Experts say more people are experiencing migraines lately due to the pandemic. From extra stress to simply not getting out of the house enough, headaches and migraines can be triggered by a range of factors: genetics, food, alcohol consumption, even weather conditions can cause a migraine headache.
In a recent interview on KKTV, Dr. Kimberly Wagner from Colorado Springs Neurological Associates discussed potential causes and ways to stay healthy.
“Making sure you’re hydrated, well rested…allergy season is huge right now, so that can also contribute to headaches and migraines,” said Dr. Wagner.
Doctors have also noticed an increase in patients with migraine pain who have previously been diagnosed with COVID-19.
As a reminder, headaches are pains in your head that can cause pressure and aching. The pain can range from mild to severe, and they usually occur on both sides of your head. Migraine headaches are intense or severe and often have other symptoms in addition to head pain.
Symptoms might include:
- Pain behind the eyes or ears
- Pain in the temples
- Seeing spots or flashes of light
- Sensitivity to light
- Temporary vision loss
For some people, it may be possible to avoid migraine pain. For example:
- Avoid loud noises and bright lights
- Pay close attention to food choices; avoid chocolate, processed meats, cheese, and artificial sweeteners
- Keep a headache diary to help identify potential triggers
- Be aware of hormone changes; oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy may increase the frequency or severity of migraine pain
- Take supplements to ensure your body is getting the proper nutrients
- Avoid stress
- Eat and sleep on a regular schedule
- Choose relaxing exercises
If you have questions about migraine headaches or if you’d like to schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options, please call 719-473-3272 or contact a CSNA representative online.