My opinions are all my own. I was compensated to write this blog post. It is sponsored by Med-IQ and supported by an educational grant by Teva Pharmaceuticals.
It’s THE craziest time of year. Not just the families coming together but EVERYTHING! Traffic, crowded shopping areas, pressure to buy gifts and spend money you don’t have, cooking too much food or not enough food, trying to make everyone happy, making lists, checking them twice, eating too much and it goes on and on! No change, same every year and then — it happens.
You get that dreaded stress-induced migraine, or in my case an anxiety attack, and you think “that’s it, I’m DONE.” But you’re not. Sadly you have December and New Year’s to get through before you are in the clear. That’s a long time to try to ride it out, so it’s best to take it easy (yes, I know…) from the start. I stopped wanting it all to be perfect — and that helped lessen the stress.
To start with, be real with yourself: there is no holy grail of that one thing that will end your migraines. The reality is that suffering from migraine is inherited and part of your brain physiology. Knowing and accepting that will help you better manage migraines, especially during this busy, stressful and hectic time of year.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I don’t suffer from migraines, but I do suffer from anxiety, and this time of year is when I have to consciously make an effort to take good care of myself so that I don’t run myself into the ground or, as in the past, end up in the ER. Yeah, that’s no fun.
Many friends and family do suffer from migraines and working with Med-IQ I’ve been better able to understand them and at the same time offer a bit of help just by doing this! Being an accredited medical education company, their main goal is to improve patient outcomes through education. I’m here to remind you to take care of yourself first — so simple, yet so hard, right?
Here are 3 steps that the top migraine doctors suggest to exit the migraine roller coaster during the holiday season:
- Follow your treatment plan: Stick to your treatment plan, which should include medications and lifestyle management strategies to prevent and treat migraine. Don’t let it go because of the holidays and change in routine. Stay consistent!
- Avoid overuse of acute headache medication: Don’t take prescription or nonprescription medication for migraine pain more than 10 days per month.
- Keep a headache diary: Track changes in headache frequency and/or intensity as you begin or change medications. This will help you see when you are getting migraines and help you speak to your doctor at your next appointment.
Ok, so last but not least, Med-IQ would like for you to participate (if you or a member of your household suffer from migraines) in a survey that will take less than 10 minutes to do but will help them HELP you.
There are several $100 Visa gift cards up for grabs so be sure to do that. And of course, please share this information with those you know who suffer from migraines and need help, guidance and/or are looking to be properly diagnosed.
Wishing everyone a happy and stressless holiday season, because, YES WE CAN!