Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Preventing Migraines

Preventing Migraines || Musings of a Gossip

Hi darlings! 

Long time no chat! Last week was a tough one for me. About three years ago, I started getting migraines on a regular basis. Never before had I ever experienced a migraine before then and boy they aren’t pleasant. I’m not sure what’s causing it but I do have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow for an annual physical and I’m visiting an allergist on Friday. I heard allergies can reveal itself in different forms including migraines...not sure if that's true but I am checking! Also, about three years ago, I had a Vitamin D deficiency and I remember taking a 50,000 mg pill just once a week and it made a huge difference with my migraines and acne! Let’s just say 33 has been a bit rough and I should have gotten a physical a lot sooner. Am I the only one scared of doctors?? 

This might be tmi but oh well...I’m warning you. Last Thursday, I started feeling the beginning stages of a migraine. When I get a migraine, they usually build for a few days and they last for 3 days and on the 4th head feels sore. Sometimes it's a full week from beginning to end. .Does anyone else go through this? Anyway, so last Thursday I started to feel the pain and by Saturday, I was vomiting and in bed in complete darkness. Everything was bothering me. Lights, sounds, smells, everything. 

So I’m in no shape or form a medical doctor! I’m only trying these preventative migraine tips to see if they help me in any way. Even the slightest bit of less pain is helpful. Essentially I have to do whatever my doctors tell me to do BUT I have been trying some new things and hopefully they help make my migraines be a thing of the past. 

Preventing Migraines || Musings of a Gossip

I have to be truthful....

1. I hate water. I barely drink water daily and I have tried everything from getting a pretty bottle to using a straw to adding fruit. I hate it. If you give me a water bottle, I'll take a sip and then water a plant. 

2. I was on birth control for my acne. I was taking Orthotricyclen since November but I threw it away on Saturday because I was so upset. 

3. I love drinking a glass of Pinot Grigio every night after work. I light a candle, sit on my sofa, and watch my fave reality show or YouTube videos. (Please don't judge)

4. I can definitely eat better...less fast foods and more veggies. (I'm obsessed with Chipotle) 

5. I stopped working out...I got lazy honestly. No other excuse except laziness. 

I’m not 100% sure if any of these things contributed to my migraines but I personally think they did. I mean everyone knows water is important! Also, diet and exercise is super important to your health. I’m not a spring chicken anymore and need to take better care of myself. 

Preventing Migraines || Musings of a Gossip

So since Monday, I have been doing the following until I see my doctors...

1. Drinking way more than 8 glasses of water a day! It’s hot and humid in Manhattan at the moment and I’m outside a lot. Time to really hydrate!

2. I’m drinking ginger tea everyday. People have said ginger tea helps to improve brain function and keeps inflammation down...

3. I started drinking daily green juices! Trader Joe's makes this green juice that's amazing

Preventing Migraines || Musings of a Gossip

4. Started taking multivitamins. 

5. Eating spinach! (Surprisingly, I love spinach)

6. Order this starter kit from Welleco

7. Got Botox. (It's supposed to help) I got 48 units injected. 

8. Essential oils. I'm using peppermint and lavender. When I am feeling stressed, I rub the peppermint oil on my wrists and temples. I bought this set. 

9. Yoga. I signed up for 6 months at Laughing Lotus in Manhattan. 

10. Stay cool. It's important for me not to get overheated. I keep the AC on and wear tank tops. 

Preventing Migraines || Musings of a Gossip

11. No strong smells. I love love love my Chanel foundations and perfumed the moment, I can't handle any smells. Moving forward, I may have to get all my makeup and beauty products unscented. I hope no but it may be the case!

12. No alcohol. (tears) I have to save wine for special occasions. 

13. No diet coke- Again... I have to save this for special occasions. (Internal sobbing) 

Like I said before, I’m not a medical doctor and of course I’ll listen to my doctors’ advice when I see them later this week. I just thought I would get a head start since I don’t want another migraine to get me this week! I’ll definitely write a follow up post in a week with advice, updates and how I am doing with my plan. 

Do you suffer from migraines? What helps? 


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