What doctor can treat migraines? A few different ones can, but it depends on each individual and their experience. In some cases a primary care doctor treats them. Moreover, a neurologist or pain management may be reccommened.

Mayo Clinic offers some helpful tips to prepare for a doctors appointment:

  • Write down symptoms you’re experiencing, even if they seem unrelated to your migraines.
  • Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you’re taking. It’s particularly important to list all medications, as well as the dosages you have used to treat your headaches.
  • Take a family member or friend along, if possible. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember all the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Treating migraines is a complex task. Many factors must be considered when considering a treatment plan.  There are a wide variety of options ranging from avoiding triggers, to medications, to lifestyle changes. The best outcomes usually come from constructing a well-balanced treatment plan and sticking to it.


There are two additional groups of medications pain-relieving and preventives. Over the counter medications are used first. These include Motion, Tylenol, or Excedrin.

Ergotamines according to WebMD, “narrow (constrict) blood vessels in the brain. It is not clear how they work to stop a migraine. ”

Triptans, assist people within two hours if a person takes it at the first sign of a migraine.

Anti-nausea medications such as Zofran to prevent vomiting and ease nausea.

Opioid medications are carefully used to treat migraines. For example, Codeine, Hydrocodone, often combined with acetaminophen in Lortab and Vicodin, Meperdine,  Oxycodone with acetaminophen in Percocet, Dilaudid, Butorphanol Tartrate (very addictive), Hydromorphone, under the brand name Actiq and Tramadol – Ultram. reports, narcotics work to relieve pain by preventing the release of the neurotransmitter Substance P in the nerves. This helps reduce the way migraine sufferers perceive pain in the brain. It is also sedating and cuts down how emotionally upset the migraine sufferer feels as a result of the pain.

Glucocorticoids prednisone or dexamethasone usually used in an emergency room or for a migraine that is out of control.

Medications for migraine prevention include Cardiovascular drugs, Antidepressants, Anti-seizure drugs and  Onabotulinumtoxin A (Botox).

Clinical trials are another option which may be for relievers or preventive medications. Almost all need a doctors approval.

Natural Remedies 

Natural remedies are usually best when paired with western medicine. Gluten-free diets are helpful in some cases.  Depending on the person tea such as Pu-erh, Green, or Black tea. Furthermore, caffeine can either help immensly or make it worse. Some people find relief with peppermint and lavender Essential Oil.


Chiropractic care, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and reflexology are additional avenues of natural treatment. A few vitamins that may be helpful include magnesium, riboflavin, feverfew, coenzyme Q10, and melatonin.

Some individuals find ice packs helpful during a migraine while others find relief with heat.

Lifestyle Changes

As with any chronic illness lifestyle changes are essential to preventing and treating migraines. It is vital to eat a balanced diet without skipping meals, to remain hydrated, get adequate sleep, excerise, and manage stress. Additionally, it is important to keep track of migraines to have the best treatment plan possible.

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Dorthy’s Migraine Story

I was a rather normal twenty-year-old young woman and becoming a mother in six months when I was in a high-speed rollover accident. Needless to say, I had whiplash. In addition, I struggled with a headache for a month.


About, seventeen years later I had mild rear-end collision on the freeway. However, I did not feel any different after this minor encounter. One month later another rear end hit-and-run collision occurred. That is when I encountered the worse head pain which radiated down into my neck accompanied by spasms in my neck. The pain was unending. A few weeks with the head pain turned into a month which swayed into six months.


2010 marks the beginning of my journey with chronic pain.  Shortly after, in 2010, I lost my 15-year employment as an RN. I diligently worked in a hospital, specifically, as Telemetry Surgical oncology renal failure inpatient unit. I worked as a charge and floor nurse.


After trying various treatments, in 2014 it felt like the headaches were controlled. I attempted to as home health RN but could not keep up with the flow so was let go while in the middle of an assignment. The triggered a chain of events; losing my rental home and nearly went bankrupt. If that wasn’t enough I began a difficult martial separation. Due to my separation, I lost the support of my church family because they were in disbelief. Furthermore, my health declined a bit more than I went in for a major abdominal surgery. The connection I once had with coworkers disengaged before my eyes.  My support system was shattered along with my social life.


