How To Find Your Triggers...

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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 1/20/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
We all obviously have migraines--Or we wouldnt be here turn   We all dont like them. Some of us go full nine yards with the side effects of migraines like vomiting. sad   But we all want to decrease them yeah
 
Lets get those pens and papers out guys. Find out why you are getting your migraines.
 
Write down everything you eat and drink, when your migraine comes, how long it lasts, what you were doing when migraine started. Look for common factors.
 
Also, do you have long hair? Sounds nuts, but if you do, your hair is heavyyyyy. It can trigger a migraine. Try cutting your hair to see if it helps.
 
My story:
I had 16-18 migraines a month. Im your lucky tester, and did the topax double blind study (my doc threw me in the study and made sure I had the real pill). On this double blind study, I noticed my 16-18 migraines went to 3-4 a month. Woah, what an improvement! Then lovely insurance when I got out of study wouldnt cover the topamax (bummer the dang migraines came back). My gyn suggested to keep a diary of what I ate, drink, all I did when migraine came on, when migraine started. My pcp, he explained what parts of the head means for migraines. Up front, heck allergies/sinus. back is stress, etc. So I started testing things. I found out too much chocolate, caffine, soda, coffee, bananas, allergies triggered me. After that I had back to 3-4 migraines a month. A friend said  her daughter had migraines and she had long hair like mine. Her daughter didnt get migraines after she cut her hair. I figured, heck its hair...it will grow back . I took my too the bottom of butt hair, and had 13 inches cut..donated to Locks of Love.  For the next 2 months, I only had 1 migraine. I was like huh? Then I got sick, with auto immune dissease and I do a pill form of chemo. I was like what the heck...I'm prob gonna lose my hair lets whack more off. So I now have it to my shoulders. No migraines yet....
 
So I say find the triggers, avoid them or treat them.. And I feel for you guys too.
 
Smurfy Shadow
 
DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux
 
Medications: Imuran, Prednisone, Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prilosec, Protonix, Zantac, Advair, Cingulair, Albuterol, Calcium + Vitamin D


LdyJane
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   Posted 1/21/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish it were that easy for me. I have no known external triggers, that's right... no known triggers...I have items that will increase the severity of a migraine, but none that will automatically start one. I have tried every elimination diet known to man; practically lived in a bubble; became as chemically free as possible; been exhaustively tested and studied and still, no known external triggers.

In your other post you wrote "If you find your triggers, you will find out your migraines will decrease". I use the word external, because these are influences that you may (or may not) be able to control, whether you "find them" or not. My cluster feature "trigger" is the winter and summer solstice; now no matter what I may try to do, I cannot change the moon nor it's pull on the earth; I also cannot control the amount of sunlight in the day ( unless I move to the equator). Yet, those are my internal triggers. My supra-orbital migraines are caused by stenotic nerve canals; again, not something I can control. So I wish it were something as easy as cutting my hair, but for me it's much more intensive.

astrogirl23
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   Posted 1/22/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
To SmurfyShadow - how long did you keep your diary for and how many times a day do you think you wrote in it?

Has anybody else found it helpful to keep a diary to track triggers and symptoms for your migraines? It seems like a lot of work - are there some good templates to use?

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 1/22/2009 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
i actually did it til i noticed a significant decrease in my migraines. my last migraine was november. i have a lack of sleep trigger, and i was really ill. all i did was write what i ate and drank, when a migraine came on and how long it lasted. when my migraine ended, i went off my list to re-trigger my migraine. if it came back, i remember what i used to trigger it, and you got a trigger. I also get allergy migraines, for that I take some of the sinus and allergy otc at first onset. if i dont catch it on first onset, the otc doesnt work, and i have to move to frova or immatrex. if that doesnt work, i have to run to the dr and get my cocktail
 
Smurfy Shadow
 
DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux
 
Medications: Imuran, Prednisone, Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prilosec, Protonix, Zantac, Advair, Cingulair, Albuterol, Calcium + Vitamin D

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