If you’re a migraine sufferer, then you’ll know how completely debilitating they are. They have a clever knack of hitting when you need it most and ruining your plans. These tips for coping with migraine are things I use myself to cope.
I’ve suffered with migraines for most of my adult life. As a Mum of three children who works long hours, having a migraine is a living nightmare. When I sat down and thought about it, I’ve actually suffered with migraines for almost 20 years! Not only did that make me feel really old, it also made me realise that I must have lost hundreds of days to migraines over those years!
1. Work out your triggers
Some people suffer from migraines triggered by various things. It might be food, drink, stress. It could be any number of things.
It’s a good idea to keep a food and drink diary to try to work out any common things you’ve consumed in the run up to suffering with a migraine. For me, I can’t touch red wine.
- Lack of sleep
- Hormonal changes
Once you have an idea of what might be your trigger, you can try to eliminate it. Obviously it’s far easier to cut out dairy than it is to cut out stress or improve your sleep, but there are steps you can take.
2. Know your warning signs
Not everybody gets warning signs, but some migraine sufferers can tell when one’s about to hit thanks to a little, subtle warning sign they’ve learned to pin point.
Warning signs are really useful. They give us time to take medication, try to get some rest and prepare ourselves for the possibility that we’re about to go out of action for a day or two.
Some common warning signs:
- Blurred vision
- Flashing lights
- Spots in your vision
- Feeling nauseous
- Extreme fatigue
3. Seek medical advice
Even if you’ve already been to see your GP, go again. There are lots of different medication and preventative treatments available and these change constantly. Your GP knows how disruptive migraines can be to your life and will understand that you desperately need to try to get some help to minimise the impact.
If migraines impact your life, you are definitely not alone.