The debilitating pain was out of control. I struggled with keeping up with daily activities.  Even though I desperately desired to work it was no longer attainable. I had no income for two years. Finally, social security grated me finical assistance for intractable migraines without aura and without status migrainous.


Today I am entering into the end of a divorce. In addition, I am still striving to improve financial stability and trying to create a new social support system.

How I cope? I didn’t at the beginning. I was depressed but denied it as I had my personal stigmas against having such a diagnosis. I did not want to be seen as weak. Losing my job in 2012 was a big blow to me as I loved working in the hospital. I had dreams and aspirations and those were ripped from me.

I lost spousal support. I was exhausted. I became suicidal. For the first time in my life I reach out and asked for help from counseling services but did not find supportive care. The depression continued to worsen. I fought it through denial.

Than 2014 when I lost my second job and lost my housing I encountered an ultimate low. I reached out again and this time I found good services. Began to come to terms that I had depression.

In 2016-2017, I was quite depressive. Counseling alone wasn’t working. My pain levels were out of control specifically the pain in my head. I was exhausted. We tried a new antidepressant. I was on triple antidepressant medication management and became worse. My blood felt like it was on fire and I became filled with feelings of anger.

I Reached out to my doctor. Very quickly I was mandated to go to the ER and was admitted into a psychiatric recovery inpatient unit for 2 weeks. It was the best treatment done for me. I learned that behavior & pain are separate. I can’t control my pain, but I can control my behavior through the power of choice. I have the power to choose to be happy or not despite pain. No longer does sadness rule me. So how do I cope? Choice, God, Prayer, Rest, Grocery delivery, Online shopping, Communication of symptoms so friends & family know, no longer a people pleaser. It’s okay to say no to an event and not let people’s reactions be personalized.

My motto

Keep keeping on chin up shoulders back now March forth with a smile

Migraine 101



The word migraine is a familiar one to most yet there is a lot of confusion surrounding them. Migraines are anything but straightforward. In fact, many medical professionals debate over the definition, cause, and treatment.

The basic foundation of the definition of a migraine according to Webster dictionary is a condition marked by recurring moderate to severe headache with throbbing pain that usually lasts from four hours to three days, typically begins on one side of the head but may spread to both sides, is often accompanied by a variety of symptoms. Some people believe that it is a genetic neurological disease.

Of course, there can be other causes in addition to genetics such as stress, trauma, or chronic illness. Many times the cause of a migraine disorder is unknown.

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There are a total of four stages of a migraine, but not everyone encounters each stage which is prodrome, aura, headache, and post-drome. First, prodrome occurs one or two days before a migraine. Many people do not experience aura which is nervous system symptoms before or during a migraine. The stage headache also is known as the attack is an actual migraine which can last anywhere from 4 hours to 72 hours if untreated according to Mayo Clinic. Lastly, post-drome occurs afterward for around 24 hours.

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Being able to recognize the signs of a migraine are essential. A migraine can be accompanied by an array of symptoms.

Some symptoms include

  • extreme pain,
  • light smell or sound sensitivity
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • pain on one side
  • pain down the neck
  • vision changes
  • numbness
  • Vertigo
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Puffy eyelid
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea – constipation
  • Mood changes
  • Food cravings
  • Hives
  • Fever

Symptoms of a migraine are vastly different for every person. Furthermore, symptoms may vary different episodes. Likewise, triggers are unique to everyone.

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Some triggers include but are not limited to

  • Stress
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Weather
  • Foods such as aged cheeses, salty foods and processed foods
  • Skipping Meals
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Additives in foods like MSG
  • Drinks like alcohol or caffeine
  • Sensory stimuli. Bright lights and sun glare can induce migraines, as can loud sounds. Strong smells — including perfume, or paint thinner


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The majority of the time migraines are diagnosed on a clinical exam and from discussing episodes with a physician. Additionally, they will consider medical history, symptoms, and perform a neurological examination. Other medical tests may be ordered to rule out another illness or if the pain seems unreasonably severe or is unusual.



Childhood Migraines

Childhood migraines are not rare, but it is not something we typically think of in children. In fact, it has been reported that an 18-month-old child had a migraine. Receiving a diagnosis with any illness can be challenging even more so when a child is so young and lacks the skills to communicate what they are enduring.


