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‘Heading’ Into The New Year~{ How To Deal With Nausea During A Migraine}

The head, or the feet.  These are the two main areas where pain of any kind is almost impossible to ignore.  I can dissociate from pain in almost any part of my body except from these two places.  Especially the head.  And so, it is with great fan fare that I announce……I just had my first 3 day migraine marathon of 2016!!!

The usual suspects joined the party, including your favorite and mine, Mr. ‘I want to puke, but I think my head would fall clean off my neck if exerted that much pressure on it’.  So, during the long hours I spent on my couch contemplating the virtues of trepanning, I got to wondering why one feels nauseous during a migraine.  Seems our old friend the Central Nervous System is once again involved.
How to deal with nausea during a migraine
 When a migraine hits, the arteries (especially in the temporal {head} area) dilate.  This causes the nerves surrounding the arteries to send signals to the brain which respond with pain, and trigger the fight or flight response.  One of the results of this response is to slow digestion.  To slow digestion the SNS closes the pyloric sphincter (the ring of smooth muscle that separates the stomach from the upper part of the intestines), this causes the stomach to dilate and trap any undigested food, causing nausea and vomiting.  This is also why after the migraine has kicked in good and hard, pain medications aren’t easily absorbed into the bloodstream, lessening their effectiveness.
I’m good now.  Once the toxic feeling of a 3 day undigested meal goes away along with the rabid ferret trying to claw it’s way out of my right cranium, I’m feelin’ pretty good.
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    Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    January 20 at 12:19 pm

    Oh my gosh, a three day migraine must be pure torture! I never had one myself but I know how terribly painful they are. It’s awful that there’s no way to stop it. I love the two clips you included, I’m amazed you can have a sense of humour about it! x
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      January 20 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks for stoppin’ by Becky! Glad you enjoyed the vids! Have a wonderful one 😉

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    January 21 at 9:32 am

    Kristine, I hate that you had to endure this! When I have a migraine and want to get sick it’s horrible. You know if you get sick your head will hurt worse, but it’s a toss up between having the head hurt more or hurting in 2 areas. Then you want to cry, but you can’t cry either, it’ll make the migraine worse! I’m so glad that it’s over for now and pray that you don’t get another one anytime soon. Is the weather a trigger for you? I had no idea why the nausea came, it makes so much sense, our bodies are a wonder, but it does hamper us at times! Huge hugs!!!
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      January 21 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Nikki! I know all my FMS symptoms are worse in the winter, but if I get overheated in the summer, it can get bad also. *eye roll* oh well, life is good anyway! 😉

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