When you get migraine everyone, I mean everyone, has an opinion as to what you should do.
They’re only too pleased to tell you about the one true thing that they believe will fix you. Because it worked for them. Or for the woman down the road. Or their hairdresser’s cousin. They share it with you with absolute conviction. No room for doubt or uncertainty.
They say it with kindness. They want to help. Their intentions are good.
But, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else.
Just for the record, I’m not talking about the ones who think you should ‘just buck yourself up’ because there’s nothing really wrong with you. We’ll sweep those charmers to one side through a door marked “Thanks but no thanks”.
But, where does all this well-meaning advice leave you?
It’s especially frustrating if you’ve followed the advice and none of it’s worked for you. You’re perhaps left feeling feeling overwhelmed as to what to do next.
For example, a question about natural cures for migraines threw up this selection of answers:
- Make changes to your lifestyle
- Don’t eat wheat
- Don’t eat sugar
- Just relax!!
Let’s pause and go back to that original cry for help: natural cures for migraine.
Everyone would love a cure for migraine – and why the hell not?
Migraine symptoms are debilitating and disabling, but we can’t go on masking simply the symptoms.
What’s needed here is learning how to lessen the impact migraine has on you.
As yet, we don’t know what causes migraine but we do know that the brain is working differently.
If stressed caused migraine every person in the world would get them. But, the truth is they don’t.
Emotions do have a role to play but not in the way we get told. You don’t get migraine because you are too highly strung or too weak. You don’t need to just relax. After all if it was that straightforward you’d have done it already.
The part of the brain that is responsible for physical pain is in the same region as the part that’s responsible for emotional pain; the anterior cingulate cortex and the anterior insula. When someone feels emotional pain, the region for physical pain gets activated too. What’s wired together, fires together.
It’s not about shame. It’s about biology.
And, that’s positive news because we know that we can change how our brain is organised and how it functions.
You can learn to quieten down the hyper active connection between physical and emotional pain that gets triggered when you experience chronic pain, like migraine.
The mind-body techniques that help you do this are simple to learn. The tricky part comes in doing them because you need to practice, practice and practice. That does require commitment and motivation.
But, these techniques work, even if you’ve suffered with migraine for 15, 20 or 30+ years. What I’ve learnt and experienced is that you have inside all the resources you need.
So, how do you break out of the gridlock of overwhelming advice?
Migraine is already enough about don’t do and can’t do. I strongly believe that whichever migraine treatment you choose it should free you from those restrictions.
A good place to start that’ll help you make that decision is to ask yourself this question:
What would you most love to change about migraine?
One the face of it, that seems like an easy question to answer. But, the truth is it’s tougher than it looks.
If you’d like help answering this question, I’m here to help. All you have to do is request your free call with me.