free my brain
























Saturday, March 7, 2009

Old Fashioned Migraine Collage

I found another old ad for a headache remedy so I tried to make a collage with it. I got the idea for the laudanum from the series Deadwood on HBO, which I've been watching again on DVD.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Without a Delay!

I found another headache ad in my vintage True Story magazine. I think I really like these old ads compared to the new ones.

Speaking about falling for advertising, I tried HeadOn for the first time yesterday, and it didn't do anything for my migraine but make my forehead feel cool. Now after reading up on it, I'm not sure I should have even tried it, but I was feeling a bit desperate yesterday in the pain department. Has anyone else tried HeadOn?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Nervous Headache-True Story

I found this ad in the back of a vintage True Story magazine from 1947. The magazine only cost 15 cents back then. I just love the tag line part. I'm not even sure what a nervous headache would be considered these days, maybe a tension headache?