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13/11/21

I'm not doing well today

Yesterday a migraine began and this morning I woke up with total body weakness. My arms and legs going between being numb / tingling and really severe pins and needles. When I first woke up this morning I was so dizzy that I could hardly stand up and could barely hold my own weight up on my legs.

I wasn't able to go to work

I wouldn't have made the drive into work, and even if I asked my Dad to take me in - I wouldn't have been able to get up the stairs to go into work. I'm thankful that everyone at work was very understanding and that nobody made a big deal of it.

Things like this are a wake-up call

Whilst I am fit and keep myself healthy, and am on a November health mission, I'm also never too blind to notice when life is trying to tell me something. My lesson for today is that I need to make sure I don't take my health for granted, it's not a given, it's something that can be gone in a flash. There are so many illnesses in the world and this feeling of being so weak is horribly scary for me. It is not normal for me. I have not had such lack of coordination and ability to move in my life before. Myself (and my Doctor) are convinced it is from the migraine. I've had other severe attacks like this but they were long ago.

I asked Mom and Dad to get me some frozen berries

I've also got an order arriving of fresh fruits on Monday morning. I need to do a total detox and also try to cut down on my caffeine intake. I'm normally not a pleasant person without my coffee, but maybe a few less cups will be ok 🤣

I went for a walk to see our plants this morning

It's a small garden but even just walking those few steps was a mission. I'm nearly falling asleep again. Here are some of the pics of my strawberry flowers and some of the seeds for our nursery that are already sprouting.

Above image: my photo of the strawberry flower

Above image: my photo of some of our seeds

Above image: radish and capers


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I wrote the above yesterday, I can't believe that was all I managed to put down. Typing at the laptop was physically painful and my head was spinning around so much that I thought I was going to fall off the chair.


14/11/21

I had my coffee this morning, and instead of having a second cup, I'm having some tea. I'm still very tired and weak. I'm so thankful I'm not feeling dizzy right now. I spent the whole of yesterday feeling like I was going to fall over if I was standing, and that I was going to roll off the bed if I was lying down.

Migraines

I was 14 when I experienced my first migraine, I was sitting in the lounge studying for a test while Mom and Dad were watching TV. I couldn't see the books in front of me anymore and remember being really annoyed because I didn't want to fail my physics test. My vision came back and then I ended up with (what felt like) a chopper in my head.

I was 19 when I experienced my next one. It was so bad it woke me up and my head felt like it was going to explode and I was horribly nauseous. I ended up throwing up and collapsing shortly afterwards. Part of me was scared I was having a stroke. The headache lasted 2 weeks, and after exhausting all options at the pharmacy and doctors for pain medication and getting myself "right" again, I went to a Reiki Healer. I sat down with him and just told him:

I've got the worst migraine and I don't know what to do but I can't carry on.

He put his hands above my head and I heard him taking deep breaths, he tapped on my head exactly where the worst pain of the headache was and said:

We can fix this.

After an hour or so, I had begun to feel massive relief. I went home and slept for nearly two days. Woke up and was back to "normal".

I had another when I was 20, it only sticks out for me because I lost vision while driving. It didn't deteriorate into the massive thumping, it was just purely scary because I was terrified I was going to have an accident.

I've had other headaches on and off, and some migraines in between from 20 to 32 years old, but this last one takes the cake for the worst possible experience I've ever had. I was physically unable to go to work, I still don't think I would make it up the stairs if I had to go into work today. I am just very thankful that it's Sunday and that I've got all day and another night to recover before work tomorrow.

Migraine hangover (postdrome)

Below image source: https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/migraine-hangover/

Below quote source: https://www.healthline.com/health/migraine/bouncing-back

After you recover from phase three, the headache phase, you might experience the fourth and final phase of a migraine: postdrome. This phase is sometimes known as a “migraine hangover” as symptoms tend to resemble those felt after a long night of heavy drinking.

For some people, the transition from the headache phase into postdrome isn’t always obvious. Key signs you’re experiencing a migraine hangover are when symptoms shift beyond head pain to things like neck or shoulder stiffness, scalp tenderness, brain fog, or dizziness.

Symptoms of postdrome typically resolve within a day or 2. Though for some, a migraine hangover can be as debilitating as the headache phase of a migraine.

Hemiplegic migraine

Yesterday morning I couldn't pick up my coffee with my right arm, I had to use my left hand to steady it. I couldn't move my medical books, my grip had completely gone in my hand. I couldn't even get the screw lid of the cooldrink bottle open and had to ask my Dad for help.

