Thursday, July 2, 2015

Migraine Awareness - Take Care of your Health

Did you know that June was Migraine Awareness Month?  I didn't!  But better late than never.  Here is my attempt to bring awareness.

Now that my migraine has subsided, I wanted to write a bit more about it.  I am not writing for attention to myself but rather for attention to this common ailment.  Some specialists say that migraines are a neurological disease.

Migraines differ for everyone, although, there are similarities between migraine sufferers.  The intensity and duration varies not only from person to person but also from migraine to migraine.  There are various triggers and various warning signs.  Migraines really can be an enigma.

Some known triggers are:
  • Changes in the environment (i.e. air pressure, temperature, lights, sounds, smells)
  • Diet (i.e. too much sugar, too much caffeine, not enough water, not eating enough, certain foods)
  • Hormones (need I say more?!)
  • Mental health (i.e. stress, not enough sleep, depression)
That pretty much covers it.  As you can see, anything can trigger a migraine!

Some people have the luxury of knowing when a migraine is going to surface before it hits hard.  For most medications, this is a crucial time to identify because if you know this you can take your prescribed meds and avoid the onslaught of the migraine.  Some warning signs include blurred vision or seeing spots (most often referred to as auras), or prickly sensations.

For those who do not get warning signs, they may feel as though they have a headache.  Unfortunately, the headache builds and turns into a migraine that is not manageable.

There are medicines available that can dull the pain of a migraine, get rid of a migraine and even medicine to make it so you don't get migraines at all.  It is important that you monitor your migraines and think of what may have triggered it and discuss this in detail with your doctor.  However, one must keep in mind that a migraine can change how it works and can change course at any point in your life, so ongoing monitoring is essential.

To maintain quality of life, it is recommended that migraine sufferers:
  • Have a regular sleep schedule and make sure to get enough zzz's
  • Exercise regularly
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Eat a balanced diet, avoid processed foods and limit your sugar intake.  If coffee is a must, limit yourself to only one cup per day.
I think these tips are good for everybody, not just those who suffer from migraines.

I am no expert but I have done extensive research on this topic.

I hope that this article helps someone else out there.  If not a sufferer but maybe even someone who knows one. 

Remember, migraines do not need to stop you from enjoying life.  As debilitating as they are when the hit, there are options.  You just need to be patient.  Have faith that you will find relief.  And, do your best to take care of yourself.