This one is high on my list of things to write about! I was one of those people who never understood a migraine sufferer. I had never had migraines, sure an occasional headache but never a debilitating migraine. My husband has suffered with migraines as long as he can remember. So when we got married and he had his first migraine and had to call in to work and go to bed, I just didn’t get it! I thought why do you have to take a day off work and go to bed for the day? My thought was just take some Advil and press on! That’s just how little I understood about the debilitating effects of a migraine, then we had our auto accident in 2005 and within a week or two, I got my first full fledged migraine and all of a sudden I got it! I sat out to figure out what is a migraine, why is it so different from just a run of the mill headache and what can be done to prevent them of at the very least make them not as painful and debilitating.
Both migraines and headaches can be debilitating, but a migraine is considerably worse! The point where a headache becomes a migraine is unclear to scientists, but if you suffer both you know when a headache becomes a migraine, there’s no doubt if you have just a headache or a full blow migraine.
Some things that can cause a headache and the things that trigger a migraine are usually very evident to the one suffering with the migraine..
Stress, anixiety, dehydration, alcohol, certain food (this is a hit and miss for most people, one thing you can trigger a but by simplykeeping a food journal can help you figure out your triggers, and avoid them in the future). Migraines generally come with a wide range range of additional symptoms, that you usually don’t get with a headache, some of these symptoms are nausea, vomiting, blurred or disturbed vision, which may include aurora’s, like flashing or zigzag lights before your eyes, and seeing any light is generally unbearable. Both migraines and headaches can occur when your blood sugar is out of wack, to low blood sugar or to high to keep your blood sugar at good levels, it is best to eat 3-6 small meals a day, this keeps your blood levels stable and may prevent or at the very least not make a migrain. Foods rich in magnesium, as well as oily fish have been shown to help prevent migraines. Food allergies or intolerances have been implicated as a triggering for migraines.
Foods useful in preventing migraines:
High-Fiber foods, such as whole grain bread, oatcakes, brown rice, fruits and vegetables, whole wheat pasta, help to regulate blood sugar which can ward off migraines.
Magnesium-rich foods, like nuts, seeds, whole grains, green vegetables, and soy, can help prevent migraines.
Oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel, salmon, herring, and tuna are also foods that can help you avoid a migraine, since these foods reduced inflammation.
Water; make sure you drink plenty of water, as dehydration can trigger migraines.
Foods to Avoid:
Chocolate, hard cheese, red wine, sour cram, red wine, smoked and cured fish, and prepackaged meats that are known to trigger migraines.
Caffeine can be a migraine trigger, so eleminate coffee, tea, and soda’s. Be sure to do it gradually, because coming off caffeine can cause dramatic withdrawals, that can also trigger an attack.
Avoid food additives, including artificial sweeteners, nitrates in preserved meat, as well as monosodium glutamate (MSG), found in used potato chips, bottled sauces, ready-meals,and it your most ChIniese restaurants, can all trigger migraines.
Calcium, Magnesium, CoQ10, Essential fatty Acids (like fish oil, or flax seed oil), Primrose oil, a good Multivitamin and Mineral formula, 5-HTP, Vitamin B Complex, Garlic, Quercetin with Bromelain, and Vitamin C.
Feverfew, Ginkgo, Cayanne (Capsaicin), Chamomile, Ginger, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tumeric, Valerie, Willow Bark, and/or Wormwood.