Spooking Away Chronic Migraines

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October 30, 2014

Kids know that autumn doesn’t really arrive until Halloween, when they get to dress up in costumes and trick-or-treat across America. For those of you with migraines in Nashville, Seattle or Baltimore the mere thought of Halloween parties, and trick-or-treating is enough to trigger the BIG ONE. Happily, chronic migraine doesn’t have to stop you from getting into the fun and fright of ghouls, goblins, ghosts and tons of treats!

This Halloween keep your chronic migraines out of the way with some helpful hints that help you avoid your triggers and be prepared (just in case):

  • Costume Shopping—Go quickly, go early or go very late. Avoid the crowds at all costs. If pickings are slim, don’t despair. You can always whip up a fabulous costume at home with some creativity and a glue gun. The key is to keep your stress level down. If your kids sense that you are calm, they will also be more relaxed about wearing that slightly-less-than-perfect costume.
  • Decorating—This part of the holiday can be a great bonding experience for families and friends. Don’t become overwhelmed and try to do it all yourself. Host a Halloween preview party while you and your helpers decorate and bake cupcakes. Have a pumpkin-carving contest!
  • Keep it Spooky, Eerie and Silent – if loud noise and bright lights trigger your migraines, create a spooky, dark and quiet mood in your home during Halloween. Your guests will think it’s cool and it may also be soothing for sugar-rushed kids.
  • Fill the Rx— This is no time to run low on migraine meds. Don’t procrastinate refilling your prescription. And, be sure to keep your medication within easy reach on Halloween.
  • Scent Savvy—Fake fog, scented candles, vinyl costume masks…smells of Halloween can be delightful or overwhelming depending on whether your chronic migraines are triggered by scents. Avoid these stimulants and be sure to let your friends and family be aware of your sensitivity.
  • Don’t Get Scared— Visiting a haunted house or spooky walk might sound like fun. But, if you scare easily, the experience could raise your stress levels and spark a migraine attack. Stay chill, and skip the intensely frightening horror entertainment.

Taking care of yourself should be your first priority as we head into the fall holiday season. As long as you pace yourself, plan ahead and manage your exposure to potential headache triggers, Halloween should go well. From Des Moines to Nashville, migraines shouldn’t keep you from trick-or-treating and having fun.


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