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7 Things Only Migraineurs Can Highly Relate To

7 Things Only Migraineurs Can Highly Relate To

Ouch, That’s Not Just A Regular Headache

I can still remember the first migraine I ever suffered. I was 18 and until that point had rarely experienced any headaches whatsoever. That was until I came home from college one day and noticed that my vision wasn’t quite right. I saw some sparks, a few flashes, and I couldn’t bear to look directly at the kitchen light. I lay down on the couch, had a glass of water, and tried to convince myself everything would shortly return to normal. It didn’t. Over the next half an hour, I felt increasingly nauseous. Suddenly, the dinner I’d been looking forward to all afternoon didn’t seem appealing at all.

Then came the pain. For most of the evening, I was in agony. The evening out I’d planned was no longer an option. Instead, I lay still on my bed and clenched my teeth, praying that the pain would soon dissipate. Eventually, it did – but only after I’d vomited. Now I’ve worked out a treatment regimen that helps, but I’ll never forget how terrible those first few migraines were. Worse, I found that many people simply didn’t understand how bad migraines actually are. In that spirit, here is a list of things that only migraine sufferers will relate to!

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1. It’s Hard To Describe The Pain

You can’t see the agony of a migraine, and it can be hard to describe. For some of us, the pain can be crushing. For others, stabbing. Some people experience it as rather like a hammer or ice-pick being driven into their skull. Either way, words are often insufficient to convey just how bad it really is. When migraine sufferers say that they are in pain, it is an understatement!

2. The Pain Interferes With, Well, Everything

It’s hard to plan a normal schedule when you frequently suffer from migraines. An attack can come on with little or no warning, and it can subsequently ruin your plans for the rest of the afternoon, day, or even the remainder of the week – some people are in pain for days at a time.

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3. The Symptoms Aren’t Just Physical

Along with pain, migraine can cause emotional changes. In addition, living with a chronic condition can take its toll not only physically but in a psychological sense too. Never being sure when the next attack will arrive is stressful and exhausting. For the most unfortunate sufferers, their pain and its management can come to form a large part of their identity. They – and others around them – start to see them as “someone who has migraines” rather than as a normal, productive member of society.

4. Migraines Make Even The Basics Hard

Eating, sleeping and even being able to keep liquids down can be made impossible by a migraine. The nausea, dizziness and visual disturbances can make even everyday activities next to impossible. For example, drinking a cup of coffee or eating a light snack can be enough to trigger vomiting in some people.

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5. It Can Be Impossible To Sleep

Whilst some sufferers can sleep with the pain, many cannot. This is exhausting – you are in pain, the pain is tiring, so you want to sleep – but you can’t. A truly vicious cycle can develop, because a lack of sleep can be a trigger for further migraines.

6. A Migraine Really ISN’T Just An Ordinary Headache

A migraine should never be referred to as “just a headache”. This minimizes the pain and suffering endured by those who suffer from them. A migraine is not simply an isolated, painful event – it is often a recurrent problem that has a devastating effect on the lives of many.

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7. There Really Is No Proven Cure For Migraine

Painkillers can work to relieve the symptoms for some people, some of the time. Some other people find that eliminating certain triggers such as stress, coffee and irregular sleep helps reduce the severity and frequency of their attacks. However, the simple fact remains that there is no universal cure for migraine headaches. Most sufferers would have visited medical professionals already, and nothing is more irritating than being told to “see another doctor” or worse, to just to “live with it.”

The next time someone needs educating about what it’s really like to live with migraines, why not forward them this article? It might help them lose some of their misconceptions and understand your pain a little better!

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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