Full Moons and Migraine Headaches

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jessica and chris beach trip

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:

  1. The full moon can disrupt sleep; changes in sleep patterns (even by an hour) can trigger a migraine.
  2. 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.
  3. Some women’s menstrual cycles revolve with the moon.
  4. 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.

  1. I took my maximum dose of Imitrex.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I have also taken stronger pain medication prescribed by my neurologist.
  5. I have taken nausea medication.
  6. I have been drinking caffeine, water and ginger tea throughout the day because each of these are helpful for my migraines.
  7. 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.
  8.  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.
  9. 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.

green smoothie

my custom made green smoothie

 

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 ❤️

6 thoughts on “Full Moons and Migraine Headaches

  1. Ingrid

    Thats how I have been feeling for the last 3 days, and do the same things, wandering if it will ever end, such a waste of time staying in bed all by myself while everyone has a life , but thats all I can do.

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    • It is true and rather unfortunate. So much for those romantic, full moon nights!

      There is some comfort in knowing that it is a common phenomenon which is explained by the change in barometric pressure. My husband and I have learned to have low expectations when it comes to full moons. We learned that lesson over years of disappointment when he would want to gaze at the full moon and I would feel like someone was driving an ice pick through my head. Now I know that there are some things I can do in advance: make sure that I don’t eat foods that are triggers, take an imitrex or whatever medication helps (everyone is different), and a lot of times using a sinus medication + ibuprofen will help. While that is a lot of medicine, I have found that the full moon migraines require extra fight.

      I hope you are feeling a little better now that the pressure is starting to equal out. ❤

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    • It is true and rather unfortunate. So much for those romantic, full moon nights!

      There is some comfort in knowing that it is a common phenomenon which is explained by the change in barometric pressure. My husband and I have learned to have low expectations when it comes to full moons. We learned that lesson over years of disappointment when he would want to gaze at the full moon and I would feel like someone was driving an ice pick through my head. Now I know that there are some things I can do in advance: make sure that I don’t eat foods that are triggers, take an imitrex or whatever medication helps (everyone is different), and a lot of times using a sinus medication + ibuprofen will help. While that is a lot of medicine, I have found that the full moon migraines require extra fight.

      I hope you are feeling a little better now that the pressure is starting to equal out. ❤

      Like

  2. Nancy

    Thank you for your thoughts/beliefs about this. I’ve thought for a long time that my worst headaches happen on full moons. The past 2 days have been excruciating. Between the full moon, and a change in the barometric pressure.

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    • It is true and rather unfortunate. So much for those romantic, full moon nights!

      There is some comfort in knowing that it is a common phenomenon which is explained by the change in barometric pressure. My husband and I have learned to have low expectations when it comes to full moons. We learned that lesson over years of disappointment when he would want to gaze at the full moon and I would feel like someone was driving an ice pick through my head. Now I know that there are some things I can do in advance: make sure that I don’t eat foods that are triggers, take an imitrex or whatever medication helps (everyone is different), and a lot of times using a sinus medication + ibuprofen will help. While that is a lot of medicine, I have found that the full moon migraines require extra fight.

      I hope you are feeling a little better now that the pressure is starting to equal out. ❤

      Like

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