Living with M.S.

"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become.
Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)

Saturday

Migraines - Facing MS symptoms from A to Z




Mercy me! I have written about migraine headaches many times before on this site, but this miserable condition (which often occurs among those living with multiple sclerosis) merits repeating.



Migraine headaches make pain beyond measure. The most common complaint is a throbbing head. As a bonus, these dreaded brain pains often come with other unpleasant symptoms, such as:

  • aching eye socket/s
  • all-over clamminess
  • aversion to touch of any sort
  • chills and sweats
  • diarrhea
  • distorted vision (or tunnel vision)
  • dizziness
  • extreme fatigue
  • hypersensitivity to lights and sounds and smells
  • lack of concentration or focus
  • light-headedness
  • mood swings
  • nausea or vomiting
  • neck spasms or pain
  • numbness
  • scalp tenderness
  • speech difficulties
  • and more.

With migraines, there is no mind over matter, as if the sufferer could merely wish the misery away. Sure, medications can help, but mostly it just means waiting for the monstrous headaches to pass.

Several preventative measures may be taken to minimize migraines. Mostly, these include avoiding certain foods and potential migraine triggers.



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