Oh, the joys of Aunt Flow! It’s just a lovely experience when cramping, migraines, and nausea visit every single month. I’ve dealt with every symptom out there, but it was those migraines that really did me in. It’s estimated that 13 million American women suffer these migraines. Yet, as much as the migraines and other symptoms hurt, it took my having children to discover the key to naturally soothe these symptoms.
Before said children, it was not unusual to be doubled over in pain. Not only was there a dull back-ache seemingly sent from the Devil himself, but there was a pressure built up that made my head want to explode. My eyes felt like they simply did not fit in their sockets, and noise and sounds somehow sent stronger waves of nausea through my stomach. I can remember rocking back and forth on my bed, wishing I could just roll over and puke, but at the same time, I knew that wouldn’t help anything. And the lights! Light would pierce through my eyes and practically radiate through my body, further upsetting my queasy stomach and pressure-filled noggin. It made it rather difficult to smoothly pass through a school day. Those lights are not a menstruating girl’s friend. Menstrual migraines were a constant companion during “that time” of the month.
But I braved it like a champ. I refused to pop endless amount of pills, so that left me gritting my teeth and fake-smiling once a month, for a whole week. I wasn’t quite at the point in my life when I decided to investigate true health and fitness and actually apply this knowledge to my daily routine. So for years, I suffered, thinking that the was only way to do it.
Then I became pregnant with my first child and I experience nine months without the monthly visits. Of course, I had to endure the pain from having to actually birth a child (I’m going to take a moment and brag – no epidural or drugs!), which was actually not as painful as I was expecting. I’m mean, sure, it hurt like something was ripping straight out of my body using fire and shards of glass, but it’s true what they say – you forget the intensity of the pain. And truthfully, I’m still alive, aren’t I?
But of course, I couldn’t keep Aunt Flow away forever. Soon enough, Aunt Flow was a’knocking on the door again. Now here is when I started to experiment with actually eating right and exercising.
I didn’t notice it immediately, but eventually I realized, “Hey, I don’t hurt as bad!” That was a great realization, and I knew right away why the lack of pain was gracing it’s presence – I was healthier! Fruits, vegetables, lean white meat, tons of water – that kind of diet is the most natural way to improve almost any aspect of health! And the exercise I was pumping into my routine? That helped too. I could tell a difference in the way I felt any given time of the month in just a couple of exercise-free days.
Many women who suffer menstrual headaches are too busy to be secluded in a dark, quite room for hours, just waiting for the pain to subside. That is why medications geared to menstrual symptoms are doing so well – it’s much quicker to shovel in those pills! But if you are like me and like to take more natural approaches to soothing pain and ailments, it doesn’t take much more then a healthy lifestyle to decrease menstrual migraine appearances.
Diet change isn’t an instant cure – wait a cycle or two, though, and you will probably notice a difference. But in the meantime, there are a couple simple tips that might help with these unpleasant headaches; they are actually really simple! Here goes – as soon as you feel a migraine coming on, drink some water. Easy, right? Second tip – I’ve already said it – exercise! Again, on the onset of a migraine, get some endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller) flowing. Even if it’s jogging in place for thirty seconds or stretching for a couple minutes, any amount will do. If you would like some other headache pain-relieving pain ideas, visit here.
I hope my story helps you or someone you know deal with the oh-so common menstrual migraines. But I am not a doctor, so if pain doesn’t decrease, or if your symptoms are far more serious than they should be, see your doctor!
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