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I have been dealing with migraines since I was a teenager, and they can really put a damper on your day when you least expect it. I’ve had a few migraines since I last wrote about them, and I had one in particular that really freaked me out. It was an ocular migraine, one that I had not experienced before. I usually get the migraines with severe pounding in my head and nausea, where I feel like I have to lay down in a dark, quiet place immediately, but this one was really different.
All of a sudden, out of nowhere, I started to see a jagged flashing light out of my left eye. I didn’t have any pain in my head at all, but just kept seeing this light. I had to sit down and close my eyes, and it eventually passed about 15-20 minutes later. I was lucky that I was at home when this migraine struck. If I had been driving, I would have had to pull over because it was difficult for me to see normally with that light constantly flashing in my eye.
TIPS FOR MIGRAINE SUFFERERS
While it’s always easier to deal with a migraine in the comfort of your own home, they can strike at any time, and any place, so it’s best to be prepared if you are a migraine sufferer. Carrying a migraine kit in your bag or car is a good idea. A migraine kit can include things like sunglasses to block out sunlight, a plastic bag if you are prone to vomiting during a migraine, ear plugs if loud noises bother you, as well as a high protein snack and a bottle of water if you are hungry or dehydrated.
Other tips for dealing with migraines include:
Keep a migraine journal to record information about your migraines – date, time, location, what type of symptoms you are experiencing, potential triggers.
Avoid triggers – once you figure out what some of your migraine triggers are, take steps to avoid them. For example, if hunger or dehydration trigger migraines for you, make a conscious effort to eat a high protein meal or snack several times a day and drink plenty of water.
Take a break – when a migraine strikes, try to find a dark, quiet location to take a break for a bit.
Did you know that nearly 36 million Americans suffer from migraine? I just find that number to be astounding. There are several known triggers of migraine, such as changes in weather, lack of sleep, bright lights and stress that migraine sufferers should be aware of.
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