Here are some ways you can deal with migraines:
- Pray for relief. Ask God to heal you if He will, and to send you the wisdom and grace you need to effectively handle your current suffering.
- Get the proper amount of sleep. Too much or too little sleep can trigger migraines.
- Adjust your diet. Eliminate alcohol, chocolate, cheese, nuts, and dairy products. Also, make sure you eat something soon after getting up every morning.
- Notice what circumstances seem to usher in a migraine for you. Pungent odors from paint, perfume, or freshly cut grass might trigger a migraine. Or perhaps light that's too bright or glaring may set off an attack. Other circumstances that could cause a migraine include being inside poorly ventilated rooms or traveling on a long car trips. Once you discover what particular triggers affect you, make a point to avoid them.
- Check your posture. If you're not holding your neck in healthy positions, you could be setting yourself up for a migraine. If you suspect that you have neck problems, visit a doctor or chiropractor for a checkup.
- Obtain analgesic pain medications to fight migraine pain, then carry them with you wherever you go and have them near your bed with a glass of water each night.
- Take vitamin C, calcium gluconate, vitamin B complex, and folic acid, which can help fight off migraine pain.
- Use an ice pack to relieve pain.
- Take a hot bath.
- Get a head and neck massage.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, three times per week.
Adapted from Migraine - Winning the Fight of Your Life by Charles Theisler, copyright 1995 by Starburst, Inc., Lancaster, Pa., www.starburstpublishers.com, 1-800-441-4123.
Charles W. Theisler, D.C., F.A.C.O., is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist. He is the founder and director of The Headache Clinic of Northeastern Ohio. He lectures internationally on headache diagnosis and treatment.
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