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Migraine Help At Last?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I have been pretty busy lately so I can't really use my migraines as 100% of the reason why I have been MIA a lot since the spring. I will say that they are partly to blame. It started back around September of 2013. I suddenly had an increase in migraine attacks. I have always had 2-3 a YEAR. In September I had 2 in the month. That is a lot in short time for me, but I really didn't think anything about it. I had a pretty good October and then wham I had a couple in November. Then I had 1 in December that really didn't give me much of a headache. I just had the aura that tends to proceed the headache. This went on pretty much until spring. I would have 1 one month and then 2 the next. As summer grew closer it became a monthly thing. I would have at least 1 every month and sometimes 2. The last three months have been my worst; at 3 each month. I always have an aura with my migraines. Under normal circumstances, this gives me enough warning time to take some ibuprofen, or what has always worked best for me, excedrin migraine. I have always been able to take 2 excedrin and drink a real coca cola and it will pretty much keep the headache from ruining my life for the next 3 days. Unfortunately, with the increase in frequency, the medication stopped working as effectively and then eventually quit working altogether. I also have started having just "normal" headaches in between migraines.

When I do get a migraine, they WILL wipe me out. There is no returning to normal the next day. I remain a zombie for days afterwards. Well, they have gotten so bad that I started popping 3 or 4 ibuprofen if I even remotely thought I was getting a headache or aura. I was so afraid of a headache and the damage it did to my day-to-day life. I am a part-time pharmacy tech. I homeschool my children. I can't be a zombie for 15 to 20 days a month! It just won't work! So, I decided enough was enough and I was going to the dr. I did a quick search online and just went straight to a headache clinic. I wanted to cut out the middle man and get help as soon as possible.

As it turns out, I did the right thing. The doctor I saw was fantastic. She was so understanding and said that I was suffering from what would be considered chronic migraine and that by taking the ibuprofen the way I was I had caused MOH (medication overuse headache). OOPS!

Needless to say, she started me on a daily preventative called Topamax. She also wrote me a prescription for an "abortant" in the event I start to get a migraine. It is called Imitrex. It is supposed to stop it in it's tracks. She gave me a couple of other medicines that I am to take with the Imitrex that work with it as a combo. She says for me to take all 3 of them as soon as I start getting my aura. My auras can range from numbness in my cheek or arm or hand to actual zig zags or blind spots in my vision. It's really quite scary feeling at times. I also seem to feel like my depth perception is off when one is coming on.

She is starting me off slow on the Topamax. I am to take 25 mg for a week then 50 mg for a week and continue until I reach 100 mg a day. She is hoping 100 will be the perfect dosage fore me. I am just hoping for some relief.

So far, I seem to be tolerating it pretty well. Of course, I will be taking my 4th dose tonight, so I haven't been on it very long yet. I did have a headache the past 3 days, but I refused to take anything to try to break the MOH cycle. I hope I am well on my way to recovery. I NEED to be well so that I can take care of me and my family.


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SMITHKRISTI 10/27/2014 7:49AM


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LOPEYP 10/26/2014 6:46AM

    That sounds horrible. I am glad that you went to the doctor and she has a new regiment for your care. i hope it works!

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PHHHISC 10/25/2014 6:37PM

    emoticon Hope the new meds work.

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#ShareaCoke with Pictures

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Coke has started a new marketing campaign. I didn't know about it until I walked by the soda section and saw my name on a bottle. I thought I was seeing things, LOL! Needless to say, I bought it because it had my name on it. It currently is sitting on top of my refrigerator. I decided to watch for my DH and kids' names on bottles. I found a Coke Zero with Josh's (DH) name on it, but haven't seen either of my children's names yet. I would like to get all of our names in Classic Coke for sure just for keepsake purposes. Is that weird??

For the fun of it, Josh and I decided to snap a selfie with our bottles.

Then I added a different photo effect on this one:

So, if you love coke, go out there and #shareacoke with someone!


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    That's not weird - it's cute! Did you ever find ones with your kids names?

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    Oh My!! Love your cokes!!

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TATTER3 7/1/2014 3:04PM

    Nope not weird...everyone is jumping on it!!

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LSDALOIA 7/1/2014 10:26AM

    Fun! I love the selfies. You guys look great!

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Pull Up Assist Bands ~ Advice?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

So, I have been doing P90X3 and using Exercise bands to do the modification Pull Ups. I can't do an unassisted chin up/pull up....yet. I don't feel like the bands are doing as much for me anymore. I am still not in a place to be able to do even one unassisted.

My question is how does everyone feel about Assist Bands? Do they work and do you think this would be an option for me to build up to doing unassisted pull ups?

Thanks for your help!


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LSDALOIA 5/24/2014 10:11AM

    One day my shoulder will be better and I'll go shopping for them with you!

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CHANGELIFE2016 4/3/2014 7:09PM

    i've done p90x and that's what i've done is double the bands.

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MAEACULPA 3/29/2014 12:52PM

    I purchased a pull-up band from amazon and I think it said that it decreases your pull by about 50lbs and you can decrease/adjust it easily. I like it but currently need to use a chair as well. Definitely getting better at the pull-ups with the assist than without, I can feel my muscles working way harder than using the chair solo. It makes me more confident with the exercise and determined to get it right. I'm glad I bought it.

It's Perfect Fitness Pull-Up Assist red. Looks just like the one beach body has. Very sturdy. Priced at $25 right now. The price fluctuates fyi.

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TATTER3 3/26/2014 3:29PM

    I read an article the other day that suggested doubling the bands once their max potential was reached. Not sure...there are so many kinds.

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I MADE A COAT!! ~ Update and Winners announced

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The winners of the Albion sew along have been announced. I didn't win, but I still had a lot of fun and it was a GREAT experience for me.

The link above will take you to the announcement. You can also go here to see all 68 entries into the contest:

Thanks to all of you for your support!


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LOPEYP 3/20/2014 7:51PM

    I think it's amazing that you made a coat! That is prize-worthy!! emoticon emoticon mmm emoticon

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TATTER3 3/19/2014 3:11PM

    Can't imagine!

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JCEDIT89 3/19/2014 1:06PM

    Wow! These are well done. emoticon job! I wish I could sew that well.

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TEXASGIDGET 3/19/2014 11:53AM

    I have a pattern for one, but I need to get everything together to do it! Great job on making one! :-)

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

So, I bought a pattern and made a coat. My first ever. I entered it into a sewing contest and hope that I at least make it as a finalist, but we'll see. If you would like to see my pictures, they can be found here:

or on my blog here:

The support of any of my SP friends who have flickr accounts is appreciated!! =)
If you like my coat, please favorite it! =)

To see the contest entries so far, go to this link:


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TATTER3 3/5/2014 1:23PM

    Yea you!!!

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LOPEYP 3/5/2014 12:21PM


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    Great job! It looks beautiful! emoticon

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