May 09, 2013
Chances are, you or someone you know suffers from migraine attacks. Many of those who suffer from these intense headaches don’t realize they are suffering from this chronic illness. Of those who are diagnosed, many have friends or family members who would like to help them but aren’t sure exactly what to do.
MCPL has many books on the subject to help the roughly 10% of the population that suffers from migraines. Two of the books on the subject that I found informative were Migraine:Your Questions Answered and The Migraine Brain. Both books identify the common symptoms of migraines that distinguish them from regular headaches. Nausea, slurred speech, sensitivity to light and/or sound, and aura phenomenon, like floating dots, are examples of these symptoms that occur for some migraine sufferers. The Migraine Brain book also gives lots of helpful advice. It discusses everything from how to identify the triggers of your migraine to what to bring to the emergency room if the need should arise for immediate treatment. It also contains information on how to talk to family members, including children, about your migraines.
Many people who suffer from migraines have the same trigger – weather. When the barometric pressure changes quickly, it can greatly increase the likelihood of an attack. One way to follow this is to check the daily migraine map at Accuweather. This information can’t prevent you from having a migraine, but it may alert you when one is coming, and sometimes that can make all the difference!