Migraines and Roller Coasters!

Nancy Harris Bonk Health Guide
  • Yesterday my husband took our son and his friend to an amusement park. It was a bright, sunny, warm day. They were all very excited about doing something they had been looking forward to all summer. With bathing suits and towels in hand, they went on their mini "man-cation." 


    This park has quite a few different sections -- a water park, rides, a section for family  camping, and a spot for concerts.  The trio concentrated on the ride section first. They took on: the Ride of Steel, the Predator, the Mind Eraser and the Viper, riding them multiple times. Apparently, after the Mind Eraser, the only suspended looping coaster in New York State, the guys started to feel a bit "headachey" and needed a break.  After a snack, it was off to the water park. My son, who is a Migraineur, had now experienced quite a few of his triggers: dehydration, changes in his eating pattern, and, for him, an intense time. These Migraine triggers were already begining to end his day.

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    The water park section proved to be just as much fun as the thrill ride area. The guys spent plenty of time splashing around in wave pools, going down slides and log rides. By the time they were done with the water park, their "headaches" were all really bothering them. More Migraine triggers here: sun beating down on their heads, chlorine for some, and noise.


    When my husband and son walked in the door, I could tell something wasn't right. They said they had a great time, but their heads were "killing them." My husband hasn't experienced this before. Seeing our son start his day on such a high note and end it with a Migraine really threw him. He spent the rest of the afternoon on the couch in the dark and wasn't able to go to TaeKwon Do, which he loves.


    Our son doesn't get Migraines often enough to be put on Migraine prevention medication, thank goodness for that. The next time he goes out to an amusement park, I will have to talk to the doctor about what to give him before he goes so he can enjoy the entire day. I could have sent him with some form of the Migraine Pack so he would have Advil and a cold pack ready when his Migraine started. For more information about our Migraine Action Plan and Pack click HERE

Published On: August 27, 2008