Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dealing With Pre Menstrual Migraine

PMS is bad enough but when it is accompanied by a bad migraine it can make life just not worth living and also cause you to lose a few valuable days each month. Some women are lucky enough not to suffer from menstrual or pre menstrual migraines.

But for others it is a fact of life and since there is no cure for the problem, learning to deal with pre menstrual migraine is the best solution available. Here are six things you can do to help you not just to cope with pre menstrual migraines but perhaps even to reduce their intensity and the amount of medication you have to take.

Six Ways To Deal With Pre Menstrual Migraine
Keep a diary of your pre menstrual migraine attacks. Note down exactly when they occur – is it always a specific time (e.g. 5 days) before your period starts? What are the accompanying symptoms – nausea, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, dizziness etc. Keeping a track of what happen to you will help you, and if need be, your doctor to deal with the problem.

Get a massage a few days before your period starts – this will help you relax and relieve the tension in your body. Try and analyze the things that stress you out more than normal just before your period starts and try to postpone the activities till later in the month. This reduction in stress can reduce the severity of the pre menstrual migraine.

Establish a regular exercise routine. Not only will your body be better able to cope with the pre menstrual migraine when it is fit, the amount of fat on your body can affect the release of the migraine causing hormones. Staying fit will allow you to cope with the migraine far better.
When you feel the pre menstrual migraine coming on, lie down in a dark and quiet room. Place an ice pack on your forehead. Yoga is a great way of relaxing and fighting off the worst of the pre menstrual migraine.

Examine your diet. Most women are deficient in vitamin B12 and magnesium. Taking supplements and eating the right foods can help you body to deal with the pre menstrual migraines. Keep a track of the foods that seem to trigger these attacks and avoid them. Setting yourself a migraine diet is one of the best natural ways to fight pre menstrual migraines.

There are many over the counter medications available for fighting migraines. Unless there is any medical reason why you should not, take the prescribed dosage when you feel the migraine attack start and continue to take the medication as directed.

There is no way to prevent a pre menstrual migraine, but with a little care and preparation, you can make it bearable.

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