If you’ve never had a migraine, consider yourself lucky. Migraines are known to be so painful that many people will lock themselves in a quiet, dark room to minimize the discomfort. To make matters worse, these migraines can sometimes last multiple days, interrupting your daily life and taking you down for the count. We want to help you remain pain free every day, which means it is time to understand what triggers your migraines. Here are two ways to do that.

Keep a daily diary or log

Your best option is to document each time you experience a migraine because it can 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 or diary, 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?

You should also ask yourself, “Have I been exposed to known headache triggers that could be linked to the onset of your headache?” Known triggers often include:

  • Certain foods and drinks such as chocolate, cheese and wine.
  • Some physical activities including sexual.
  • Change in the weather.
  • Bright light.
  • Strong odors.
  • Loud noise.
  • Stress.
  • Interruptions in your sleep pattern.

Avoid loud noises and bright lights

A main cause 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.