Everything You Need to Know to Combat Migraines

Migraines are the worst affliction a person can experience because they are invisible and sometimes people don’t believe you when you encounter them. The American Migraine Foundation estimates that more than 36 million men, women, and children get migraines each year in America. Although a migraine may interfere with your daily activities, there are many things you can do to help you raise your threshold, so your migraines will become less frequent and less severe.
1) Sleep at least 8 hrs of uninterrupted sleep per night.
2) Reduce your stress levels. Use yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.
3) Weather changes. When low barometric pressure changes occur, such as rain, snow, cloudiness, fog, etc., migraines are more likely. Accuweather.com even has a migraine forecast to accompany their traditional estimates.
4) Allergies and sinuses. Allergies and sinus pressure can precipitate migraines due to the extra pressure built up in the face. Most patients are recommended to use something like Flonase or saline nasal spray with Claritin daily to combat any sinus issue that may erupt.
5) Food triggers. If you don’t adhere to the food trigger diet, which is extremely limiting, you will know it instantly. However, most migraines are caused by this because there are many additives in our foods. Go here for an excellent, detailed list: https://migraine.com/migraine-triggers/food-and-drinks/
Avoid words on the back of packaged goods such as nitrates, nitrites (used in bacon, beef jerky, ham), modified food starch, yeast extract, “natural flavors” and soy. Often these are lab-made preservatives that will precipitate migraines. In the beginning, create a food diary and write down your triggers.

What Helps a Migraine:
1) Being in a quiet, dark room
2) Avoiding blue light on your cellphone and computer. Install the app Twilight and Flux for the computer, which blocks blue light and will help you produce more melatonin.
3) Sex: relieves symptoms during an acute attack due to diverting blood from the brain to elsewhere in the body
4) Caffeine* but there is a massive caveat to this one. Avoid caffeine in your routine, which can make migraines quite terrible due to the rebound effect. However, if you feel a migraine starting, caffeine can help stop one coming on.
5) Avoid NSAIDS- don’t take more than eight days worth in a month. You can get rebound headaches if you do.
6) Acupuncture