Oh, My Aching Head – and a Fun Giveaway!


 Headaches stink and migraine headaches are the worst of all. Shortly after Hannah was born (that’s actually Mimi in the photo above) I had my first migraine. I didn’t know what it was. All I knew was that I had flashing lights that looked like pinwheels on the periphery of my vision. I was sure something was seriously wrong with my vision, until I told my midwife, who clued me in about ocular migraines caused by the shifting hormones in my postpartum body. The ocular symptoms were especially difficult because I couldn’t read, and worst of all, I couldn’t drive. I remember pulling over on the side of the road, Hannah buckled in her car seat, closing my eyes and praying for it to pass.

Sometimes a wicked headache hit after the pinwheels, but not always. I’m fortunate that my headaches are not as severe as many migraine sufferers. My sister, Laura, has a much more difficult time than I do. Over the years I’ve tried lots of things to alleviate these migraines – resting in a quiet, dark room; over the counter medications; and most of all, praying I’ll fall asleep. I even chart my headaches on the Clue app, which tracks your menstrual cycle and all symptoms related to it. It helps me make sense of things when I can see patterns. L sleeping Not long ago I was visiting my friend, Kathleen, in Seattle. We had been there a few days and I planned to head home the next morning, but I woke up with a horrible headache. Nothing seemed to help and I couldn’t even imagine trying to drive 300 miles with two boys in the car. Not to mention, if the ocular symptoms hit, I was going to be in big trouble. She offered me Excedrin® Migraine rather than the over the counter medication I usually take. Excedrin® Migraine is the #1 neurologist recommended OTC for migraine relief, so I’m glad I gave it a try. About 30 minutes later I began to feel better – dramatically better. I couldn’t believe it! excedrin-migraine

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I stayed that extra day and we had so much fun, we even took the kids to see a movie and out for pizza. Now I keep Excedrin® Migraine in my medicine cabinet. When I was offered the opportunity to review Excedrin® Migraine, I knew I could recommend it without any hesitation because it really works for me. Have a fantastic day, friends. Lisa Signature L and Eby

 

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

103 Comments

  1. Holly hawes
    May 31, 2016

    Yes! All the ladies in my family have migraines to various degrees of intensity. A biological trait I’m glad my adopted daughter will skip out on.

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  2. Mami2jcn
    May 31, 2016

    My husband gets migraines and has to lay down in a dark room.

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  3. Mami2jcn
    May 31, 2016

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/737803995448762368

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  4. heather
    May 31, 2016

    I sometimes suffer from migraines and when I get one I reach for Excedrin.

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  5. Kelly D
    May 31, 2016

    My husband has suffered from migraines often and we usually just have to relax at home when he gets them.

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  6. Elena
    May 31, 2016

    I get migraine sometimes. It ruins my day because I can’t do anything

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  7. Angel Jacklyn
    June 1, 2016
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  8. Angel Jacklyn
    June 1, 2016

    A couple people in the family have actually had to get doctor scripts because the migraines are so bad…

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  9. Julie Wood
    June 1, 2016

    Migraines have affected me by having to stop certain activities to take a break and deal with my migraines. I usually get a migraine from too much stress or over doing it during the day. I have to slow down and take care of myself and ask others to helpl

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  10. Julie Wood
    June 1, 2016

    tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/737984592024461312

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  11. Kristen Sunna
    June 1, 2016

    totally get them too. i’ve figured out some triggers (stress, red wine, etc.) but i keep excedrin migraine and peppermint essential oils on hand!

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  12. Jessica To
    June 1, 2016

    I had a teacher in high school that suffered from migraines. We would have to turn the lights off in the classroom and not talk until he could find someone to cover his class.

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  13. Michele
    June 1, 2016

    I have trouble with migraines-excessive migraine is always the first thing I try. I also have several children who have suffered from migraines.

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  14. Natalie
    June 1, 2016

    My mother deals with chronic migraines and has dealt with this for her whole life. Growing up my brother and I would have to leave her in a dark room and not disturb her when she had a bad migraine. I really felt bad for her! I get occasional migraines but they are nothing compared to hers.

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  15. Laura
    June 1, 2016

    I remember sitting in the Seattle Lighting parking lot while you had one and I had just had shoulder surgery and couldn’t drive I now take a daily medication a and still get 2-4 ocular migraines and at least one headache a week. Might have to try the Execedrin on top of my medication.

