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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge #3: Just Shoot Me Now!

Today's prompt is to discuss my worst Migraine trigger(s).

Discovering one's migraine triggers can be very difficult, especially since they build on one another. So, something may not normally trigger a Migraine, but if I'm also dealing with a lot of stress and a weather change, even the smallest thing may be enough to trigger a big one.

Weather is a pretty big trigger of mine. It's somewhat inconsistent, but I almost always have difficulty when the temperature drops 10+ degrees. It's frustrating because I live in Texas, where the weather is a roller coaster. And, there's not really anything I can do to prevent it from happening. I just try to make sure that I have my migraine meds ready for the day before or the day of the weather change, and I plan on taking things easy for a few days around a big weather change.

Here's an example from last month (May 2012):

  6
OBSERVED
Hi 91.0°
Lo 72.0°
Precip (in)
0
  7
OBSERVED
Hi 89.0°
Lo 66.0°
Precip (in)
0
  8
OBSERVED
Hi 72.0°
Lo 65.0°
Precip (in)
0
  9
OBSERVED
Hi 83.0°
Lo 60.0°
Precip (in)
0
  10
OBSERVED
Hi 82.0°
Lo 57.0°
Precip (in)
0.22
  11
OBSERVED
Hi 75.0°
Lo 60.0°
Precip (in)
0.53
  12
OBSERVED
Hi 71.0°
Lo 62.0°
Precip (in)
0.01

I had increased migraine pain on the 8th (after the temperature dropped from a high of 89 to a high of 72). I didn't have a problem (in fact, some of the "better" days of last month) from the 9th through 12th, when the temperature stepped or tapered down.

This post was written as part of the Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge (MAMBC), which is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com and the National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation (NHF).

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