The pain associated with a migraine is excruciating. I know because I've been in that situation. But let me explain, I have written you a short story.
- This is The Story I Want To Tell You
Like many, I suffered from migraine headaches for years. They started when I was very young, at about the age of seven or eight. Most of the time they would begin shortly after I went outside and began to play with my friends. Running around and engaging in play involving physical exercise was next to impossible because once I became over-heated from the intensity of the play, I began to sweat, my head felt very hot, nausea and vomiting set in, and the headache pain became excruciating . Crying from the severity of the pain, as would most children of that age, I ran home as quickly as I could to get my Mother's help. Once home, the routine we followed never varied and was well understood. Entering my bedroom, my clothes came off. I took a cold water shower to ease the pain, and since the light in the room caused me further discomfort the room was made as dark as possible. My bed was turned down and made ready for me to use it. A bucket with a bit of water in the bottom was placed at the side of my bed for my use when vomiting. It was invariably needed. In those days, the mid 1940's, there was not much that could be prescribed for a young boy of my age and so aspirin was taken. Before the aspirin could even take effect it was usually thrown up, and the vomiting continued until there was nothing left in my stomach. Dry heaves often took up where the vomiting ended. Cold wash cloths placed on my forehead were helpful. In bed, the tossing and turning as a result of the pain, kept me from the sleep I so willingly wanted. Finally I fell off to sleep and when I woke up, mercifully the headache and the symptoms associated with it were gone. Except for my exhaustion caused by my struggle with the headache pain and the associated symptoms that came with it, I felt fine, until the next time when all that occurred before happened once again.
These heads continued over the years, with diminished frequency and intensity, until I was about 65 years old. Thank God, I no longer suffer from this very debilitating illness. Nothing but the passage of time and my increased age ended this.
What can be done to reduce the frequency, intensity or length of duration of your suffering?
- Always Consult Your Physician
To begin, fortunately for you medical science has advanced since I experienced all of this. I know there are a number of things that can be done and from the standpoint of prescriptions you may wish to consult your doctor about the possibility of taking Zomig. Check with your doctor, but from what I understand that drug prevents migraines if taken as soon as the first signs of getting a migraine appear. If you wait to take it, it is too late. I was told by my physician when that remedy was prescribed for me, that it was essentially self diagnostic. If you had a migraine the pill would help to prevent it if timely taken. If you did not have a migraine coming on, it did nothing. That prescription was very beneficial to me in my personal circumstances. It may or may not be right for you and I am sure, that since it has been several y ears now since I had this problem, other drugs may be on the market and available for your physician to prescribe. The important point for you to take from this is that there are things your doctor can do to help, so do not walk, run to your doctor's office and explain to her what is happening and make your request that she does something to help you. She can help.
Keeping a journal could be very helpful in determining if one or more specific food items is a trigger for your migraines. In my case some foods that I particularly enjoy eating, if ate with the frequency and in the amount that I enjoy having, invariably bought on a migraine headache. The primary culprits for me, but not necessarily for you were Chocolate and Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Foods containing MSG (Monosodium glutamate) were also certain to cause me problems. It can be difficult to give up foods that you especially enjoy, but choices have to be made sometimes. And not eating a food you enjoy, if it is established to be a trigger for migraines in your case, is a rather minor concession when it means less pain and a better quality of life for you.
- Identify Triggers And Make Needed Changes in Your Diet
By changing your diet it is possible you can identify and eliminate specific food items that will trigger your migraine. Each individual has his own triggers that will bring on a migraine. It is important to establish what they are for you. Pay attention to the food you eat and try to figure out if there is any correlation between the things you are eating and when you are getting a migraine.
For some, stress is a large factor in bringing on a migraine. We are all exposed to stressful situations at home, at work, with the family and in other ways. But stress management experts point out that you need to take control of what goes in your life and reshape events in a way that is least likely to impact upon your emotions.
First and foremost, consult your physician. People who have heads often say that they are having a migraine, when they are having something else. Let your doctor make the diagnosis and provide remedies that can help you.
Keep a journal. Document when you have heads and what you ate before it occurred. It could help identify the triggers that bring on a migraine in your situation and be good information to share with your doctor.
Restructure your life to avoid stress wherever possible. My heart goes out to anyone afflicted with this miserable illness. Do not lose hope, one day it will stop and you will be free of migraines. Until that day arrives labor on.
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