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  16. Jessie C.
    June 1, 2016

    I suffer from migraines and often accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  17. Jessie C.
    June 1, 2016

    tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/738166993874878465

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  18. BusyWorkingMama
    June 1, 2016

    My husband suffers from migraines and swears by Excederin.

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  19. Emily
    June 2, 2016

    My husband loves excedrin migraine for his bad headaches. Thankfully, he has fewer of them since getting off caffeine.

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  20. Jeffrey
    June 3, 2016

    I have a family member that suffers from migraines. They really limit the amount of activity she can be involved in. Amusement and waterparks are out of the question and even the noise in a movie theater can set of a migraine.

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  21. CR Williams
    June 3, 2016

    Thank God I don’t and no one I know suffers from migraines.

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  22. OFG
    June 3, 2016

    Thankfully I do not get migraines. I do get stress headaches, but they aren’t as painful. No one else in the family gets migraines either.

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  23. Lisa Brown
    June 5, 2016

    my husband suffers from migraines but will not take anything for it, will just let it run its course. I am the same way with headaches, no meds. jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  24. Lisa Brown
    June 5, 2016

    tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/739452638228422656
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  25. Stephanie Phelps
    June 5, 2016

    My husband gets one every other year or so and he has to lay down in a dark room for like 3 dasy to get over it!

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  26. Amy Tong
    June 5, 2016

    yeah, my hubby suffers from migraines. no fun. great to know something works well. 🙂 thanks for the information
    amy [at] uTry [dot] it

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  27. Amy Tong
    June 5, 2016
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  28. Madeline
    June 5, 2016

    I don’t get migraines but my mother-in-law does.

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  29. ALi
    June 5, 2016

    I have migraines sometimes after a day of winding down, usually right before I go to sleep. I have to have everything dark and no noise to be able to relax and rest comfortably. Light makes it worse.

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  30. Robin
    June 7, 2016

    Thankfully, I have never had a migraine. Excedrine Migraine does help my tension headaches though.

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  31. Margaret Smith
    June 7, 2016

    I suffer from migraines and they do effect me. At times, I cannot drive and any bright light or loud sounds make the migraines worse.

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  32. Margaret Smith
    June 7, 2016
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  33. Katt Lewis
    June 9, 2016

    My occasional migraiines are so bad I usually spend the day in bed, in the dark. Going to give Excedrin Migrane a try.

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  34. Erika
    June 10, 2016

    I’ve had migraines for years. Very painful and very draining!

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. shelly peterson
    June 11, 2016

    My daughter gets migraines and some days it can be a struggle to get through the day for her.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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  36. shelly peterson
    June 11, 2016
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  37. Cheryl B
    June 12, 2016

    I have suffered from migraines for 20 years. It has really been a struggle dealing with them.

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  38. Beth
    June 12, 2016

    My daughter has very bad headaches. Might have to try this.

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  39. Carolsue
    June 13, 2016

    When I was younger, I had them all the time. Thank goodness I don’t much anymore!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  40. Carolsue
    June 13, 2016

    Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/MsCarolsueA/status/742510702527647744
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  41. natasha Lamoreux
    June 16, 2016

    My mother always turned to Excedrin for her migraines.

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  42. Joelle
    June 21, 2016

    I used to get stars in my eyes during pregnancy. Checked with the eye dr. and discovered they were caused by migraines. Fortunately for me they only happened during my last two pregnancies and I was fortunate enough to never have head pain. Now Mom is having some eye issues which she thinks might be migraines. Funny how you don’t always have pain associated.

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  43. Christina A
    June 21, 2016

    Migraines must run in my dad’s side of the family; about half the kids in my family and my cousins’ families suffer from them while the other half don’t. I only experienced the hormonal ones occasionally as a teenager, but one of my sisters has been rushed to the ER multiple times with severe ones. So good to know about Excedrin for my loved ones, and if I’m ever stricken with migraines again. Thank you!

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  44. Shannon Williams
    June 22, 2016

    My husband has been suffering from migraines since he started college 20 years ago. While he took prescription medications for years, he now counts on Excedrin Migraine for all but the very worst ones.

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  45. Ruth
    June 23, 2016

    I don’t personally struggle with migraines, but I grew up trying to watch my mom cope with them.

