National Migraine Awareness Month – #ExcedrinMigraine GIVEAWAY
Disclosure – I am an Excedrin® Migraine brand ambassador compensated for my time. My journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.
Did you know that roughly 36 million people in the United States suffer from migraines? Are you one of those people? I am. I have struggled with migraines since I was in the third grade. My brother has a similar story. Another friend of mine though, started having migraines towards the end of her teen years. That’s the thing about migraines: while it is a single diagnosis, the symptoms, onset, triggers, and treatments can be so different. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Excedrin Migraine for 9 months now, and love how it gives me the chance to share information about this sometimes debilitating condition. Since June is National Migraine Awareness Month, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to shed some more light on migraines. I’m also going to share a couple of personal stories about others with migraines.
First off, let’s go over some facts. Migraines are different than other headaches. Migraines cause pain that is considered moderate to severe and usually come along with other symptoms. Sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and unilateral pain is common with migraines unlike tension headaches. (That’s not to say that a tension headache couldn’t trigger a migraine, or vice versa.) Migraines can also be preceded by an aura or change in vision. As with anything medical, please see your doctor if you have concerns about your own headaches.
So what can you do about migraines? Well the first place to start is to know your triggers. Every person is different and figuring out what causes your migraines can be the key to helping treat, and even prevent them from occurring. When I first started monitoring my own migraines, I just had a notebook and a calendar. Now there is an amazing app developed by the makers of Excedrin that lets you track the causes of your migraines. They help you keep up with what foods you’ve eaten, how much rest you’ve gotten, what stress you’re under, the environmental changes around you, your menstrual cycle… pretty much anything that can trigger a migraine. On top of that, the My Migraine Triggers iPhone app makes it easy to share that information with your doctor.
While knowing your triggers, staying rested, managing your stress, and staying really hydrated are great ways to avoid migraines, sometimes you just can’t help it. Personally, I know that many of my migraines are hormone related. When I’ve done all I can to be prepared, I can honestly say that I take some Excedrin Migraine when I feel a migraine coming on. It is the one over the counter medicine that helps me feel better. It’s no surprise that it’s also the #1 neurologist recommended OTC brand for migraine relief. It actually works. The FDA even approved it to treat all symptoms of a migraine.
My migraines are usually related to my cycle, which since I’m 9 months pregnant, hasn’t really been a problem lately! With this baby arriving soon though, I can be pretty confident that migraines are something I will be dealing with in the very near future. I feel like I need to make sure I add that in since I’ve been so lucky the past few months and haven’t needed to worry about migraines!
Can you help us spread the word this month? If someone you know suffers from migraines, help them learn more, track their triggers with the My Migraine Triggers app, visit their doctor, and start to get a handle on their headaches. Migraines suck. There are no two ways about it. Learning more and being proactive can help a lot though. With Excedrin this month, we are really excited to host a giveaway that can help you prevent some migraines by staying rested, relaxed, and hydrated.
YOU CAN WIN:
· A sleep mask
· A memory foam travel neck pillow
· A water bottle
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Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at Momicles and follow her @Momicles2010