Last week was a challenge for me. It came in the form of a migraine. These days, I find that the usual few days of warning signs, also known as Aura, are just not happening. I would usually experience such things as blurred vision and sensitivity to light; for example. Now, it just seems to strike as if from nowhere. No doubt there are new, alternative warning signs, but I will now need to self-monitor in order to identify them. I had to cancel one of my days of work, due to illness; my migraine hit hard. I absolutely hate having to reschedule my clients but once in a while it has to be done and everyone has been incredibly kind and understanding; for which I am grateful.
With the support of my partner and with kind wishes from friends and family, I made it through the week; working on each day but the one I had to cancel and finding that the migraine would largely resume inflicting extraordinary levels of pain of an evening and into the small hours. Nonetheless, this was a rhythm and I was able to keep my working life largely undisrupted.
I have now been free of the pain for a day and a half and the relief is enormous. What I have found most staggering is that in the space of six days, I lost 11 pounds in weight! (Every cloud has a silver lining, as my cousin reminded me – and she is right. I’m rather pleased to have lost some weight!).
This has, however, served to evidence just how physically impacting a migraine can be. While my migraines, which I have suffered since my teens, have since been attributed to my chronic illness, I am soon to undergo a CT scan on my brain to just check to ensure that there is no other cause.
(Picture courtesy of NHS Web site)
My Neurologist suggested to me, as had been suggested but never diagnosed when I reached my early 20’s, that I may suffer from Hemiplegic Migraine; a type of migraine that renders the sufferer very weak, as if in partial paralysis. The description of that condition certainly matches my symptoms. We are both, however, working on the theory that I may well have Parkinson’s Disease. This would better fit the broader range of symptoms that I experience.
Update: Since writing this Blog post, I have, as of June 27th 2017, now conclusively been diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease.
Anyway, I decided to use the opportunity to ask my Facebook friends if any of them knew of any remedies for migraine; I have been prescribed a type of medicine called Triptans, but advised to await the outcome of my CT scan before I go ahead and use them. I thought I would share some of the responses on here, in case any of my Blog readers also suffer migraines.
My friends kindly suggested the following:
- A new remedy called IceKap
- 1 x tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 x tablespoon honey added to a glass of water (as a preventative only)
- Feverfew (as a prevention only)
- Icepacks on stomach and the back of the neck
- A very hot flannel placed on the forehead
- Wafers (a type of prescribed medication)
- Milk Thistle
- Foot Rub / Reflexology
(Please note that I am not recommending any of these suggestions, so do try them at your own liability).
I am thankful to be at the end of my migraine and returning to my normal state. If you experience migraines, or are affected by someone that does, please do leave a comment and share your story and any suggestions you have for remedies.
(C) Dean G.Parsons. 2016.