Migraine in kids is not just a bad headache.

It’s a complicated neurological disease, with head pain and other symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to touch, sound, light, and odors. Abdominal pain and mood changes can occur, too. While kids generally have fewer and shorter migraine attacks than adult sufferers, childhood migraine can be just as disabling, and it can seriously affect the child’s quality of life. Consult a doctor if your child suffers from frequent or disabling headaches or migraine symptoms.”

My name is Courtney Jordan. I am the Mom of 4 amazing kids and Ne-Ne to 2 sweet grandbabies. I love life and do my best to enjoy every second and make long-lasting memories. I live with Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroparesis, Migraines, R.A., Osteoarthritis and a Seizure Disorder. I refuse to let my body dictate how I live my life (even on days when I must give in). One of my greatest passions is helping others who live with lifelong diseases. We are more than what we fight!

Courtney Jordan Migraine Warrior Current Age: 44

Migraine Onset Age: 8 or 9

I vividly remember experiencing my first migraine. I woke up because the pain in the left side of my head was absolutely excruciating. Opening my eyes and taking in the light in the room made it even worse. I was nauseous and made my way to the bathroom where I began vomiting. At this particular time, I had 4 siblings and several of us shared a room.

My Mom covered the windows in her bedroom to make the room dark and snuggled me in bed. She would alternate ice packs and heat to help with the pain. This became a normal occurrence and I suffered from these all through my teens and a lot of my adult life. Usually, my migraines would last for several days, which impacted my ability to attend school. Thankfully, my parents were great advocates for me and I was able to make up my school work at home.

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As a child, it is very hard to recognize warning symptoms and it is sometimes hard to explain what you are feeling. Even more difficult, is the issue with dealing with the emotional stress caused by dealing with health issues. You feel different and sometimes even feel alone because your friends and siblings can’t understand what you are going through.

These problems are hard to even as an adult, but as a child, it is compounded by not having the “tools” needed to deal with psychological effects. I think it is very important for parents of children with health issues to be aware of and to make arrangements for emotional and psychological support.

My migraines were physically debilitating and affected not only myself but my family as well. I often felt like I was a burden on my family because I disrupted the normal schedule and required more attention when I was feeling poorly.

I did not receive the medical help I truly needed until I was in my 30’s for my migraines. It was truly life changing when I started taking maintenance medication. I still suffer from migraines, however, it is now only once or twice a month and usually only 24-48 hours.


Things that I feel are very important to remember for parents of children that suffer with migraines:

1. Your child is in a great deal of pain and may be withdrawn or act out because they are not sure of what is going on with their body.

2. Your child may not be able to fully explain to you how they are feeling.

3. Your child may be worried about the impact they are having on others and may deal with guilt.

4. After an episode, talk with your child about how they feel, both physically and emotionally. Ask what they find helpful and comforting during a migraine. Try to learn the warning signs and help them learn to recognize them as well.

5. Be loving, patient and supportive.


Thank you, Diamond Headache Clinic for the childhood migraine slideshow. Please take time to check out their web page here. A huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to Courtney for sharing her story with us.

Wisdome from a Chronic Illness Warrior

I am excited to have a beautiful warrior from the Chronically Hopeful Facebook page guest blogging for us today! “Ellie is a 45 year old woman living in South Carolina.  She has battled Malignant Multiple Sclerosis with grace and courage. She works as a cashier, but is always dreaming of more, she’s just not sure of what more is. Her favorite hobbies are reading, writing and yarn crafts. Her biggest hope in blogging is to help no one ever feel alone in their journeys with chronic illness, or anything else.” Please check out her blog here.


She never wants to meet me for lunch. It’s the only time my health will mostly fully allow me to socialize outside the home. My friends know this. She never answers my phone calls. That email has been sitting there unread for days. He won’t answer my texts, but he’s all over social media with all those silly memes. The phone shouldn’t ring off the hook every time I call for an oil change appointment only for me to come home to 3 messages on the answering machine asking why I haven’t scheduled my service appointment.


