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How to Prepare for A Migraine

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Migraine patients know exactly what it feels like when an attack is brewing. I can often assess a situation I’m in, where my migraine monsters are going to be a problem, sometimes long before I start feeling any symptoms. For example, the other day, I was heading home from the city on the train and the sun was beaming brightly into the car. No matter where I went, I could tell that my eyes were taking in too much light, but I was also helpless because I had no place to go. Just as expected, by the time I got home, I started to feel that pulse that migraine sufferers are afraid of.

How to Prepare for A Migraine

How to Prepare for A Migraine

What can migraine patients do to prepare for triggers they may experience on a day-to-day basis? I’ve found that there are preventative steps that you incorporate into your life, especially if you’re sensitive to certain attack stimuli like me. Ideally, you can prepare to manage upcoming migraine attacks without altering your personal time, or your daily responsibilities. Here are some quick tips that have made a huge difference in my life. 

women who suffer from migraines

Daily Must-Haves For Migraine Sufferers

  • Sunglasses / Hat: As I previously mentioned, light is often a trigger of my migraine attacks. Being prepared to block out light if you find yourself overwhelmed is an easy way to minimize attacks triggered by brightness.
  • Water: Dehydration can come on hard and fast if I don’t drink enough water in the day. I’ve found that not being well hydrated is tied to an increase in my attacks, so I make a point to be drinking water whenever I have an opportunity. 
  • Snack: Like water, when I skip meals or snacks I’m asking for a migraine attack to strike. Keeping my energy up and avoiding hunger makes a big difference in my ability to minimize the frequency of my attacks
  • Medication: I never leave home without my medication. It’s important for me to have fast-acting treatment options on hand when I feel like a migraine monster is heading my way. It’s all about quickly getting back to what I love to do as soon as possible. 

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Why It’s Important

We need to be prepared for the potential of an upcoming migraine throughout the day. It’s just as important for me to get through my workday as it is for me to get through my child’s music concert. These moments truly matter. I don’t want to miss a second of my babies’ lives, and migraines are the last reason why it should happen.

Remember, there are fast-acting treatment options available on the market today. Be sure to ask your doctor for more information and visit resources like to learn more. Finding out what works best for my migraine monsters, is key to getting back up-and-running while I am on mom duty. I act as soon as I feel one brewing, so that I can reduce the time needed to recover from my attacks. The days are long but the years are short for parents. I blinked and my first born is turning 13. I don’t want to miss out on another experience because I’m not feeling well. It’s not fair to me, and it’s not fair to my family. The only way to stay be sure that these migraine monsters don’t win is if I stay on top of them all and stay ahead of them! 

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Talk To Your Doctor Today

Getting relief that works as quickly as possible is critical for people who suffer from migraines. Every patient is different and so are there migraine attacks. That’s why it’s important to keep those communication lines open between you and your doctor. There are even treatment options on the market that can work in ten minutes or less. Amazing! I strongly recommend taking the time to understand your migraine monsters and working with your doctor to create a personalized migraine management plan.

How do you prepare to handle upcoming migraine attacks? Let me know the tips and tricks that have worked for you.

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