Monday, March 28, 2011
Don't Leave Home Without Them
I definitely make sure I don't leave home without my triptans! You never know when that sneaky enemy will strike. It has also become some of my famous last words. We left Friday for an hour drive to Flint to see my family and visit the art museum. We had to take two cars in order to bring some family back with us. So, I had to drive. It was a sunny day and I was concerned about being on time. I was also excited to go see some art. Just as we were leaving, I decided I should go back to the house to get my Maxalt. Then, I found one in my wallet. We even made a pit stop on the way where I bought some Ibuprofen. Just in case. So, the question is: Did I know that the day would bring me a migraine? or Was it a self fulfilling prophesy? Did the worry about one and taking precautions lead to one? Of course, I experienced a migraine. Matter of fact, I felt so ill I had to spend dinner in the car. No fun. I think when it comes to doing things that are out of the ordinary, a break from the home routine, the stress can trigger a migraine for me. It seems like almost anything can cause me stress these days. That also leads to another conclusion, I don't handle sensory overload very well. Migraine or not. Do you experience this too? For example, we had some friends and their children over Saturday night. The ten kids did get a little chaotic a few times and I had to busy myself with drinks and food. I felt completely over stimulated. I didn't get a migraine that night but I did Sunday afternoon. I've read some books and websites on Sensory Processing Disorder and being Sensory Sensitive and how controlling what you are exposed to, a sensory diet, can help. Those with Migraine Disorder are considered already to have a sensitive nervous system. Hence, why migraines are triggered. So, it makes sense that other sensory brain issues might be going on. Another book I read about brain function talks about different issues, like anxiety, and how overactive parts of the brain may be responsible. Personally, I seem to always be sensitive to light and sound and touch, but during a migraine they become much more pronounced. So, would a sensory diet or doing or taking things to calm the overall brain help reduce migraines? Just like the drive to Flint. I was experience lots of visual input from the sun and glare off cars. I felt more from the vibration of the car. Could these things that were over stimulating to me have sent messages to my nervous system to trigger a migraine. And then on Saturday night, the noise of all the kids was very over stimulating to me. We all know that sound and light can be very painful during a migraine. But what role do they play in triggering one?