There’s no reason I can see for me to be number 68 of 123 on hold for a customer service rep when I call to try and straighten out yet another medical bill. Yet I am. It’s only more aggravation added to a life already made extra stressful by multiple serious and chronic illnesses. Can’t people act right if they’re going to be a blip on my radar? Don’t I deal with enough already just fighting to live?


There’s something I’m forgetting in the throes of all these medical appointments, treatments and pain-  the world won’t stop spinning because I’m always in pain. It won’t even slow down a little. I have to jump up on the ride while it’s spinning, full turbo blast speed ahead. Sometimes there’s a kind passenger already onboard willing to help out, but not usually. I must adjust and remember that people in my life are more than just blips on my radar, even the people just passing through and the strangers I encounter.


In a life full of illness and pain and the extra stress and hardships they cause, people are everything. My city is in the midst of a big cold snap with high temperatures in the 30s. I was sitting outside the library to cool off because my body doesn’t regulate temperature the same way as “normal” people. There was a shirtless man in shorts walking by on the sidewalk. He was singing loudly until a police officer pulled up beside him in his cruiser. I wondered if there was going to be some kind of huge scene because the lyrics the man was singing were not the nicest ones.


There was no scene. The police officer talked to him quietly and then reached back in his cruiser and put a coat on the man. They then got in the car together like they were friends. I hope they went to a shelter if the man needed it.


Many years ago I was grocery shopping with my mom and saw a woman crying in the store. We asked if she was ok. She said yes and we didn’t press the issue, but it didn’t look like she was ok. We carried on with our shopping and rounded a corner and there was the woman full on sobbing sitting on the floor in the produce section. The store manager was on his knees beside her praying. It seemed to help her.


Many years later, this event is still having a profound impact on my life. I didn’t know religion in any way at the time. I was dead set against it, actually, and quite vocal about my lack of faith. Time has changed that, and recently I went back to this store to see if that manager was still there. He was. He too remembered the crying woman. I told him what an impact it had on me. The conversation I had with this manager will stay with me forever, and well, is too private to share, but it, and the crying lady were a huge stepping stone on my path to a faithful life.


Please remember that as we go through life with disease and pain that everyone is going through something. Illness that doesn’t go away does not make our pain different than anyone else’s. It may mean there’s less of a break, but pain is in the eye of the beholder, everyone feels it differently. Just like beauty, and that is a beautiful thing.




A New Year Prayer


Holy, Holy is the Lord Worthy to be praised, Yahweh


“God is ready to overwhelm you with more blessings than you could ever imagine so that you’ll always be taken care of in every way and you’ll have more than enough to share.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 The Voice Translation 


Sovereign Lord,

With artistic compassion and mystery beyond human understanding, You crafted the universe. Logic, abstract thinking, and science bow to Your name. Each compliment You bringing glory to Your Holy name. You gave each atom a specific job to fasten Your creation together. You keep the universe together day and night. Painting the daily breathtaking sunrise. The details are important to You. Each plant, animal, and human has a distinct purpose. The wonders of the world belong to You. Every element bows at Your great name. What a powerful name is the name of Jesus!

You have been gracious in allowing me to live another year. I ask that You would transform my heart in this year. I desire to pursue You like never before, to be lost in Your love. Let me be so in love with You that my thoughts are consumed by You and Your goodness. Enable me to crave Your Word as daily bread, furthermore, let me cherish it. May I remain anchored in You. Set my soul on fire like never before. Renew my prayer life. Let me grow closer to You, Father, God. Open doors so that I may serve You in a new way.

I ask that I might find favor in  Your eyes. Motivate me in accordance to Your will. Let all I do bring honor and glory to You. Give me wisdom and understanding. Direct each breath I take in Your Holy name Yahweh. Help me to walk in obedience. Cultivate a heart of thanksgiving and praise.

I declare in the name of Jesus that the blessing ahead is better than the battle behind. I am confident that the wounds that I have endured will not hinder me but will be a window that Christ strength is made known. Though I may not understand it, each wound will bring glory to Your name.


“And I come, eager to offer a sacrifice of gratitude and call on the name of the Eternal.” Psalm 116:17



“I give thanks, for all You have done. And I will sing, of Your mercy and Your love. Your love is unfailing. Lord, I am grateful”

The Ultimate Treat Guide

I hope you and your pup friend are having a bark-tastic day! I have written a treat guide that I am super excited to share with you. Abby and I share our top treats in this post. My hope is that if you have a sensitive or picky pup this will give you some new ideas.


