Migraine: condition marked by recurrent moderate to severe headache with throbbing pain that usually lasts from four hours to three days, typically begins on one side of the head but may spread to both sides, is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or sound, and is sometimes preceded by an aura and is often followed by fatigue
I woke up to take my son to school and head out to work when something overcame me. I turned on the lights to find my clothes to get dressed but my eyes started to squint from the brightness. I felt dizzy and nauseous. The right side of my forehead was throbbing and I couldn’t make it stop. My head felt too heavy for my neck and I had to turn off the lights and lay down. I wanted to get rest but the nausea made me race to the bathroom, I couldn’t even keep water down. The long lasting migraine made me miss taking my son to school that day because I couldn’t drive and I had to call in sick to work. Migraines controlled my life and physically limited me. Unfortunately, according to the Migraine Research Foundation migraines are the third most prevalent disease in the world. Furthermore, it is the sixth most debilitating disease in the world. I mean who can work with a migraine? I know that once I get one, lights out for me for the rest of the day. I cannot function, I cannot take care of my family, or work. Migraines affect 28 million women in the U.S (Migraine Research Foundation). So many women suffer from migraines daily and don’t find any relief. I had them often enough that I would have to cancel plans, trips, and miss work. After having them non-stop for months at a time I decided it was enough and my body was really starting to not being able to handle it. I took the matters in my own hands and started noticing what really triggered them. I noticed that eating food with high nitrates, chocolate, cheese, or drinking red wine would trigger them. High levels of stress would also set them off as well as my menstrual cycle. So now I knew there had to be a change in the food I ate, the stress levels I endured on a daily basis, and the hormonal changes my body had right before I would get my period.
5 Tips to Get Rid of Migraines
Make time for yourself. Learn to cope with stress. See practitioners that can help treat the underlying cause and not just the symptoms.
Stay tuned for the next blog on how I normalized my menstrual cycle and eliminated the unbearable pain!