Wrong! A migraine attack can affect your entire body and why wouldn’t it, we are talking about a Genetic Neurological Disease! It starts in the brain and what does the brain do? It controls the whole body, so it’s reasonable to say that a Migraine Attack affects your entire body. From nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, aphasia, feeling unsteady on your feet, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, alloydnia, mood swings, neck pain, and the list goes on.
So it seems sensible to me to treat the entire Migraine, not just with medications, but with other lifestyle changes or additions. I was talking about this subject yesterday with my Neurologist, while getting Botox injections. I told him the main focus for my blog, was hope and humor, he asked me for some examples, which I gave him. I also told him I had started using an app for guided meditation. He mentioned to me a study that was done, that correlates with, the minutes walked per day and the difference it made in each different disease. Those with migraine who walked 20 minutes a day, showed a significant improvement in their overall migraine.
To treat the whole migraine and keep our heads happier, we need to look at the entire picture. Know as much as , or more about your migraine disease as your doctor, know your medications inside out, try to work a 20 minute walk into your day, learn some type of meditation, it can really help in the midst of a migraine attack. I am using Headspace, it is a guided mindfulness meditation app. Yes, there is an app for everything! Be aware of your diet, not just avoiding triggers, but try to eat as healthy as possible, your heart will thank you! Boy do I need to work on that one!! Some folks find a form of art therapy, such as Adult Coloring Books, soothing. My happy place is reading, I swear if someone tried to take my Kindle Fire from me, I might do that person bodily harm! Do something that makes you feel good about yourself, like I have with starting this blog. Volunteer for a project that you feel strongly about. Join a book club, send care packages to migraine friends going through a rough time.
I think you will find, as I did, when you look at your migraine as a whole entity and not just a migraine attack. You will be able to find a more a happy, controlled place in your life, instead of the migraine controlling you!
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Live with hope,