Migraine headaches are one of the worst types of headaches that you can have. Migraines create an intense throbbing pain within the head (usually on one side) and can last for hours and even days. They can even cause nausea and vomiting. As such, they can be extremely debilitating. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t realize just how debilitating they can be, which is why June has been designated as Migraine & Headache Awareness Month.
What Causes Migraine Headaches?
Scientists have yet to determine what exactly causes migraines. Many believe that they are the result of abnormal brain activity that affects the brain’s nerve signals, chemicals, and blood vessels for a temporary amount of time. However, there are certain situations that have been known to trigger migraines. These migraine triggers include the following:
- Hormonal triggers: Women who experience migraines often do so around the time of their period. Such migraines are referred to as pure menstrual migraines.
- Environmental triggers: Loud noises, bright lights, strong smells, and sudden changes in the climate can all cause migraines.
- Emotional triggers: Feelings of stress, anxiety, tension, excitement, as well as depression can all cause the onset of a migraine.
- Dietary triggers: A poor diet has been linked to migraines as well. Things like missed or irregular meals, overconsumption of alcohol or caffeine products, and foods with tyramine have all been known to trigger migraines.
Living With Migraines
The following are a few tips on how to live in California if you suffer from chronic migraines:
- Exercise regularly: By exercising on a regular basis, you can reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraine attacks.
- Recognize the onset of a migraine: Many people experience an “aura” prior to a migraine that can include flashing lights, blind spots, shimmering lights, and more. If you experience an aura, find a quiet, dark environment where you can lay down.
- Avoid triggers: Different people have different triggers when experiencing migraines. Learn to recognize and avoid your specific triggers.
Living with migraine headaches can be challenging but if you know your triggers and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can reduce their frequency and intensity. For more health awareness advice, visit us at The Benefits Store today.