Preventing Migraines

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If you suffer from migraines, you know the pain, nausea, and light and sound sensitivity that they bring. People used to refer to them as "sick headaches," an apt description since the pain is only part of the ordeal. Having one can make it hard to complete your daily tasks. You can better manage your headaches if you identify your migraine triggers and take some preventative steps.


Some people get an almost immediate headache after consuming some types of alcohol. These headaches are not necessarily hangovers. Alcohol is a well-known migraine trigger, although you may only be sensitive to certain types. Experts recommend avoiding any kind of alcoholic beverage that gives you a headache within eight hours of consuming it. Although you may have to eliminate a few of your favorites, you should still be able to enjoy a drink or two at home or at the bar.


You may be surprised to learn that sleeping too much can be a migraine trigger, but it's true. Sleeping in on a Saturday may mean you spend the rest of the weekend with a headache. Too little sleep is also a culprit. Your best strategy is to establish regular sleep habits. Try and go to bed and get up at the same times each day, even when you do not have to go to work. Improved rest may help reduce the number of migraines you get each year.


If you are sensitive to the smell of some perfumes, a coworker who over-indulges in cologne or perfume can set off a migraine in a matter of minutes. This trigger is a difficult one to avoid since you cannot control what other people apply to their bodies. If you have to work with someone whose perfume sets off your suffering, try nicely asking them to tone it down. If that doesn't work, ask to be moved away from the offender. If you frequently end up in the elevator with someone who overdoes it, take the stairs. Try not to get trapped in a small space with a perfume abuser.

If you can track your migraine triggers, you will be able to prevent many of these mega-headaches. Try charting your headaches for several months to see when and where they start. Present this chart to your doctor when you see them for help with pain management. Fewer migraines and better pain relief can greatly improve the quality of your life. Make an appointment with a clinic like Premier Health LLC for more information.


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