Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Migraines / Holiday Shopping Event

Not a romantic topic, I know.  I have suffered from migraines most of my life and, from the Promo Frenzy Team threads, I have learned that there are several people on the team that suffer also.  So, I thought I would take the opportunity to share some information.

In recent months my migraines have increased again - to 4 to 5 days a week.  For those who are blessed NOT to suffer from migraines, you should know that this makes for a miserable life.  The pain can be so intense that all you know is pain, and any light or sound or smells only serve to intensify the pain.  My doctors have tried different medications to help prevent them - like Verapamil and Pamelor and Topamax.

Over the years, different treatment plans have included anti-depressants, blood pressure medications and the current theory is to use anti-seizure medications.  Several years ago, my Neurologist had me try Topamax.  I don't recall if it really had any effect on my migraines.  All I know is that, while I was on it, I lived in a deep zombie-like fog.  I don't think that is the answer either - and it definitely effected my work, not to mention my driving ( no accidents, I just couldn't recall how I got from place to place). 

On a recent doctor visit, my doctor gave me a prescription for a new anti-seizure medication, zosnisamide.  Zonisamide is in a class of medications called anticonvulsants.  It works by decreasing abnormal electrical activity in the brain.  For the first several days, I was so drowsy I could barely get out of bed.  Now I am getting used to it and I can function - the drowsy feelings have subsided.  AND, I have gone almost a week without a full-fledged migraine!  Hallelujah!  Still in the early stages of trying it out, but I wanted to share the info with other migraine sufferers out there that there are lots of options, so don't give up hope.  There may be a solution that could provide at least some relief.

For relief of a migraine -
Triptans - Zomig, Maxalt, Imitrex, Axert, Amerge, Relpax

Some migraine triggers -
Alcohol (especially red wine and beer).  Allergies.  Bright lights.  Certain odors or perfumes.  Missed meals.  Food related triggers may be processed, fermented, pickled, or marinated foods, baked goods, chocolate, dairy, MSG, aged cheese, aspartame and foods containing tyramine.  Weather changes - especially pressure changes, such as when a cold front comes through.  Hormones, such as that time of the month.  Stress. Changes in sleep patterns - too much or too little sleep.  Overuse of caffeine.  Some medications.  Genetics.  (Sources: Mayo Clinic , migraine-triggers)

Some Resources:
Mayo Clinic
American Headache Society
National Headache Foundation
My Chronic Migraine
The National Migraine Association
Alliance for Headache Disorders

Finally, if you have recurring migraines, it is important to get treatment.  Talk to your primary care physician about a referral to a neurologist.  It may take several tries to find something that helps, but the odds are much better if you try - with the help of a neurologist or headache specialist.
With the holidays fast approaching, most folks are getting started on their holiday shopping.  With that in mind, the Promo Frenzy Team on Etsy is having a special promotion during the month of November.  You can find detailed information about the event here:
The gist of it is that participating team members have hidden a picture among the items in their shop.  When you find the picture, you will also find the information about the discount being offered by that shop for the month.  The picture you are looking for is:

This picture can be found among the pictures for one item in a participating shop, but it will not be the first picture.  The Participating Shops, including my own RomanticThoughts, are -

1. Trinkets N Whatnots -
Handmade Button, Crystal and Pearl Jewelry

2. Sewinggranny -
Sewn items - baby, kitchen, home decor, holiday

3. CalliopeAZCreations -
Handmade Jewelry, Medicine Stones, Decorated Feathers

4. jQ jewelry designs -
Gemstone Jewelry that is Classic ... with an Edge

5. KrystalsJewelry -
Intricate Handmade Jewelry of all styles for all tastes

6. rooee -
Quilts & quilted things, cloth dolls, fabric postcards

Fine Art Note Cards and Prints

Colorful and Unique Sterling silver , Gold fill Jewelry with Genuine Gemstones and/or Polymer Clay

Crystal Tumblestones, Natural Gemtone Jewellery & Decoupage Cards plus a bit of Vintage Jewellery

10. Symbolic Imports -
Handmade Bath & Body - Lip balms, Sugar Scrubs, Handmade Soaps, Perfumes & more!

11. Beautifulswagstore -
hair accessories, dog toys, baby gift sets, home decor, gift wrapping

12. Bijibijoux-
Handmade jewelry/ beads/ supplies -

13. Newcreationz -
Fine art and photography craft

14. BountyOfBeads -
Handmade Bead Dangle Drop Charm Sets and Trinity Brass Findings
Jewelry Making Supplies

15. Fair Lady Boutique -
A Beading Boutique with vintage beads + components, Czech glass, gemstones, and custom made bead mixes

