Migraines can be so painful that you find yourself hiding in a dark room for days. They are so terrible that you are down for the count for multiple days, interrupting your day-to-day life. To help you remain pain free every day, it is important to understand what your triggers are. Let’s find out how you can do this.
Keep a Log
Your best option is to document each time you experience a migraine. This will help you to properly identify the cause. By sharing your migraine log with Dr. Mayoor Patel, we can take all factors into account to determine what is causing your migraines and if they are related to your oral health.
When creating and maintaining your migraine log, it is important to ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the pain on only one side of your head or all over?
- How long did the headache last?
- When did your headache begin?
- How often do you get migraines/headaches?
- Do they occur at the same time every day? If so, when?
It is also important to ask yourself, “Have you been to exposed to known headache triggers that could be linked to the onset of your headache?” Known triggers might include certain foods (chocolate, cheese, wine), some physical activities (including sexual), change in the weather, bright light, strong odors, noise, stress, and interruptions in your sleep pattern.
Skip the Loud Noises, Bright Lights
One of the main causes of migraines is loud noise and bright light. In understanding this you may decide to avoid both of these factors. Loud noises, flashing lights, and sensory stimulation are common triggers for migraine headaches.
Another option, even though it might be difficult to do, is to avoid activities such as driving at night, movie theaters, clubs and crowded venues, and glare from the sun are common environments that may cause migraines. Try to take breaks from the TV or computer screen to rest your eyes, and adjust the brightness levels on these screens.
Contact us at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia today to learn more about migraines and how your oral health can be the direct link.