Tuesday, August 4, 2020

My Migraine Triggers

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Hello Darlings. Hope everyone's doing well today. 

Migraines. I hate the very word. I have been suffering from migraines for the past 5 years. When I was in my 20s, I barely had headaches but when I entered my 30s...hello severe pain!

I have tried so many different things for my migraines. Magnesium supplements daily, 100 ounces of water, iron pills, eating meat again, seeing a holistic doc, seeing my regular doc, and etc etc.

After years of seeing my regular physician and getting nowhere, this past January, I decided to see a holistic doctor. I spent $450 for my initial visit and had bloodwork done. It came back that my iron levels were severely low. I had been a vegetarian for over 15 years and my body was no longer getting the nutrients it needed. I was also borderline diabetic so major changes needed to be made. I went on a health kick! 

Based on the recommendation from my holistic doctor, I started taking 20 pills per day. I was taking vitamin d, magnesium, probiotics, fish oil, iron, and blood sugar regulators. I took them daily and rarely missed a pill. I also increased my water intake a great deal and started using essential oils. The biggest change I made was...I started eating meat again. This was really hard for me and I spent a great deal of time crying over this. But my health was failing and I needed to make the changes. 

After 6 months, I was still suffering from monthly migraines. The pain didn't decrease and the intensity was as powerful as ever. About 2 months ago, I was vomiting, dizzy and extremely sick from a migraine and that's when I said enough is enough. I instantly made an appointment with a neurologist. I really don't know why I was so scared and why I dealt with so many years of pain. After having a virtual chat with him, he prescribed me two different medications. I am only to take the pills when I feel the migraine coming. 

These pills completely changed my life. One weekend, I felt the pain coming and I popped a pill and within 20 minutes, I was better. I must admit, I am a little disappointed I wasn't able to pinpoint what's causing the migraines. I really wanted to find the problem so I can come up with a solution, I didn't want to pop pills. BUT I can't deal with the pain anymore. 

Here's my #1 trigger....Fragrance. I am super sensitive to smells. My neurologist said this is quite common. I can smell a horrible scent and have no issues, but if I smell something else...wham! I can get hit hard with pain. So now I am really careful when choosing makeup, skincare, hair care, perfumes and lotions. Even candles and essential oils! I prefer to go fragrance free but sometimes it's hard. 

Here's some additional things that help or bring on a migraine:
  • Water: Even though it didn't solve my migraine issue, water is extremely important to your overall health. My body feels so much better and I have so much more energy when I drink 100 ounces daily. Plus my skin has never looked better. 
  • MSG: When I order food, I make sure they do not add MSG. It's an instant headache for me. 
  • Wine: Reds are not my friend. Even one sip will bring on pain. I only drinks white or rose wine. 
  • Exercise: It's super important for me to exercise at least 5x per week. It also helps me mentally. 
  • Sleep: I never gave sleep enough credit until I started sleeping at least 8 hours per day. Your body needs to recharge. You cannot run on empty. 
  • Vitamins: I am going to continue to take the vitamins my holistic doctor recommended. It helped with my energy levels and I noticed a difference with my day to day health.  
  • Coffee: I am now only a tea drinker. I stay away from coffee. For some reason, my taste buds no longer enjoy coffee. 
  • Diet Coke: I love a cold diet coke. I will drink it as a treat but overall, I stay away. It is made of too many chemicals and my body can't deal with it. 
  • BHT: This was a surprise to me! I really had never really heard of BHT. The first time I thought of it is when I used a foundation for the first time (Too Faced) and I had a headache within an hour. I just felt completely off. So I tried it for two more days and felt off! I then switched back to bareMinerals and I was fine! So weird!! Since then, I stay away from anything with BHT. 
Please note: I am not recommendation medications or pills. I recommend you speak to your doctor. I am only sharing what helped me so you can possibly discuss these solutions with your medical professional. 

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