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Becoming a savvy migraineur

If you have diabetes, you don_t go on a vacation without packing your insulin. If you_re vision isn_t 20/20, you don_t leave home without your glasses or contact lenses. So if you_re a migraineur_a fancy word for a person who suffers from migraines_you, too, must plan ahead. How? First, know your triggers. Work to avoid the foods, alcoholic and/or caffeinated drinks, and conditions that may cause a migraine.

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If food and drinks are migraine triggers...
Keep yourself on an eating schedule. This means dining at regular times and intervals every day. Skipping meals is a big no-no.

When attending a dinner party, holiday event, or work function, don't be afraid to inquire ahead about the menu. If that's impossible, consider eating something healthy at home, and then eating sparingly once you arrive. Be careful to refuse anything that might negatively affect you in the long run.

If light is a migraine trigger...
Invest in a pair of UV-safe sunglasses and wear wide-brimmed hats when spending time outdoors. If indoor fluorescent lights bother you at work, ask if you can bring your own desk lamp to the office. Avoid placing your computer in any direction that requires you to squint, either at direct sunlight or from light reflecting off your screen. Pay attention to eye fatigue. Rest your eyes for a few minutes if you feel light sensitivity coming on.

If stress is a migraine trigger...
Try to take on only the obligations'both personal and professional'that you're certain you can complete. Organize your assignments and deadlines to avoid unnecessary, last-minute rushing and use your time constructively. Plan some personal time every day'whether it's to gab on the phone with a friend, play sports, or meditate. It's a preventive approach that does much to negate stress. If stress does strike, take some time for yourself, even if it's just five minutes to breathe deeply and unwind somewhere quietly before returning to the fray.

If sleep deprivation is a migraine trigger...
Adults need seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, so mind your zzzzs! Migraineurs should also avoid erratic sleep schedules: Try to go to bed and wake up at approximately the same times each day'even on weekends'and you may be able to prevent your next migraine.
Difficulty Breathing Insomnia Light Sensitivity Sleep Deprivation Stress Migraine Fatigue

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