What are migraines? Honestly this magical word I would not wish on my worst enemy, and if you have experienced a migraine headache or severe headache I’m sure you feel the same way.
Migraines are one of the most common headaches but also paired with the joy of impaired or spotted vision, nauseousness, and sensitivity to light. Other symptoms may be present depending on the person. Such as for myself I get to have a bright flashing light in one of my eyes, feeling extremely hot or feverish, and a pounding in my head that leads to a severe sensitivity to light. This has also lead to an inability to function depending how bad the migraine I’m having is.
For myself I had the displeasure of having my first migraine when I was 8 years old… YES! Just 8!! I bet your thinking.. there’s NO WAY! But let me tell you, yes way.
I’ll never forget the first time my vision pretty much completely disappeared on Easter Sunday. We were at a family gathering celebrating the holiday. While all the other kids got to enjoy hunting for Easter eggs I was stuck laying on a blanket under a coffee table with a bowl glued to my side and a cold water bottle pressed against my clammy and pounding head. Being only 8 years old I was terrified I was dying.
Not so fun right?
Definitely not! But here’s the news… I didnt die! 😀
Although it was extremely painful my mom new what was going on (Migraines run in our family) and so my journey of living with migraines began. It took me years, and I mean years to find something that worked in my situation. I took several different medications all of which if they did do anything would help in that moment but cause a recurring migraines.
I also tried the new hype of whats called a “Daith piercing” that is said to trigger a specific pressure point (used in acupuncture) that can help migraine sufferers. The piercing itself was extremely painful, and although I left it in for several months I did not see any progress in the amount of migraines I was having.
(This is a picture of my piercing as posted on my Instagram.. make sure to follow me for even more fun shenanigans!)
At this point I was extremely discouraged, thinking I would be stuck with a pain that would leave me missing out on things I loved to do when one would come along. I myself was having at least 1-2 migraines a week, and sometimes they would continue for several days.
After years of living with them and just learning to cope with them I recieved the happy news of being pregnant. At the time I was working at a desk job and thought nothing of it, but as my pregnancy progressed my migraines began to come more often. Instead of the usual 1-2 migraines a week, it turned into 4-5. My life was a blur of pain and misery. I was no longer able to function at work and was unable to take any medication due to my pregnancy.
I know.. it seems quite pitiful.. but I promise it gets better!
After dealing with this for a few months I decided to meet with a neurologist what I could do while being pregnant. This leads me to the 2 magic pills I take daily to combat my migraines. Now I have to say, this is what works for me, but if it comes down to it its worth a try right?
The first is MAGNESIUM OXCIDE which is an important mineral for the proper function of bone health, proper heart function, supporting a healthy immune system, etc. It is also the fourth most plentiful mineral in the human body. How does magnesium help you might ask? Well in several studies it has been shown that migraine sufferers may have a low amount of magnesium therefore leading to a natural preventative or way to combat migraines. I myself take two 400mg tablets daily, and while I do still sometimes have migraines still my number has decreased to about 2 a MONTH. Whereas before as you know I was having several a week. I call that a WIN!!
The next thing that has helped my migraines is VITAMIN B2 also known as riboflavin. This vitamin is one of the 8 important vitamins for the body which help to convert food into fuel. These vitamins are responsible for healthy liver, eyes, skin, and help the nervous system function properly. Studies have suggested that this vitamin can help to reduce the frequency as well as how long a persons migraines occur. I myself take one tablet daily to help with my migraines.
Now I do want to say again this is what has helped me to be able to live with my migraines. I havnt had the miracle of getting rid of them completely, but these two vitamins paired with a healthy diet and excercise has helped me tremendously. I would highly suggest trying this if you are a migraine sufferer like myself. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me!!