How We Survive Migraines

We have been blessed with some good genes, easy to manage hair, good skin, and nicely shaped brows. However, we were also cursed. Cursed with migraines. Migraines are said to affect 3 times more women than men, and studies show that if your mother gets migraines then you have a 50% chance of getting them as well. With that being said, our migraines have been passed on to us. Our cousin even gets aura's brought on by migraines. My sister and I started suffering from migraines as soon as we hit puberty. We usually get them if we don't get enough sleep or during out menstrual cycle.

We have tried medication prescribed by our doctors, but unfortunately, they leave us feeling useless and unproductive. Jacqueline sometimes even feels like a vegetable. If mine get really bad and I still have work to do the only medicine I can take is Excedrin Migraine. However, I do still like to find more natural remedies to help with the pain.

 

What Exactly Are Migraines?

Migraines are reoccurring throbs in your head, often on one side. It can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Intense migraines can trigger aura, which are visual disturbances like flashes or blurred colored lights. 

Ahead, you'll find a list of things that we hope you can find useful is you suffer from them too.

 

1. DIM THE LIGHTS & TURN THE SOUND DOWN

Office lighting is always that painful florescent lighting. If I'm under it for too long, my migraines are immediately triggered and I'll l try to dim the lights. If that isn't an option I will move to a darker room in the office. Dimming the backlight on your laptop definitely helps. The less sound, the better as well. 

2. HYDRATE!

One of the major causes of headaches is dehydration. Always drink water! Jacq and I try to drink at least 100 ounces of water a day. It sounds like a lot, but we drink so much water that our bodies are constantly craving it. Try it out and we promise you will notice a significant difference in at least a week. 

3. MEDITATE

As a Mom I know it's difficult to tune things out and have pure silence. Grab a towel and opt to rinse it under cold water rather than hot. Place it on your forehead, and take some quiet time for yourself. 

5. CUP IT OUT

I have recently tried cupping, my Masseuse, James, from The Refresh Bar in Rancho Cucamonga specializes in cupping. It increase blood flow and helps relieve tightness and tension. It does leave a few marks on your body that lasts for 2-3 days. so if you plan to go somewhere nice and wear something that will reveal your back, just opt for a massage.

6. R & R

Make some tea, take a hot bath, or just do whatever it is that relaxes you. If all else fails, just lay down and get some rest. Lack of sleep can also trigger major migraines. Sometimes the best thing for migraines is a little R&R. 

 

Dare we say it...botox for chronic migraines. Botox was approved by the fda in 2010 to clinically treat migraines.