Having both migraine and bipolar I diagnosis’ is actually not as uncommon as you would think (hope).
25-40% of people with bipolar, also have migraine*. That’s a lot!
Today has been a rough one for me on both fronts. I’m in a depressive state with my bipolar and an increase in my daily migraine pain.
I’m going to retrace back to see what triggered this event. Hopefully this will help those of you who also suffer and/or those of you who want to learn more about bipolar and migraine.
July 21, 2020 my beloved Standard Poodle puppy, Carter Finn, went to the rainbow bridge. He was only 16 months old. The details leading up to this loss are too much for me to discuss. But it was shocking, devastating and heart breaking.
Carter’s death was a huge stressor – which is bad for both bipolar and migraine. That event triggered a manic episode of my bipolar. I threw myself into activities that kept me busy, pushing my body – and mind – beyond what it could sustain. There are always consequences when this happens.
August 5, 2020 – I crashed. My mind, body & spirit just collapsed under the stress and strain.
What does that mean, exactly? My mood switched from full-on “high” to an extreme low, with intrusive thoughts, loss of interest in anything, inability to function with any real cohesive thoughts to overall increase in body pain from all of my conditions, lack of sleep, anxiety attacks and more.
During my two weeks of the recent manic phase, I started eating keto [again*]. I have lost 8.6 lbs since I started keto again on July 26, 2020. And because I’ve been tracking my food, carbs, nutrients, etc…. I also noticed something else….
My carb cravings are tied to my migraines. I’m not the only migraineur who deals with this. I’m not 100% sure if it’s our body trying to “recover” itself by fueling with carbs (similar to yawning increases oxygen to the brain). I just know that tracking my food made me more aware of what I would have turned to, vs what I chose to turn to.
Instead I chose low carb options to help. I did eat about 6 grams more carbs yesterday than I have been, but it did not mess up my weight loss. But it’s taking a lot of control to not carb binge, during a time when I feel like I have no control (thanks bipolar).
[*This is a common thing, when I am manic: I will start new things, come up with great ideas… and I also spend a lot of money. Then I flip back to the depressive state and feel entirely overwhelmed with all of it and not able to function….and repeat over and over…]
As you can see by the above, all too common cycle, it’s exhausting. It’s a constant state of physical and emotional stress that is compounded by real physical pain and symptoms that are part of my chronic physical health conditions and exacerbated by my mental illness conditions.
I see my specialists regularly. I get medication adjustments when needed, but this yo-yo behavior is part of bipolar.
Controlling stress is one of my top priorities. Stress seems to steer the ship when it comes to bipolar and migraine. If I can control the stress, then it can lessen the intensity of the manic to depressive and the migraine pain increase; but nothing stops it completely.
It sucks living life one stressful event away from a melt down that you know will happen and you can’t stop. I just do my best to try to minimize it all.
If you’ve read this far – bless you. It has been very difficult to pull my thoughts together to even write this. So the fact that I did is an accomplishment in and of itself and shows that I’m trying to manage as best I can.
Now I’m going to go rest again. But if you could, please comment below and let me know if sharing my struggle helped you? Did you learn anything about bipolar and/or migraine that you didn’t know before? If nothing else, please comment so I know someone read this. 😛