Does having a Cold or Sinus Infection Trigger a Migraine? Plus Products to Survive the Winter

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Here it is again….that time of year that I’m either getting a cold or sinus inflection and they all result in a migraine.  It seems to happen every year!  Does this happen to you too?

Does having a Cold or Sinus Infection Trigger a Migraine?

 

FYI* Here’s some of my favorite products getting me through the winter:

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Original Sprout– 45% off Natural Finishing Mist Code: MIST2018 *Continental US shipping addresses only *Expires Jan 11th 2018 Organic natural child and adult hair care

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SensaCalm– Weighted blanket.  My favorite winter present to snuggle under!

 

Axon Optics– Eyewear for light sensitivity

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Aromafloria-Unscented lotion, oils etc. that can be left without smell or mixed with your favorite essential oil

*These are affiliate links.  This means if you buy from the link I provide I will be rewarded.  Thank you, I hope you like the product as much as I do.  I only recommend things I use in my home and for relief.

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ImmunizeLABS Breathe Easy nasal spray review

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Recently my immunologist advised doing a nasal spray versus pill when treating my sinuses and allergies. He explained how the majority of infection is coming through the nose and it is best absorbed at the source.  Since then, I’ve treated my sinuses with a nasal spray.  I also have migraine medication that is a nasal spray that works quickly and avoids me throwing up the pill.  Therefore, in my case, nasal sprays seem to be the best for treatment and prevention of both sinus related issues and migraine.

Because of this advice, I have been trying Breathe Easy nasal spray.  I was given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. It claims to provide relief for hives, Sinusitis, Migraine, Allergies and rash. 

 “ImmunizeLABS is a new perspective on how to deal with chronic illnesses and help boost your natural immune defenses reducing the chances of getting sick….[Their] products are based on fairly straightforward ingredients that have been tested by the medical community over the last 50 years. The breakthrough has been in the delivery process that allows the supplements to be absorbed and not digested, thus dramatically raising the absorption rate, efficiency and reducing gastric distress.”

What I like about Breathe easy is that I know the ingredients listed.  How many times do you look at a label and not understand what is?  I am happy I recognize the ingredients and ImmunizeLABS goes the next step to explain how each specifically treats and prevents cold, allergy, headache or other nasal and throat related issues.  Some ingredients include sea salt, cayenne pepper, horseradish, wintergreen, oregano, lemon oil, rosemary oil and more.  Although these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, references have been provided for each ingredient supporting their claims.

What I found interesting was the use of ionic and colloidal silver.  I have been reading about cleaning towels that have collodial silver in them and how it naturally is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal eliminating the need for harsh chemicals.  I’m looking to eliminate toxins in my cleaning and especially in my body.  It is also anti-inflammatory which is an element I look for when treating and preventing both my migraines and allergies.

The story behind ImmunizeLABS is about healing.  It’s about health and wellness without relying on medication and building the immune system.  Like many of us, it was made out of desperation of feeling and being better without flooding the body with toxins.  They made a supplement protocol and did extensive tests on themselves and found life changing results.  They now share their journey and have made their health solutions available.  They offer more than just nasal spray.  They sell a variety of products that can be found here.

Overall, I love the idea of switching my sinus nasal spray to a natural preventative nasal spray that can help sinus, allergy and migraine.  I do two sprays in each nostril at bedtime and when waking.  Both morning and evenings are my highest spikes in migraine and I have felt a difference with using Breathe Easy.  I will be bringing it with me when I travel as I always get sick from air plane travel and change of climate.  I look forward to feeling a difference in my immune system with continued use and am grateful that I found another nontoxic way to treat and prevent my symptoms.

