By Jennifer B.
I’ve had migraines since I was 7 years old and I am now 51 years old. Recently my episodic migraines (3 or 4 per month) changed to daily chronic migraines. I’ve had migraines almost everyday this summer. I’m a teacher so I’m starting back to work which is very difficult. Botox has helped decrease the severity and I’m hoping once I’m through menopause things will improve. I have a great neurologist experienced with migraine treatment and I have a very supportive family, but I’m so sick of this!
Before the daily chronic migraines diet and exercise were very effective preventatives. But now it’s so hard to get into a regular exercise routine when I’m in pain so much of the time. To make matters worse I overeat when I have a migraine. When I’m eating I forget about the pain. I know I should be thankful I don’t experience nausea like so many other migraine sufferers, but I’ve gained quite a few pounds this summer which just adds to the problem. I’m 5’3″ and 125 pounds so I’m not really overweight, but at this rate that will change rapidly.
What can I do instead of eating to distract myself from the pain? Any suggestions for exercise routines? I’m thinking about some very basic, beginning yoga stretches. Thanks.