Disclosure: I created this post as part of a campaign by Teva Pharmaceuticals. I received an American Express gift card for participating.
A little while back, I wrote about how I’ve suffered from migraines and what some of my symptoms were like. I shared how migraines impact my life. For me, it’s important to know what triggers my migraine headaches so keeping track of them is key. It’s also important to be able to help those around you understand your migraines.
Keep a Journal
Write down everything that came before your migraine. What you ate, where you were, light level, sounds, smells, etc. Over time, you’ll look for patterns to help yourself better understand what brings them on. There are several known triggers of migraine, such as changes in weather, lack of sleep, bright lights and stress that migraineurs should be aware of. Knowing your potential triggers will help you avoid them, lessening the frequency and/or severity of your migraine. For me, I found that when I didn’t get enough sleep, water and hormones all had something to do with it. The time of month helps me narrow down the time a migraine might happen – and now I can make sure I get plenty of sleep and water.
Be Open With People
Let people know ahead of time that migraines are an issue for you – bosses, co-workers, family members, friends. Explain what happens and what you might need in these situations. This is especially important in the workplace. Do not wait until you are experiencing severe symptoms of your migraine to talk to people about it.
More on Migraines
Did you know that sometimes a headache that comes with a migraine is only part of the problem? In addition to head pain, migraine can include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound, which are enough to put a migraine sufferer out of commission for hours or sometimes days. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from migraines.