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Ever had a throbbing headache that stopped you in your tracks? The thought of moving, breathing, thinking, existing made you want to just curl into a ball and cry?
Multiply that feeling by 10.
And add in nausea and vomiting.
That is the closest I can get to describing the migraines that seem to stop my world from orbiting when I am over-stressed and lacking in sleep.
Sadly, when I get stressed I have a tendency to skip meals and that is another migraine trigger.
Other triggers include:
- loud or sudden noises
- foods or beverages
- bright or flashing lights, and
- certain medications.
More to Migraine: Triggers and Coping
Even though migraines rank in the top 3 of the world’s prevalent medical conditions and nearly 36 million Americans suffer from them, there are many who seem to just not get it. For those that have not experienced a migraine, it can be hard to understand how a “simple headache” can cause you to call into work and miss out on events. The easiest answer I give when questioned is “It’s NOT a simple headache”.
Thankfully, it has been a few months since I have experienced a migraine. I have been more in tune with my body and triggers since transitioning to working from home full-time.
The last one I experienced caused me to be offline for almost three days – with the bulk of my business done from my computer or laptop, that is definitely not a good thing. Worse than that, is the time lost with my children and having to miss out on special events with them. My youngest son still reminds me that I had to cancel my volunteer shift at his school. Gotta love the kids, right? Priorities.
Do you suffer from migraines or know someone that does? Head to MoreToMigraine.com for migraine support and additional information.