Triggers....smells and flashing lights...frustrated!

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Date Joined Feb 2014
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   Posted 7/4/2014 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Just writing to vent more than anything I guess. For the most part, my migraines have gotten under control thru the use of preventative meds, botox, and lifestyle changes (no alcohol or caffeine, good sleep, etc.). I still have to use my "rescue meds" at times, but thankfully the migraines are not nearly as frequent or severe as they used to be.

Anyway, I still get kind of annoyed with certain things that still trigger migraines for me. Things like certain scents and certain kinds of lighting. I received a bunch of gifts a couple years ago that included lots of scented lotions and perfume. I love the smell of all of it, but can't use it because of the stupid migraines! And today I thought it would be fun to paint my nails red, white, and blue for 4th of July, but even with quick drying nail polish and windows open, the migraine is creeping in. I know this stuff is petty, but this is one of those times when I have a little pity party for myself because I dwell on the things that chronic migraines have taken from me. The other thing is lighting....going to a movie is tough because of the flashes of bright light sometimes (the sound doesn't help either), or going thru a tunnel or something like that in the car where there are lights every so many feet. I don't know how to explain that one very well.

As I said before, I'm just feeling frustrated today. Anyone have similar triggers? Of course, there are a bunch of others, like dehydration or not eating often enough, and I guess stress adds to them too.

Hope you are all having a Happy 4th! Time for me to take a nap and try to get rid of this headache!

Thanks for listening.

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   Posted 7/10/2014 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, these sound like normal triggers to me. You are not alone by any means.

Vent any time.

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