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Got Migraine? Tips to get your life back

If you’ve got migraines like I do, you long for tips on how to get your life back. As a kid, some of my first memories are of migraine pain. In kindergarten, my mother had to collect me from the school nurse’s office a couple times because I was throwing up with a migraine.

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If You Have Migraine, You Are Not Alone

If you experience migraine, you are in good company with such history makers as Lewis Carroll, Vincent Van Gogh, Thomas Jefferson, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Andrew Levy, PhD, author of A Brain Wider Than the Sky said, “Thomas Jefferson had one of those headache phases just before he wrote the Declaration of Independence. He had a terrible ambivalence about the American Revolution … he couldn’t face making the choice or a decision. Whereupon he experienced several weeks of terrible headaches every day. When they cleared he returned to Philadelphia and wrote probably the seminal document of his career.”

And no doubt, like these well-known figures, you’d like tips to manage migraine attacks and get your life back.

Migraine Statistics

More than a headache, migraine is a neurological disease. Statistics indicate that each of us either experience migraine, have a family member who does, or know someone who has migraine. According to Relieve-Migraine-Headache.com:

  • 25 percent of women get migraines sometime in their lifetime
  • Eight percent of men get migraines sometime in their lifetime
  • 50 percent of these people get their first migraine before the age of 20
  • 98 percent experience migraine before age 50
  • Five percent get migraine before they’re 15 years old, and about a third of those experience migraine before age five
  • Before puberty, girls and boys are almost equal in the migraines they suffer
  • 70 percent of migraine sufferers have a close relative with migraine

Tips to Get Your Life Back When You Have Migraine

If you, or someone you know experience migraine, here are helpful tips to manage attacks and get your life back:

  • If you have more than 6–9 migraines monthly and can get on a daily preventative that doesn’t have side effects, you are a good candidate.
  • Get 8 hours of regular sleep — to bed and wake up at the same time.
  • Change out lights that are triggers. LED and fluorescent lights are bad for migraine. Regular soft light bulbs are best.
  • Drink a glass of water every two hours when awake.
  • For electrolytes, drink a natural sports drink each day. Find recipes on Pinterest.
  • Eat 30 grams of protein each day for breakfast.
  • Every two hours eat 100 calories in protein such as a cheese stick, hummus on celery, a hardboiled egg, or a quarter of a tuna sandwich.
  • Avoid sugar.
  • Include 30 minutes of exercise and laughter every day. My idea of exercise is sock-footed line dancing on our hardwood floors. It makes me laugh, too.
  • Look into migraine glasses.
  • Wear screen glasses when you have screen time — computer, TV, phone, or tablet.
  • No screen time for at least one hour before bed.
  • No screen time for the first hour after waking.
  • Eat meals largely consisting of vegetables, protein, and some whole grains.
  • Consider using a cefaly.
  • For those who are married, sex is a lovely preventative and makes everyone happy.
  • Check out the information on MigraineAgain.com
  • Learn from the Migraine World Summit

Migraine Relief Supplements

For those with migraine, a supplement formula has provided results:

  • 3 Butterbur daily
  • B-2, 400 mg morning and night
  • 1 CoQ-10, morning and night
  • 5000 vitamin D daily
  • Melatonin, 5 mg (or more) at night
  • Magnesium glycinate, 400 mg at night
  • Red Krill Oil, 2000 mg morning and night
  • Feverfew, 50–150 mg daily

Got Migraine Triggers?

Triggers for migraines include:

  • LED lights. These modern lights switch on and off hundreds of times every second which migraine brains detect while non-migraine brains don’t. I anticipate that once migraine becomes recognized, LEDs will be less used in public places.
  • Overheating. Bright sun and hot summer days, even too long in a too-warm room, can result in migraine pain.
  • Weather. When my phone says the weather pressure is above 30.0, migraines are more frequent. Since we don’t control the weather, we can be preventative.

Avoid Migraine Triggers To Get Your Life Back

Here are simple, easily do-able tips to get your life back.

1. Use a humidifier in the house and especially in your bedroom as you sleep.

2. Hydrate like crazy

3. Sometimes 800 mg of ibuprophen when I go to bed knowing the pressure is going to be in the danger zone can prevent the migraine from onset.

4. Sudafed with ibuprophen in a product such as Advil Cold & Sinus often relieves pressure that could lead to an attack.

5. Keep up electrolytes and vitamins

If you’ve got migraine, or someone you know experiences this debilitating condition, implementing these tips may be stepping stones to get your life back. While migraine cannot be eradicated, the number of attacks can frequently be managed.

Resources

Coping With Migraine: “Gotta Have Faith” Says NFL Star

LED Lights: Good For The Planet, Bad For Headaches

Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After by PeggySue Wells

How to Help Kids with Migraine Sleep Better by PeggySue Wells

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We’ve heard of soccer moms and stage mothers. I’m a writer who trailers my kids and horses across the nation. My Apple computer, fondly christened MacBeth, is the essential I bring along.