Bright Snow Glare Triggers Migraine

Braving the blistery winter and snow glare

Braving the blistery winter and snow glare

bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate

bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate

I live in the snow belt of Cleveland.  We currently have mass amounts of snow.  It’s crazy cold out but oh well……I’m used to it.  So we hibernate.  But unlike those cozy, dozy bears, in a dark cave, I am forced to face the dreaded snow glare.  I have windows all over my house.  While they look beautiful, they torture me.  The windows frame a world of gleaming light reflecting bright white snow.  This week we ordered blinds for our windows because when I walk in our kitchen I feel like someone is stabbing me with an ice pick through my eyes extending out the back of my head.   I wear sunglasses in the house most of the time but it still doesn’t touch the nausea and aura the glare forces upon me.  When my children nap I am forced to retire to my room which has blackout shades and curtains over them to provide me the cave I require.

Leaving the house is obviously torturous.  I’m prepared, as always, with sunglasses and a big hood to block out peripheral light.  Driving escalates my pain instantly and without fail.  There’s nothing more I know to do.  I am not a bear and need to take my daughter to school, buy food for my family and do other humanly tasks.  It’s not realistic for me to hibernate.  I’m counting the days until I can make my castle a bit more cave like and for this snow to melt.  Cloudy days, at this point, are my friends and this is not a statement I make often.  It’s a difficult situation when it’s best to stay home yet my home and the snow’s glare make me sick.  This has been a very difficult winter, migraine wise, and this snow needs to go.  Snow, No!  You need to go.

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*Axon Optics is an affiliate and favorite product of mine.  If you click and purchase from this link you will give me credit for my recommendation.  And I highly recommend it!!!

Do Weather Swings Trigger Your Migraine?

I wish weather swings were as fun as real swings.  The way my kids laugh going up and down, back and forth looks fun.  Instead, the temperature goes up and down making my head sway back and forth and it’s no fun at all!

Weather is a huge trigger for me!   Living in Cleveland is not ideal for this!  From what I’ve read, it happens most places but living in the snow belt is intense.

This week we had a 30 degree shift in two days!  There goes my head.  The barometric pressure squeezes me like a vice.  I have a barometer in my kitchen but I don’t need it because I am triggered before it registers.  My allergies kick up and my head gets so much pressure in it I feel like my eyes are popping out.

The wind, hail and lightning against my windows gave me generalized pain EVERYWHERE.  The migraine, my joints, my stomach, the fatigue all revolved around the weather.  I’m so much better when it just stays the same.

So how do I stop the weather?  I haven’t been able to figure that one out.  I have no ideas on how to even prepare for the swings when I know it is coming.  I don’t like to take meds to prevent them because I would be doing that several times a day with the amount of triggers I have and the pain state I live.

So how do I help myself during the swings?

  • I drink lots of water
  • Avoid being out in the elements
  • Keep my rescue meds close by
  • Eat anti inflammatory foods
  • Stay on my sleep schedule
  • Try to take stress in stride while doing a bit of yoga or meditation
  • Take benedryl or allergy medicine
  • Take an Epsom bath with essential oils
  • Continue to do what I can to brace the not so fun swing I’m about to ride

Where do you live?

How do you deal with weather swings and shifts?

 

 

 

 

Headache Hat Ice Halo GIVEAWAY

 

Here it is……another GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

I have been given an Ice Halo to Giveaway.  I have not been influenced by The Headache Hat in any way and my opinions are my own!

I don’t know about you, but I have been in a migraine battle lately!  My meds have stopped working, the weather is swinging and I can’t seem to get any relief!

Because of this, I live in my headache hats and ice halo.   I have several because I NEED them. If you read my recent post about having fun in my own way with migraines, you can see that it’s part of my rescue.   If you benefit from ice while having a migraine, headache or have small children who bump their heads and more, this is the  product for you.

I have partnered with The Headache Hat to give you a chance to win one choice of two new Ice Halo in pink (pictured above)  or black.  I use the Halo for low grade migraines and on the go.  It’s light enough to wear wherever and cute enough to do the same.

To enter for a chance to win, go to the LINK BELOW for many chances to enter.  It is mandatory to LEAVE A BLOG POST COMMENT through the LINK BELOW.  There are multiple ways to have additional entries outlined in the LINK BELOW.  Giveaway starts 9/29/2016 12:00am EST and ends 10/6/2016 12:00am EST US residents only.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram or twitter.  By entering, entrants agree to a complete release social media.

