Weather & Migraines

Friday CalledGood afternoon and Happy Friday Eve y’all! How are you feeling today? I really hope your week has been very pleasant and you are feeling as wonderful as you possibly can! Do any of you suffer from migraines and how do manage them? I have dealt with migraines/headaches since I was a child and still can not find a good way to control them.  I guess I think they are something that is completely uncontrollable! The migraines/headaches I get way too often make it impossible to do anything at all. The only thing I can do is lay down in a dark and quiet room with one ice pack on my head and another at the base of my neck. This is just a miserable time! 

There are several different types of weather related migraines, that you really can not control. Unfortunately we can not change the course of mother nature. 

  1. Temperature Changesmigraine triggers
  2. High Humidity
  3. High Winds
  4. Stormy Weather
  5. Extremely Dry Conditions
  6. Bright Lights and Sun Glares
  7. Barometric Pressure Changes

It has been painfully hot and humid where I live, which is only causing me LOTS of fatigue and terrible headaches/migraines. It is crazy how much barometric pressure impacts the way we feel. High or rising barometric pressure may indicate better weather Barometric-Pressure-Headacheand rising temperatures, but also increased humidity levels. High humidity is an extremely common trigger for a migraine to occur! Falling barometric pressure is a signal that storms are on their way. The more severe the storm is going to be, the more significant and rapid the changes will be. A complete change in pressure levels may only take a few minutes, but those that suffer with migraines/headaches will be among the first to know about the changes. Both high humidity and extremely dry conditions only exacerbate dehydration, which can and will cause additional migraines/headaches, which in only one reason why it is so important to drink plenty of water.  

Being exposed to both bright lights or sun glares can activate something known as photophobia. Photophobia is a painful sensitivity to light and can create some massive headaches/migraines. Personally I have found that the fluorescent lights at work tend tofluorescent-light-sensitivity-infographic be the main reason for many of my headaches. When I first got to work this morning all lights were turned off and I felt fine. About an hour later someone in my office decided we needed those horrible lights turn on and shortly after that my migraine started to ease into the place it felt it needed to be. I still do not believe the lights were necessary as we could see just fine with the nature light coming in through the windows! 

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I am always so thankful and appreciative for your continued support and amazing comments that I do always respond to. I hope y’all have a nice peaceful evening and are as happy as I am that tomorrow is Friday! Fridays are so wonderful because then the much desired weekend follows! As always I am sending y’all LOTS of love❤ and comfort!

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6 Possibly Shocking Pain Triggers!

Good morning Y’all🌤! I hope you have a great day! Do you already know what your pain triggers are? If you do you are ahead of the game, but if you do not it is okay, we are all always learning every day! I am going to share with you some pain triggers that may actually surprise you, but they are so incredibly common for all of us.

  1. Anger:Anger

Holding onto your anger can actually cause back pain. The more tight-lipped we are when something causes us to feel angry; the more tension is felt throughout our spine causing unnecessary pain. Whether you have ongoing back pain or even aches from lifting too much, holding onto anger will without a doubt increase your pain. My goodness does this explain a lot for me because I am one that hates confrontation and will avoid it like it is the plague! Sometimes I will just sit there and brew over something, but never share with anyone that I am angry with them or another situation, which is a very unhealthy trait of mine. Either talking to others about the anger we feel or even just writing out the emotions will help tremendously.

  1. Your Trusty Smartphone📱:

Who would have thought that this easy and convenient device could actually add to the pain we feel? Our smartphones make it so easy to stay connected to family and friends Top-Ten-Smartphone-2016and also to surf the web anywhere we may be. But think about it, how do you hold your phone while you are chatting? We all tend to be on our phones while multi-tasking to take care of other need to-dos. During our amazing multi-tasking abilities, we have a tendency to hold our phone between our neck and shoulder, which can easily cause tightness and pain in the strained areas. Also, think about how you hold your phone while web browsing and or texting! Being in a hunched over position for an extended period of time can cause a great amount of pain.

