Migraine Awareness Month #3

Subtitle:  Just Shoot Me Now!
What’s your worst migraine trigger?  Can you avoid it?  How do you handle it?

Heat in any form is my worst enemy.  I’m so lucky that I left Tucson, a city I adored, to live here in Oregon.  Not that low pressure systems and rain aren’t triggers too, but the big double-barrel shot gun trigger for my migraines is heat.

And it’s comically ironic that I’m my own worst enemy in the high temperature department.  Between hot flashes and a hyperthyroid that produces heatwaves, even small activities can leave me feeling as sweaty as a basketball player.  However, I cope where I can – having fans going constantly and opting for air conditioning over heat in the car.  After errands or shopping, I hydrate with lots of water.  I do chores in small increments.  I seek shade whereas I used to worship the sun. 

The only time heat becomes impossible for me is when we vacation with relatives.  A few of them raise the thermostat to 80° or higher, and I wish I were joking.  I wrote a post on just such a wonderful trip in November “Can’t We Compromise?” That entire time I sat near an open window. Not exactly the best way to spend a weekend get-away.

Maybe in another life I was a penguin.

National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation

The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by http://www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com

About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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