Migraine and heat cause each person to determine their own triggers and ways to find relief. Some hear the rising temperatures of summer and immediately start to worry about a migraine attack. Can we love summer and still live life with migraine? Are there times when heat is a good thing? Find answers here and know you are not alone on this migraine road.
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Rising Temperatures and Migraine
For many living with migraine heat can be a trigger. That means warmer temperatures can cause some concern. The American Migraine Foundation explains that excessive heat can lead to a migraine attack. However, this does not mean that you have to be confined indoors and miss out on all things outside. So how can we manage the heat and the selfish condition of migraine?
Strategies to Beat the Heat
If being outside is important to you and there are things that you don’t want to miss, there are some strategies that I have found helpful. My boys both play sports outside in the summer and plenty of games have had some scorching temps. This has caused me to plan ahead. Here are some things that kept me from missing out.
Find some air conditioning and cool off. Limit your time outdoors, but don’t give up on spending time there altogether. This could prevent some discouragement and missed moments.
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your time outside. This step could truly make all the difference. If you feel thirsty, it has been too long. Get yourself a water bottle you love and maybe allow yourself to splurge on one that keeps your water cold. I have done that and thought so many times to myself…worth every penny!
Here are some favorites:
Select the Best Time to Be Outside
If able avoid the hottest hours of the day. This may be more possible if you are doing something like planning to take your kids to the park or you are wanting to go for a walk or jog. However, if there is a scheduled event, like your kid’s baseball game, you may not be in complete control. All you can do is your best.
Find Ways to Cool Off
Our pool time is a favorite and there have been times in my life when I have just said to myself, “Get in the pool Mom!” It’s about memories and fun. Forget swimsuit woes or to-do lists for the moment. I have also shamelessly run through a neighbor’s sprinkler when out for a morning jog. They rather so luckily seem to reach very close to the sidewalk. So find your fun!
Migraine and Heat: Personal Experience
There are some funny things I have done to beat the heat. I love summer, but there are times I have to be smart about things. There have been baseball games (Royals fans here) where I have retreated to additional restroom breaks or checked out the gift shop to get some relief. If needed we have left a little early.
This has also motivated me to find other cooling aids and consider those necessities. Finding hats and cooling towels that make a difference are on my list. The ones I have linked here include a hidden pocket in your hat for your ID and the hat helps keep your head cool. For the person with migraine, so much thought goes into our head. This Mission brand knows that.
In planning our Disney World trip, we learned where to go to be in air conditioning. That information was given to us without any mention of migraine. So you may also find that you don’t have to have migraine to understand the desire to find some cooler air.
As I said, summer is a time I enjoy and I have been fortunate to spend time doing things I love. We play outside, have gone to the beach, and I have made it to quite a few sporting events. I have to be smart about my choices and listen to my body.
There may be times when you need to say no. That is ok! There have been games where I felt a migraine attack approaching. I had to choose to sit that one out. I felt it would be better to miss out on one game or event than be out of commission for a longer period of time. Communicate with people in your life and don’t blame yourself. This is easy advice to give, but not always so easy to follow. I know it is hard not to be where you feel you are needed or expected.
However, there are times we have to choose what is best for our health. Choosing health will mean missing out on less of life. I have learned that at times the hard way. Many years with migraine and that is always the truth. You will find more joy in more time being present.
I am still on the Botox path. It has been a bit of a rocky ride in these beginning stages. As I see how my body reacts more, I will be sharing that journey. Fortunately, I am blessed to be on the other side of a rougher patch.
In addition to sharing more here, I am working on publishing some e-books. I am also completing the Emerging Advocate Program with The American Migraine Foundation. Good things to come! Thank you for being here! I wish you all the best!
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Planning a vacation and thinking of more than planning for heat? Check out my post 3 Strategies for Migraine During Vacation. I cover how to better ensure you have a great trip without migraine stealing your memories!
Top 10 migraine triggers and how to deal with them: AMF. American Migraine Foundation. (2017, July 27). https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/top-10-migraine-triggers/
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