Migraines and me

If you haven’t had the joyful experiences of a migraine then count yourself extremely lucky. Migraines are defined as a ‘recurrent throbbing headache, frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound’*.  I experience all of these signs, along with auras that cause me to hallucinate smells such as cat food and the liquid antibiotics for children (bright yellow and kept in the fridge).

After having migraines since middle school I have established some of my triggers and also some things that ease the symptoms – hopefully they may help you if you also experience migraines.

Triggers:

  • Alcohol
  • Missed meals
  • Dehydration
  • Caffeine
  • Changes to my routine
  • Screens
  • Humid/stormy weather

Remedies:

  • Massage
  • Ice packs
  • Sleep
  • Turning off the lights
  • Medication
  • Water

I admit, a lot of the time the remedies are useless and I have to just wait for the migraine to go away by itself – however if you’re stuck at work then they can come in handy.

If you do suffer from migraines, I would suggest that you keep a migraine diary in order for you to determine what triggers your migraines. You should note down what you eat, drink and also what you’re doing. When I went to the doctors regarding my migraines, this was the first thing they asked me to do – so you can skip a wasted doctors appointment by taking one with you!

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