Knowing which triggers to avoid and more specifically how to avoid them, makes it frustrating when we fall into the trap from time to time. Some people do not know all of their triggers, so they are unable to avoid them. In other cases, some of us have some triggers we know and can pinpoint.
In my own case, dehydration plays a big part. Dehydration causes a number of other issues as well, but in my case, it can set off a migraine that leaves me feeling like, I’ve been in a car wreck. For me this type of migraine is brutal and can last for days. This is the case even if I immediately recognize what triggered the migraine. The problem is, even if you begin to drink more water right away, the damage has already been done. Most of us do not get dehydrated in a day, and likewise we cannot always fix it in a day either.
When I find myself suffering this type of migraine, I typically have to take multiple doses of my medication over the course of a few days, along with drinking plenty of water. If my wife has her way, I will be drinking Gatorade too. Eventually things get back under control, but those few days while it lasts are absolutely miserable.
I also suffer from tension migraines but as of late, they are not as regular of a factor. Perhaps I am outgrowing those types of migraines. I still have plenty of stress, but the older I get the less it seems to affect me.
My wife’s help
I’ve never been a person that dealt with the aura effect although I do suffer from a lot of my pain around my eyes and temples. It grows like a steady pressure that eventually moves to the center of my head almost like my head was inside of a vice that was slowly compressing together. On these days, my wife has become my hero. Having lived with chronic migraine for many years, she can see what is happening almost before I realize it myself. Without any cries for help from me, she is quick to get a cold pack and bring my medicine to me. She is also better about the whole second dose of medicine thing when it has been long enough but I am still in pain, especially if I have to work the next day.
I have found a strange coincidence with my migraine regularity. I will occasionally get a migraine during the work week but they are usually minor and subside with a single dose of my Imitrex. The odd coincidence is that the majority of my migraine activity never fails to show up during the weekend. On one hand, I am grateful that this happens because it means I have the time to rest and let it run its course. On the other hand, I feel like I have been robbed of the joys the weekend is supposed to bring.
Obviously, there is no conspiracy here and even considering it makes me laugh, but one cannot really control the thoughts that wander through their mind during these times. It causes you to create this inner monologue with yourself where you’re looking in the mirror thinking, “Seriously?” In our house, this is just the beginning.
Typically, the next event that follows is the discovery that my wife is also having a rough go of it with a nasty migraine of her own. We run through the paces of doctoring each other up. While these are usually miserable times, more often than not we find ourselves laughing about it, joking about how we are such a hot mess. Her sister loves to tell us we live like old people even though we are not significantly old.
When it comes to planning vacations or other events where travel is required, how much does migraine factor into your decision-making?