How to Live With Migraine Headaches

Zahna Klaver By Zahna Klaver, 25th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/pq96t1n9/
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Millions of us suffer from migraine headaches. At one time they were simply considered inconvenient but now it is known that each migraine causes brain lesions and that each one makes the next one more likely. So, it is even more obvious why we need to manage this chronic condition effectively.

How to Live With Migraine Headaches

Millions of us suffer from migraine headaches. At one time they were simply considered inconvenient but now it is known that each migraine causes brain lesions and that each one makes the next one more likely. So, it is even more obvious why we need to manage this chronic condition effectively.

Find and Avoid Triggers

Although the severity of each trigger varies from sufferer to sufferer there is a standard list of triggers. Lights (especially flashing and fluorescent), sounds (especially loud or constant background noise), smells (especially chemicals, perfumes and solvents), diet (especially artificial sweeteners, msg, alcohol, chocolate and aged cheeses), exercise or certain positions and “high emotional tone” (also known as stress, but it can be extreme happiness, too).

Identify yours and do what is necessary to eliminate them from your life. Consider them poison. There is no safe dosage.

Use a Good Preventative

There are many medications that are used to prevent migraines. Some prescriptions and some natural. Talk to a medical professional and see if an anti-seizure prescription could be right for you. Vitamin B12 methylcobalamin has been known to help many people avoid migraines and many other neurological symptoms. It is worth some research.

Identify the Early Warning Signs

Sensations such as heartburn, nausea, dry eyes, tingly toes or fingers, dizziness, a sense of deja vu, visual disturbances, trouble walking/ tripping, irritability, sadness or loneliness can all be signs our brains are malfunctioning and a migraine is imminent. Get out of the situation quickly!

Rescue Meds for Once the Migraine has Been Triggered

There are many ways to medicate a migraine. A few health conditions make triptans contraindicated but for those who can take them it is a miracle. Whatever rescue meds you are given, use them early, quickly and with full force. Waiting until “it is bad enough” leaves us with brain lesions and often leads to taking more meds and feeling worse in the long run. Some triptans come in a nasal spray (although some contain aspartame so if you are sensitive do not use them) for quick treatment.

Recovery Routine

Some are lucky enough to have a migraine and all its symptoms leave in a matter of hours. Some of us have lingering symptoms such as sore backs, muscles and foggy brains for up to 10 days. Document your recovery patterns so you can support the process. Hot packs, cold packs, baths, showers (with earplugs if you are sound sensitive and not at all if you are dizzy), raised legs, higher protein diets, dark, quiet... many things support the recovery process. Find a routine that works for you and let your people know that this is what you are doing. Support from the people around us helps negate the stress triggers.


Good luck with your migraines and know that once they are under control you can have a life again. It is not the same life we had before or the life others have with no migraines but we can spend less time in bed hiding from the world and recovering when we know our patterns and honour our needs.

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Headache, Migraine, Pain, Recovery

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author avatar Zahna Klaver
An early retirement in South America leaves me time to finally write about the subjects I have studied throughout my life. Health, nutrition, business, homesteading and cooking are my passions!

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