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Do This - Not That: Preventing Migraines

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What are some tips for preventing migraines?What are some tips for preventing migraines?


If you have ever had a migraine, you know the pain can be debilitating. A migraine can come on unexpectedly and last for several hours, preventing you from going about your tasks. At times, that agony may even force you to hide in a dark room until the pain passes.

With a bit of diligence and creativity, you may be able to prevent some migraines. Below are some simple dos and don’ts you can follow to try to prevent and minimize migraine headaches.

DO THIS:
  • Learn your triggers and avoid them.
  • Avoid flashing lights.
  • Wear sunglasses outside.
  • Avoid loud noises.
  • Manage stress.
  • Simply your life.
  • Do something relaxing every day.
  • Stay away from strong scents.
  • Get adequate sleep on a regular basis.
  • Follow a bedtime routine.
  • Keep a headache diary.
  • Keep a food diary.
  • Eat regular meals.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Consider acupuncture, chiropractic care, and other complementary treatments.
  • Ask about Botox.
  • Try biofeedback.
  • Be positive.
  • Talk to your doctor about prophylactic medications.
NOT THAT:
  • Don’t wait to treat a headache.
  • Don’t get dehydrated.
  • Don’t ignore auras.
  • Don’t ignore mood swings.
  • Don’t ignore numbness or tingling.
  • Don’t forget a stuffy nose and watery eyes can be related to migraines.
  • Don’t confuse a migraine with eye strain.
  • Don’t ignore a stiff neck–it could be an early sign of a migraine.
  • Don’t watch TV in bed.
  • Don’t eat before bed.
  • Don't skip meals.
  • Don’t take naps which could keep you awake at night.
  • Don’t indulge in alcohol, chocolate, MSG, aspartame, caffeine, or processed meat.
  • Don’t take extensive amounts of over-the-counter medications.
  • Don't overextend yourself.
  • Don't sweat the small stuff.
  • Don’t give up.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-07-2015 - 10:08 PM


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