Have I conquered my migraines?
It’s a bit early to say, but I believe I’ve made an improvement. Never has my head felt so clear!
What’s Worked For Me?
For over two weeks I’ve monitored what I eat, but that’s not the key – not yet, anyhow.
I’ve reduced my meat intake (but eaten lots of fish), this is mainly to help my digestive system.
I’ve moderated chocolate. I’ve eaten two squares of dark chocolate and didn’t like it one bit, it just tasted of sugar.
I’ve eaten one ice-cream and one iced coffee – that’s as bad as it got.
Other than that, it’s been fish, pasta, salads, porridge, eggs, fruit, noodles, vegetables and potatoes (on the whole).
I’ve consumed at least three litres of water a day, monitoring it very carefully.
That’s the key so far, although it is too early to tell, but I am starting to feel that I didn’t drink enough and that is the main reason for my migraines.
I did have a headache last Thursday. It certainly wasn’t a migraine and miraculously two panadol’s knocked it on the head almost immediately. Previously, Panadol’s/Paracetamol hasn’t worked for me for years.
What caused the headache?
That’s easy, it wasn’t anything I ate or drank, but I over did it. Moving from one house (house-sit), to our caravan (temporarily between house sits) on an extremely high-humidity day didn’t help. I cleaned the house we were leaving, then we had to empty the caravan (the annex was in bits, in the caravan) and then scrub the 24 ft caravan that hadn’t seen any cleaning products for many years.
I blew one, actually several. The rain clouds were building. We had nowhere else to stay (well, we did have a lovely offer from a dear friend, but for some reason we were on a mission!). Noel put up the roofing iron, above the caravan roof, to help to keep the van cool. The hatches leaked slightly, so it put a stop to that too.
At 7:30 pm we both fell into bed exhausted (yes, we did shower). Our limbs screamed in protest, and I don’t think I drank enough water to replace what I lost.
I am still monitoring what I consume. I’ve succumbed to a massive T-bone steak – delicious and, well, I think that’s about as bad as it gets! Oh yes, I’ve had a few slices of bread, but still a fraction of what I had before. And, of course, I’ve had a little wine, but when doing so I’ve consumed more water to fend off dehydration – and I’ve only had a few sips here and there.
Taking Care – the Answer
If I had to give you an answer right now about the cause of my migraines, I’d say drinking enough water and not pushing it is the key. So today, on a stupidly hot day, we’ve worked on the caravan this morning (preparing to paint it) and come back to the house (next house-sit) and turned the air conditioning on. Time to do some laptop work and keep cool – taking care.
I’ve had a great response and bundles of advice about what sets off migraines. Some of it contradictory – which is more than interesting; some of it very detailed. I am hoping that I don’t have to get too technical by reading the labels on everything I eat. I’ll share some advice/suggestions soon – it’s all rather an eye-opener.
In the meantime – has anyone else combatted headaches with water?
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January 16, 2017 at 8:41 am
I get migraines when there is really high air pressure. Maybe check the barometer when you feel one coming on too? Could be interesting to see if there is any correlation. 🙂
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January 18, 2017 at 6:17 am
Hi Viki, yes, I do too. I had forgotten about that. That air pressure seems to push against my head. I have to take extra care then by not exerting myself too much and drinking a lot more water.
January 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm
I definitely get headaches if I don’t drink enough, although it doesn’t have to be water, but drinking water last thing at night and first thing in the morning is the cure for night cramps and that I’m convinced of, so water IS good!!
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January 20, 2017 at 10:40 pm
Me too, I just didn’t realise how much water I had to drink. It’s almost constant – then there’s the peeing! 😉
I am glad to hear that it helps cramps, I can get some real rip-snorters of cramps in my thighs (especially after horse-riding) – more motivation to keep drinking!
January 20, 2017 at 11:04 pm
Ha, yes! The downside is always having to get up in the night for a wee, but not having cramps is well worth it. I used to be scared to go to sleep because of them! In your climate and with all the physical work you’re doing, you’ll need three times as much! When are you getting your boys??