Below quote source: https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/hemiplegic-migraine/

In hemiplegic migraine, the weakness is always associated to at least one other aura symptom. Vision is usually affected temporarily, and symptoms can include a sudden appearance of a bright light in the center of the field of vision causing blind spots (scintillating scotoma), double vision, flashing lights (photopsia), and bright, shimmering, jagged lines (fortification spectra). Visual symptoms can also include a foggy vision, or a loss of vision of one half of the visual field. Additional symptoms include numbness or a prickly sensation of the face or arms and legs (paresthesia), fever, imbalance, drowsiness or lethargy, and an inability to understand or express speech (aphasia). The specific aura symptoms that develop during a migraine attack can vary from one attack to another. Some individuals with hemiplegic migraine may also have attacks with a so-called typical aura, including visual, sensory and speech troubles but no weakness.

It's time to put me first.

Now that may sound selfish, and that's okay. Because you know what? If I don't put my own health first, I'm not going to be around to look after my Mom and Dad, my furbabies, my Fiancé, I'm just not going to be around.

I'm going to smell the roses more, get less stressed over small things, and focus on the big things.

Yesterday was a total disaster - yet at the same time I'm very thankful that this has happened. It's given me the wake-up-call I needed to reduce the sources of stress in my life and to focus on the moment I'm living in. Today. Right now. 🌺

Above and lead image source: My photo of the sunrise this morning.

Our garlic has come so far!

Take time for yourself 🌻

I hope you will have a beautiful and restful Sunday, don't make the mistakes that I have and run your body into the ground...

Image source screenshot from Pinterest

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hiya :-) I'm so sorry you have had such a tough few days. Sounds absolutely awful :-( I hope you start to feel better soon. I wanted to share something re migraines that ...who knows... may help. So my eldest is 10 years old and he has been getting migraines for a few years now. At first it was 1 every 3-4 months, then it became a monthly thing, a weekly thing and then daily!!! He went onto meds and after 6 months on one medication we had to get it changed as it affected his weight, his moods and his general "clumsiness", but it was kinda working re the migraines and he was only getting 1-2 a week on them. We switched to the different meds and his attitude improved, his weight started to disappear but the headaches came back in full force and he has been getting migraines daily whilst on the meds. The medical solution? To double the dose of an already adult dose being given to a 10 year old. Well, I didn't want to give him more beta blockers and then a friend of mine on Hive suggested that we cut out wheat gluten. She said it had done wonders for her and her son and they had gone from having migraines 3-4 times a week to maybe 1 a month. Also her son's brain fogginess that he had been experiencing, disappeared after excluding wheat gluten from their diet. Now gluten can take 3-4 months to remove itself from your system completely so we were not expecting any major changes immediately....BUT...we (as the whole family got on board in support and it makes meals easier and his buy in easier1) have now been gluten free for 3 weeks and my son has not had a migraine for 2.5 weeks.... AND ... he has been off his meds for 9 days! Bloody miracle it is... we keep expecting the damn headaches to start again but he has had no sign of them whatsoever...anyway...I just thought I'd share and hope you may find it useful. Big hugs xx

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with me. I have cut out wheat and gluten (almost) entirely. I'm on day 7 of anti-inflammatory eating and so far I'm doing very well. I do have some after effects but they are hardly noticeable compared to how bad I was - I am just so thankful for my health right now. I am so glad it has worked for you and your family! 🌸

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5 months ago

Oh my maybe you need to have another Reiki healing session? Migraines are really a terrible thing to have. Health is wealth indeed.

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Your view is super. Health is wealth.

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6 months ago

Oh dear are you fine now? I am sorry to know what happened. Yes you are right, you should let go of the things that stressed you because they may contribute to our migraine. I have migraine too and it acts up when I don't have enough sleep. I wish we can let this sickness away

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6 months ago

We all had this hard headed moments and then we complain with the effects of it after...I am also guilty about it,..hope you get well soon and your migraine will not worsen...and Oh how I love those garlic

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6 months ago

Migraines sucks because once you have it, you can't focus on your work and just go struggle and it really hurts like hell. Anyways take a rest for a while, always prioritize your health.

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6 months ago

hi, have you considered removing wheat gluten from your diet. It has been an amazing thing for my son and his mirgraines.

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6 months ago

I also have migraine that is why I try to minimize my use of gadgets,coz once my headache starts, it won't stop until I vomit.. i don't like migraine.

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6 months ago

hi, we have excluded wheat gluten from our diet and he has not had a migraine in 2.5 weeks! full comment on justmyrambles post.

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6 months ago

Sorry about your health my Rumble queen, you should cut of things that might complicate your conditions with the migraine

What's Reiki? A kid of healer?

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Ahhh you have no idea how much I smiled at "Rumble queen" haha thank you!

Reiki is a form of healing which relies on energy transfer from one person to another. Most of the time touch is not even used. Quote from oxford dictionary: "a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being."

Thank you for your support my friend 🌸

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5 months ago

Same feelings, the other day and yesterday my body is very weak and in pain but I don't have any headache anymore yesterday.. I bet lack of sleep and too much radiation for me. I felt better today . I completed 8hrs sleep.

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6 months ago

hi, come and see my comment to justmyrambles re wheat gluten and how excluding it from my son's diet has worked wonders with migraines

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