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Is that Morning Migraine back?

Migraines are a type of headache that can cause severe throbbing pain, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Here are some common symptoms of migraines:

  • Intense, throbbing pain, often on one side of the head
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and/or smells
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Blurred vision or visual disturbances
  • Tingling or numbness in the face or limbs
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Difficulty speaking

The exact causes of migraines are not fully understood, but they are thought to be related to changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway. Migraines may also be triggered by various factors, including:

  • Hormonal changes (in women)
  • Certain foods and drinks (such as alcohol, chocolate, and caffeine)
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Changes in sleep patterns or sleep deprivation
  • Weather changes or barometric pressure fluctuations
  • Bright or flashing lights
  • Strong smells

Here are some things to avoid while having a migraine:

  • Trigger foods: If you notice that certain foods or drinks trigger your migraines, avoid them during an episode.
  • Bright lights: Dim the lights or stay in a dark room to reduce visual stimulation.
  • Loud noises: Minimize noise levels and try to stay in a quiet environment.
  • Strong smells: Avoid strong odors such as perfumes or cleaning products.
  • Computer/phone screens: Staring at a screen for a long time can worsen symptoms, so take frequent breaks or avoid using screens altogether.
  • Strenuous activity: Avoid exercise or other strenuous activities that can worsen symptoms.
  • Stress: Try to avoid stressful situations as much as possible, and practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.
  • Dehydration: Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, which can worsen headaches.
When you feel a migraine coming on simply roll on some Milkweed Balm across your forehead, temples, and the nape of your neck and massage with your fingertips to relieve the tension. Reapply as needed until your migraine is gone.  If you know your day ahead might be full of triggers, apply Milkweed Balm first thing in the morning to help keep it at bay.