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I suffer from migraines, at least one or two a month. Luckily, I missed having any last month so the one that hit me yesterday was a whopper one!!
If you suffer from migraines, the first thing you should do, is try to find your triggers. The best way to do this is to keep a diary. Write down everything. What you eat. What you clean with. Where you went. How much you slept.
I know my triggers:
- Estrogen fluctuations (when I ovulate and right before my period starts)
- Some smells (strong chemicals, which is why I use natural cleaners mostly)
- Prolonged loud noises
I have found a few ways to handle my migraines, other than expensive prescriptions.
- To help with the estrogen drops, I drink pomegranate juice right before I know there will be a fluctuation. Unfortunately, now that I’ve entered perimenopause, I can’t always know when I ovulate or am ready to start. Now it could be a month, or every two weeks, who knows?? Keeps life exciting.
- Peppermint. I use peppermint oil that I got from the health food store. I dab it on my temples and back of neck. I have found this helps, but only if you use it as soon as the migraine starts. If you don’t use it in the very early stages, it does little to help.
- I had a friend that worked years as an EMT. She said you can take 2 aspirin, 2 Acetaminophen (Tylenol), and 2 Ibuprofen (Advil). Since each medicine is different, they can be taken together.
- Recently, another friend suggested taking 1 Dramamine and 2 Benadryl.
- Cold compresses. I keep an ice bag in the freezer specifically for this. Take a ziplock bag and fill half way with water. Then add about 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol. This will make it unable to freeze completely but an extremely cold slushy.
Do you suffer from migraines? What are your triggers? What have you done to help ease the pain?