Migraine Awareness Month #16 – Riverdance

Have you found a way to work exercise or movement into your life with Migraine/Headache Disorder.  What is it?

Last year I had found the perfect solution to getting in some good physical activity when migraines weren’t taking over, and that was swimming.  For some reason, the migraines were mostly happening in the afternoons for a period of about a year and a half.  On the days the migraines came earlier, I skipped the pool.

Swimming worked well because I have a horrific problem sweating and my nose runs like a faucet.  Even doing minimal housework makes that happen.  I dread going to the grocery store because by the time I’ve reached the check out, I’m trying to staunch the nose with multiple tissues while attempting to answer as the clerk asks if I have allergies.  It’s horrible.  Heat is my biggest migraine trigger and sweating like a maniac is not a good thing!

But with swimming I didn’t get sweaty or have the runny nose.  It was awesome!  I felt as if I were accomplishing something as I built my way up to over forty laps steadily.  I could finally do something physical that didn’t compromise my bad hips either.  Sure there were times a migraine took over during a swim, and I’d either keep going or get out depending on the pain level. 

In the fall, the migraine pattern changed, and they were back to coming on at any time.  Also, they were more apt to last for consective days or lengthy hours.  I was suddenly not up to going at all or only a couple times a month, not enough to justify paying club fees.  I would continue to be throwing money down the pool drain these days as my migraines are still unpredictable in their arrival and longevity.  I miss swimming so much.  It was becoming my passion, and I looked forward to going.  I called it my zen time because I focused on breathing and movement as well as my kicks and the sound of the water as I swam.  I may have even been starting to grow a mermaid’s tail!  “Believe it or not.”

June 2013, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders.

The 2013 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is a project of  http://FightingHeadacheDisorders.com



About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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