      Here are some easy ways to use your smart phone📱 that will cause you less pain:

  1. If you know you will be chatting for longer than a few minutes, which we all are probably guilty of, try using a headset or Bluetooth. This can make it so you can enjoy your phone call and not be forced to cradle the phone with your shoulder causing yourself unnecessary pain!
  2. When browsing the web or texting, hold your phone at eye level so you are not straining your neck by looking down.
  3. Thinking the Worst

Catastrophizing is an irrational thought that some of us have, which is believing thinkingsomething is much worse than it really is. Honestly, I am very guilty of this most of the time. Andrew Bertognoli, PhD, is a San Francisco based psychologist with the Spine Care Medical Group says “Emotion and pain are processed in the same area of the brain, so if you’re anxious and stressed, it’s natural to feel physical pain. That’s not to say your pain is emotional, it’s just that there’s an intersection of the mind and body.” What an incredibly true statement! I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt, whenever I am stressed or angry my pain drastically increases.

  1. Skimping on Sleep:

Most of us have so many things on our to-do lists that we want to get done, from going to the grocery shopping to finishing the laundry to cleaning our house, but we often put sleep at the very bottom of our list. Putting sleep at the bottom of our to-do list is in all reality causing us to suffer even more. There have already been numerous studies about how much sleep an adult should get every night, but each individual is equipped so skimping-sleep.jpgdifferently and have different needs and probably none of us actually get an adequate amount of sleep every night.

During sleep our bodies makes human growth hormones, which is needed for tissues repair to ease our pain. Those that suffer from chronic insomnia have nearly three times the risk of chronic pain. If you suffer from lack of sleep, a few possible ways to sleep better are:

  • Get more sun in the morning. The morning sun exposure helps recalibrate our internal circadian sleep clocks.
  • Daytime exercise. Some mild exercises can work as a stress reliever and eliminate additional thoughts built up in our minds.
  • Turn down the thermostat in your bedroom. Sometimes cooler temperatures while sleeping, can allow you to be more comfortable. Whereas if you are too warm, you can’t get comfortable enough to sleep and then toss and turn.
  • Try sleeping with a white noise machine. White noise machines have been proven to be a great sleep aid, so it is worth a try!
  1. Your Work Area:

Most people do not think sitting at a desk can actually be a major pain risk because it is not strenuous, but it is painful! Your posture at your desk and the way your work area is arranged can and does cause people so much pain! Most workplaces do now offer ergonomics-ladyeditedergonomic desk configuration services. So if you start to notice you are in more pain while at work, contact your Human Resources Department so they can give you directions on what needs to be done to have your work area more ergonomically suitable. This may work wonders for you and make your work day far less painful!

For the computer you use while at home, there is something you can do to decrease any pain it may cause! You should always make sure the top of your monitor is at or slightly below eye level, so you are not straining your neck by looking upward at the monitor.

  1. Loneliness:

Whether we want to be or not, we are social creatures by nature. Loneliness can lead to main-qimg-7d8eddce51f9b7a5fdb9721d853d5bbddepression and in turn depression can cause pain. I am of course not saying you should not be choosy about people to confide in because it is important to be comfortable with whom you choose to share your life with. If you are already in a committed relationship, share your feelings with that person.

Thank you for visiting my site today and I really hope this information was helpful to you! It always amazes me what can actually cause the pain we already live with to be even more intense. Reducing the pain we have is a wonderful thing and maybe even possible or at least for some of it! I do try my best to correct the issues that I recognize, but I am only human and just can not work miracles! I encourage your fantastic comments and I promise to respond as quickly as I can. Please remember that I am always sending you LOTS of love❤ and comfort! 

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Intense Spasticity

Definition+of+spasticityFor the past few days I have been dealing with a lot of pain and discomfort in my legs and even in my arms. I have experienced this sensation many times over the years, so I was almost immune to it and did not allow it to alarm me too much. In all honesty though, as the days and feeling continued it just started to become quite annoying and incredibly uncomfortable. Nothing but my trusty heating pad ❤ seems to alleviate this feeling of pain, which is just VERY frustrating. So I decided to share a little information with y’all about spasticity, which I am sure most of you already know about!

