Your Migraine Survival Guide

Your Migraine Survival Guide
04 September 2017
As Migraine Awareness Week takes place this week, we have put together a survival guide for sufferers of these debilitating headaches, that are far more than just a headache.

Headache or migraine?  
We’ve discussed the differences between a headache and a migraine before, but if you’re battling with regular migraines or headaches, it may be time to assess your diet, routine, stress levels and other health factors. Your doctor or trusted medical professional is best suited to help here, and may ask you to keep a Migraine/Headache Diary, that documents when you experience them.

enlightenedTip: You can use the LifeDoc™ app to do that.  

Your essential survival guide
Of course, isolating the cause of your regular migraines is important, and can affect the way you and your doctor plan treatment for them. If your doctor has prescribed a specific course of action or medication, stick to it so that you can – hopefully – get your migraines under control. Many migraine sufferers know the tell-tale signs when they’re about to experience one, and perhaps even experience a migraine aura. A migraine aura is a sensory signal – often visual – that a person experiences just before a migraine begins.  Naturally, preventing the onset of a migraine attack is best. If you feel a migraine attack coming on, it’s recommended you:

  • Step away from your computer and phone screens for a while.
  • Turn off the lights: during a migraine, you may be incredibly sensitive to light and find it highly uncomfortable to be in a lit room.  
  • Turn off the music: noise sensitivity is another common symptom of a migraine.   
  • Find a dark and quiet room to rest: this may help to alleviate the severity of the migraine.
  • Use heat or cold compresses to relieve some of the muscular tension you may be feeling.  
  • Massage and meditation is said to help some people, as these can relax tense muscles and help you feel better. Check with your doctor before adding any new element to your treatment plan.  
  • Don’t skip a meal: migraines can sometimes be caused by fluctuating blood sugar, so rather don’t skip lunch.
  • Make an appointment with your doctor: if your migraine is severe and doesn’t seem to be abating, make an urgent appointment with your doctor.  

LifeDoc™ Can Help
Now available for download as a mobile application, LifeDoc™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, making it easier to keep track of appointments and schedule those important check-ups, while securely storing your personal medical history. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.