Oh my goodness! Last week for 4 days, I was battling a migraine! I was literally in my pitch black apartment with the AC blasting and in complete isolation. I had to miss 2 days of work. I have no idea why I have all of a sudden started suffering from migraines. I never used to have them until about 6 months ago. I would never wish it on my worst enemy!
So far I've been to the doctor twice and have done full blood work and nada. My hormone level are fine and everything was perfect except for my vitamin D levels. They prescribed 50,000 mg of vitamin d for 8 weeks. During that time, I experienced not one migraine. Not one! I don't know if the two are connected but I am looking for answers and not sure if it's time to see a neurologist.
So far here's some changes I am going to make to try to prevent these suckers from coming back...
1. Water: I am horrible at drinking water! I work out 6x per week and usually only drink 8 oz .That's for the entire day and I know that's not enough. It's summer and between sweating, working out, and the normal amount I should be drinking, I wouldn't be surprised if I'm dehydrated. Since this weekend, I have been drinking at least 8 glasses per day plus extra since I'm working out. I hate every moment of it but I have to do it. I know I do. Besides the fact that it's healthy, it'll also make my skin look better.
2. Wine: It hurts me to even say this but I am saying no to my beloved wine. I love my pinot grigio and it loves me back but I read that alcohol (especially wine) can trigger migraines. As much as I love my wine, these migraines are brutal and I can't continue to miss work and live in isolation. I'm totally willing to give up wine and hopefully it pays off by me not having headaches, I lose some weight, and my skin clears up.
3. Sleep: I am terrible at sleeping and never sleep 8 hours per night. I am usually at about 5. I need to start taking better care of my body. Sleep is extremely important and it allows your body to regenerate. It's time for me to start treating my body as a friend and start paying attention. It's time to rest up!
4. Heat: I 100% know that heat is a serious trigger. I have always been a winter person and I have no control over the temperature. I do live in NYC and we have all 4 seasons. I just have to try to stay out of the sun and stay cool. Also, I need to make sure I have my cold water bottle everywhere I go.
5. Stress: I am under stress all the damn time. My job is stressful and again I have no control over this. But maybe throughout the day I can try breathing exercises and use my Calm app. I don't have control over stressful situations but I do have control over the way I react to them. I can't go straight from zero to hundred all the time. Sometimes I have to say no to things and let other people handle. I am only one person and I can't let my stress levels take over my life.
6. Meds: So don't yell at me...lol. My bff Karen and my Mom have already done that. I am totally not sure if this is related but...I was taking pre-natal vitamins as well as hair growth supplements to make my hair grow thicker and faster. None of this stuff is FDA approved but I always read about pre-natal vitamins speeding up to process for hair and nail growth. Not sure if I possibly overdosed on vitamins (is that a thing?) or maybe my body wasn't reacting well to it but I have stopped all over the counter pills and am only taking pills prescribed to me by my doctor. I know bloggers love promoting hair growth pills but please please please speak to your doctor before taking any of these!
7. Exercise: I went from working out 2 to 3x per week to 6x per week. I am trying to lose weight and be healthier but maybe I overdid it and went a little too hard too quickly. I am seeing my doctor again on Wednesday morning so I am going to ask her about this one.
8. Caffeine: Ahhhhh I have a love/hate relationship with caffeine. My daily Starbucks runs are necessary but they are so unhealthy. Another migraine trigger but so hard to give up because it increases my energy level. I think I need to have one cup of caffeinated coffee in the morning and then switch over the decaf. I am also giving up my diet coke. Ugh. Such a sad day.
Again, I have no idea what's causing my migraine headaches but I am trying to solve this problem the natural way and prevent them from coming as best as I can. If you have any tips or tricks, please let me know! I am desperate here!! I am going back to my doctor tomorrow so let's see what she thinks.
As always, thanks for reading!