Ask the Experts- August 2016

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: August 9, 2016

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

I’ve been experiencing migraines.  Is there anything you recommend?  I am 48 years old.  Thank you in advance for helping me.

Bobbie

Dear Bobbie,

Migraines are quite common in women your age.  But, you should see your doctor if your migraines persist.  It might be a good idea to keep a headache diary and record when your migraine occurred and what might have contributed to the migraine.  For instance, prior to the onset of the migraine were you experiencing emotional stress?  Or, was there a particular food or drink that could have triggered the migraine?

Here are some foods that may trigger migraines:

  • Cured meats (salami, pepperoni, bacon)
  • Aged cheese (gorgonzola, Roquefort, camembert)
  • Caffeine (coffee, tea, cola)
  • Alcoholic drinks (red wine, beer, whiskey, champagne)

Remember to try to get enough sleep.  Lack of sleep causes fatigue and may trigger a migraine. Self-care measures sometimes ease the pain.  Try, resting in a dark, quiet room, practice muscle relaxation exercises (meditation, yoga); and exercise daily.   And, try to control stress.

Your doctor may recommend a preventive medication based on the frequency and severity of your headaches.  Your doctor can help find the right medication for you.

Good luck to you and thank you for writing to Red Hot Mamas.

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