Are migraines taking over your life?
If you suffer from migraines, it is important to identify the triggers that cause the migraine. Here are some of the most common triggers and treatments for chronic migraines.
- Specific Foods: Heavily Processed foods, Alcohol, Refined sugar and caffeine (or the lack of) are some common dietary culprits. Keeping a food and drink diary for a week can help understanding of potential patterns between your diet and migraines.
- Stress: There are many different approaches to reducing stress. Remedies including meditation, essential oils and listening to calming music are worth exploring.
- Light sensitivity: is one of the most commonly reported symptoms of migraine sufferers. Extended exposure to harsh lighting can further exacerbate mild headache symptoms. If you feel a migraine coming on it’s a good idea to take a break from staring at computer or phone screens.
- Stay Hydrated: Many headaches are caused by dehydration. Keep a reusable bottle for water with you during the day. This will allow you to drink water when you’re thirsty and help to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
- Triptans: Triptans are medications that combat extreme migraine symptoms. Triptans work primarily by constricting blood vessels and blocking the brain’s pain receptors. Those at risk for heart attacks and strokes are urged to not take triptans.
- Botox: Botox has proven successful for relief for migraines in many cases. The FDA has only approved Botox for those suffering from chronic migraines. What does this mean? You must have 15 or more days of headaches each month. You must also be 18 years or older
- Reduce your Stress: Sources of stress vary for each person. A bit of introspection on what causes stress in your life may be useful to help with your migraines.