‘Tis the season to be jolly — that is, until a migraine slides in and ruins your party plans. Even just a few glasses of champagne can trigger a migraine episode. And, when you’re counting down to midnight on New Years Eve, the last thing you want is a migraine!
Many migraine sufferers choose to forgo NYE celebrations and simply stay home. But with some planning, you can enjoy the festivities through the evening, and well after the ball drops at the stroke of midnight.
Here are 3 ways to ring in the New Year migraine free.
1. Stay hydrated and monitor alcohol consumption
Dehydration is one of the biggest migraine triggers. Even if you are not drinking alcohol, a few too many cups of coffee can trigger a migraine. If you are drinking, alternate an alcoholic beverage with a glass of water. Watch out for certain types of alcohol, like red wine, champagne and whiskey, which are known to trigger migraines.
If you know that a specific alcoholic drink consistently triggers migraines, avoid alcoholic beverages altogether and opt for club soda or water. You can also bring your own bottle of non-alcoholic sparking cider for a toast at midnight.
2. Watch food migraine triggers
Aged cheeses, cured meats and other foods that contain the substance tyramine are considered common migraine triggers. As foods age, the proteins in these foods breakdown, forming tyramine. Blue cheese, brie, cheddar, feta, gorgonzola, stilton, mozzarella, muenster, parmesan, swiss and processed cheeses all have high concentrations of tyramine. Food additives and preservatives, such as nitrates, dilate the blood vessels, which in turn may trigger a migraine.
For other migraine sufferers, cold foods cause “brain freeze”, which in turn can trigger migraine pain. The fast consumption of ice cream and other cold foods is one of the most common migraine triggers, affecting more than 90% of all migraine sufferers.
3. Pack a migraine relief kit
Have a migraine survival kit on hand that includes fluids for re-hydration and medication to combat your symptoms. Some migraine sufferers also benefit from over-the-counter vitamins, such as Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), magnesium and butter-bur.
If you are at a friend’s house for a New Year’s Eve party and feel symptoms coming on, drink a bottle of water, take your medication and ask to lie down for 30 minutes. A quick nap or rest will give the medication time to kick in and ensure you can come back and join the festivities – rather than heading home early and miss out on ringing in the New Year.
New Year’s Eve should be a fun, exciting evening filled with celebration, not one that sends you home because of a migraine. With a little extra planning, you can ring in the New Year and feel great!