How do I Cope with Daily Migraines?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Smoking cessation might help reduce migraines.
Smoking cessation might help reduce migraines.

Migraines can occur as little as once a year and as much as once a day, and daily migraines can seriously interfere with one's ability to live life to the fullest. Coping with daily migraines should include not only relieving the pain, but also tracing it to its source so you can help prevent future migraines. When coping with a migraine, it is important to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and lie down in a room with low light or no light. This is an immediate relief but not a long-term solution.

Keeping a journal can help patients identify possible migraine triggers.
Keeping a journal can help patients identify possible migraine triggers.

The first step in coping with daily migraines is purchasing a notebook to record possible migraine triggers. Many foods can cause migraines, and it is important to keep track of what foods you eat the day before and the day of a migraine. Migraines are caused by low serotonin levels in the body, and your serotonin level can vary depending on diet and even the level of estrogen in the body. This may explain why women are more susceptible to migraines than men. The occurrence of daily migraines usually points to a consistent trigger rather than something you may encounter only once in a while, so a journal will help you keep track of possible triggers and find the source of your daily migraines.

In cases of chronic migraines, a physician may prescribe a prophylactic medication to be taken before a migraine strikes.
In cases of chronic migraines, a physician may prescribe a prophylactic medication to be taken before a migraine strikes.

Exposure to high levels of light may also be a trigger, as can loud or consistent noises. Be sure to track all the possible causes of your migraines as soon as you feel one may be coming on. Immediate comfort can be had by lying down in a dark, quiet room. More long-term solutions include designing a regular healthy diet that avoids food you know can cause migraines; smoking cessation, as smoking can be a potential cause of migraines; and reducing stress. Medications are available to help deal with the pain of daily migraines, and even over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help alleviate migraine pain. If your migraines are severe and consistent, see a doctor to talk about prescription drugs that can help tackle the problem.

Sitting in a quiet, dark room may help alleviate the symptoms of a migraine.
Sitting in a quiet, dark room may help alleviate the symptoms of a migraine.

When consulting with a doctor, ask whether physical therapy or counseling might be appropriate for you. Daily migraines are usually an indicator of a much larger problem that may include physical injury or even depression. Physical therapy may be the answer to migraines stemming from physical ailments, and counseling may help you work through depression or anxiety. A professional may even be able to prescribe drugs that can help with depression or other mental issues.

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