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  46. Connie Tucker
    June 23, 2016

    I’m grateful to have only experienced ocular migraines without the headache, but the first time it happened it frightened me so badly that I rushed to my eye doctor! Thankfully I don’t get them very often, but when they do occur I have to stop whatever I’m doing, driving, reading, paperwork, etc. until it passes as they affect my vision so much.

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  47. Stefanie Gladden
    June 27, 2016

    my mom suffers from migraines all the time!

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  48. Susan Christy
    June 30, 2016

    My nephew has terrible migraines and I make sure I have the spare bedroom is ready when he visits in case he has to lay down in a dark room.

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  49. maria cantu
    July 2, 2016

    No, I do not get migraines.

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  50. Barbara M
    July 2, 2016

    Our family is so fortunate – we do not get migraines.
    I have a close friend who suffers with them.
    thank you

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  51. Amanda Sakovitz
    July 4, 2016

    i dont have migraines

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  52. Tamra H
    July 6, 2016

    Yes, my mom gets migraines. They normally take her out of commision while they last, she spends most of the day in bed trying to rest up.

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  53. Rebecca
    July 6, 2016

    Thankfully, I do not have to deal with migraines, but I have friends that get them. I know that they can be hard to get rid of without medication.

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  54. Janice Cooper
    July 7, 2016

    I have a friend who suffers from migraines and its a pain. She sometimes has to leave work early because the lights and noise make it worse.

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  55. Tina W
    July 8, 2016

    My sister gets the kind of migraines where she has to hide out in a dark quiet room, she frequently cancels plans with the family because of them.

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  56. Cynthia C
    July 8, 2016

    I am thankful that I don’t suffer from migraines, but unfortunately my son has them sometimes.

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  57. Kristen
    July 8, 2016

    A good friend suffers from terrible migraines, which do sometimes interfere with her plans, as she can’t go out when they’re bad.

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  58. Constance
    July 9, 2016

    I started getting migraines after having kids, too. I used to get them several times a year. Now, I get them about once or twice a year. My doctor gave me a prescription for Imitrex and I administer a shot when I get them, which is difficult when I’m in so much pain. I’ve never tried Excedrin Migraine, but going to have to give it a try. I do believe they’re hormonal and induced by stress. My mother got them also, so I also think they’re hereditary. Fortunately my girls haven’t had them–not yet anyway.

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  59. Stephanie Phelps
    July 11, 2016

    I have had migraines for years and they are sometimes paralyzing to the point of being in bed for days!

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  60. Stephanie Phelps
    July 11, 2016
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  61. Susan Smith
    July 11, 2016

    I occasionally get migraines. I lay in a quiet dark room to get rid of them.

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  62. Elle
    July 12, 2016

    Yes. My aunt has suffered from migraines for years and it has greatly affected her life. She doesn’t know when she will have a good day or bad day and the bad ones are pretty much bedridden. There have been many get togethers and functions over the years she had to miss out on.

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  63. Elizabeth pergande
    July 12, 2016

    I have had migraines in the past. NOT easy to deal with. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Debbie B
    July 12, 2016

    I am fortunate that neither I or my family members have suffered from migraines. I do have a co-worker that gets migraines periodically

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  65. Debbie B
    July 12, 2016
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  66. Thomas Murphy
    July 13, 2016

    My mom gets migraines.

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  67. Ellie Wright
    July 13, 2016

    I suffer from migraines and so does my oldest son. Somedays I lose a whole day or more, because I can’t get out of bed.

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  68. angie
    July 14, 2016

    I suffer from migraines regularly and have since my 20s. They are almost always driven by my period hormones and it simply sucks. Sometimes they completely disrupt my life.

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  69. Betty Curran
    July 14, 2016

    My daughter has suffered from migraines in the past. Fortunately, she seems to have grown past the worst of them.

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  70. kerry
    July 14, 2016

    My son gets them – I hate to watch him suffer through them!

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  71. Jerry Marquardt
    July 14, 2016

    Migraines have affected your family by lost wages working when I worked at the Olive Garden. I went and seen a doctor, who prescribed a medicine to help out.

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  72. Jerry Marquardt
    July 14, 2016
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  73. Tabathia B
    July 14, 2016

    I suffer from migraines and so does my two youngest daughters.

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  74. Tabathia B
    July 14, 2016
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  75. LaTanya
    July 14, 2016

    my husband gets migraines and he takes excedrin, then he rests

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  76. Linda
    July 14, 2016

    Migraines are the worst! I used to get them when I was younger but not for a while now, fingers crossed!

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