'New' to Migraines, looking for some advice!

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   Posted 8/23/2015 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all :)

I'm quite new to Migraines, I have been getting them for the past 15 months or so. Before then, I don't recall even getting headaches. I am a 25 year old female and there's no family history for Migraines/headache etc. I can sometimes go 2 weeks without a migraine but usually I get them about once-twice a week.

They started out of the blue seemingly, at first I didn't think too much of it as I assumed it was just a very bad headache and it was a one off. Since then I've experienced an increase in the frequency and been to my Doctors when he did diagnose them as Migraines.

So far all I have tried is Peppermint oil (Provides a slight, slight relief briefly) Ibuprofen/paracetamol and aspirin (All of which did nothing) and Sumatriptan, which does work for me but can make me really sleepy, as I can sometimes get an attack within a few days I also feel hesitant to take it too often but the pain usually wins....

Like most I've been trying to figure out what the trigger is, I initially felt it was stress as my work became incredibly stressful around the time they started and has since gotten worse. I have also been on BC (Yasmin) for about 4.5 years) I stopped taking the Yasmin about 3 weeks ago but it's still too early to say whether that was responsible.
I don't drink, smoke, have tea or coffee or any caffeinated drinks, I am vegetarian (Since always) and overall fairly healthy.

I am changing jobs very soon now, so I'm trying to be hopeful this may help but I'm still very new to Migraines really and was just looking for any guidance or advice. It would be really appreciated as I feel like my life is on hold and I'm living in fear that anything I do *might* trigger another attack.

Post Edited (Katty07) : 8/23/2015 8:11:11 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/23/2015 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Being Veggie, I hope you keep an eye on your proteins and eat yogurt or beans every day.

WATER, so important. Need to drink 6-8 10oz glasses min a day for a regular person. Try to double that for a migraine day. Hydrating can help stop a migraine.

Flourencse lighting is a big trigger these days. A lot of companies are working about employees with migraine issues, sun glasses, different lighting where possible etc....

Try to let the fear go. I know how that is. I have nerve damage in my head and have daily chronic migraine pain. Usually on the pain scale of 3-4. Worry can make it jump up.
Try to stay in the moment and enjoy what is going on NOW. Relax..... Breathe.....

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   Posted 8/31/2015 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
All of bnotafraids advice is really good. Try keeping a journal of everything you eat and drink and your headaches and pain. They're called migraine journals. That's how I figured out my triggers back when I was 12 and first started getting them. My main ones are lack of sleep and dehydration. Stress doesn't help either. Some people get menstrual migraines.

Mine have really increased in frequency in my 20s but I can tell mine are mostly caused by neck pain and Tmj. Basically to keep em away I have to do neck stretches everyday. When I get lazy and don't do them I get headaches.
Yoga is great, I'm the most pain free when doing weekly yoga. It helps with stress a lot too.

The last and one of the most important things is take magnesium daily! Elemental is the best because it's the most easily absorbed but any magnesium you take daily will help. It helps relax muscles and most people don't get enough which can cause migraines.
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