12 Tips for Living Well with Migraines
HealthCentral Editorial Team Dec 14, 2011 (updated Dec 5, 2013)
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Evaluate your medical team
How is your medical team? Are you happy with your doctors or are you settling because you just don't have the fortitude to change doctors? Are you making progress in treating your headaches and Migraines?
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Review your treatment regimen
If your regimen isn't working well, or if it could use a few tweaks, why not make some notes and talk with your doctor? Evaluate your treatment, set treatment goals for your treatment, then discuss the evaluation and goals with your doctor.
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Identify those triggers
Do you know what your Migraine triggers are? Trigger identification and management are a vital part of Migraine disease management. If certain foods are triggers for you, you can avoid them. If messed up sleep patterns or missed meals are triggers for you, you can do something about them.
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Plan better nutrition
Diet. It's a nasty word, and it has no place in my vocabulary. My preference is to use the term "way of eating" or "nutritional plan," and for it to mean an ongoing way of nourishing my body that contributes to being healthier and feeling better.
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Don't forget good hydration
Something often overlooked is the importance of proper hydration. Not only is it important to our overall health, but dehydration can be a headache and Migraine trigger.
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Find and adopt an acceptable level of activity
Our overall health is better when we have some activity or exercise. And, when our overall health is better, we're less susceptible to headache and Migraine triggers. Thus, it's a win-win situation.
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Improve your organization
Now is the perfect time to make your life easier by becoming better organized. Organization will make your life simpler.
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Learn to delegate
We're not Superman or Superwoman, and we do ourselves and everyone around us a disservice when we take everything upon ourselves. We do not have to do everything ourselves. There's nothing at all wrong with delegating.
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Dump the guilt
Guilt is destructive and unnecessary, and we bring most of it on ourselves. Guilt is also a very negative expenditure of energy, and our energy is too valuable to spend it in negative ways.
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Take some "Me Time" each day
All of us want to be at our best for our family, friends, and jobs. Here's something to consider -- How can we be at our best for others if we don't take care of ourselves? The truth is pretty straight forward. We can't be at our best for others if we're not taking care of ourselves.
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Seek and offer support
Support is as important to dealing with Migraines and headaches as good medical care, so don't ignore the care and feeding of your support system.
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Remember, you can be in control
Repeat after me: "I have Migraines, but Migraines do not have me. I have headaches, but headaches do not have me." We do not have to let Migraines or headaches control our lives.