I have suffered Migraines for years.
Sunlight For me, to be outdoors all day (even with my mandatory sunglasses) will cause me a headache. Haven't found a way around this yet although sunglasses, hats with large brims, and of course shade helps.
MSG (monosodium glutamate) Found in just about anything that's "cheese" flavored (cheetos, Doritos, etc.) also in most Chinese food (look for "No MSG" signs) Unfortunately, this means giving up quite a few favorite foods (well, junk foods mostly) but I've found even tiny quantities will provoke a migraine.
Nutrasweet. Scientifically proven in a lab nonetheless - DO NOT DRINK OR EAT ANYTHING "diet"
(For Woman) Birth Control Pills if you are having problems with your prescription - try another!! There are dozens out there and it's worth it to find one that works best for you! If you've tried several and keep having the problem, try to go on a pill without estrogen. Pills without estrogen are often called "mini pills" or "pops." It is often the estrogen that causes the migraines. Another option is the Depo-Provera shot which does not have estrogen either. Talk to your doctor!
Dehydration Most (around 9 out of 10) normal headaches are the result of dehydration (this includes hangovers). Caffeine and carbonated drinks are diuretics (they cause your body to expel water without replacing it). Alcohol and nicotine are also diuretics. If you drink a lot of caffeine or if you smoke, it is extremely important that you drink a lot of water. Low-grade dehydration can cause many problems with concentration, stress-level, emotions, etc. This being said, don't take Motrin or aspirin for headaches until AFTER you have tried to drink at least three Full glasses of water (8 ounces or larger) and given them about 45 minutes to take affect. Your body builds up a resistance to many pain-killers (including ibuprofen and aspirins), making them less effective over time.
Caffeine The avoidance of caffeine can help prevent the onset of headaches/migraines, HOWEVER, that being said, caffeine is an addictive substance and can be a bit confusing when it comes to migraines...too much and you can get one; not enough (you drink a cup of coffee or a mountain dew every morning and then suddenly stop) and you can also get one. If you currently consume a set amount of caffeine, you need to taper yourself off SLOWLY to avoid getting a headache/migraine from the withdrawal. It can be very hard to do, but it can be done. I used to drink a mountain dew every morning - I hate coffee - and when I tried to stop, it was very hard since each morning I did not have that caffeine intake, I got horrid headaches...now a days however, I have almost completely cut caffeine (soda, tea, etc.) from my diet and I take bottled water with me everywhere. It's so much better for your health and I have to say I have defiantly seen a marked decrease in the frequency of my migraine headaches.
Strong Smells Personally,
my damned sense of smell is so strong that I literally can not wear anything
with a scent...neither can my Love. Smelling something continuously for
any period of time will automatically give me a headache-perfume, cologne,
scented deodorant, hairspray, etc.
Treatments that work for me:
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