Migraines’ can be miserable, especially when you have kids to care for. However, there are some ways to manage a migraine.
Migraines affect women almost three times more than men. The worst part is, they are more dominant during a woman’s childbearing years, between the ages of thirty to forty. Matter of fact, out of every four women in her thirties, one will suffer from migraines.
According to the director of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Headache Center, in Washington, D.C., Jessica Ailani, for many mothers who experience migraines, the main question is, ‘How can I raise a child when it hurts just to raise my head?” Ailani goes on to say that the best answer to this question is to do whatever you can to make it feel better but first educate yourself.
Because you have to accept the fact that there is no cure for migraines and you can’t just wish them away, you must make some changes and learn how to manage them actively.
A study done by a Mayo Clinic showed that 37 percent of moms who suffer from migraines claim they prevent them from being a better parent and enjoying activities with their family. They also avoid places that have bright lights, loud noises, are crowded, or other, just to prevent migraines from coming.
Talk to your doctor if you suffer from migraines and create a plan to treat them while using the following to help feel better…
1.Change the Way You Live
A study done recently by Stanford University showed that migraines can be reduced 50 percent by eating right, drinking plenty of water, getting a good night’s sleep, and exercising regularly. Matter of fact, according to a Swedish study, exercising three times a week for forty minutes can prove to be just as effective as prescription medications in reducing the frequency of migraines.
Another thing is three large meta-analyses showed that deep breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques had almost the same improvement as taking drugs that prevent migraines.
2.Find Out What Triggers Your Migraines
There are many contributors to migraines; stress, reading, browsing the web, studying, a medical condition, something you ate, upset stomach, strong odors, lack of sleep, too much sleep, and more.
This may help. Write down what you were doing before a migraine began. After a number of episodes, you should start to see a pattern and then start avoiding whatever triggered a migraine. Or use a tracking app such as “Migraine Buddy”
3.Keep the Right Medications on Hand
According to a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, Elizabeth Loder, MD we try different drugs to see which works. Things like aspirin, or ibuprofen, or triptans may help temporarily. However, if used too frequently they can cause headaches that recur when the medications wear off. Try taking beta blockers such as propranolol, or seizures medications like topiramate, to prevent migraines from coming. Botox may also work as it is FDA approved for migraines.
4.Plan Ahead For Migraines
Create a migraine kit containing things that may help ease the pain like, ice packs, heating pads, medications, sunglasses, earplugs, something for upset stomach, etc. It also helps to prepare some activities to keep the kids occupied.
5.Try Different Cures
Remember migraines can come from a number of different things for which there are different medications that may help. For instance, Acetaminophen may help for tension headaches, while ibuprofen works for stress, or tums can even help if an upset stomach is a culprit, etc.
6.Talk to your Kids about Your Migraines
Explain to your kids that sometimes you don’t feel well and let them know they can help by being on their best behavior.