Today I want to talk about triggers, finding your triggers which cause your migraine’s is a big key into controlling your migraine’s.
Everyone has different triggers, caffeine is a major trigger for me, if I have a sip of any drink with caffeine I will get a migraine with in minutes. I haven’t had caffeine or coffee for over seven years now, the only thing I drink is water because I find I get more migraine’s if I drink anything else.
As you go along your migraine journey you will find what triggers your migraine’s, whether it be caffeine which is a major trigger or chocolate, cheese, bright lights, fluorescent lights, being on a computer too long Etc.
For me bright lights, fluorescent lights and computers trigger my migraine’s right away so I had to replace all the bulbs in my house with low wattage LED bulbs, which made a huge difference for me. I also find being on my iPhone or iPad I don’t get migraine’s but if I am on my laptop I will get a migraine.
- Caffeine ☕️
- Chocolate 🍫
- Cheese 🧀
- Milk 🥛
- Processed foods
- Bright lights💡
- Fluorescent lights 💡
- Being on a computer 💻 too long
- Alcohol (Red wine 🍷 especially for me)
- Lack of sleep 😴
- Medication overuse
- Hormonal changes
- Weather changes (especially when it rains ☔️)
There are probably many more these are just the ones that really affect me.
Some Tips I’ve learned that help with migraine’s are:
- Inhaling lavender oil can help with migraine pain (I have a diffuser right next to my bed)
- Massage your neck and temples (I have a neck massager that you put around your neck that works great)
- Warm your neck & bottom of your head with a heating pad or warm cloth for tension headache’s
- Minimize stress if you can
- Make sure your taking your preventive migraine medication (if you have it) on time every day
- Avoid your triggers
- Warm lemon water or lemon tea helps with migraine pain
- Ice at the bottom of your head helps calm your migraine
- Eating ice cream or something cold can calm the migraine I have found from experience.
- Make sure your drinking plenty of water because dehydration is a major cause of migraine’s
- Turn down the brightness on all your devices such as phones and iPads etc.
- You can even turn down the brightness on your tv (I have found that since doing this my migraine’s have gone down)
- Put blackout curtains in your bedroom (If any light comes in my room I will wake up with a terrible headache which turns into a migraine)
These are just some of what helps me, they may not help all because we are all different. I hope this helps.
If you have any questions please feel free to comment or message me.
*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice/information is all based off of personal experience.