A Career Change May Be a Migraine Treatment to Consider

June 7, 2012

Can you imagine running one of the hottest fashion publications in the nation, in one of the world’s most congested and loud cities for over a decade with chronic migraines?  Well, that is exactly what Kim France, a founder and former editor in chief of Lucky Magazine has valiantly and successfully accomplished.  So it was no surprise when she finally needed a migraine treatment that would help alleviate her battle with this debilitating condition.  In a recent interview with The New York Times, she said she “was suffering from serious, pretty much daily migraine headaches that I had begun to suspect only a pretty profound lifestyle change could improve.”  Several months after leaving her post, she noticed that her headaches had all but disappeared.

If you are suffering with chronic migraines or other headache condition, and suspect your job or lifestyle may be to blame, here are some things to consider about possible environmental migraine triggers:

Pollution

Pollution has been long suspected to be a trigger for migraines and headaches.  Several research studies have confirmed this suspicion.  Among the research, a Chilean study, published in 2009 in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that elevated levels of pollution at any time during the year were positively linked with migraines.  If finding another job or relocating your business to pristine surroundings isn’t possible consider improving the air quality in your workplace.  When pollution levels are at their highest, make sure to keep windows closed and air conditioning or heating systems on and well maintained with clean filters.

Elevated Noise Levels

Sensitivity to sound is a well-established attribute of migraine sufferers.  Most migraineurs will find solace in a quiet space when in the throes of an attack.  Loud noise from traffic and human congestion may be unavoidable for those who work in big cities.  Keeping windows closed, and drawing noise muffling window treatments will be helpful.  Bringing noise-blocking headphones to work is a great way to transport yourself into a virtual solitary cocoon of silence… That is if your boss and coworkers don’t mind you ‘disappearing’ from the team for a while.

So if switching jobs or moving your company offices to the backwoods or beach isn’t possible, consider trigger avoidance migraine treatments such as minimizing your exposure to pollution and elevated noise levels at your job, to ward off chronic migraine attacks.

The New York Times reported that Ms. France has launched her own fashion and lifestyle blog since leaving her job at Lucky magazine.  Perhaps she has tapped into something all chronic migraine sufferers can learn from.  She is working at a job that she loves, in the controlled environment of her home, which she can modify to accommodate her need for comfort as well as job productivity.  The best migraine treatment after all, is the one that works for you and your unique set of triggers and symptoms.

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