I downloaded the app Migraine Buddy at the beginning of the year which has really helped identify migraine triggers and map out how much time in between each attack.
The migraine hangover is real… I never knew this was an actual thing until a few years ago. Luckily, I am only getting a few major migraines a year but they will last more than a day from start to finish. It literally feels like I am hungover. My body hurts (especially parts of my head) it feels like I bumped it. I am very quiet which is the opposite of how I am normally. I am lethargic and smells are the worst. I am super sensitive to smells for 24-48 hours and anything and everything makes me feel sick.
How to Prevent future Migraines
Earlier this year, I started seeing Suzie for acupuncture for sleep. My sleep has improved, but also so have my migraines. Suzie really takes the time to listen to my health concerns and what is going on with my body before each session and tweaks my treatment. I have been so pleasantly surprised at how much you can treat with acupuncture.
When I asked Suzie for an explanation on why the acupuncture treatment helped she said, “my migraines are due to stagnant qi. She uses some points that move qi in the affected organs and meridian pathways, and others to stop the pain.” On average, we do around 14 needles from head to toe. I am not a big fan of needles and I am surprised how well I handle the treatment. I rest for 20 minutes with the needles and will sometimes fall asleep for part of the time. There is a tiny prick with each needle, depending on the placement, some I can feel more than others.
If you are in Chicago, you can contact Suzie for an acupuncture consultation and treatment session. If you suffer from more than 2 migraines a month, she recommends weekly treatment sessions to get you on a regular preventative cycle. If you suffer from less than 2 migraines a month, you can schedule a monthly session for migraine management.