What Dietary Changes Can You Make for Migraine Relief Today? I know I have shared a little of my migraine story with you before….My migraines had become so intense over the past 15 to 20 years that I felt all hope was lost. I was continually missing out on social activities and work, and I just didn’t see an end in sight. I imagine you have probably felt the same way. You are constantly worried that you won’t be able to make some type of social event or that the week will inevitably end with you having had yet another migraine attack that left you feeling fragile, depleted, and worn out. Depression isn’t far out of reach as you are ravaged with pain, and sometimes it feels no one understands.
I’ve definitely been there. It seems as if our lives will never be “normal.” We get so sick and tired of the constant pain and supposed remedies that just don’t work for us.
Do You Really Believe Migraine Relief Is Possible? When I first started suffering with migraines, I was 21. I had just had my first child. Since migraines “run in my family,” I guess it wasn’t surprising when I started getting them too.
When they first began, they were few and far between, and while I saw a doctor and did get some medication, at that point in time, it was more a nuisance-factor in my life. Don’t get me wrong. The pain was severe and they were miserable. I was under a doctor’s care and had to take medications fairly often. However, when I look back on where I eventually wound up, in comparison, my migraines were infrequent and more manageable during that time.
If you think it’s just a headache, you’ve never had a migraine. As a migraine sufferer, isn’t this what you would like to tell people who either don’t understand migraines at all, or who say they understand because they’ve experienced bad headaches themselves?
Many people know very little about migraines – and have a tendency to think Migraine is just bad headaches that comes and goes in a couple of hours. Let’s face it, we’ve probably all had that type of headache at one time or another.
After suffering with chronic and intense migraines for many years, I remember that my husband had a bad headache associated with high blood pressure – lots of throbbing and pain for a few hours. Afterward, he looked at me and said, “Now I know how you feel when you get a migraine!” I’m sure as a migraine sufferer you know what my “not so nice” response was to that comment!
Can Certain Foods Make A Difference With Migraines and Headaches? It is probably not news to the majority of migraine sufferers that most of us are in some way affected by the foods we eat. It can get complicated – some foods we know are triggers for us, and yet on some – more rare – occasions, we can eat that same food with no reaction……go figure!
Foods most likely to trigger migraines (and even some types of headaches) include wheat, milk, cheese, chocolate, coffee, sugar, peanuts, pork and chemical additives and preservatives.
The good new is that some foods do not cause or irritate headaches or migraines, and some foods can even help prevent or alleviate headaches and migraines.
So here’s the deal – many adults have unknown food allergies. Did you know that a high percentage of headaches – and even migraines – involve food intolerances? You have probably experienced for yourself what many migraine sufferers have also experienced – fewer headaches after eliminating foods they hadn’t even realized they were allergic to!
The Relaxation Effect on Migraines
n previous articles, we have discussed how relaxation and meditation can be beneficial to you if you are a migraine sufferer. It helps reduce stress, takes your mind off your pain, and has an overall positive effect on your whole body.
Another mental skill that can improve your focus and give you an on-the-spot calming effect is Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Progressive muscle relaxation was developed by Edmund Jacobson in the 1920s, and been used since that time by physicians, physical therapists, counselors, psychologists, and coaches for many reasons. I actually do this type of relaxation myself and have found it to be one of the most effective for me.
Don’t let morning migraine steal your whole day.
It is one of the worst things when you wake up with a migraine, isn’t it?
You went to bed perfectly fine and then – of all things – you wake up in that all too-well-known and unpredictable pain. What happened? You were fine when you went to bed.
“Morning migraine” is especially frustrating to a migraine sufferer since very often, it seems as if nothing special or specific happened during the night, or even the night before, to make this happen.
So why is this happening? Is it possible to stop this cycle you sometimes find yourself in?