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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 mchristina29, Community Member, asks

Q: migraines and job selection.

I really want to go back to work but I am so afraid to since I quit working 10 years ago because of migraines . What are the best jobs to have if you're a migraine sufferer?

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
8/18/10 7:58pm

Hi christina,

 

This is similar to question like "what foods trigger a Migraine attack for you?" The key here is each one of us may have our Migraines triggered by different things. For example, an office job with fluorescent lighting and computers might not trigger a Migraine for one person, ut it might very well trigger a Migraine for others. Migraines at Work? Check the Lighting is a good article to read about this topic.

 

I guess my point is, there really isn't one job that fits the bill for all Migraineurs.

Trigger identification and then management is an important part of Migraine management and preventing Migraines. You may have some triggers that you can avoid, thus preventing Migraines brought on by those triggers. Do you know what any of your triggers are? When working to identify triggers one of the best tools is a good Migraine diary. You can read more about this and download a free diary workbook in our article Your Migraine and Headache Diary.

 

Some of us have food triggers; some of us don't. It's advisable to determine if your daughter does, and an elimination diet is the best way to do that. For more information and a workbook on this, see Managing Migraine - Migraine Trigger Foods.

Good luck

Nancy

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mchristina29, Community Member
8/21/10 10:37pm

 I didn't think to break it down like that but it definitely will help to have a job that won't be triggering or hindering my migraines.  I do know what things to avoid. Thanks for the advice.

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
8/21/10 10:46pm

I'm so glad we could be helpful. Let me know if you need more or join us on the discussion forum at

http://forums.healthcentral.com/discussion/migraine/forums.

 

Feel Well,

Nancy

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leggsmalon, Community Member
8/19/10 4:51pm

well hope this helps its not a dream job but it works,i work in a family practice cleaning for 8 hr. im locked in with no one but my self so i go at my owen speed. if i get a migraine i finish up and go home,id like to get some other job but not posible hope that help

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mchristina29, Community Member
8/21/10 10:31pm

That's not a bad idea actually. I do want a job where I don't really have to deal with customers and such. When I have a migraine, it even hurts to talk too much. lol

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babynurse no more, Community Member
8/19/10 5:26pm

I am an RN and on disability, due to my migraines, forgetfulness, and I am so ofraid of doing harm to a patient

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mchristina29, Community Member
8/21/10 10:41pm

A part of me felt guilty for leaving work. This was ten years ago and I used to think I can't believe a headache is making me leave my career. Migraines are so much more than that. They're a nuerological disorder. I know this now.....after 10years of studying everything I can get my hands on. Thank goodness I was married and able to stay home but it was the best thing I did because I was able to take a step back from day to day stresses and get the migraines under control. I've learned to manage them pretty well.

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