Migraine troubles.

I thought I’d write this post today because I’m on a Migraine comedown, just at the stage the pain and nausea have gone but at I’m the stage where I feel my stuffing has been knocked out of me and all I feel like doing is some casual typing on the laptop while wrapped up in a blanket.

The reason I had a Migraine this morning? I got locked out my apartment building in my pyjamas and dressing gown and in the pouring rain (I went to collect a parcel and forgot my keys) and the panic was enough to cause too much adrenaline which then gave me a migraine. I kid you not. Don’t worry though it got sorted after like half an hour of me just frantically buzzing every other apartment in the building about 100 times. Glad it got sorted because my next plan was going to be to knock on the door of every house in the street and ask to use their phone to call the police, because I know their number off my heart, I don’t know Max’s (I’m not very good at thinking rationally in a crisis).

But I do get Migraines that easily, anything that gets my adrenaline going for good or bad reasons is pretty much guaranteed to give me one.

As well as:

  • Raw Red Onion- I quite like it but it makes me feel like its made my brain swell to twice the side of my head.
  • Skipping a meal.
  • Time of the month- for pretty much the whole time. Just because feeling like all my organs are falling out isn’t enough apparently.
  • Certain perfumes, really sickly floral ones. I have to run through Debenhams and John Lewis shouting ‘Noo, don’t spritz near me!’ I do love perfumes and sprays but do just need to be fussy about scents!
  • Muggy weather where the air is really ‘close’ just before a storm comes.
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Not enough sleep, too much sleep, waking up in the night, sleeping in a weird position.
  • Hangovers (Obviously), I tend not to get a fuzzy head, just go straight in with the full blown migraine.
  • Not having a cup of tea on morning. This gets me every time, I need the caffeine! When I’ve been travelling and working abroad and tea hasn’t been readily available first thing on a morning I have managed to wean myself off it but when I’m at home, I’ve got to have a brew first thing!

Obviously some of these things I just have to avoid but some are unavoidable. Luckily I am prescribed really strong tablets which can sort me out within an hour, they just leave me feeling really sleepy and achey. But sometimes these tablets need a bit of a boost to get going (I’ve learnt this is because your metabolism slows down so much when you’re having a migraine) or sometimes, because of how they make me feel after, It’s just not really a good time to take one so have to think of some other ways to try release the pressure in my head.  Teaming up Ibuprofen and Cocodamol can work but needs to be teamed some more natural remedies too so heres some I’ve discovered really work:

  • When I get Migraines I feel really sick and lose my appetite but I do really really crave certain things. All the good stuff, starch, sugar and salt. I just ignored it but my Doctor told me I was daft to do so as my body is telling me that’s what it needs. And giving in to these cravings does really help get me back to normal quicker and eating does get your metabolism going again. The things I always go for are Cola (HAS to be full fat, the artificial sugars they use in diet options are renowned for making migraines worse and for some reason has a quicker effect when drank from a can?). Really salty nuts or crisps or McDonald’s fries, I never fancy these unless I have a migraine. Tangfastics, I keep a bag at the back of kitchen cupboard for Migraine emergencies, all the sugar just really helps the tablet kick in. Max is now well enough trained to know when I frantically rip open a bag of tangfastics to not think I’m really letting myself go and give me a judging look or say ‘tea’s in a hour, why you snacking?’, he just knows I must be feeling pretty shit. They’re a weird one though, for some people all the sugar makes them feel so much worse but for me, I literally see it as part of my medication and is guaranteed relief.
  • Acupuncture yoga mat. You might just need to really trust me on this one. I first read about them online when I was really struggling with Migraines when I lived in Italy and had to use my tablets so sparingly and the local shop didn’t have tangfastics. My tablets were available through the pharmacy there but were SO expensive I only bought them once in a really desperate situation. But once I had the acupuncture mat they really settled down. I still use it a lot now when I’ve taken a tablet but desperately trying to get it to work quicker. It’s basically just a yoga mat with loads of really sharp plastic spikes on it. Whenever I have a go without a Migraine I can’t stand it but standing on it or doing a few simple yoga moves on it when I have got a migraine really really works to quickly release the pressure. Theres a lot of science behind how it works and blood flow, hormones etc, but I would just really recommend, they’re available on amazon and not very expensive.
  • A trick I read about on a forum once, which I have found really works, is putting your feet into really hot water while draping a frozen flannel around your neck. It releases the blood thats in your head causing all the pressure and is quite an instant relief, If you’re struggling and need a quick fix I would give this one a go.
  • Olbas oil! It particularly works well if you dash some in the bottom of your shower, it creates vapour steam which makes your head feel clearer and generally a lot fresher! I’m also a big fan of wax melts for home fragrance and minty/eucalyptus ones can help too! Just like if you’re all bunged up with a cold!
  • The obvious one: going to sleep, having a nap, or atleast just lying down! I’m a rubbish napper, even when I really need to I really struggle to, but I usually listen to a relaxing playlist of an audiobook to help me chill out a bit.
  • Fresh air! The last thing you fancy with a migraine is going outside but just sitting on my balcony for a bit really helps!

So there’s a few tips I’ve found can help! Obviously everyones bodies are different and will react differently but when you’re in that much pain and anything is worth a shot!

