Head pain, whether in the form of a headache or a full blown migraine can affect just about everyone. Because there are different types of migraines, I won’t go into all the different types and what they individually look like. But although they are still unclear as to what causes migraines, the good news is that if you have noticed a change in frequency in your migraines, there could be a few things to consider regarding what the culprit could be.
If you are female and perimenopausal, this could be your golden egg. Estrogen, along with other female hormones start to go into flux at this time. These hormonal changes could be causing your migraine pain. There are a few clues that this is the reason for your pain. One is your age. The other is that your migraines seem to be cyclical, happening at certain times of the “month”. If you suspect this is the reason, the answer could be as simple as getting your hormones checked. Once checked, any imbalances can be rectified and your migraines could be a thing of the past.
2. Food / Drink / Caffeine
Let’s face it. We change our chemistry every day with what we eat and drink. It is the most powerful way for us to affect our own health. Do you notice after eating a certain food or food group (like grains or dairy) that you end up getting a migraine - even if it takes a day to come on? What about caffeine consumption? Do you suffer if you don’t drink it? Or maybe you suffer when you do? There are ways to whittle down a list of possible offending foods. It is a simple Food Sensitivity Test that can be found at most Naturopathic Doctor’s offices.
3. Changes in Weather
Believe it or not, our bodies are sensitive to the pressure in our atmosphere. Have you ever heard someone proclaim they knew a storm was coming by how their bones felt? Although they may not have known it, that was based on atmospheric pressure. That pressure can negatively affect migraine sufferers. Sensitivity to heat/cold can be causes of migraines too.
4. Stress & Anxiety
Stress and Anxiety can cause migraines, whether the head pain presents as more of a tension headache that moves into a migraine or not. When we continually worry, that creates more stress, which ends up feeding the problem. It can become a vicious cycle. Consider managing your stress better with appropriate exercise coupled with enough downtime to regenerate the way you need to feel more relaxed. Sometimes it means we just have to learn to delegate more.
5. Sometimes - it’s the medication you are already taking
That’s right! Please check the side effects of any pharmaceuticals you may be currently taking - even pain medications. There is something called the “rebound” effect. What that means is that the pill(s) you are taking could actually be inducing more of the symptoms you are taking it to get rid of. Now THAT sounds like a vicious cycle.
My best advice, if you have chronic conditions you are tired of experiencing, is to find a good alternative doctor (like a Naturopathic Doctor) that understands the correct testing you need to discover the real underlying reason for your discomfort - no matter what it is.
Wishing you abundant health,
Dr. Barbara Rush