Migraine headaches definitely have a major impact on your life, but they don’t have to be the only factor in your life. Remember, it’s still your life. You can still be in control, even if you have to work around your migraines.
Here are some suggestions about how you can take control of migraines and your life.
Know (and Master) Your Triggers
One of the most important ways to take control of your migraines is to know what triggers them, then use that knowledge to prevent migraines. If you don’t know your triggers, start a migraine journal and keep track of when you get your migraines and what preceded them. If you can track down your triggers, you can prevent many of your migraines.
Eat and Drink Well
Foods can be migraine triggers, but they can also prevent migraines. Eating a diet high in magnesium, vitamin B2, and omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the frequency of your migraines. It’s also important to stay hydrated.
Stress is a big migraine trigger. If your whole life feels like it’s a little bit out of your control, how can you possibly master your migraines? Delegate tasks that you can, improve your organization, and cut out obligations and activities that are more trouble than they’re worth.
Many migraineurs are apologetic about the time they have to spend resting and recovering during or after an attack. They think that this counts as their personal time and don’t take real time for themselves, which basically means that they are constantly serving others without taking time for themselves.
You need to take personal time dedicated to you that isn’t spent laying around in a dark room in agony. Prioritize fun and enriching activities for you, including a healthy amount of exercise that is consistent with your limitations.
Take Control of Your Treatment
It’s sad, but many people aren’t happy with their migraine treatment or with their doctors. They are just resigned to working with them because they don’t think they can really do any better. The truth is that you should have a team of doctors helping you that give you full confidence in their ability to reduce or eliminate your migraines. If you don’t, you need to look for a better team. If you current team doesn’t include a dentist, perhaps it should.