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How A Migraine Can Affect Your Life
I recently talked about what triggers migraines and how it affects my life. If you suffer from migraines, then you are nodding your head saying, “Chile,’ I understand!”
Migraines are no joke and are instant fun killers. I can start my day off with plans to head out to shop, take the boys to the park, read, and just relax.
That migraine comes in and says, “Nope, today you belong to me!”
And it rules you just like that. In fact, you can try every type of trick in the book, and nothing works. It sends you to bed like you’re a little being punished. The lights have to be off, and you lay there suffering under your pillow while everyone else continues about their day.
Not fair, right?
And sometimes, when it wants to be cruel, you will go to bed with a migraine and wake up ready to start a new day. That migraine comes floating around saying, “uh uh, not in my house!”
I tend to get migraines when:
- I’m stressed
- That time of the month
- Not eating
- Strong smells (like perfume, scents from cleaning supplies, etc.)
- And just because.
In my triggers of a migraine post, I mentioned the following issues can cause a migraine
- Certain Medications
- Loud or Sudden Noise
- Foods or Beverages
- Bright or Flashing Lights
- Missing a Meal
When I get migraines, it can leave me feeling tired, nauseous, dizzy, and downright sick. Many times I have to shut down my day and head to bed.
Having migraines affects me to:
- Miss time with my family.
- Miss deadlines and work assignments.
- Cause additional stress (if I am on a deadline and have to push it back because looking at a computer screen causes a migraine to get worse).
- Miss out on intimacy/sex (yeah, that whole “I have a headache tonight” is a real excuse)
- Miss out on life in general (there are many times I have to excuse myself, cancel events, etc. because my migraine will not let up).
- Work. When I used to work outside the home, there were many times I had to leave work because I felt someone was pounding on my head with the biggest hammer ever made.
- Lack of sleep.
Ways to help
I don’t have an easy one-fix-it solution, but here are a few suggestions.
- If you are not sure what is causing your migraine headaches, I suggest keeping notes in a journal or log. Every time you get a migraine write it down, and the things you were doing before a migraine started. This will help you know some of the triggers and issues surrounding your particular migraines. If possible, try eliminating those things out of your life. For example, since I know strong scents like perfume is an instant trigger, I will not wear it.
- I’ve also changed my diet over the past few years. There are certain “junk foods” and snacks I no longer eat because they can help trigger a migraine.
- You can also create a migraine “kit” to prepare for a sudden attack. For example, sunglasses can help with light sensitivity, and a plastic bag or basin may be necessary if any nausea or vomiting occurs.
To get more information about migraines, be sure to check out moretomigraine.com for vital information on how migraines affect your life and what you can do about it!
What are some things you do to help ease your migraine? With over 36 million Americans suffering from migraines, we are IN this thing TOGETHER! So, I would love to hear from you. What does a migraine stop you from doing?