Living With Frequent Migraines

   I got my first migraine when I was 12 years old. It was the worst pain I had ever been in up to that point. I am now 20 years old and have not had one for about a month and a half, though I generally have one about once or twice a month.

   One of the things I’ve discovered about migraines (at least for me), is that you don’t get them during pregnancy. It seems strange, but I did not get one migraine while I was pregnant with either of my children. Two weeks after the baby was born I got one, then another a week after that. For me migraines last on average 24 hours, and will not go away until I am able to go to sleep. 

   Although the sharp throbbing pain concentrated inside the right side of my head is excruciating with most migraines, the worst part is the vomiting. I know I’ve got a migraine when I start throwing up. There have actually been a few times where the headache itself wasn’t so bad, but vomiting up to seven times in a 12 hour period is pretty debilitating.

   Unfortunately, once the migraine has started there is not much you can do about it but ride it out, and know that it will pass eventually. But, I have found a few things that seem to help prevent them. Make sure you eat enough and everything that you eat has a significant amount of protein. That has made a huge difference for me. Anytime you start to feel crappy, eat something that has high protein and fairly low carbs and fat.

   Exercise is another great thing to help prevent the start of a migraine. It doesn’t have to be weight lifting, jogging, or any other high energy workout. What works for me is just sitting on the floor every day and doing stretches or any kind of slow motion floor workouts. Try to keep it peaceful and yoga-like.

  If you are unable to prevent a migraine, the best thing you can do for yourself is to go lay down with ice on the back of your neck in a dark quiet room with a toilet nearby. That is pretty much impossible if you have small children to take care of. Just remember; suffering makes you a stronger person, and the pain will always pass.

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