The Migraine Monster. Keep It Away

The Migraine Monster: Tips To Keep It Away

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What can I do to keep the migraine monster away?  There are several things you can do, however; since our bodies are so different there is no guarantee that anyone technique will work for all of us.

It's Going To Rain Today

Let me touch briefly on a little-known migraine trigger called the weather. How many of you have not been able to enjoy the peace and tranquility of a rainy day? It is because the barometric pressure change is causing pressure in your head?  For those of you that don’t know, it's typically a drop in the barometric pressure that is associated with this pressure in your head.  Some headaches have even been linked to thunderstorms alone. Research has shown that these changes in the weather can trigger migraine headaches.

Of course, doctors don’t quite understand why this drop-in pressure triggers migraines. They believe it may be related to the fluid in our tissues disrupting the fluids balance. I’ve heard some people say they feel like an animal because they can predict a front coming through even before it shows up.  They feel the early onset of the head pressure related to the change in the barometric pressure.

What Can I Do To Ward Them Off?

Keep rescue medications close at hand. If you know that a certain drug or herb helps you during an episode, be sure to have it handy. Sometimes if you can get it in your system quick enough it may help ward off the migraine monster.

  1. I don’t believe doctors have all the answers but they are necessary. Ask about different preventative options. Sometimes just trying different medications or treatments that are designed to keep them at bay may help you in your time of need.
  2. Manage the stress in your life. I know, easier said than done right? When you become stressed you become tense and this tension can provoke a headache. Stress hormones have been known to bring on a migraine headache. Some things you can do to help manage your stress is to exercise, learn and apply relaxation techniques, quiet the noise, deep breathing and more. Practicing these techniques have been known to help ward off the migraine monster.
  3. Dehydration is a factor. Drinking more water can help with a migraine and here’s why. When the fluid shifts in those blood vessels that are surrounding your brain, it can cause a migraine headache. This is why it’s so important for  you to drink fluids. Some take hydration for granted but our bodies are 60% water. Most don’t realize this but on a hot day your body can lose a liter of fluid quickly.
  4. Protect your eyes. Wearing sunglasses can help with migraine prevention by keeping the bright lights out of your eyes. Some migraine sufferers have triggered a migraine just by a sudden flash of light that hits their eye just right. Wearing sunglasses will reduce this in most sufferers.
  5. What are you eating and smelling? Your diet can play a huge factor in whether or not you will get a migraine. Research has shown that eating dark leafy greens, soybeans, fish and avocados are sources of magnesium. Studies have shown that magnesium has helped some migraine sufferers. Be careful with it though because too much of it can cause other medical issues including secondary Parkinson’s disease. Additional triggers can be caused by certain smells such as perfumes.

If you are suffering with migraines or headaches and seem prone to them please consult your doctor. He or she can help you identify triggers and other issues that may be triggering them. URLifeBack Migraine and Headache Support is a proven alternative.