Chronic Migraines: Strategies for Coping With Frequent and Intense Headaches

If you’re a chronic migraine sufferer, Dr. Ali Nairizi at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates in Reno, NV is here to help you find relief.

5 Tips for Coping With and Preventing Chronic Migraines

Chronic migraines are a force to reckon with. Not only can a migraine make you absolutely miserable but also cause you to miss out on important events, time with loved ones, and more. In this guide, Dr. Nairizi and the team at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates in Reno, NV share five tips to help.

1. Make a Move 

It’s no secret that a migraine will make you not want to move – or breathe or anything else. However, movement can actually help. You don’t necessarily have to do it in the middle of pain, but exercising for at least 30 minutes three times each week can reduce the number of headaches and migraines you live with. 

2. Have a Consistent Sleep Schedule 

Our bodies need a specific amount of rest to restore, recharge, and function properly. However, many things can prevent a person from getting that sleep, including not having a routine. Both too much and too little sleep can lead to migraines. Going to bed and waking up at about the same time every day can ensure you get the healthiest amount of sleep consistently. 

3. Let Go of Stress 

Stress can have a very negative impact on your overall health and can cause chronic headaches and migraines. Yoga, meditation, journaling, enjoying hobbies, spending time with friends and loved ones, and similar activities can help reduce your stress level. 

4. Reduce or Avoid Smoking, Drinking Alcohol, and Caffeine

There are many things that can trigger migraines, including some bad habits that people often rely on to get through their day. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and relying on caffeine can all lead to headaches, nervousness, and more. And caffeine withdrawals tend to trigger headaches and migraines. 

By avoiding these unhealthy habits and substances – or at the very least, cutting back – you can save yourself a lot of money and suffering. If you struggle to quit any of these substances, your doctor can help. 

5. Work With a Doctor

Lifestyle adjustments can go a long way in preventing and relieving chronic migraines, but sometimes you need some additional help while making those adjustments. Your doctor can prescribe medications, refer you to specialists, make personalized recommendations, and much more that can aid you on your journey of relief.

Find chronic migraine relief by visiting Dr. Nairizi at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates in Reno, NV. Call (775) 384-1127 to schedule an appointment today.