Is Irritability a Sign of an Oncoming Migraine?
Have you ever noticed that the day before you get a migraine, your patience is a bit thinner than usual? It may seem like a strange coincidence, but science tells us that irritability can be one of the key signs of an imminent migraine. Let's explore why this is the case and what you can do to identify and help manage your migraines. 

Why Does Irritability Precede Migraines? 
Scientists have yet to determine why some people experience premonitory symptoms (a.k.a., prodrome) before their migraines take hold. However, one theory suggests that these prodromal symptoms are actually the result of neurons in the brain sending out signals in anticipation of the migraine episode itself. In other words, when our brains sense an impending migraine attack, they begin to prepare for it by releasing neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine which can affect our moods—and make us more irritable than normal. 

What are Other Signs of Impending Migraines? 
In addition to irritability, other common prodromal symptoms include fatigue or exhaustion, food cravings or loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating or difficulty speaking clearly, neck stiffness or jaw pain, frequent yawning or crying spells, and dizziness or vertigo. If you've been experiencing any of these symptoms prior to your migraine attacks—or simply noticing changes in your mood—it's important to note them as they could be indicators of an upcoming episode.  
 How Can I Help Manage My Migraines?     
If you're prone to migraines, there are several things you can do to help manage them naturally. First off, consider making lifestyle changes such as getting regular exercise and eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, try incorporating relaxation techniques into your daily routine such as mindfulness meditation or yoga; both activities have been shown to reduce stress levels—which can be another major trigger for migraines. Finally, if all else fails talk with your doctor about taking preventive migraine medications which can help reduce the frequency and intensity of future attacks.  

Migraine headaches can be debilitating; however understanding what triggers them and being aware of potential warning signs (such as irritability) can help you better manage them in the future. Remember to stay mindful about how you're feeling on a daily basis so that if any prodromal symptoms do arise—you'll be better prepared for whatever episode may come next!  With these tips in mind – good luck!

BTW, I went from 16 to 24 migraine days a month to less than 1-1/2 per month, and I share exactly how I did it in this blog post:  Migraine Regimen.  And you are welcome to join our encouraging Facebook community of moms who are going from Debilitated to Liberated!  Click Here


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