Monday, August 12, 2013

A Migraine Experiment


 I have chronic migraines, but I (somewhat) have them under control.
I know my triggers, how to prevent, and how to treat. 
Someday soon I'll write up a big long post about my migraines, but for now, I just had an idea.

Suffering from chronic migraines is a constant experiment.  Every single case is different so you have to find what works for you. For me, it's been a perpetual trial and error, but through it all, I've figured out what works for me and what doesn't.

I'm willing to try anything. I find that during the school year, my headaches get worse. This makes sense because stress is my number one trigger. When I have my long days (8am-4pm) at school, I almost always come home with a throbbing head and/or migraine. It sucks.  Especially when I need to study or do homework and I can't look a a computer screen or read a book because my vision is so blurry.  
So I came up with an experiment. They say that exercise helps with migraines {My neurologist confirmed that it's worth a shot} and this is the one method I haven't tried to help. So what if, starting this new school year, I exercise on a daily basis and see if doing so helps with my headaches?
I've got nothing to lose. I mean the least that could happen is that I lose a few pounds in the process and I certainly won't complain about that. 
But if it does work, I'll be able to study when I need to and can really focus on lectures. It will be great.

So, starting wednesday (I get back to Texas tomorrow), I am going to start my experiment.
I don't start school until the 26th, so I think getting a bit of a head start will help. 

Has anyone else tried this? Let me know!

2 comments:

  1. You did well in trying to assess yourself and determining the factors that trigger your migraine. Stress is, indeed, widely viewed as one the factors that trigger it. So now that you already know about this, I truly hope you'd try to relieve yourself off of stress and too much thinking and worrying. Also, just like your doctor, I also think that exercise could help relieve you off of this recurrent pain since exercising and sweating are proven stress reliever. No harm in trying. As you said, that the worst you can get is losing pounds, which, isn't too bad of a side effect at all, right? I wish you luck!
    Michael @ Palm Beach Neurological Center

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  2. I agree. It can be hard to tell when migraine will attack and what really triggers it, especially when it hits you for the first time. But I don’t think it’s something to be embarrassed about. The excruciating pain you were feeling is absolutely indescribable, and I believe it doesn't make sense to define a person just because of the kind of condition they have.

    Agnes Lawson @ Pain Relief Experts

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