When I was about 10 or 11 years old, I started getting debilitating migraines. I had a doctor tell me once that there are two types of migraines (I later found out that there are more than that), they are the common migraine, which most people get and then there is the classic migraines. I get the classic migraines.
My symptoms are almost always the same. First I get auras, either a bunch of little spots in my vision, or one big spot and I can only see what’s on the outside. It’s kind of like someone taking a picture of you with the flash on, and you start to see all the spots. Then my hands fall asleep and sometimes my feet too. Not just a tingle, but all the way asleep. I then lose pretty much all concentration. There was one time, I tried closing curtains and I couldn’t figure out how to. If it is bad enough, I can’t even concentrate enough to form words. When I was a kid and in my teens, I would get sick to my stomach, but when I became an adult, I thankfully outgrew that part. The odd thing is most the time I don’t get a head ache until the next day, and then it’s just a small pressure. The last doctor I saw told me that I was having strokes instead of migraines, I had an MRI, that proved they are indeed migraines and they are not doing any damage. They are just extremely frustrating!
I have had many doctors over the years give me medications. None of them worked, some of them actually made things worse. Thankfully one of the first doctors I have seen told me to try to figure out what my triggers were. He said that there had to be certain things that were causing them. The first thing I discovered was NutraSweet. Anything that is label with NutraSweet on it, I instantly get a migraine. Ever since then I have been really careful with artificial sweeteners.
So far I discovered my triggers are:
-Certain cleaning products
-Certain air fresheners, including the plug ins
If you haven’t noticed, all but two has toxic chemicals in them. When I noticed this, it was a like a light-bulb went off.
A few years ago, I was driving and listening to the radio. They were talking about how many people have magnesium deficiencies and that magnesium deficiencies can cause migraines along with a whole lot of other problems. I started making sure that was getting enough magnesium, either with supplements or food. I think I developed an unhealthy…or maybe it’s healthy love for this mineral. I freaking love magnesium! It became my hero! I have had a few migraines since my discovery on how awesome magnesium is, but they were mild compared to what I was getting.
I have been eating really clean. Making sure I’m getting the proper vitamin and minerals in my diet. I either make my own green cleaning products or buy really close to green cleaning product. I use essential oils in a diffuser for air fresher and air cleaner. I use essential oils to make my own cleaning products.
I haven’t tried this yet, but I heard that there is an herb called feverfew Tanacetum parthenium, that is a natural way to either prevent or makes migraines a little easier to handle.
I am happy to say that I have been migraine free for almost 2 years!
What about the stress and the weather? We can’t control that. I try the best that I can to manage my stress. By eating clean, it makes my body stronger and able to handle stress a whole lot better. I do yoga and meditate. I also try to make sure that I do self care. With the weather, I lucked out, I ended up moving to Southern California where there isn’t much. However this winter we have had a few storms and I have been okay, again, I think it is because of eating clean and natural foods. Some women get hormonal migraines. I’m not really familiar with this, but I wonder if clean eating would help with this as well. Also maybe making sure you are getting plenty of vitamin E (I recently read that you have to start with this vitamin gradually. Maybe start by taking one every other day. Or eating plenty of foods with vitamin E).
What exactly are Migraines? There can be different things that could be happening, but the most common is the blood vessels starts to spasm. Then the blood vessels become enlarged (bigger or swell) and that causes an increase of blood flow to the brain. The brain then freaks out and doesn't know what to do, so then it cause headaches and other symptoms.
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