If you have any of your own please share via the comments or emailing me at katiejade92@yahoo.com. I’ll add them to the list and they may help a migraine sufferer out!

20 facts about me.

Hey everyone,

So I thought I’d copy some other blogs I’ve been looking at and do a 20 facts about me post to introduce myself a little bit more. This took a lot of thinking about, especially as I didn’t want to choose really obvious things, 20 is quite a big number!

Also using this post to share these photos of my dream dress! I’m going to a couple of weddings this summer and found this dress in Marks and Spencers to wear for them. I love the style and colour and it’s the comfiest dress to wear. It’s so silky it feels luxurious but for a highstreet price! I’m a big fan of anything from M and S, their jeans, pants, christmas wrapping paper, melt in the middle chocolate puddings…

 

So here we gooo….

1.
October- November is my favourite time of year and I’m getting giddy at how close it is getting. I love the cosy nights, Christmas buzz, watching Strictly Come Dancing religiously every Saturday night, adding pumpkin to every dish and making everything smell of cinnamon. I also feel a bit more comfortable fashion wise when it’s cold, I love boots, thick tights and chunky knits.

2.
I missed this season last year as I went travelling around Australia and New Zealand in a campervan with my friend Sophie. It was tough going at times but we had an amazing time and saw the most beautiful places (writing a blog post about it is on my to do list!).

3.
I lived in Italy for year from 2014-2015 working as an Au Pair and English teacher just outside Milan. I’m still really close to the family I lived with and they feel just as much like my family as my actual family. I learnt Italian at night school while I was there, I can follow conversations in Italian but don’t really have the confidence to try joining in!

4.
I used to work for Walt Disney World in Orlando. I worked for 2 summers in 2013 and 2014. The first year I was a Housekeeper at Old Key West Resort and the second year I worked in Animation Courtyard in Hollywood studios, seating guests for the shows, spieling the health and safety rules and quite often parking strollers.

5.
The summers after working at WDW I did some travelling in America with my friends, lots of amazing memories and very drunken times were had (will never be able to look at a fireball shot again in my life).

6.
I’m a really big fan of Craft Beers, love trying different ones, especially local brews. My boyfriend designs beer cans and bottles and I love going to a bar and seeing his designs behind the bar (look out for the Bad Co collection!).

7.
I never have any idea what’s in the charts at that moment. I’m a bit of an old soul when it comes to music! My spotify playlists are full of old songs and I only listen to Radio 2. I love the Beach Boys, Carole King, Chuck Berry and Frankie Valli. (But I do really really love anything by Little Mix after a few drinks).

8.
I first met my boyfriend when I was 11 when my friend dared me to go up to him and touch his hair (he had massive afro hair at school). I got close to him and bottled it! We got together properly when I was 23 and I haven’t looked back since (well maybe been a bit tempted sometimes when he leaves wet towels lying about or doesn’t empty the dishwasher).

9.
My favourite TV show ever ever is the Royle Family, I could watch it every night, sometimes when the TV schedule is a bit dry I do. I know every word but I still just love it. My other favourites are period dramas, crime dramas and a good documentary (especially one about a conspiracy!).

10.
I run a small business called Dirty Little Daffodil, I do family portrait cross stitches, cushions and bunting. I love sewing and crafting! My idea of a perfect afternoon is radio on, candle burning, cup of tea and getting on with some crafty projects!

11.
I’m a real foodie and love cooking, baking and eating out. My bookcase is overflowing with cookbooks but I still have such a long wish list of more! I love watching cooking programmes too and always so content watching Saturday kitchen with a bacon bun and a brew on a weekend morning. My all time favourite food hero is Nigella Lawson, she’s my ultimate girl crush and she always has recipes for what I fancy.

12.
Despite not being afraid of a bit of indulgence I am actually a qualified nutritionist! I did my degree at Sheffield Hallam University and loved every second of uni life. I am really passionate about about food and eating properly but am a firm believer in a bit of what you fancy does you good.

13.
My idea of food heaven is anything carby, I love pasta, potatoes and bread. My dream dish is pasta with chilli and prawns and garlic bread! My food hell is Melon, never liked it and no idea why! I’d probably be a lot thinner if my heaven and hell were the other way round!

14.
I think I spend more on my flat looking and smelling nice than I do myself! I love interiors and home fragrances! (I’ll write a post about these too!)

15.
I love pyjamas and loungewear, it’s pretty rare to catch me in the flat wearing anything else, comfort first.

16.
I used to have a Bernese Mountain Dog called Oscar, we all loved him more than anything. He died in 2014 but still has the biggest piece of my heart and he will always be the best looking dog to walk the earth.

17.
My favourite shop in the world is Liberty London, I could spend days in there and I’m obsessed with everything they sell, particularly the fabrics!

18.
My favourite films are About Time, The Great Gatsby and the Jurassic Park (and world!) series. 

19.
I drink a lot of tea! If I’m having a day in the flat pottering about I can easily get into double figures. I love a good proper brew or green tea. I love the taste of coffee too but it makes me feel like my head’s going to fall off and the end of the world is coming. I decided to be sophisticated and order an Americano on a date once, safe to say it didn’t end well!

 20.
I like to write a lot of lists! Of stuff to do, buy, things I have done, things I have bought. It makes me feel a lot more organised than I actually am!

 

There we go! Tah-Dah!

 

 

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