Exercise Tips for People With Migraines | Everyday Health

This article is interesting… hilarious and insulting as well.

I have always exercised. Through 4 pregnancies, when I was a young adult, and I still do now. I’ve never felt one endorphin (not one), but I cannot argue with the fact that exercise builds muscle, tones every part of the body, and muscle helps burn unwanted fat. Exercise is good for you.

There were times in my depression hells where I pushed at exercising very hard… trying like mad to curb a chemical brain problem with “endorphins” that never showed up. Zoloft, not exercising, saved my life. Hats off to people that experience endorphins, I only experienced sweat and fatigue. Lol. And eventual muscle mass.

I was settled into a decent exercise routine in ~2007. I’d workout on the “dreadmill” to about 3 songs, varying tempo, my step pattern, difficulty. Then I’d do several sets of free weights for upper body. I always worked out in the morning, before the kids got up, before going to work. I’m not a morning person, but getting exercise out of the way has been the only way I can stay consistent. I’ve tried gym memberships, different classes, etc. Morning… 30 minutes… 5 days a week… that’s how I roll.

By 2011 I began to notice severe changes. I just could NOT get up and exercise. In fact, I could barely GET UP. I was walking around like a zombie until noon at my job. I had had a terrible case of Shingles and was recovering, but noticed a scary side effect to Gabepentin in my recovery. My legs were twice size of normal with edema and I was having trouble breathing on the treadmill. Yikes. I went off the Gabepentin and used a diuretic and recovered. Gabepentin is now listed as one of my drug allergies.

But the exercising… 4 out of 5 days it was absolutely impossible. I had NO energy at all… I could barely function to get in a shower, much less a workout. It was bizarre. It was confounding. What was happening?

When I did exercise, it was often with a migraine or it triggered a migraine. My world was spinning out of control.

Fast forward to 2019… I’m able to exercise 4 out of 7 mornings a week. But cardio is no longer an option. It literally feels like it is killing me and I have to focus on physically being able to do laundry and make dinner, instead of stepping or walking the dog or moving on the treadmill. Now, I do yoga (I’ve been doing yoga for 20 years, I’m just no longer able to attend classes). I work a yoga pilates routine for about 20 minutes. Then I do about 15 min free weights for my upper body.

This change in exercise shows. My weight is 20 lbs higher than it was in 2008. Sometimes after my yoga routine, all I can do is crawl back into bed as I’m utterly incapable of moving. Sometimes I can’t possibly do the exercise routine. Not an option; cannot move.

That’s why reading these articles hurts. I don’t think these articles are written for Chronics. If they are, the authors have no concept of physical limitations of Chronic Migraine. I think instead, they are written for episodics/Normals. If I could still be jumping and dancing to zumba, I would! No hesitations! But I cannot. I absolutely am no longer able. And that fills me with guilt and sadness. And I’m sorry I ever saw this article. 😰

A good rule of thumb: Don’t exercise if you’re in the middle of a migraine, as it can make the pain worse, Dr. Kriegler says. When you’re pain-free, on the other hand, exercising can help ward off migraines by relieving stress, a common migraine trigger. Exercise also stimulates the release of feel-good hormones called endorphins and enkephalins, “our body’s natural painkillers and natural antidepressants,” respectively, says Daniel V. Gaz, a physical activity and assessment program manager at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


​My Job, the Chronic Migraineur


My job doesn’t pay…in fact, my husband and I spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on “my job” every year – lost work as an RN, procedures, therapies and treatments not covered by insurance, new supplements well-meaning people swear by, expensive devices and treatments that might help.

I work every hour, every minute, to beyond exhaustion. There is no coffee break, no downtime, no weekends, no vacation. No time off despite excellent behavior. And yet – my job doesn’t look like a job to most people. Everyone who sees me thinks I’m a-ok as I pretend to be Normal. I even spend energy faking it for my family. They have no idea how hard I work to appear better than awful. And I want so much to be Normal. I dream of waking up one day – and all of this struggling will just *poof* be over.

