MSS Live Well Corner: Powering Through the Pain of Migraines


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Powering Through the Pain of Migraines

4 Things I’ve Done This Week to Help with the Migraines

by J.M. Troppello


I used to suffer from bad migraines. I changed things in my diet and added a magnesium supplement to help alleviate the migraine issues. I usually always opt for natural solutions, but I had to take migraine medicine as well. After making those changes, I haven’t had bad migraines like I used to.


However, this past week, I’ve had migraine headaches again and they were really bad. I’ve been evaluating any changes I’ve made to my diet this week. I found a few things that I added to my nutrition routine that could be the culprits. I’ll remove those and hope that the migraines go away.


With the migraines, it’s been difficult to work this week. Light and noise have bothered me. However, I’ve had to power through and get assignments done and continue with work on the magazine and Medium.com.


Some of the following things have helped me this week try to make it through with the migraines.


1. Diet


I make lunches the night before for my husband since he gets up early for work. Since I make his lunch, I also prepare mine too. I used to cut my apple up right before lunch. But recently, I started cutting it in slices and putting it in a container for the next day. I added lemon juice to keep the apple slices from discoloring.


I learned this week that sometimes, lemon juice or citrus fruits can cause headaches or severe migraines in some people. I guess that I won’t be cutting the apple anymore the night before and using lemon juice in the container.


Also, I was using a green juice powder with apple cinnamon that my sister asked me if I wanted to try. She had extra and I thought why not try it. I thought I had thoroughly read the ingredients. I guess I hadn’t. When I checked today, I saw that there was some green tea extract in it. That’s bad news for me since green tea has caffeine. That gives me headaches.


2. Yoga


I usually do different workouts during the week. Sometimes I do weight training. Other times I do HIIT (high intensity interval training), which is similar to plyometrics. I also do pilates and yoga.


This week, I couldn’t do the high intensity workouts since I felt really dizzy most of the time. I focused on yoga workouts all week. They really helped a lot. I felt like my body seemed to realign and I felt less stressed.


3. Destressing


I tried to focus extra diligently this week on not getting stressed about anything since stress usually gives me tension headaches. I didn’t need to deal with that on top of the migraines.


I have the FitOn app on my TV through the Roku. I did several meditation sessions this week as well. I focus my meditation on thoughts of God, His Word, and prayer.


4. God


I’ve had to truly rely on God for strength this week. God is always my strength, but this week, He’s been more of a comfort than ever before. I’m thankful that God is my strength.


But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me! (Psalm 22:19, NKJV)

I’ve shot up many ‘arrow prayers’ this week to God because migraines for me are usually very immobilizing.


Take a Deep Cleansing Breath


The following four things have helped me survive this week through the painful migraines. Hopefully, the changes I’m making in my nutrition plan will help.


  • Diet

  • Yoga

  • Destressing

  • God


One step at a time. Those are the words of wisdom that I have to offer today.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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