Migraine

And Men

Cluster Headache

Introduction

As many of our male members know, migraines do occur in men. Though they are more common in women, an estimated 9% of men are regular sufferers. There is a common perception that migraines are a female only condition which can also cause men to avoid seeking medical support and dismiss this debilitating neurological condition as just a headache.

Stress & Anxiety
Exercise Induced
Supplements
Alcohol

Stress and Anxiety

Stress is a common trigger for migraines among men and women. Women though are traditionally better at seeking help with stress and anxiety and they sign up to stress reduction classes, such as yoga or mediation, more readily than men. It’s important to recognise that stress as a trigger for migraine is a medically proven trigger and not some “excuse” or unfounded cause. In 2017  researchers form the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston wanted to see whether they could design a way to more accurately predict when a migraine would strike. The study found that, stress was more likely to be greater in the days leading up to a headache and the results point to stress as a trigger for many migraine sufferers. More and more men are taking part in yoga and meditation classes so sign up for one of these or take time to visit a counselor who specialises in stress reduction techniques.  It will have a positive affect across all aspects of your life.

Mindfulness and Migraine

Exercise Induced Migraines

High impact sports and prolonged periods of exertion often trigger migraines in men. Re-hydration and regular eating before matches or tournaments can help prevent attacks and if possible avoid exercise in high heat and humidity. Many men find the gym a triggering environment for migraines so switch up your exercise routine to an outside class and if you feel a migraine coming, take the easy option of a walk that day and avoid worsening the condition with exercise. Talk to your sports coach or trainer and explain the situation so they allow you to take a break when needed. The Migraine Association can visit your sports club or gym to provide an information session on migraine so coaches and staff understand the condition. Don’t give up exercise though as it is important in the long term prevention of migraines, just find a form of exercise that works for you.

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Supplement Intake

Take a supplement: if you are eating a healthy diet and still experiencing regular migraines then consider taking a supplement. Magnesium plays a major role in the effective functioning of the body’s neurological system. Taking 400 -500 mg of magnesium a day is used by many people as a effective preventative for migraines. Other supplements include Riboflavin or Co Enzyme Q10 can also act as a preventative treatment but talk to your GP or pharmacist first, especially if you are suffering from other underlying conditions.

Vitamins and Minerals

Alcohol Intake

Alcohol and certain types of alcohol can have a a triggering effect for some people. White wines, stouts and spirits seem to have a less triggering effect than red wines and beers. But it is often the regularity and amount of drink that is consumed that is contributing to an unhealthy lifestyle and triggering migraines, so consider reducing the amount of alcohol to start with and then consider changing your tipple of choice. If you would like to find out more about which red wines are more triggering for migraine sufferers, this article gives some good advice.
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