Tonight we will have a super moon which means that today I have a wicked bad migraine.
Migraineurs (people who get migraines) have different triggers and full moons are on the list.
If you are a migraine sufferer than you probably know that we all have different triggers so a full moon may not bother you.
Scientists and doctors are not certain of the reason that migraines can be triggered by the lunar cycle however a few theories and facts surrounding the issue include the following:
- The full moon can disrupt sleep; changes in sleep patterns (even by an hour) can trigger a migraine.
- The full moon can change levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a major player when it comes to migraines; when the levels of that neurotransmitter change, a migraine is often triggered.
- Some women’s menstrual cycles revolve with the moon.
- We are ~80% water and changes in the atmospheric pressure (the barometric pressure) affect us: more babies are born during full moons, ER visits increase significantly and yes, some people get migraines.
Today has been hard, I have been super sick.
Years ago, I would have been in the ER for a migraine this bad but I have learned how to manage them at home. That is not to say that the ER is a bad option because sometimes it is the correct place to go.
I am sharing my day with you in hopes that you can get some ideas of how you might be able to feel better when a migraine knocks you down.
- I took my maximum dose of Imitrex.
- I have been eating rice with sea salt because the sodium helps the carbohydrate get into the blood faster. Carbs boost serotonin—> serotonin is important in stopping migraines.
- I took some Ibuprofen (which a crohn’s patient is not supposed to take but desperate times call for desperate measures). Since I do have crohn’s disease, I limited my dose of Ibuprofen and made sure to take it when I was eating the rice to aid in protect the lining of my gut.
- I have also taken stronger pain medication prescribed by my neurologist.
- I have taken nausea medication.
- I have been drinking caffeine, water and ginger tea throughout the day because each of these are helpful for my migraines.
- My dear husband headed over to the my new favorite place, Raw Juice Boutique, to pick up a custom-made smoothie for me: coconut water, kale, apple, ginger and a little honey.
- I have been using my Fascia Blaster (which was created by one of my childhood friends Ashley Black) to work on releasing my fascia that is knotted up and painful.
- I currently have an ice pack on my upper neck area and a heating pad on my lower back (a trick I just learned thanks to one of my Instagram followers @shans_world) ❤
I feel like today (and this post) is a good example of how some days are really hard. And it takes western medicine plus a holistic approach to get me stable.
Wellness is a lifestyle, it is not a quick fix.
As hard as today has been, I must remember that just last week my mother said that I am healthier than she has seen me in years. Overall, I am getting better.
#WellnessIsALifestyle and you may be surprised at how much you can do to make yourself feel better with a few changes ❤️