If like me you are unlucky enough to suffer from migraines then you have my full sympathy. No matter what the trigger, they are seriously debilitating and leave me bed bound with a cold flannel over my eyes.
Unfortunately, my beautiful and incredibly leggy niece also suffers from them and has done since she was a little dolly. She’s 15 now and already a foot taller than me, all long lithe slender legs! I’ve just seen on Facebook that she’s had her inner ear pierced. Apparently a pressure point that alleviates migraine or was that just a con so that she could talk her Dad into letting her get a new piercing?
Anyway, migraines are shit and I hope the new piercing helps our dolly long legs!
They’re nothing like headaches – you can’t just pop a pill and be up and running 30 mins later. When I get one I’m usually laid up in a dark room for at least 8 hours solid, no light, no sound and quite often feeling nauseous. I
quite often get a halo effect too when I look at objects. I’m not a massive advocate of over the counter drugs so I’m always researching alternatives.
One of the most important is to try and understand if there are any specific triggers and then, yup you got it, eliminate them! As they say, prevention is better than cure. It’s gonna be a proper downer if yours is chocolate!
Keeping your own food diary is the best way to identify your weak spots. Same with the symptoms of IBS for example. It may be something completely incongruous that you’re regularly consuming that brings on your symptoms. I know what mine is.
Whilst stress plays a factor in my migraines so too does the white grape! It’s a crying shame (actually it really is as it does bring me regularly to whimpering tears) but these days a drop of Sauvignon or Prosecco is likely to have me holed up under the duvet the next day.
There are few other top migraine inducing foods and beverages.
In no particular order but if you spot one of your own on here, you know what you have to do!
Beans – they contain tannin like wine does
MSG – yup that Chinese takeaway is bad in more ways than one!
Hot peppers and pickled foods (step away from the gherkins!)
Foods that include tyramine (so we’re talking olives, avocadoes and aged cheeses). If this is your trigger you have may sincere sympathies. With white wine I could swap to red but without olives and avocadoes my life would be over!
Chocolate – probably because it contains caffeine (see above)
Dried fruits and processed meats both of which contain sulfites
Citrus fruits – it’s the histamine that can lead to your banging head
To counter the above there are a few foods that have a positive effect on reversing your migraine headache. These include, no surprise with the first one!
Water and LOTS of it – you must stay hydrated
Ginger – more to counteract the nausea if you suffer from that.
Having a home steam can also be a good idea.
A couple of drops of lavender, peppermint or basil oil can help.
I also have a little role on soothing stick that I apply to my temples. It has menthol in it so I find it really relaxing.
Supplements such as B2 and CoQ10 are proven to be successful in the prevention of migraines and practicing some mindfulness so that you remain relaxed will help with daily management of stress, which will lead to enhanced and more regular sleep which, you got it, will all help with keeping that pesky migraine head at bay.
The main thing is, stay hydrated, know your triggers and manage your stress!
Either that, or get a new piercing! Actually, I LOVE that little piercing! I'm not too old right?