A Guide to Coping with Migraine Triggers

Migraine is a form of head pain that causes severe pain with throbbing or pulsing on one side or both sides of the head. It’s one of those conditions that is sure to ruin your day when triggered. Often, the episodes are accompanied by additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Vertigo may happen when you deal with migraine too. Luckily, Eagan chiropractors for migraine can help you find the most effective care and total relief using safe and gentle methods.

 

Common Migraine Symptoms

Aside from the pulsating headaches, migraine comes with different symptoms, which can happen simultaneously. Eagan chiropractors for migraine can map out a care plan to help manage and eliminate your symptoms. Some telling signs of migraine attacks are as follows:

  • High sensitivity to bright lights, loud noise, and foul odors
  • Nausea with an urge to vomit
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Neck pain
  • Experiencing visual disturbances called “auras”
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings

 

Migraine Triggers and Simple Coping Mechanisms

People experience different levels of how severe a migraine episode will be; hence it’s safe to say that their triggers differ from each other. Eagan chiropractors for migraine can tackle your condition right from the source, so you no longer have to worry about the triggers. We listed them below to familiarize you with some of the most common migraine triggers. We have also shared some tips that can help avoid a dreadful migraine episode:

Excessive use of computers or mobile phones

Staying in front of your computer or tinkering so much on your smartphone for long hours can trigger migraines. There are two possible causes for this: your screen’s brightness is too high, or your computer monitor is below your eye level.

If your computer brightness is too high, it can strain or damage your eyes, and if you have a migraine, you will be extra sensitive to brightness. Eye doctors recommend the 20-20-20 rule for people who need to be staring at computer screens the whole day. This rule is basically for every 20 minutes spent in front of the screen, try to look away at anything about 20 feet away for 20 seconds. 

But if you need to stay in front of the screen and you want to avoid migraines from occurring, keep the brightness level at moderate or install a Blue light filter app to soften the brightness. 

When you’re working at a desk that puts your computer way too low, almost like you’re looking down can lead to poor posture or slouching and add excess pressure to your neck resulting in spinal misalignment. When misalignments happen anywhere in your spine, you hinder blood flowing to your brain. When your blood flow to the brain gets disrupted, it can bring terrible headaches and a full-blown migraine attack.

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Caffeine

Caffeine is present in coffee, soda, and green tea beverages. Depending on your caffeine sensitivity, coffee can make or break your day if you have migraines. Some people experience temporary migraine relief from drinking coffee, but for some, it can make their symptoms worse and lead to horrible migraines when consuming caffeinated drinks. If you’re unsure about what caffeine does to you, it’ll help observe if you’ll feel any symptoms after consuming some of these drinks.

Poor diet

Diet affects your migraine episodes. If you’re the type who skips meals often or regularly eats processed foods, you increase your risk of getting migraine episodes. Processed foods contain preservatives that may trigger terrible headaches. Not drinking enough water daily can also trigger debilitating migraine episodes. 

Stress

Stress is unavoidable, but too much stress can lead to adverse outcomes. For example, too much stress triggers migraine attacks, and if you feel anxious or stressed often, there are stress-relieving activities you can explore. For example, read on topics about yoga, meditation, and walking and help manage stress levels. You can also try out any other hobbies to manage your stress levels.

Bad sleeping habits

Sleeping can relieve stress, but poor sleeping habits can bring more harm to your migraines. If you are getting migraines often, you may want to try sleeping on your back if it can improve your condition. Also, try to keep yourself away from distractions at night, such as your phones or television, so that you can get sufficient hours of sleep.

Hormonal fluctuations

Hormonal changes are a natural occurrence in your body, especially for women. But these hormones are also responsible for migraine-related headaches and pains due to fluctuating levels, especially in menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause phases in women. These hormonal changes are also why women get more migraines than men.

Environmental changes

Migraine attacks due to weather or environmental changes can be frustrating as this is beyond your control. But not everyone is prone to this– however, humidity, lighting, and noise changes are likely to contribute to painful migraines.

 

Consult with Eagan Chiropractors for Migraine

Triggers vary from person to person; the same goes for the remedy regimen to help you deal with the pain and hindrance of migraine and its symptoms. One of the most common, yet often overlooked, underlying causes of a migraine is a misalignment in the spine. When your spinal bones have even the slightest misalignment, it can hinder the communication of your central nervous system, which can prompt pain and discomfort, such as migraine.

If you suspect an unchecked misalignment anywhere in your spine, don’t worry; our Eagan chiropractors for migraine can help you. At Cornerstone Family Chiropractic, we know how migraine can bring horrible pain.

We use the Gonstead approach, a highly effective technique to correct spinal misalignments, foundational imbalance, and nerve dysfunction so you can be pain-free. So let us help you provide complete relief from the pain you don’t deserve; call us at (651) 209-9710 today to book your appointment. You can also visit our practice located at 1590 Thomas Center Drive #110
Eagan, MN.

 

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