With migraine, most everyone thinks debilitating headache. Arlington Heights headache specialist Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPM&R discusses migraine energy drain. It’s not uncommon that besides the headache pain, many migraine sufferers endure a significant pre-attack and post-attack energy drain that can take a toll on the body.
It’s no secret that migraine sufferers experience intense, throbbing headaches that can last for days. But, what’s lesser known is the impact migraines can have on your energy stores. The assault on your energy supply can start before the migraine begins and continue for days after the episode ends.
PRE-MIGRAINE ENERGY DRAIN
Many migraine sufferers are well aware of the personal triggers for their migraines. But managing these triggers can be a daunting task. This is especially true for patients who have multiple triggers. Avoiding the foods, environments, and activities that can set off an episode requires a great deal of planning. Over time, the energy required to stay ahead of a migraine attack can leave you exhausted.
POST-MIGRAINE ENERGY DRAIN – FACT: MIGRAINES USE UP ENERGY STORES
The pain caused by the migraine can also zap you of energy. Just getting through a day while enduring the excruciating pain is a challenge. Multiply that by several days and it’s likely that your energy level is extremely low.
Thankfully, once the migraine attack ends, the pain is gone. But many patients feel as if they are in slow-motion immediately after an episode. Simple tasks may seem to require more effort. Furthermore, concerns over all that you missed during the course of the episode can cause stress. Stress also taps into energy reserves.
For chronic migraine sufferers, the energy-depleting cycle of managing pre and post-migraine symptoms can feel like it will never end. As a result, it’s important to find new ways to build up energy stores in between migraine episodes. Try activities that nourish and restore your body like yoga or meditation. Most importantly, use the time in between attacks to take care of yourself and do things that make you feel happy, energized and connected to the ones you love.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPM&R, is the director of First Health Associates Physical Medicine Department.
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