Spasticity is feelings of stiffness and various ranges of involuntary muscle spasms. This is extremely common with those living with Multiple Sclerosis. Spasticity could be as mild as feelings of tightness of the muscles or so severe that it causes painful, uncontrollable spasms of the extremities, most commonly in the legs. Spasticity can cause pain and tightness in and around the joints and cause intense lower back pain, which is horrible to manage! Spasticity can be triggered by a number of things like sudden movement or position changes, extremes in temperatures, humidity or infection, but can also be ms spasticityaggravated by tight clothing!

There are different types of Spasticity are:

Flexor Spasticity involving the hamstrings which are the muscles on back of the upper leg and hip flexor which are the muscles at the top of the upper thigh. The hips and knees are bent and difficult to straighten.

Extensor Spasticity involving the quadriceps and adductors which are the muscles on the front and inside of the upper leg. The hips and knees remain straight with legs very close together or crossed over at the ankles.

There are treatments available for this possibly painful situation. Treatments are on an individual basis, but for any treatment it is important to work closely with a specialist. Some treatments may include certain exercises recommended by the specialist, changes in daily activities, medication or a combination of all three of these options. The two most common antispasticity medications are Baclofen and Tizanidine. Baclofen is a muscle relaxant that works on nerves in the spinal cord. Tizanidine works quickly to calm spasms and to relax tightened muscles. All medications that can be used, can and will work differently with each individual person, which is why it is SO IMPORTANT to always consult with a specialist and report all side effect experienced.

**Important Disclaimer** I am not a physician nor am I in the medical field, all information I am sharing is based completely on my own research and personal experiences, so please if you are experiencing anything to do with spasticity consult with your physician.

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I hope this information was interesting to you and if you have any comments, please do not hesitate to leave them. I love❤ being able to read your comments and I do always respond as quickly as I can. If any of you have experienced this feeling and have found a good way to relieve the pain and discomfort, please let me know!! I hope y’all have a great day and are feeling well. As always remember I am sending y’all lots of 💕love and comfort!

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Always, Alyssa

Where is Spring?

where-is-springOn March 20th, we should have been graced with spring weather, but it seems Mother Nature had a difference of opinion! The first day of spring was rather warm, but then the days that followed were very chilly and some even had snow! Spring time snow just does not seem right to me, but I guess we will never understand how nature works. Spring is “supposed” to bring on the blooming of the trees and blossoming of the flowers adding so much beauty to the world! New life is given to nature and new beginnings are created all around us. The amazing and various colors of flowers give an incredibly artistic sight for us to see. Even the trees, which most think are just green, have a variety of different greens brightening up our surroundings! Of course the days delay the darkness of night by having a few hours longer of daylight and sunshine!

The days ahead are finally showing some signs of spring like weather. I really do hope that spring will stick around a while before we are bombarded with the summer heat! Summer is great for going to the beach, but when you live hours from the beach it is not always so fantastic! When it is 100 degrees out with high humidity, you literally can not walk from an air conditioned building to your car without being drenched in sweat! With the way Mother Nature has been acting, it is hard to say what summer is going to be like. There were a few days in February when the temperatures were in the upper spring_flowers_2015_longwood_cr_LongwoodGardensLAlbee70’s, which is highly abnormal! I do not think it is healthy for temperatures to go from nearly 80 degrees to the next day being in the upper 40’s that is too drastic of a change.

How is your spring going so far? Are y’all having spring like weather or are you experiencing the tail end of winter still? I know I have said this before, but my body does not respond well to dramatic weather changes. I definitely do not handle chilly rainy days well at all. Do you feel like cold rainy days worsen how you feel? But in all honesty, we can not control the weather and just need to do what we can to keep living! Never allowing an illness that is strongly affected by weather is hard, but we are all so much stronger than that!

