When I first went to the emergency room for a migraine, I felt a mix of fear and embarrassment. I had recently been diagnosed and wasn't sure if a headache warranted a visit to the ER. That morning, I woke up with a terrible migraine and called my mom for advice. She gave me some suggestions, but warned me that if I started vomiting, I should go to the ER. About an hour later, I began vomiting
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Riddle me this: What is your least favorite holiday season song? Personally, I despise Migraines for Christmas. Let's be real, trying to enjoy the holiday season while dealing with migraines can be incredibly painful. To maintain my health and handle the stress, I have some recommendations. First, be mindful of sensory overload. The combination of bright lights, loud music, rowdy children, food-
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Column I have always had a passion for traveling ever since I was a young girl. I find joy in all the preparations that come along with it - shopping for cute outfits, planning the itinerary, and researching hotels online. I even enjoy the less exciting tasks such as setting up my international phone plan or organizing my daily vitamins. A few years ago, someone introduced me to the concept of
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Getting a good night's sleep with chronic migraines has always been a challenge for me. Since I was young, I've had specific requirements for sleep - I need to be in official PJs, the room has to be cool, it needs to be pitch dark, and I need white or brown noise. Adding migraines to the mix has made it even more complicated. Unlike a regular headache where lying down and sleeping it off helps,
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By the time you read this, chances are I will have already experienced a migraine episode, or possibly even more. The frequency of these episodes depends on various factors such as the current state of my life and how well I have taken care of my body. If you are reading this, it is likely that either you or someone you know suffers from migraines. You probably understand that it is an incredibly
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I recently wrote a column discussing my experience as a person of color with migraines, where I touched on the concept of gaslighting. Gaslighting can encompass microaggressions, a lack of respect, and a disregard for your reality as a patient, all within a short office visit. Research has shown that medical gaslighting, which involves making someone feel that their feelings are not valid,
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It seems like grandmothers and gardens have always been connected, just like rice and peas. In my family, my grandmother and many others had gardens of all sizes, and I was always fascinated by them. This love for playing in the dirt cultivated my green thumb, and although I am still learning, I am determined to grow things successfully. Lately, I have been drawn to what I like to call useful
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Taking on more than you can handle is a sure-fire way to increase your stress levels. As individuals with migraines, we often feel the pressure of letting others down when we have to cancel plans due to an episode. Consequently, we may feel compelled to do more on days when we are migraine-free. It is crucial for us to establish clear boundaries and stick to them, as if we don't take care of
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I've been dealing with migraines at work for as long as I can remember. Initially, I would ignore them and push through the day, but they would manifest as blurred vision, heightened sensitivity to smells, and an overwhelming feeling of being overwhelmed by everyone's demands. All I wanted was to disappear. However, I was hesitant to take time off because of the misconception that migraines are
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I was raised in a traditional Christian background where yoga was often associated with beliefs that didn't align with my own. I didn't have much knowledge about yoga other than it seemed mystical and involved serious people sitting on mats. My preferred workout routines were more focused on hip-hop and belly dance. However, as an adult, I went to my first yoga class when a friend from work
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