With the holiday season in full swing, you may experience more migraines during this time of the year. Some common migraine triggers including alcohol, stress and rich foods, are common during the holiday season. Learn more about these triggers and a new migraine treatment that may help.
Migraine Trigger: Alcohol
Many patients report that alcoholic drinks trigger migraines. With alcohol present at holiday parties and special events all throughout the season, be careful about what you consume. If you suspect that alcohol is a trigger for you, it’s best to stick with water. If you’re unsure, you may want to try a small serving at first. Keep in mind that most patients report red wine and beer are the types of alcohol most likely to trigger a migraine.
Migraine Trigger: Stress
It’s not just big events like moving, starting a new job, or having a child that can trigger migraines—the stresses of the holiday season can trigger your migraines, too. The holidays may bring stress due to busy schedules, financial concerns, or family visits. While you probably can’t avoid these stresses completely, be sure to take time for yourself so you can relax and stay healthy.
Migraine Trigger: Holiday Foods
Food is a big part of most holiday celebrations and there is rarely a shortage of indulgent treats within arm’s reach. Migraine sufferers beware! Certain foods including chocolate, yeast, aged cheeses, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners, may be more likely to trigger your migraines. Know your triggers and avoid them when possible.
A New Migraine Treatment
Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block, also known as SPG Block, is a new type of migraine treatment offered by interventional radiologists. During the procedure, fluoroscopic guidance is used to insert a small tube into the patient’s nose. The tube allows medication to be delivered directly to the mucus membrane over the sphenopalatine ganglion. SPG Block may provide a significant and immediate decrease in migraine pain, as well as decreased migraine pain in the future. To learn more about SPG block, call the Association of Alexandria Radiologists to schedule a consultation with an interventional radiologist.