I recently did a post about pain management doctors and how I feel about them. I do understand there is a huge issue right now with people abusing pain medications and doctors do not seem to have the man power to know which of their patients are not just after some type of high, but actually just want to live a normal life without pain. I feel like there is a lot of judging going on right now with people who live in pain and go to pain management. These patients should not be labeled as an addict or anything else that is humble-and-kinddemeaning. No one in their right mind wants to go to the doctor for anything, but they surely do not want to sit in a doctor’s office while they are in pain and wait to be seen. These people would much rather be at home where they are comfortable. So those that go through the struggles of getting to the doctor’s office and wait are suffering and in need of relief. I do not want it to sound like I am placing all the blame for the opioid crisis on the doctors and government, but they both have a lot to do with the issues at hand. I will never think that those that have a legitimate reason for going to pain management because of an accident or illness should be punished further. It does not seem fair to add more pain and suffering to those already under much stress from the pains they go through every day! 

I always appreciate you stopping by my site and I love reading your comments, which I will respond to as quickly as I can. We are all entitled to our own opinions and they all matter! I hope your weekend is going well and you are able to enjoy every moment of it! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

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Always, Alyssa

 

Common Triggers for an MS Flare Ups

TriggersGood evening Y’all! I am carrying on with MS Awareness Month sharing more information with you about the illness. Have you even analyzed what was going on in your life when you had a MS Flare Up? In a way I guess I have, but still never made any changes to what was going on in my life. I know it will not be any fun and might be a little painful thinking back to your most recent flare up, but what was going on at that moment in your life? I will tell you that the major flare up I had this past October was completely and 100% due to stress. Below are some very common triggers for an MS flare up.

 1. Stress:

         a. Emotional stress can lead to a very common MS symptom, depression.

         b. Stress can lead to additional fatigue and confusion, probably from lack of sleep.

    2. Fatigue:

       a. Sleep is very important for everyone, but it is vital for those with MS.

       b. Most people with MS have a lower reserve for energy, so small tasks can be           exhausting.

    3. Infection:

        a. Infections cause about 1/3 of all flares up.

        b. Due to reduced bladder functions in some MS patients, Urinary Tract Infections are very common, which in turn can cause a flare up. 

        c. Even a slight cold or the flu can initiate a flare up. This makes it very important to seek medical attention at the first indicator of a cold or the flu so you can get in front of the ailment before things get worse. 

     4. Heat:

        a. Increased body temperatures, whether due to the weather or having a fever.

        b. Symptoms, like tingling and numbness tend to be more intense during the summer because of the outside temperatures. It is important to stay in the air conditioning as much as possible or try things like cooling vests.

Flare UpNot all MS flare ups are going to need to be treated with steroids. Lord knows, for any of you that have had to be on them they are miserable. Even though I know steroids help shorten the flare up, I will do just about anything to avoid them! Typically issues like tingling, fatigue and mental fogginess will go away on their own, especially once the trigger has been eliminated. Unfortunately there are more severe MS symptoms that can affect mobility and vision that will require a short course of steroids. Each person does need to learn what triggers the various symptoms that take place during a flare up. Sometimes it is easy to acknowledge what your triggers are, but an entirely different situation addressing those known triggers.

Do you know what triggers any flare ups you have had in the past? Do you think there was a way to avoid this flare up if any behaviors had been altered? I do believe if I could learn to manage my stress a little better, I could possibly avoid many flare ups in the future. I can acknowledge what my triggers are, but I have a problem making changes with the issue, which is normally stress. This is not a good excuse for not making changes, but it is in my nature to worry about people I care about and feel an overwhelming need to help them through their problem or problems. I always want to fix whatever issue or issues my loved one are experiencing. Even though logically I do know that I am not able to fix everyone mselse’s issues, but should really focus more on my own life I do still try. This does not fix whatever my loved one is going through, but just causes me so many more issues with my health and an increase in my pain. 

I want to thank y’all for visiting my site today. As always, your comments are very welcomed and I will respond to you as quickly as I possibly can. I know this information is probably well know already, but I hope that it reminded you to be mindful of your own health and try to know what could be possible triggers for you. This information about flares and triggers is not just isolated to MS, but can also carry onto other illnesses. All illnesses can have triggers that cause that illness to rear their ugly heads. I hope y’all have a nice and relaxing evening. As always, I am sending you lots of love and comfort!

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Always, Alyssa