Caring for a migraine brain

I had a bad episode a couple of weeks ago with my migraines, where I had them for most of a week and had to get multiple shots to get rid of them.  I didn’t care for that.  🙂   I’ve been doing well since then, but today we have a tropical wave approaching, and my hormones are shifting (I can tell).  So I’ve had to take some meds. 

I don’t have as many headaches as some people, but I still think I should have fewer than I do.  With that in mind, I bought myself a book about migraine care, and I think it’s excellent.  I highly recommend it for anyone with migraines, or anyone who thinks they may have migraines.  It’s called The Migraine Brain, by Carolyn Bernstein, MD.  She’s a neurologist and headache specialist, and she has migraines herself.  The book is full of sensible advice and treatment plans, depending on what kind and how many migraines you have. 

I knew a lot about headaches, having worked with neurologists for nearly 9 years back in the 1990s.  But I learned a lot more from this book.  For one thing, I learned about triggers that I didn’t know I had.  For another, I learned about some changes I can make to possibly reduce the number of migraines I have.  There is also a chapter on how to reduce your headaches while traveling.  Time zone changes and jet lag are a big problem for me, so I was glad to see that.

Based on the advice in the book, I started taking a magnesium supplement.  She recommends 400 mg/day, but the supplement only came in 250 mg size, so I’m taking 500 mg.  It takes about 2 months to see if it’s going to have an effect.  I’m also more determined to get back on my walking routine, since that’s supposed to help, and to eat less sugar and a little more protein, and to eat less more often, to keep my blood sugar levels a little more even.

In mid-October, I’ll be able to tell how I’m doing.  I’m keeping a headache diary, so I can go back and count how many and what meds I’ve taken and how many headaches I’ve had.  If the magnesium doesn’t help, I can also try riboflavin (vitamin B2) and coenzyme Q10 supplements.

If you have migraines, or have headaches that you think might be migraines, try to get your hands on this book.

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