I had my first migraine at age 11. From that point on they were a regular part of my life. Having young kids didn’t help and once I got one it was very hard to get rid of it. Some months I would have 10-15 – they were that bad. I remember often spending a week at a time laying in a room with the blinds drawn, no tv or noise hoping and praying it would go away. They didn’t have medications like Excedrin Migraine then. Our options for what worked were so limited.
It was so important to find the triggers for my migraines. I kept food diaries which for me didn’t seem to show anything obvious. I exercised when I didn’t have them in hopes that that would help. It took me years to figure out what some of the issues were. I can’t eat or drink any kind of artificially sweetened beverage. I know within a minute if they server at a restaurant has given me diet soda by mistake. It hits me after one sip. Cigarette smoke was another. I was rarely around it since my friends didn’t smoke, but I had family who did. It was definitely a problem when I would visit.
Hormones seemed to be at play as well. I could count on having a migraine a few days before and almost every day during my cycle.
The kicker – as I go through menopause I have cut the number of migraines I get to a third of what I used to. No cycle, no migraines.
It’s a miracle to me. Old age has it’s benefits. Not many but I’ll take that one any day.
I still get a few and I’ve been able to really narrow down what causes them. That has really helped me to avoid the triggers.
- I literally hold my breath when I pass someone smoking.
- I never touch artificial sweeteners.
- I make sure I get enough sleep and that I sleep in a comfortable bed with my neck is in a comfortable position.
- I exercise my shoulders daily keeping them and my neck area loose and fit.
- Water, water water. I have to drink enough every day.
Do you suffer with migraines? A survey conducted by Excedrin and the National Headache Foundation made some interesting observations:
- More than three-quarters (87%) of working Americans would give up something for an entire year to never have to go through the pain of a migraine ever again.
- Eight in ten (83%) migraine sufferers confess that when they have a migraine, their family suffers as much as they do because of the impact it has on their ability to go about their regular routine.
Check out the Excedrin facebook page. There you can download a Migraine Diary that may help narrow down what your triggers are. Visit the Migraine Center at http://www.excedrin.com/migraine for more information on migraine relief.
Also for a $1.00 off coupon, please visit: http://bit.ly/ExcedrinCpn.
NOW THE GIVEAWAY!
One2One and Excedrin Migraine sent me a pampering relaxation basket to share my thoughts and experiences, and also are giving me 3 to give away.
Trust me I know you deserve a break!
In the basket you’ll find:
- A therapeutic neck wrap that can be heated or frozen (I’m using mine now!)
- Swarovski Crystal Ear Buds to listen to relaxing music
- A soothing gel eye mask
- $15 iTunes gift card to purchase relaxing tunes
- $50 American Express gift card for additional stress-free needs
- Foot massager
- Back massager
- Full value Excedrin coupon (up to $13.99 value)
The contest will end on December 12 and it’s so easy to enter.
MANDATORY ENTRY – leave in a comment below:
Tell me how you treat your headaches and migraines. What tips do you have for avoiding the triggers and treating them once you get one?
EXTRA ENTRIES – put in a separate comment:
Tweet the following: “Enter to win @Linda_Sellers http://j.mp/rNJPgb – 3 Excedrin Migraine Relaxation Baskets #Giveaway”
I’ll draw 3 winners at random on December 13 – good luck everyone!
“This is a sponsored post. Migraine relief and relaxation kit were provided by Novartis Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine free experience is my own.”