I learned quickly that most supermarkets where I live carry very few gluten-free dog treats. Therefore, even though I was skeptical, I began researching treats online. I eventually ended up on Chewy. I would highly recommend shopping here because the prices are the best I have seen. Additionally, they ship fast. The longest I had waited for a package from them was three days and I never pay extra to get it here quicker.

A Healthy Balance 

Research has shown that about 54% of dogs are overweight or obese. Yes, dogs enjoy eating. However, their humans are responsible for feeding them properly.  Dogs do not spell love F-O-O-D. On the contrary, they spell it T-I-M-E. The number one reason our pets are overweight is we overfeed them by about 20%.

Those “extras” are another reason dogs are putting on weight. Table scraps is a bad habit to be in for many reasons. High caution should be used and lots of research to know what is digestible for your dog. For example, grapes are dealy but carrots are good for dogs. Too many large cookies, jerky, or biscuit treats contribute to the problem. Lastly, an audience of bones puts on weight.

Of course, the breed of dog effects their weight. Similar to humans, even those who are more prone to being overweight should take preventive measures.

I calculate an estimate of the calories that Abby takes in daily. I schedule ahead of time when she will get a bigger treat such as a bone. When using a bigger treat I will decrease her kibble intake for the day.

Things to consider when buying treats

First, I consider ingredients. I prefer a treat that includes a fruit or veggie. I also consider chemicals added. I go towards low calorie treats that I can break easily. I do this so that we can use them in training. Lastly, the price must be considered. I would say I get two bags once every month or every other month. I recommend also thinking of why you are giving your dog the treat, for example, for training or to relieve stress.

Fruitables Skinny Minis Soft & Chewy 


I love the size of these cookies. Moreover, they are easy for me to break. I love that the main ingredient in this cookie are fruits. They smell like people food. Rich in natural antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber. Low-calorie treat is great for training and as a guilt-free reward for your dog. No wheat, corn, soy or artificial flavors or colors.

Zuke’s Mini Naturals


Again, I love the size. I break these treats as well. These are best kept in the package not put in the cookie jar so that they stay soft enough to break. Seasonings and whole foods help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Less than 3.5 calories per treat. Great for training.

Vita Essentials 


The biggest downside to these treats would be the price. I don’t love them. They are nearly impossible to break. I love that these treats are raw. The calories are a bit higher than the cookie options I talked about above. They are super smelly which can be good when playing find it with treats outdoors. These can be used as high reward treats.



Dogs enjoy chewing. They chew to relieve stress, boredom, to keep their jaw in shape, and to clean their teeth. This is why we offer them bones or chew toys.


Fight bad breath with these natural, wholesome bones made from a blend of fruits and veggies. Assists in removing plaque and tartar.

Bully Sticks

Bully sticks are a healthy long last chew treat. They can be a little pricey.  This is a fantastic alternative to Rawhide which can be dangerous for dogs. Only made from high-protein beef muscle, bully sticks are ideal for your dog. Beef is a complete source of amino acids, which support your dog’s muscles, brain, skin, and coat. This treat is the highest calorie treat that Abby eats. They do have a unique smell but it is not awful in my option.


Elk Antler 


Abby has an Elk Antler on hand that she usually chews in the morning or evening. She has had the same one for at least three months. Antlers are high in healthy minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus. The majority of antlers will last a dog months. No smell. I advise researching what brand to get. The first one I had purchased for her she had no interest in.

Himalayan Dog Chew

This is an alternative to the Elk Antler. Again, you can expect this treat to last for a minimum of one month. All natural ingredients: yak and cow milk, salt and lime juice. At the end, when the treat looks too small, you pop it in the microwave for another treat. It becomes a cheese puff texture treat which is devoured quickly. 

Non-Food Chews 

Abbys favorite chew toy is the Nylabone. Nylabones are zero calories. There are a wide variety of textures and flavors to keep your pup engaged. It is essential to note the weight on the packaging. If you purchase one that is less than your dog’s weight you can expect it to break easily.