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Making Invisible Illness… visible

Some have noticed my piercings💎 It’s been Donna’s own therapeutic attempt to make my invisible illness visible… #ChronicMigraine …I placed a piercing for every year I’ve been Chronic … there’s 11 in there and since I’m running out of room with no cure in sight, I may just stop there. Lol😁 It’s been an interesting conversation starter. Some people ask: “Wow, didn’t all those piercings hurt?” And I just giggle… and think about my ~18 multiday migraines a month x11 years (not to mention my 4 drug-free child births – which, surprisingly people relate to easier 🤷‍♀️)
I do love my bling… and it’s always been my belief that if you’re going to migraine chronically, it might as well be beautiful. 💜❤💜

djk #MyBeautifulMigraine
#MigraineAwareness #MAM2019 #MHAM #sowingtheseeds #speakyourmigraine #migraineart #invisibleillness


June 21… Migraine Solidarity Day… spread awareness 😎

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My kiddos😎 Corey actually had a terrible migraine today. 😢💔

My friend posted in support!!❤ I was so overwhelmed ❤

My husband sent this!❤

Family history

It doesn’t happen too frequently, but Corey woke with a migraine today. He’s got a maxalt on board but may have to call in sick to work if he can’t get relief. 😦 While all my spawn have had a migraine in their lives, Corey is truly my episodic migraineur. Watching your child struggle with migraine is incredibly overwhelming and horrible. I’ve worked a LOT with him about how to manage his disease: track episodes with a phone app, make healthy choices, take magnesium (and other supplements) for prevention, identify his triggers, and treat episodes very early and aggressively. And he does an amazing job. It sux he is genetically predisposed to migraine because of me, but I am aware he also inherited awesome traits. 🙂
I dream of a world where there are no more migraines EVER.

#MigraineAwareness #MAM2019 #MHAM

Notice of Decision

I carefully reviewed the facts of your case and made the enclosed fully favorable decision.

Letter from Disability Judge came in the mail on Friday, June 14. Since it was written in legal speak, I wanted to clarify with my attorney to make sure I was reading what we thought we were reading.

The judge has ruled me disabled since January 2013. This has been a 5 year endeavor for us. And as it comes to a close, I’m full of ambivalent emotions. I’m approved… and that’s great… and awful.

We hope to pay off our mountainous debt with the lump sum… and perhaps my monthly funny money will keep our ends meeting. A family of six, kids in college, one getting married, chronic illness… it’s all quite expensive for only one salary.

Today I’m coming out of a 3 day bender migraine… it’s postdrome abyss: bad head pain, photophobia, weakness and lethargy. I showered! Hooray! Got dressed and am puttering… some cleaning, some laundry, some tidying, putting some dinner together. Resting right now. This is disabled.

Allodynia, the funny word

Learning about MIGRAINE!
It’s a funny little word that means a lot to peeps with Chronic Migraine. Most docs don’t mention it. My own allodynia began while I was changing from episodic to chronic. It was not unusual for my scalp to hurt the day after a migraine bender, but soon I noticed I had trouble wearing necklaces or even collars. I felt almost like I was being strangled in a subtle & weird way. Creeeeepy. It made no sense to me. I was a jewelry fashionista who could no longer wear necklaces 🤔 When I started connecting with more Chronic Migraineurs, I started learning more – about crazy things like allodynia. Puzzles explained!
#ChronicMigraine #MAM2019 #MigraineAwarenessMonth djk #MyBeautifulMigraine

9 Things Chronic Migraineurs Want You to Know- Migraine.com

Chronic migraine is exhausting. Imagine a job that you could never leave, not even for a short vacation. A job that is on your mind every moment of every day. A job that wakes you up in the middle of the night demanding attention. A job that causes severe physical and mental anguish, wreaking havoc on your body and your life. Now imagine having to do another job on top of that, like raising children or holding down a paying job. And add another job on top of that, one that requires hours of doctor’s appointments and treatments, pharmacy trips, fighting with health insurance companies, and research each week. The physical symptoms are enough to cause exhaustion, add all the other responsibilities on top of it and we’re pretty well wrecked.

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