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Migraine: A Journey to Rise Above 9 of 10

Updated on March 15, 2012

This article continues my journey to overcome daily chronic migraines and the other conditions that go hand-in-hand.


Migraines & Other Conditions

I have already discussed other conditions that contribute to migraines such as food sensitivities, sleep apnea, stress and structural problems. There are other conditions worth mentioning. I have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, and have discussed chronic fatigue syndrome with my doctors.

Adrenal fatigue is caused by the body’s inability to deal with stress. The adrenal glands do not function correctly and it causes symptoms. Some of the symptoms are tiredness, feeling worn out, sleep without feeling rested, and craving salty and sweet snacks. This syndrome can be brought on by chronic disorders or traumatic events. This condition can be treated with targeted supplements and life skills to better deal with stress.

Fibromyalgia is a controversial medical disorder for which there is no known cure. The causes of this disorder are unclear and testing is vague. The primary symptoms are overall pain and body aches with certain spots of severe sensitivity. Additional symptoms include fatigue, sleep disturbance, weakness, brain fog, and intestinal issues. It is suggested that this disorder is brought on by mental issues and is often treated as depression first, though the medications prescribed are often similar to migraines. One of my doctors has even suggested that fibromyalgia may essentially be a full body migraine. I know it feels that way to me. My symptoms are intermittent and occur when I have a migraine or am in a migraine cluster.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is also difficult to diagnose and test. The symptoms are severe fatigue, sleep without feeling rested, muscle and joint pain, mental and physical exhaustion, cognitive difficulties, headaches, et cetera. The other conditions that can cause chronic fatigue are hypothyroidism, mental illness, fibromyalgia and migraines.

I suffered severe allergies as a child. After 7 years of allergy shots I have outgrown most of them. I have found no correlation, but I have been told by my doctors that many sinus headaches are misdiagnosed migraines.

I have hypothyroidism, but do not know if this is a result of or contributes to one of these other conditions.

Once being told I had these other conditions, it seemed irrelevant. Many of the symptoms of my medical diagnoses overlap with each other. In the medical literature, it is suggested that a chronic condition, such as migraines, brings on these other syndromes and disorders. I have found it is important to look at the big picture. Focus an all the conditions, symptoms, syndromes, disorders at once. I looked for underlying causes that may have been missed in earlier assessments. Furthermore, I used my own instincts to lead me into other areas of investigation.

My next and last article discusses some of my conclusions.

Thanks Dr. Piercy!

My neurologist gave me positive feedback on my articles. Her comments:

"it is so great that you were able to gain so much insight and experience...I think your story will be an inspiration for other patients in similar situations....Also, you should consider writing about Botox or Toxin injections for migraine treatment. This could be helpful and informative for other patients."


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      Tina Boomerina 5 years ago from Seattle (and the world)

      OMG, it sounds like you are living in my body. Poor dear.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Thanks for this great information. I too suffer with a variety of ailments, mostly to do with body pain, some similar to yours. Funny, I hated "labels" when I was a kid. Now, like you, I am using more of my own instincts to get the healing I need. Great hub!