Imagine that one day you start to notice shimmering lights, your vision might be dull, and you may have a tingling sensation in your arm or leg. This is an aura, which is a warning that probably in about 15 minutes, the throbbing head pain will begin. This headache, which can last hours or even days, will be so disabling that you won’t be able to even take an aspirin and go on with your day. Bright lights and loud noises can make the pain worse. Nausea and vomiting may add even more stress to the already devastating condition known as migraine. This is what your loved one may go through whenever a migraine attacks. As you can see, it isn’t a normal headache. It is a debilitating condition that alters your loved one’s life and your life as well. Symptoms may vary somewhat from person to person, but the ones described above are usually typical for the 30 million Americans, many who are children and teens afflicted with this disorder.
As a caregiver, you can minimize the stress in your own life by helping your loved one avoid migraines:
- Help uncover and avoid migraine triggers: Your loved one’s doctor will probably suggest keeping a headache diary, which will help to pinpoint triggers of the migraine pain. Often these triggers are certain foods, a scent of perfume or other stimuli. You can help your loved one avoid these triggers, especially if he or she is young.
- Join in regular exercise: Headache experts agree that regular aerobic exercise can help to prevent migraine pain in part because it reduces stress and tension.