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I always find it kind of funny that everything nowadays has an "awareness" month... but I'm certainly not knocking it. Roughly 36 million people in the United States suffer from migraines1, so anything that can get migraine out into everyday conversation so people know about the disease and that it really needs attention, research, funding, etc., can only be a good thing.
I am so hyper aware of my migraines, that it can just seem almost comical that this month of June (which is usually one the hottest in the U.S. midwest) is the awareness month because it's usually one of my worst in terms of suffering! :)
As a blog ambassador for Excedrin Migraine, the one thing it's helped me pay more attention to and to a better job at lately is having more awareness of my triggers and trying to track everything I do and eat, as well as weather changes and sleep patterns. I've been tracking anything I possibly can, to figure out when my migraines are more likely to occur. For me, one of the hardest parts of this disease is the unpredictability of the attacks. If I can bring any amount of structure or predictability to it, that would go a long way to making my life better.
Even though I'm tracking like a crazy person though, it still isn't a magic answer to these migraines. I still can't quite figure things out. One food I think it causing a problem might trigger a migraine at one point in time, but I'll eat it again later in the month and it won't. So, I'm wondering if it's a combination of foods, or if it's the food in combination with my hormones at the time, etc. It's extremely complicated... and it makes me want to give up... but I won't. I've been working really hard for the last 2-3 months on my migraine treatments, and I'll write in more detail about what I'm doing in my next post!
If you're working on your triggers, here are some very common triggers from Dr. Keri Peterson, an Internist, who is working with Excedrin Migraine to give us all some great info to pass along.
- While fatigue and stress can trigger headaches in some people, migraines also have additional unique triggers:
- Diet: Certain chemicals in food and beverages can cause migraines. Eating more fresh and fewer processed foods can also help rid your body of toxins or chemicals that could be causing your headaches.
- Hydration: Dehydration can lead to migraines. Drinking plenty of water can help prevent this, and also helps rid your body of chemicals and toxins.
- Weather changes: Changes in weather or barometric pressure can trigger migraines.
- Menstrual cycle: Women with a history of migraines often report headaches immediately before or during their periods, when they have a drop in estrogen.
I hope having a few of those tips about common triggers from Dr. Keri will inspire you to take a quick look at your triggers like I have.
If you haven't been tracking your migraines, I highly recommend getting started with the Excedrin Migraine My Triggers App. It's super easy to use and makes it very simple to do it on a daily basis.. You can read my review of the app here.
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migraine-free experience is my own.
1American Headache Society, June 2012