I created this post as part of a campaign by Teva Pharmaceuticals. I received an American Express gift card for participating.
I’ve seen so many posts on social media over the last few days by people who are suffering from migraines. I know that sometimes knowing you are not alone helps, but I honestly wouldn’t wish the pain of a migraine on my worst enemy. I suspect that the weather might be the cause of so many of my neighbors’ migraines right now. The temps have been up and down, pollen is at a high, and we’ve had severe thunderstorms in the area as well.
As if head pain isn’t enough to deal with, migraines can come with other fun (I’m being sarcastic here!) symptoms like nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound, which are enough to put a migraine sufferer out of commission for hours or sometimes days.
In addition to weather, other things that can trigger migraines are lack of sleep, stress, and even bright lights. Tracking your own migraines and what factors were in play at that specific time can help give you insight into what might be causing yours. Sometimes that can help lessen the severity or frequency of migraines, if it’s something you can avoid. Other times you are at the mercy of your environment like with the weather.
If you haven’t seen a doctor about your migraines yet – go! Many times he or she can prescribe a medication to help. In addition to making sure you always have that medication handy, create a “migraine kit” for yourself. I have one for my home which includes some essential oils that I feel help a bit and some mints that calm my stomach. The one in my car has both sunglasses (that bright sunlight can really hurt!) and an airsickness bag I snagged from a plane flight – just in case.
Learn more about migraines at MoretoMigraine.com where you can read about actress Jennifer Morrison’s own journey* with migraines.
*Jennifer Morrison is a paid spokesperson working with Teva Pharmaceuticals to raise awareness of the More To Migraine campaign.