Sunday, June 03, 2012

My Worst Migraine Trigger: MIgraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge

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I'm participating in the Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge every day in June.

Today's prompt is: "Just shoot me now! What's your worst Migraine trigger? Can you avoid it? How do you handle it?"

For me, one of the most challenging aspects of living with chronic migraine disease is not knowing the cause of most of my attacks. 

I've identified a number of food and environment-related triggers that I can mostly avoid, and I do avoid them. I can't tolerate red wine, MSG, most men's colognes, heat, the sun or intense exertion.

Throughout my journey with chronic migraine I've tried multiple elimination diets, a gluten-free diet, avoiding chemical-laced cleaners and personal care products, keeping as strict a schedule as I can to avoid inconsistencies in my sleeping and dining habits, medication holidays and every other reasonable suggestion for avoiding migraine attacks. No matter what I do, I still get about four migraine attacks a week. Sometimes more. I wish the source of the majority of my migraine attacks wasn't such a mystery.

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What is your worst migraine trigger? How do you handle it?

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National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger's Challenge is initiated by

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