Certain foods set off a migraine. Also certain conditions - cold, which makes you tense up your neck and shoulder muscles; or stressful situations which cause the same muscles to tense. I know what caused my migraine yesterday. I've been getting them for 30 years so I know when one is coming on and I should have taken the meds that will stop them - but I was going for a checkup at the cardiologist's office and didn't want to take anything...so I just grinned and bore it (such a toughie! ha ha)
This is what a lovely, bright beach scene looks like when you are having a migraine. I did this quick sketch the last time I was in the Bahamas and got a migraine :( not fun. (Did I mention that bright, flashing lights also will bring on a migraine?)
NOTE: IF you DO NOT want to hear a RANT about the medical profession, just ignore the rest of this...
So...when I went to the cardiologist's office, I had been having a migraine for a couple of hours already. And I think her "nurse" took a bad blood pressure reading because it was high - so high for me that it was ridiculous. I would have taken another reading to compare. But no, we just went with that and all treatment options (including losing weight - she wants me to weigh 120 pounds - and going on a strict diet of low sodium because she doesn't want me having a stroke and she doesn't think I know the difference between having migraines and having severe headaches from high blood pressure - and buying a home monitor and taking my bp twice a day) based on one bp reading that was, more than likely, wrong.
Maybe I'm more questioning of results because my husband is a biologist and a scientist. He says, take your bp 3 times and get the average - it's more accurate that way. However, when you go to your doctor, they take your bp once and it doesn't matter if you have been angry that morning, tired and depressed, weak and feeling faint, or whether you just came from doing aerobics at the gym - that's what they put. And what is wrong with them when they take your weight and never tell you to remove your winter coat!!! or your shoes to get a more accurate weight? If you don't take them off, they just weigh you with them on.
So...taking my bp twice a day on a home monitor and guess what? The top number has never been higher than 129. Hmmmm....kind of validates my theory that the bp taken at the doc's was incorrect.
And here is what you look like the evening after battling an unmedicated migraine all day = not a pretty sight! Weepy, tired, achy, like you're getting over a case of the flu and having PMS all at the same time. Even your head hurts on the outside - tender and sore.
And I can't even soothe myself with chocolates (gotta lose those 20 pounds, remember?!?) Maybe I'll go paint a box of chocolates instead! ha ha