The bright sunlight coursing through a cloudless sky. Your favorite band live in concert. Late night board game-playing sessions. Splitting a bottle of Cabernet with your best friend. Managing a team at work on a multi-facetted project.
These are moments in time which can exhilarate your mind, lift your mood, and collect another memory; moments such as these, however, can also induce or aggravate migraines.
Unlike a common headache, migraines bring intense, severe pain and are often accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vision problems, and sensory sensitivity. Migraines occur when blood vessels in the brain or sinuses dilate. The result of this is a release of inflammatory chemicals. These chemicals are what trigger the pain nerves in your body.
I know what you’re asking: “Wait, is my body working against me? Why is my body inducing its own pain?”
The reason for the “self-inducing pain” is simple, really. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong and you need to rest or go easy on that area so it can heal.
This information may be all well and good, but the big question is this: what can you do to prevent or alleviate your migraines?
Surprisingly, about 15% of sufferers can blame allergies for their migraines and other headaches. Up to 33% of people with allergic rhinitis (hay fever, to the layman) may suffer from chronic headaches. Other triggers include stress, medication, caffeine, alcohol, sleep deprivation, and food additives.
What can you do when a migraine rears its ugly head? Here are a few tips:
The doctors at Grand Rapids Allergy can provide you with a more thorough list of potential migraine-triggering foods and additives, and talk with you about the possibility of medication or other relief measures. Contact Grand Rapids Allergy to start towards a migraine-free life today!