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Good luck my friends!!!!  I really wish we could give you all one, but I feel lucky enough to give one lucky person a tool that I use in my migraine tool box each day!

Thank you for reading and follow along for MORE GIVEAWAYS  SOON!

Does having a Cold or Sinus Infection trigger a Migraine?

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I get severe sinus infections every year!  I have had sinus surgery and still get sinus infections!  They are a huge trigger for my migraines and this season has been no different.  I was once told that I’m allergic to viruses and get very sick when I contract an infection like a cold, sinus infection or the flu.  When I  get sick, it always ends in a migraine.  My sinus infection was treated with an antibiotic and ended with a cycle of migraine.

Prior to that, I had been burning my candle from both ends, so to speak,  and got a cold. The first day I was wiped out with no energy, lost my voice, and was overall down and out.  The following days I continued to cough and had other various cold like symptoms.  I have to say, colds are no fun and I’m glad I don’t get them often.  It really was more annoying than anything else though.  I was just ready for it to be done.  I could continue on with my life but it slowed me down a bit.

Here’s the difference between a cold and my everyday life….migraines!  I tried not to take a lot of over the counter (OTC) cold meds because I really don’t like to take OTCs in general.  I lived a period of my life getting rebound headaches not understanding the repercussions of OTCs and I have not taken them since.   So med free, I had a coughing fit one night.  This fit triggered a migraine and I immediately went into abort migraine mode.

I actually thought to myself, “wow, a cold is annoying but a migraine sends true fear through me.”  The proverbial trick or treat.   A cold is no treat, but with a migraine looming I took it as one.  My trick being pain, pain, pain, and I wasn’t falling for it.  I had  resisted taking meds all week but once the migraine hit I immediately took what I hoped would be effective.

With the coughing, lack of sleep, stuffy head turned sinus infection I knew a migraine would not be far away.  I went to the doctor to confirm a sinus infection and start an antibiotic.  I never feel better immediately on antibiotics and once they kicked in they started a migraine cycle for me that last 3 days.

So why can’t I just get a cold?  Like I said, it’s no fun at all (especially with 2 children that also have colds and sinus infections) but having a simple cold made me feel almost normal.   It was the migraine cycle that ended it that was the worst.  Being sick is so hard but combined with chronic migraine it makes the battle all that harder!

 

Migraine is a neurological disease

Migraine is a neurological disease caused by genetics and a hypersensitive brain.

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This is an especially important fact for me.  My mom and grandmothers both suffered from Migraines.  I remember my grandpa being very sensitive to me suffering after he saw my grandma suffer on the couch with a wet cloth for so many years.

I  am a mom that worries daily about the fact and  possibility of passing it on to my sweet babies.  It was one of the first thoughts I had when I found out I was having a girl and knowing her chances would be higher.  I observe her constantly for signs of Migraine.  I make sure my children eat well, have a constant sleep schedules, show them stress relief techniques and more.  I try my best to teach them the importance of health but am fully aware that I can not change their genetics that I passed on.

The hypersensitive brain is something that makes me feel sane.  For many many years I felt crazy for the ailments I have.  I always thought it was an abundance of different things, the idea that I wasn’t truly sick or that everyone else felt that bad and it was normal.  Once I learned about the scope of migraine and that it is my brain being hypersensitive, I was able to understand myself.

When I get asked why all the treatments I have tried don’t work, the answer is clear…..I can’t change my genetic makeup.  I can try to control it, prevent it, treat it, and live with it.  I won’t be cured.  This is a fact that many need to understand.  I suffer and many generations suffer.  It’s genetics and a hypersensitive brain.

I am hypersensitive to light, sound, touch, smell, heat, cold, weather, stress, hormones,  and more.  I get triggered by things people would never notice.  Once I’m triggered my brain becomes more sensitive.  Once I have had a migraine, I am at a higher risk for another one since my sensitivity is heightened.  This often throws me into a cycle because of medication rebound and my hypersensitivity not calming down.  It is very complex and difficult to deal with.

The brain is a very tricky thing.  A migraine brain seems impossible!