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Managing Migraines And The Onset Of Holiday Stress

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This Post Is Sponsored! I was compensated by Med-IQ and supported by an educational grant by Teva Pharmaceuticals. As Always, All Opinions Are My Own.
I grew up in a big New York Italian family, and the holiday season was all about gathering with those who mattered most. Well, and Grandma Lucy’s meatballs, salami and Chianti, if we’re being completely transparent. Although we hardly needed an excuse for a family gathering, November and December were especially magical as we gathered together to give thanks, and eagerly anticipate the arrival of old Saint Nick. Just as it is today, Rockefeller Center was the place to be. Enamored by the sparkling lights and biggest tree we’d ever seen, my cousins and I would afterward go ice skating at the rink where our grandparents first locked eyes. Year after year, the comfort, familiarity and joy of holidays in the city never got old.
Then I grew up.
Just as my grandparents had, I met Bobby in the city that never sleeps. He quickly took to my holiday traditions, adorning my little Charlie Brown Christmas tree on the side of my bed and baking every holiday cookie known to Pinterest. From dating, to adulting, to mothering, Bobby put his own spin on what would become OUR traditions. After we had our first child, I realized that the family traditions that I so cherished as a child, didn’t always come without holiday stressors. Apparently, I’m up for a good challenge because we had three more! And you guessed it. More children can mean more holiday stress. Long gone were the carefree days of Frosty and Rudolph. While holidays with four children are very much a magical thing, they don’t come without expectations. A season of joy can often times become stressful, and also trigger unwelcomed migraines.
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Managing migraines in a large family
What Top Headache Specialists Want You to Know about Headaches

Taking matters into my own hands, as most audacious New Yorkers do, I recently decided to collaborate with Med-IQ, an accredited medical education company whose goal is to improve patient outcomes through education. In my first blog post on this topic, I covered information about the diagnosis of migraine, including the difference between headache, migraine and chronic migraine. It’s been an honor and a privilege to partner with the following two neurologists in my fight against migraine headaches: Robert G. Kaniecki, MD, Chief, Headache Division & Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Stewart J. Tepper, MD, Professor of Neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and practicing neurologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Both top neurologists shared tips on how to best prepare for an upcoming doctor’s appointment making diagnosis that much easier.

There Is No Holy Grail When It Comes To Migraines

Dr. Kaniecki and Dr. Tepper discussed how common it is for migraine sufferers to be in search of the holy grail… You know, that one thing or combination of things that will make the migraines stop. The reality is, suffering from migraine is inherited and part of the brain’s physiology. There are, however, some things they recommend for better migraine management. I wouldn’t have went as far as to looking into seeking professional help if it wasn’t for a friend of mine recommended I did some research into finding someone like a migraines chiropractor. I didn’t even realise that seeing a specialist like this would help with my migraines. I guess it was worth doing research after all. I just hope that I can find a solution soon, as suffering with migraines can be a lot to deal with at times.
Mommy and her 4 babies

Mommy & Brody walking down the sidewalk

Helpful Tips for Holiday Season Headache Sufferers

  1. Stick to your treatment plan, which should include medications and lifestyle management strategies to prevent and treat migraine.
  2. Avoid overuse of acute headache medication: Don’t take prescription or nonprescription medication for migraine pain on more than 10 days per month
  3. Keep a headache diary: Track changes in headache frequency and/or intensity as you begin or change medications

Doctors know that the inadequate control of the immediate pain of a migraine attack can lead to chronic migraine. This is because inadequate pain control can lead patients to take acute medication (treats attack once migraine has started) too often; overuse of acute medication (taking on 10 or more days per month – including over-the-counter medications) can cause headaches and is a risk factor for developing chronic migraine. Doctors also know that patients may hide the fact that they self-medicate and use over-the-counter medicines from them. This makes it difficult for doctors to understand the full picture of the patient’s health and what might be playing a role in headache frequency.

If you or someone you love is taking medication for migraine more than twice a week, encourage them to make an appointment with their doctor to discuss the right treatment plan.

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3 steps recommended by the top migraine doctors

Daddy and his 3 boys decorating the Christmas tree Brody by the Christmas tree Brody getting kisses from Mable the silver lab

  • Four Ways I Manage Stress & Prevention of Migraines
  • Stay hydrated – My name is Danielle, and I am an H2O addict
  • Stay active – yoga boot camp: the greatest oxymoron known to mom
  • Practice breathing – the struggle is real… it’s the New Yorker in me
  • Get adequate sleep – 8+ hours is the goal (aka the dream)

“Life is tough my darling, but so are you” ~ Grandma Lucy

My role during the holiday season is more than just making cannolis and searching for Buddy the Elf’s latest hangout. As a mother who believes, it is my duty to ensure that the same sparkle in my eyes peering up at that glorious tree in Rockefeller Center also sparkles in the eyes of my four greatest gifts. From hot cocoa in our ceramic Santa mugs, to seaside ice skating at The Hotel Del, the holidays are made for family, fun and traditions. As I navigate through the magnificent (and sometimes murky) waters of mothering, spousing and just being me, there’s simply no time for migraines.

I encourage you to make a difference by helping the many migraine sufferers out there. Take THIS SURVEY and be automatically entered to win one of 10 $100 VISA Gift Card! This survey will take less than ten minutes. No personal information will be kept, sold or stored, in the survey completion process. Once you complete the survey, please send an email to surveymigraine@gmail.com. The ten randomly selected winners will be notified on January 5, 2018. And remember, successful migraine management relies on patient education and empowerment. Ciao for now mammas!

 

This Post Is Sponsored! I was compensated by Med-IQ and supported by an educational grant by Teva Pharmaceuticals. As Always, All Opinions Are My Own.

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