How do you balance the need to avoid your Migraine/Headache Disorders triggers with the equally powerful need to enjoy the things that give your life meaning?
Oh dear vino or cocktail why hast thou forsaken me? Allowing myself the luxury of a enjoying a drink usually turns my head into a bratty-like kid having a full-blown temper tantrum. Therefore I rarely drink and when I do a migraine price must be paid almost everytime.
It’s the same thing with delicious chocolate, but I can get away with this demon in certain forms entirely, while less so with others. So when chocolate is tempting me, I ask myself in that Dirty Harry manner, “do you feel lucky?” And my answer?: about as lucky as a kid sneaking a cookie from the cookie jar: not so much.
Heat is my biggest trigger, whether it be from an overheated room or hot weather. Usually, I can avoid this troublemaker. Today, however, I was put in a balancing act with encroaching sun on the couch where I was sitting and indulging in group conversation. We hadn’t seen our nephew and his wife in months. I didn’t have a migraine, and I was enjoying talking and laughing with them. Sun began filling my space, and I foolishly stayed there not wanting to move to the dining table or make someone switch places with me. I now have an ice pack on my head and am suffering because I didn’t heed my trigger warning soon enough.
Finally, there’s NOISE. I grapple with this one all the time. If I were to truly avoid the noise that surrounds me, I would literally not have much of a life. My earplugs make some difference, but I can still hear things. And the plugs drive me bonkers when I’m laying down because I can hear my heart thumping loudly in my ears!
It is what it is. I’ll take the balancing acts between triggers and migraines in the game of life anytime. Afterall, I’m human. The gambles and risks have to happen sometimes just to feel normal again no matter how fleeting that may seem. Everything in life has some balancing in it, but as Migraneurs, we just have to be more dilligent about that or the consequences can hurt way too much.
(wine image from favecrafts.com; chocolate image from lemon-lyme.com; ice cream from 123RF®; Noise image from noisecontrol.com)
June 2013, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders.
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