You may not always be able to stop a migraine attack from happening altogether, but there may be things you can do to help manage migraine.
You may already have a good idea of what is causing your migraine, but it is always useful to keep a log. As migraine triggers are specific to each individual;1 tracking your migraine in a diary is often recommended to help you identify your common triggers and monitor the total impact of migraine in your daily life.
Living with migraine isn’t easy, but once you know what your triggers are it may be easier for you to avoid them. Trigger avoidance can become part of everyday life.
It’s really worth speaking up and letting those around you know how important it is that you live as many days migraine-free as possible, the steps you need to take, and how they could provide support.
You may not be able to control every attack. However, with careful tracking of triggers and managing your migraine, you may be able to help reduce the number of migraine attacks you experience.
You may be able to reduce the number of attacks you experience by identifying and avoiding your triggers,1 or at least predict when a migraine attack may be likely to occur. However, it’s important to remember that triggers do not always cause migraine and it’s unlikely you will be able to get rid of migraine attacks completely.
One easy and important way to help manage migraine is to have a healthy lifestyle: regular exercise, sleep and meals, plus staying well hydrated, all help in managing migraine and offer plenty of other health benefits too.2
GETTING HELP MANAGING MIGRAINE
Helping friends and family understand the impact of migraine on your life can be difficult. Professor Sabina Brennan, a psychologist specializing in brain health from Trinity College Dublin, gives her advice on discussing migraine openly and honestly, so you can be supported to manage migraine both at home and work.
- The Migraine Association of Ireland.
http://www.migraine.ie/migraine-triggers/ [Last accessed October 2017]
- NHS Choices. Migraine.
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Migraine/Pages/Introduction.aspx [Last accessed October 2017]
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