Migraine Sufferers Beware!
sufferers, a night out on the town isn’t always something to look
forward to. In fact, the reverse is sometimes true.
— painful, pounding headaches that can also be accompanied by
nausea and sensitivity to light and sound — are three times more
common in women than men. An estimated 17 percent of American women say
they have experienced a migraine at some point in their lives,
according to the Sapphire Women’s Health Group.
red wine, flickering lights, some strong scents, travel — these
would make for a dream date for most people. But for women who are
prone to migraines, they can spell disaster,” said Dr. Donnica
Moore, founder and president of the Sapphire Women’s Health Group
and a migraine sufferer.
suggests that wherever possible, migraine sufferers find substitutes
for these trigger-containing treats. In addition, women can help avoid
migraine attacks through other behavior interventions and medication.
For that special night out, Moore recommends:
- Reach for the sparkling cider, or champagne, instead of toasting with a glass of red wine;
- Satisfy your chocolate sweet tooth with white chocolate as an alternative to dark chocolate;
Don’t starve yourself during the day in anticipation of a big
dinner. Hunger can make you more susceptible to a migraine attack;
- Keep your migraine medication handy, so that if you do feel an attack coming on, you can help nip it in the bud; and
- Install soft-colored light bulbs in lamps instead of lighting candles.
Other simple steps to help prevent migraines come from Excedrin’s Headache Resource Center, located at www.excedrin.com.
They are: keep a diary or notebook to write down when you have a
migraine attack, how long it lasts, its intensity, which triggers might
apply and what medication(s) you took for it; and keep in mind that
stress is high on the list of migraine triggers. Also, try using
meditation and biofeedback to reduce your chances of getting a migraine
and having a positive and assertive attitude always helps.
For more information on understanding and managing migraines, visit www.excedrin.com, or call (800) EXCEDRIN.
— Lyn Wagner —