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More on the How I use my Migraine Diary

Apr 13th, 2010 | By Beth
More on the How I use my Migraine Diary

Those of us who have migraines have all heard how tracking a set of facts in a diary can help. For a small sidetrack, I refuse to call this thing a ‘headache diary’ because as I’ve noted before, these are not typical headaches and shouldn’t be referred to as such. That said, I talked briefly about starting a migraine diary in Recognize Your Migraine Triggers, but that was a minimal start to what I’ve been researching you need in a determined migraine diary effort.

After reviewing some additional online sources, I’ve decided to track the following in my migraine

diary:



Save Me from the Well-Intentioned, but Unknowing Ones

Apr 11th, 2010 | By Beth

Those who suffer from migraines also have to ensure a high number of well-intentioned people who think they know about migraines, but clearly cannot. Unless you’ve suffered a migraine, you cannot, I repeat, cannot know what it takes to get through them.

Let me give you a few examples of how well-intentioned people have tried to help me when I’m suffering a migraine.



Migraines: It’s not just the Food for me

Apr 9th, 2010 | By Beth
Migraines: It’s not just the Food for me

Foods containing nitrites and nitrates, such as cured meats like salami, bacon, and hot dogs, are well-known and common migraine triggers. Most preserved meats contain nitrates, which are converted into carcinogens, which is a cancer-causing agent, in the body.
Foods containing monosodium glutamate, or MSG, are also common triggers. MSG is made from starch, corn
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Warning Signs of an Impending Migraine

Apr 7th, 2010 | By Beth
Warning Signs of an Impending Migraine

Some of the symptoms of a migraine can occur before the headache starts, giving the sufferer a window of time in which to potentially treat the migraine and minimize some of the symptoms. Some sufferers have reported auras, which are defined as visual disturbances such as sparkling or flashing light, lines in their visual field,
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Phases of a Migraine Attack

Apr 5th, 2010 | By Beth
Phases of a Migraine Attack

According to Wikipedia, about 40-60% of migraineurs experience the prodome phase, which can consist of altered mood, irritability, muscle stiffness, feelings of depression or euphoria, excessive fatigue or sleepiness, and often cravings for certain foods. With some of these symptoms swinging both directions – feelings of depression or euphoria, for example – it can be difficult for someone to know if they are just experiencing life or if there is a migraine on the near horizon.



Caffeine and Migraines – Does it help or hurt?

Feb 25th, 2010 | By Beth
Caffeine and Migraines – Does it help or hurt?

Now, we all know that caffeine is a popular ingredient in prescription and OTC migraine medications; however, I started to wonder if caffeine had a downside for a migraine sufferer like me.

According to WebMD.com, caffeine makes some medications more effective because it increases the body’s ability to absorb the medicine more quickly, which one would presume would result in faster relief and in some cases turn a really scary powerful migraine into something more…



Accidental Fasting and Migraines

Feb 25th, 2010 | By Beth
Accidental Fasting and Migraines

Eating a piece of cake or a handful of cookies may boost your blood sugar in the short term, but our bodies (if we’re non diabetics!) will overcompensate by producing too much insulin to counter the sugar in the food, thereby dramatically lowering our overall blood sugar quickly again. Pushing our weight loss through diet can also cause migraine triggers, as can over strenuous exercise – especially when accompanied by missed meals.



What Triggers Migraines?

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By Beth
What Triggers Migraines?

Discover common Migraine Triggers including, Food, Loud Noises, Lights, Smoke, Odors, Allergies and more.



Birth Control Pills and Migraine Headaches

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By Beth
Birth Control Pills and Migraine Headaches

First and foremost, women who begin experiencing migraines after starting birth control may find that eliminating that method of contraception eliminates their migraines. Actually, that seems like simple common sense. For some women who suffer migraines, however, taking a low dose estrogen-based birth control can reduce or eliminate their migraines attacks. The reason it works
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Warding off Migraines Early

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By Beth
Warding off Migraines Early

This is not necessarily a migraine treatment list, but more so general reference of what I normally do to slow down the onset of migraines. Some of those migraine sufferers who recognize auras or other early warning signs find the following steps work very well for reducing their migraine suffering:

drinking a glass of water
taking early
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