Do self-care measures give you relief from your migraine headaches? What do you do?
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What self-care treatment and lifestyle changes work for migraines?
Individuals who experience migraines can play a significant role in managing their headache frequency and severity.
Keep track of when migraines occur by using a paper or digital headache diary
or log to track pain levels, triggers, and symptoms. This can help identify patterns which precede a migraine, as well as help identify factors which contribute to the development of the headache. Once these contributing factors are known, lifestyle modifications can lessen their impact. These modifications may include:
Maintain a regular schedule for eating and sleeping
Avoid certain foods that might trigger a migraine
Keep well hydrated since
dehydration has been identified as a migraine trigger for some
Relaxation strategies and meditation also have been recognized as effective strategies to prevent migraines and decrease headache severity.
Exercise and migraine
Some people find that exercises that promote muscle relaxation can help
manage the pain of migraines. Examples of types of mind-body exercises that can
help encourage relaxation are:
Progressive muscle relaxation
Diet and Migraine
There is no specific diet for people with migraine that helps with symptom
relief. However, as mentioned previously, certain foods can be triggers for
migraines in susceptible people. These foods include:
preservatives used in smoked meats (nitrates),
Alcoholic beverages can
also trigger migraine in some people.
Understanding the particular triggers of
your migraines and avoiding these dietary triggers may help some sufferers
decrease the frequency of attacks.