Migraine pain can make it tough to enjoy life. Fortunately, there are many actions a migraine sufferer can take to reduce or eliminate migraine pain, and these include:
Identify Your Migraine Triggers
There are four anatomical migraine triggers: the forehead, temples, nose and neck. Additionally, physical conditions like stress and fatigue, dietary and lifestyle changes and other factors may increase an individual’s risk of migraines. For a person who experiences migraine pain, it is important to consult with a primary care doctor. Then, this individual can work with a doctor to identify and manage his or her migraine triggers.
Get Sufficient Rest
A good night’s sleep may go a long way toward preventing migraines. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommends adults between the ages of 26 and 64 get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. If a person follows the NSF’s recommendation, he or she could put migraine pain to rest.
Research indicates moderate aerobic exercise helps minimize the severity and length of migraines and reduce migraine frequency. Plus, regular aerobic exercise helps alleviate stress, a common migraine trigger.
Avoid Skipping Meals
The hustle and bustle of everyday life sometimes causes people to miss meals during the day. Yet even a single missed meal may cause a drop in blood sugar that ultimately leads to migraine pain. Thus, if a person eats meals regularly throughout the day, he or she can maintain a consistent blood sugar level. And as a result, this individual can limit the risk of low blood sugar that otherwise sets off a migraine.
Watch Your Diet
In addition to when a person eats, the food an individual consumes may have far-flung effects on his or her migraine pain. Chocolate, artificial sweeteners and aged cheeses, for example, are known migraine triggers. If migraines commonly occur after a person consumes certain foods, this individual may want to remove these foods from his or her diet.
A lack of fluid in the body may cause a dehydration headache or migraine. Therefore, an individual should drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration headaches and migraines. The daily recommended amount of water is roughly 13 8-oz. glasses for men and approximately nine 8-oz. glasses for women, according to the Institute of Medicine. By following this recommendation, men and women can quench their thirst and combat migraine pain at the same time.
Manage Your Stress
Work, school and other everyday life stressors may cause tension, as well as migraine pain. If a person starts to feel tense, engaging in a relaxing activity may help this individual calm down and prevent a migraine. Stress-relieving activities like practicing yoga, walking or listening to calming music may help a person manage tension. Best of all, these activities are instant stress-reducers that deliver proven results.
Avoid Bright Lights and Loud Noises
Bright lights and loud noises are sometimes unavoidable. They are also known migraine triggers. If a person spends an excess amount of time in front of a computer screen or TV, he or she may experience severe migraine pain. On the other hand, if this individual can identify the first signs of a migraine, he or she will know exactly when to take a computer screen or TV break.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
In some instances, high humidity and hot temperatures are linked to migraine pain. If certain weather conditions lead to migraine pain, it never hurts to step indoors. That way, an individual can limit his or her weather-related migraine pain.
Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenarios
When it comes to migraine prevention, preparation is key. By consulting with a doctor, an individual can work with a medical professional to find the best way to treat his or her migraine pain. He or she may also receive medications to help combat migraines any time they occur.
The aforementioned tips are beneficial for migraine sufferers. However, chronic migraine sufferers who find that their current medications are ineffective or cause intolerable side effects may require additional help.
Dr. Jonathan Cabin of The Migraine Institute helps chronic migraine sufferers achieve long-term migraine pain relief. As a board-certified head and neck surgeon with dual subspecialty training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Cabin works with chronic migraine sufferers to help them identify their migraine triggers and permanently address their migraine pain. To find out more about Dr. Cabin’s approach to migraine treatment and prevention, please contact us today at 310.461.0303 to schedule a consultation.