I’ve been a long time sufferer of the dreadful migraines. I can remember getting them in high school and college and basically having to just try and go to bed. Cold washrag, dark, quiet room, meds. All different kinds of meds. I saw neurologists, was on special birth control, food diets, nothing was a cure. Finally the only thing that made a true difference for me was seeing a chiropractor. I was set up on a pretty intense therapy plan but it did help.
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I’ve done a lot of research over the years about migraines and what to do. I am always researching and looking for new ideas or suggestions. Here are some things that DO work for me.
Oils: Lavender/Peppermint: Oils have become very popular lately. There are several good ones that I like. I’m not brand picky at all. A few drops on your temples and feet/wrists does help to relax me.
Food Diet: It’s a good idea to keep a food diary to see if you notice any one food that you are eating that can be causing the migraines. These are some high triggers: bananas, chocolate, dairy, MSG, wine, or other alcohol.
Scalp Massage/Neck Exercises: My Dr gave me a few neck exercises (You can even google this to find more) to do when I notice a headache coming on. This can help. Sometimes yoga can help de-stressing!
Have regular sleep hours: This can be hard but it’s best to try and get the same amount (at least 7 hours) and go to bed/wake up around the same time. Too much sleep or not enough can be harmful!
No skipping meals: Being extra hungry can cause a migraine. It’s best to eat regular meals.
No perfume/scented lotions. I have to steer clear of perfumes and sometimes perfumes friends wear. I love the smell of lots of perfumes but for some reason my body can’t handle it. I have to keep all make up and lotions/shampoos with a mild or non smell. It’s really sad but it helps in the long run.
Stay out of the sun: Being in the sun too long always brings on a migraine. I’ve learned the hard way several times with this. It’s unfortunate but I know now that I just can’t be outside in the hot sun for too long. I get dehydrated fast and it triggers awful migraines.
When I do feel a migraine coming on I try the neck exercises, drink extra water, (A friend said drinking gatorade helps at the start of one coming on!!) and then do the oils if doesn’t help. I do love my Migraine Hat. It does help ease the throbbing when I can’t just sleep it off. If a migraine gets worse (and they usually do for me) I have some medications that do help me. Sometimes they give side effects so I try and go to bed when I can. With 2 little kids that’s hard to do. My basic rule is that I NEVER leave home without my meds.
If you are one of the lucky ones that has NEVER had a migraine be so thankful! I think people that don’t know tend to not believe how bad they are. Thinking that it’s just a headache. It’s not! I’ve had so many wonderful days/nights/events spoiled because of an awful migraine. I’ve missed work and missed so many fun activities with my family. I actually had some this past weekend and I had to go to my bedroom and be in a quiet room while my family was eating dinner. It was miserable! When I don’t have a migraine I am so thankful and thank God for not having one, but I always stay prepared for when I do get one.
Do you suffer from migraines? If so, leave a comment about what you have found works for you.