Today’s #MigraineAwarenessMonth blog topic is: How do you cope with cognitive impairment? Share your best strategies. Since I’ve had chronic daily #migraines my entire life, I really do not know what my brain would be like without them. However, I can tell you that I experienced a very noticeable difference in my mental functioning after I started taking Topamax. I started taking it right at about the time I was finishing my PhD. After this, I lost a significant amount of my vocabulary. This manifests as word-searching problems. For example I will be talking to you and suddenly I cannot think of the word I want to say. Also I often cannot place peoples’ names with their faces. I can still communicate effectively, but I often end up choosing a simpler word or a longer explanation that I had originally planned.
Some strategies I use to help me with this problem are:
- If I am giving a talk I make sure I am well-practiced. This means the words are more likely to flow and word searching problems do not affect me as much.
- I’ve learned to pay extra attention to my facial expressions when I am having to think longer than normal. I don’t want to get caught with a blank expression on my face just because of a problem related to my migraine disease or my migraine treatment has temporarily hijacked my brain.
- I take notes in my phone with names of new people I have met.
- I don’t apologize too much. It just draws attention to the problem. #migraineexpert
#Migraine and #Headache attacks impact the ability to focus and concentrate. http://poht.info/2qNtzdg #MHAM #MHAMSMC