Tips for when you have Migraines

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Last Monday I had one of the worst migraines I’ve had in a long time.  I had a fun day at the ball field all weekend.  The weather was beautiful.  Since I was out all weekend I had a ton of things to do around the house on Monday.  I couldn’t do anything I had planned.  I basically got the kids off to school and laid around all day.  When they got off the bus, I was still in bed.  They sat up there with me and did homework while I covered my eyes with the blanket.  It wasn’t fun!  Over 36 million Americans suffer from migraines so I know I’m not alone on days like these.

Tips for when you have Migraines

Here are some things that help me get through those tough migraine days.

1.  Know your triggers.   There are several triggers that cause migraines.  Do you know yours?  I was in the bright sun for two straight days.  That was unusual because I’ve been in the house much of the winter.  When I have been out, it wasn’t for long periods of time.  I think that bright light for so many hours was one of the reasons I got my migraine.  I don’t think I drank enough water either.

2. Keep a journal.   If you’re having trouble finding out what your trigger are, then you need to keep a journal.  Write down EVERYTHING that was going on with you around the time you got it.  Were you sick to begin with?  Write down what you ate.  Are you stressed out more than normal?  Do you have any other physical systems?  It’s important that you don’t leave anything out.

3. Create a migraine kit.  I have something like this for when my family comes down with the stomach bug.  I have a bag in the back of my pantry of things we need so I don’t have to run out and buy anything.  Grab an old bag and have the things you need when your migraine hits.  Does light bother you?  Put some old sunglasses in.  Do you have nausea?  Buy a cheap trash can and put it under your bed.  Do you have issues with sound?  Keep some earplugs in your bedside table.  Keeping all those things handy will help you feel better faster because they are close by and you know it’s all in one place.

If you have more than just a headache and you need additional help or information you can go to the More to Migraine website.  It’s a great resource if you’re just starting to experience migraines or you’ve been having them for a long time.  Sometimes it’s nice to hear stories and get tips on how other people handle their migraines.

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