16. HollysFollyGlass -
Fine and fun Lampwork Glass Beads by artist Holly Dare.

17. Glitterbird Glass -
Home decor and jewelry made from beautiful fused glass.

18. CrochetedbyCharlene -
Beautiful crocheted afghans, accessories, and much more.

19. Camillescloset-
Handmade jewelery items.

20. Prittify -
Handmade Jewelry, Modern, Altered Art, Steampunk

21. Crystalphotography -
Fine Art Photography Prints and Greeting Cards

22. iaFlowerPower -
Whimsical Crocheted and Knitted Baby Hats and more

23. Gabby's Quilts -
Handcrafted Quilts, Tablerunners, Wallhangings and Embroidered Gifts

24. CNJ Ceramics -
Contemporary Clay Jewelry and Home Decor

25. LostLemonade -
Body Care Products made to cleanse, moisturize and soothe

26. RomanticThoughts -
Handcrafted Jewelry, PreMade Scrapbook Pages, Vintage Items and More

27. Ooh Leela! -
Handmade dish towels and trendy accessories

28. KatersAcres -
Polymer Clay Creations, Trinkets, & Treasures with a Whimsical Feel

29. Magda -
custom clothing, accessories and supplies

30. Ugly Duckling Beads -
Handmade glass beads, digital collage sheets, tutorials, and jewelry

31. BellaTheBead -
Handcrafted jewelry and supplies with vintage soul

32.IdeasBloom -
Handcrafted decorative wreaths

33. Greenhouse Glassworks -
Fused Glass Jewelry, Stained Glass Home Decor, and Handmade Cards and Tags

34. Five Supplies -
All the supplies you need to create

35. TheMayFlower Fashions -
Fun & Stylish Fashion Designs for Women

36. Something Wyrd-
Handcrafted jewelry and beaded charms

37. iluvmarin -
Greeting cards, scrapbooks, cupcake toppers, & festive banners

38. Lexilouflowers -
Hair Accessories, Feather headbands, and Hair ties

39. Mt Baldy Glassworks
fused glass jewelry and home decore

40. LexiekinPrints -
Personalized, customized and Printable Invitations, tags, cards and more!

41. Turtlexiii-
Sterling Silver Jewelry with Swarovski Crystals and Pearls, Gemstones & more.

42. IsabellesAttic-
aprons, accessories, baby items and more

43. AshlynDesign -
Artisan handmade lampwork beads, metal charms, and finished jewelry

44. eveyinorbitshop -
Mixed media art, original aceo and zines.

45. Suzie Tenzer -
Original fine art paintings and prints

46. LindaB -
Artisan crafted beaded and wire wrapped jewelry, Jewish jewelry and accessories, wire beaded kippot

47. DellCoveSpices -
hand mixed spices, magnetic spice kits, cocktail sugars & margarita salts, organic popcorn, popcorn toppings & other treats

48. OverTheMoonGifts -
personalized gifts, accessories, and home decor

49. craftycreations81 -
Peacock feather items, wedding items and items for newborns/children

50. nan gates designs -
Fabric handbags, totes and accessories

51. ProdigyCrafts -
Crocheted Clothing, Accessories and Gifts

52. Cigarboxbeads -
beadweaving, beadwork, jewelry

53. VintageByRachel -
Romantic,Vintage style handmade jewelry

54. potsdamelf -
crazy handmade ceramics, paintings, and jewlery

55. TrinketsByLeah -
Hand sculpted whimsical Jewelry, wacky trinkets, miniatures and more
Enjoy some shopping and have a wonderful day!


  1. I hope the new medicine works for you. I had the same experience with Topomax and I wasn't even on an adult dosage. My husband called it "puppy dog syndrome," I couldn't go anywhere or do anything without someone to lead me.

  2. I hope the new medicine brings you some relief!

  3. I used to get migraines when I was younger and they are so debilitating!
    When birth control pills first came out in the 60's they were so strong that they caused me to constantly have migraines. Once I got off of them, they went away in a few weeks.
    Hope you get some relief with the new methods of treatment.

  4. I'm glad you're finding some relief. I had a small one yesterday and laid down right away.

  5. So sorry to hear about your migraines. I get them sometimes and they're definitely not fun…hope your new medicine does wonders for you!

  6. medications can be so tricky. they take a while to build up and have the right effect and then if they don't work so well they take awhile to switch to something new. best of luck to you. it must be hard.

  7. I suffer from Migraines or Trigmenal Neuralgia as well. I have tried two different Anti Sezier meds. I sometimes don't know what is worse. The migraine or the pills.

  8. Thanks for the info. For years I suffered migraines as a child, that were attributed to (now grown out of) epilepsy and not migraines. Each of my pregnancies brought a new bout of migraines. I have hated all the meds that I have tried to alleviate this. Hope this works for you long term and keep us posted.

  9. Hope you don't get them anymore! Take care!

  10. hugs my migranes are sinus/allergy induced if I can keep my allergies under control I keep the headaches away.

    I don't like the tompax worked the first time I took it but the second time I took it, it didn't work

  11. uniquecozytreasures- I am sorry to hear that you suffer from migranes. I suffered from severe ones for years and my son had them alot when he was a young boy. His dad has them and now my granddaughter has them. Sigh! They are horrible. I don't have as many now but try to keep my stress level under control better than I use to. Stress and msg and some food allergies(actually chemicals in our food) are my primary enemies. I hope you have found a cure for yourself. My sympathies.

  12. I hope your new meds work for you.. I can not imagine having those headaches.

    Yes, do your shopping the Etsy way with the Promo Frenzy team.

  13. Sorry to hear about your migraines. I get them occasionally, but not close to as much as you do. I hope your medicine works well for you!


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