As if several chronic illnesses and conditions weren't enough, I also have to deal with sporadic migraines once or twice a month that can last from a day to several days. Just recently I had a migraine that lasted all of 2 whole weeks. Granted it fluctuated in severity from day to day but at the time it seemed like the migraine would NEVER go away!
Migraines affect 36 million men, woman, and children in the United States; that's nearly 1 in every 4 people in any given household. Migraines and headaches might be regarded as similar but migraines can and are more severe and sometimes debilitating lasting on average between 4 and 72 hours.
Each person who suffers from this medical condition has their own unique triggers but there are several common triggers that seem to consistently affect a large number of people. I know I have several more triggers that aren't covered below but here are five of my common triggers that end up with me sleeping it off in a dark room for several days:
As if food allergies and sensitivities weren't devastating enough to deal with on a daily basis, I have to watch what I eat and be very careful because in the past, certain foods in my diet have triggered day-long migraines. Even if I know which food(s) triggered me and do my best to actively stay away from them, sometimes something I inadvertently eat can trigger a surprise migraine.
Insomnia is very prevalent in my life and the lives of fellow chronically ill people so it's not uncommon to go days without a wink of sleep. I have tried many different treatments, therapies, supplements, and other things to help combat the insomnia but nothing seems to do the trick; it ultimately comes back, especially when it's least wanted! Of course my body seems to do better on little or no sleep but there comes a point where it's too much and my head is the one that suffers for it.
I can predict a storm coming in faster than the local weather casters just by my aching joints and or throbbing head. Each storm is different of course, but it's almost always guaranteed that I have some sort of ailment alongside Mother Nature's fury. I've learned early on I must do something about my barometric pressure headache as soon as I can because if I don't, left alone it can quickly morph from a nagging headache into a several day migraine before I realize it happened.
I, along with the 50 million other Americans who suffer from seasonal and perennial allergies can probably relate to this trigger. It's inevitable. What's the worst about this trigger is there are no options-I'm gonna get a migraine along with all the other symptoms of seasonal and year long allergies whether I like it or not, especially the first time of the season when we take that step to turn on our air conditioning on in the Spring or our heat on in the Fall. Never. Fails.
It goes without saying that society this day and age has a go-go-go-keep-going mentality and with that lifestyle and line of thinking comes a lot of negative side effects on our fragile bodies. Stress may not seem like a big deal since it's become almost normal and natural in our everyday lives but it has been proven to bring down the immune system, promote anxiety, give a person chest palpitations and shortness of breath, weight gain and or weight loss, and many more so it's not a far reach that stress could bring on a nasty migraine.
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1. Pump Stopain Migraine gel onto your fingers; the pump uses airless pump technology so you can use it at virtually any angle and one pump delivers the exact dose of gel you need for application. No more, no less!
2. Apply and rub gel on one half of the back of the neck and behind your ear. Repeat for other side of neck.
3. If after 30 minutes you haven't noticed a change in your migraine reapply Stopain Migraine. You can reapply up to 4 times a day!
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I found the application process to be very straightforward and easy, the gel itself refreshing with an intense cooling and tingling sensation and it only took a few minutes after application to activate. The gel did have a strong menthol odor to it but it was very pleasant and didn't interfere with my sensitivities at all. I've not had much luck with Western medications so the fact that Stopain is homeopathic made me extremely happy and very eager to give it a try!
I actively applied Stopain Migraine to help with my two-week-long migraine and, while I can't say it took it completely away, I did notice a decrease in the level of my pain and discomfort which I greatly appreciate. I did have to reapply it several times throughout the day but it was very easy to do and didn't disrupt my routine.
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Migraine Research Foundation -- Fact Sheet. (n.d.). Retrieved July 13, 2015, from http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html
Allergy Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved July 13, 2015, from http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies