A day in the life
There is this public perception that when a migraine attack ends, life goes back to "normal." Few people outside the migraine community understand that even episodic migraine can impact us so that "normal" life is impossible. There are things we do or avoid doing every single day in the hopes of preventing even one attack. Here are some of the things I do every day, migraine or not.
Consistent sleep and wake time are essential to maintaining the homeostasis needed to minimize the risk of migraine attacks. It is also important to get enough sleep, but not too much. The migraine brain functions best in that mythical "Goldilocks Zone" -- not too much, not too little, but "just right".
I carry a big water bottle all the time. Dehydration is a common and preventable trigger. So I try to stay hydrated. But hydration isn't just about getting enough water. When it's really hot outside or I've been sweating, I alternate water with Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drinks to keep everything in balance.
Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and even some medications contain caffeine. In small, regular quantities, caffeine is helpful to me. However, too much will definitely trigger an attack. Not everyone is like me though. Some people cannot tolerate any amount of caffeine. Headache doctors recommend limiting caffeine intake.
When was your last migraine check-up?