Your phone won’t stop ringing, it’s already six o’clock
and you haven’t had time to go to the grocery store for dinner,
and your boss needs that business report in hand tomorrow morning. You’re
not alone if you’re feeling overwhelmed with the stresses and anxieties
of life. Unfortunately, stress can have a less desirable side effect on
those who suffer from migraine headaches. However, studies and personal
experience suggest certain lifestyle changes can help reduce the onset
of migraines and eliminate them altogether.
- Migraines are common and affect up to 12 percent of the general population.
It is more frequent in women than in men and is in most instances inherited.
- Migraine triggers may include stress, hormones in women, not eating, weather,
sleep disturbances, odors, neck pain, lights, alcohol, smoke, sleeping
late and heat.
- Migraine headache is a type of headache that causes moderate to severe
throbbing pain often on one side, may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting
, and may be worsened by light, noise and motion like walking or climbing stairs.
- Migraine headaches typically last for a few hours, but may last as long
as three days.
- About 25 percent of people have other symptoms, which include bright lines
or shapes, noises, music, burning, pain or jerking.
- Lifestyle changes may be beneficial for controlling migraine, including
good sleep hygiene, routine meal schedules, regular exercise, and managing
Kanchan Dibert MD
Occupational Medicine and Wellness