New Year, New Chance to Adjust Your Migraine Treatment Strategies

The new year often brings thoughts of fresh starts and new beginnings, especially if you have a chronic illness like Migraine and are still struggling with the search for better management for your attacks.

I’m no different than any of the Migraine.com readers, and I’m ready to give it a try in 2013 hoping the mystical *13* will be lucky for us all.

Last year I talked about my journey and my hopes for 2012 in a post called “Estrogen, Supplements, Calcitonin and Starting Over in 2012”. I don’t tend to make resolutions for the new year, but I do try to create reachable goals that don’t overwhelm me. Last year I didn’t meet any of my goals.

Not one.

I still have similar goals however, but I have a different strategy for making them reachable. To begin with, January 7 is the date of my first appointment with a new headache specialist. If finding a new specialist is the only thing I’m able to accomplish for the year, I’ll be okay with that. It’s a big step for me since my old specialist moved away.

This year, my goal is to form a good, working relationship with my new doctor and open myself up to trying new treatments. As part of my doctor’s multi-modal approach I’ll be visiting with a physical therapist, psychologist and a dietician to see what changes they might suggest I try. What I’m doing now isn’t working too well, so it would be silly for me to continue along the same path and expect anything to make me feel better.

I wanted to tell you all about my decision, because I hope that those of you who are unhappy with your current strategies will consider thinking about what you need to do to get better control over your attacks. Maybe my approach will be helpful to you too:

  • Have you considered talking to a psychologist to see if they might be able to help you with strategies for living with a chronic, painful illness like Migraine? Maybe even discuss something like biofeedback, relaxation or distraction to see if that might help you during painful days?
  • Despite exercise triggers, have you met with a physical therapist familiar with Migraine patients to see if strengthening your frame or the soft tissues in your head and neck might be helpful to you? Maybe gentle stretching is enough to get you started, but you’ll want to know how to do this in a way that is constructive and not destructive to your current situation, right? Of course!
  • Migraineurs have special dietary needs. We all mess up our diet from time to time, but how does your daily diet compare to an ideal eating plan for someone with Migraine? Think you know all the possible trigger foods? Think you’re getting enough carbs to help your gut create the serotonin it and the brain needs to stay balanced? Do you know that how and when you eat is just as important as what you eat? I’ll bet you’d be in for some surprises that might change your life.

So, what will you be doing differently in 2013 to get better control over your Migraines? I’d love to see your comments. Maybe you have ideas that might be helpful for me too. You’ve always been a fabulous audience and I really love to learn from you!

This post is my response to the January 2013 Headache and Migraine Disease Blog Carnival

A blog carnival is a collection of links to a variety of blogs on a central topic. The Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival has been created to provide both headache patients and people who blog about headaches with unique opportunities to share ideas on topics of particular interest and importance to us. This month’s challenge was: New Year, New Chance to Adjust Your Migraine Treatment Strategies

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