These days, it feels like everything triggers a migraine. A lack of sleep, stress, not eating on time or the right foods, exercise, and Tuesdays.
My migraines aren’t the type that make me want to hide in a quiet dark room. I don’t get auras and bright lights don’t bother me. Instead, I wake up at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning usually with mild head pain, upset stomach, and nausea. I’m certain these ones are linked to sleep. I haven’t gotten any good sleep since the baby.
When I was pregnant, I didn’t have a single migraine. But after giving birth, I had a headache within three days. 10 months later, I’m struggling with weekly migraines!
I saw a neurologist recently for the first time and I’m certain he thinks I’m nuts. He laughed at me when I said I was looking to do a “lifestyle change” to see if it helps my headaches.
I told him I was afraid to take medication because I’m breastfeeding, but he told me “your baby will only get about 10%.” Is that not too much?
Anyway, I left the appointment disappointed because I really want to get rid of these migraines without having to be dependent on medication for life. He said I may have migraines until menopause.
Well, today is Tuesday and I actually do NOT have a headache yet. I can’t believe it.
Through this headache journey, I have also learned a few things that may help ease headache pain since I have to endure them so often. I’m not a medical expert, but I would like to share with you what has worked for me.
-Caffeine. Strong coffee! It works wonders for me.
-Bedtime Routine: Try to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Not realistic with a baby, but things will improve!
-Do not stare at the computer for too long
-Sipping a cold beverage or eating a cold treat (works for some!)
-Hot bath or Shower to release muscle tension.
-Soak in a Epsom salt bath
-NSAIDs (i.e. advil, Excedrin) on rare occasion if needed but do not take more than 8-10 a month unless you want rebound headaches!
-Eating on schedule.
-If traveling, eat beforehand to avoid migraine from motion sickness
What do you use to help ease your headache pain? If you are taking migraine medication, have they been a life saver or are there major side effects you have experienced?
I’m scared to be dependent on medication.