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A View Backwards

I was thinking the past few weeks and I realize that this year has been changing for me. Slowly but surely in the area of my health. Particularly my migraine management.

So I have suffered for long time with migraines and I’ve tried a lot of things to help alleviate the pain when it hits. It triggered my research into Reiki a form of energy work to facilitate healing. I had some people do healings targeting my head area and there was some relief but it is sometimes not affordable. So I looked into getting certified myself so that I could do sessions on myself.

I did experience relief and I continue with self applied Reiki sessions. My results were that the pain levels are less and the days the migraine lasts has shortened a bit. All bonuses that I hope to keep in my court.

During the summer I was at a Mystic Faire and one of the vendors had some lovely crystal and Tibetan bowls. But I was intrigued by some zinc and copper rods that he was demonstrating. When I was able to try these rods out I was able to find out a bit more their purpose. Called “The Rods of Isis” they are filled with healing intent, essential oils and crystals and a few other things. Meant to help balance and align the user.

I decided to see if I felt anything while holding them. I felt warmth in my hands and then some cold traveled around my hands and feet. Then some vibrations in the hands and noticed a little swaying around my head. A bit of an imbalance, so one of the things to keep balance was to switch the rods to other hands to bring things back into alignment. Which I did and things calmed down. I also noted how I felt clearer in the head.

So yes, I decided to invest in these rods and put them together with my Reiki healings to see if I could further shorten my migraines time frame hanging on. And see if they had an impact on the pain levels. While using Reiki I was only able to shorten my migraine by about a day and pain levels only went down a few notches.

When I added the rods to the regimen I was able to get my days shortened by one additional day and the pain levels have hit the half way mark! Which is awesome because dealing with pain is worse than how long it lasts.  This type of headache becomes manageable with the rods. As soon as I stopped using them as part of the healing sessions then the length and pain levels returned to the same intensity and length before adding in the rods. So, I added the rods again and experienced the same relief I mentioned before. This has become part of my routine now. There are times where the migraine kicks in and it is brutal and the rods and Reiki don’t seem to have any affect on it at all. I call it a day and just hope the next day is better.

So change has some and it is for the better health wise.  Happy for now and glad to have found a tool that helps improve my overall health. Cheers! To your health.

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Migraine my management

Migraines, they are a pain in the arse. They are, for most who suffer them, a great way to suddenly have war declared on bits and pieces of your neck and head. I included a picture of Tension and Migraine headache. I suffer the one on the right-side of the picture.

Tension vs Migraine

For me migraines are something to be cured as soon as possible. If they are caught in time they are ‘managed’ by homeopathic means. And I can function somewhat clumsily through a few days. When I don’t catch them in time, no amount of homeopathic methods will work, nor will my stronger over the counter choices of Advil, Aleve or Excedrin for migraines will kick the pain. Might as well be throwing M&M’s at me.

What kind of inkling do I get as a warning that a migraine is going to be hard on me? Sometimes I start to squint even when I wear my eyeglasses. Or I may smell things 10x’s stronger than they really are as the olfactory goes into overdrive. Hearing things gets harder as if you have ear muffs on, muffling sound. Nausea was great indicator but sometimes that can be false, because you could just be sick. Or I get nothing and BAM! game over before it’s begun.

Describing pain and symptoms is hard, and I’ll try that in another post. Although fellow blogger Emily gives a great rating system based on sound for her migraines. If interested, you can check her post out. Emily has migraines all the time. I only have my migraines last 3-5 days tops. I used to have them 2-3 times a month, now I have them once a month.

So my management used to be:

  • I tried upping the recommended dose of Advil, still the headache would blossom into fierce skull splitting migraines. (Headaches last a few hours, migraines last for days)
  • Aleve made its audience debut, tried it, great for body aches etc, but not migraines
  • Excedrin for Migraines, I popped them like candy and still they came, they conquered and I receded whimpering under covers.
  • I thought Guided Meditation would take them away. I used to go every week for a year. No, they still came pretty regularly. I eventually stopped going. Have not been to a meditation in year in a half. (Great for stress and anxiety relief which I did benefit from.)
  • Instead tried Yoga mantra chants. Thinking that this would be a lovely and stress management type of tool. Easy to learn and each class came with the chant on paper. No, they still came just as regularly.
  • Homeopathic migraine treatments. Most come in pill form that dissolve easily under the tongue. Wow, minor breakthrough! If caught early enough the pain was reduced. It didn’t go away entirely but it allowed me to function.
  • I still include cup of coffee for the caffeine, up the cups to 2 or 3 to do battle if necessary
  • Dark room if all else failed, lights off, no sound, head under pillows and buried under covers in bed

My management now:

  • I still use homeopathic remedies. Works the best and I rotate through a couple of different brands so that my body will not get used to one.
  • Ice pack wrapped in cloth applied to back of neck to alleviate stabbing pain (20 Min. on/off)
  • I still use coffee for the caffeine, sometimes it’s just enough to keep things in check
  • Learned Reiki levels I and II. This is so that I can help facilitate healing, in the hopes that my migraine will not get the best of me.
    • Have I had a complete cure with Reiki at this time? No
    • Have I had some relief with Reiki? Yes, someone applied Reiki to my head and neck and some relief was felt. (That’s how I was exposed to Reiki and how I started my journey in learning Reiki for myself.)
  • Dark room if all else fails, lights off, no sound, head under pillows and buried under covers in bed

Future management:

I’ll continue on with the existing treatments, they are working for the most part. Have I tried acupuncture? Not yet, although friends have given me pamphlets, names and recommendations about others who have felt relief and some who no longer suffer from them.

If I do go get acupuncture will update this blog and let you know the outcome. Until then, will work on explaining what my migraine symptoms are like. Maybe it’ll help others.

[Disclaimer:  No way is any of the above to be taken as ‘final proof’ in diagnosing migraines and treatment. Nor for remedies in getting relief. Seek professional opinions and go from there. I did and the above is what I do and is no way a prescribed way for others.]