“I created this post as part of a campaign by Teva Pharmaceuticals. I received an American Express gift card for participating.”
Migraines – Tips on Taking Charge & Fighting Back
As I’ve shared with you before, I suffer from migraines; in fact I suffer from them quite often. Sometimes I can brush them off and continue with my day, albeit struggling. Other times; getting out of bed becomes an unobtainable task.
If you suffer from migraines as well, then you definitely know what I’m talking about. The moment you get the slightest warning that a migraine is coming, your day can be turned upside down from the anxiety of something you just can’t stop. Learning to take charge of your life (with migraines), and fighting back is key. Thankfully, there are many resources available that can help you (as they helped me) understand how to take back as much control of your life as possible.
Even migraine-ridden Hollywood superstars have come out to support the community of more than 36 million Americans that deal with migraines. One of those stars is; sufferer Jennifer Morrison. You may know her as Emma Swan on ABC’s adventure fantasy series Once Upon a Time, or as Dr. Allison Cameron in FOX’s House.
(Jennifer Morrison is a paid spokesperson working with Teva Pharmaceuticals to raise awareness of the More To Migraine campaign.)
Here are a few tips that have helped me predict, take charge, and fight back my migraines:
- As silly as it sounds, try to avoid any possible cause for headaches. For me, a small and simple headache could lead into a painful migraine. I stay away from alcohol (or considerable amounts of it), I don’t smoke, but also keep music and background noises to a decent level. This makes concerts and other venues a bit tricky, but for the most part this works for me.
- Keep a cold sleep mask in the freezer. I use this one regularly. At the slightest sign of a headache or migraine, such as nausea, or light and sound sensitivity issues, I lay down and put this on my face and try to relax as much as possible.
- Lastly, but perhaps the most important tip. Make sure your family knows how to deal with you when you have a migraine. My husband and kids know I can be irritable, or simply under tons of pain. Being quiet and considerate around the house can go a long way, as well as knowing where my meds or other support items are located. Most importantly, explain to them what migraines are and what they do, this will help them understand you better.
The worst part of a migraine is being stuck in bed, while your day is flying by and you’re simply powerless. That’s exactly why sharing information, best practices, and even remedies is important for all of us that suffer from them.
Together we can make a difference!