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[How To] Combat Headaches and Migraines During Ramadan

As Southern California’s thriving Muslim community observes the holy month of Ramadan — which ends the evening of Thursday, June 14 — I thought it would be important to address the topic of headaches and migraines during this period.

Women Have Higher Migraine Risk During Ramadan

Globally, more than 90 million Muslims suffer from migraines.  And, during Ramadan fasting, studies have shown that the frequency of migraine attacks triples — especially among women.

Experts say there are many triggers for a headache during Ramadan, including:

  • Dehydration due to reduced water intake
  • Hot weather
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Change in daily routine or sleep
  • Stress

Preventing Migraine Triggers During Ramadan

Health experts recommend that Ramadan observers consume a lot of water during the evening to make up for the lack of consumption during the day. Hot weather and bright sunlight should also be avoided. In other words, stay indoors where it is air conditioned! Also, caffeine consumption should be kept at a minimum at night to avoid withdrawal symptoms during the day.

Of course, a little cat nap during the day also helps.

Remember, not all headaches are a migraine and emergency assistance should be sought if a headache is more severe than usual, is associated with nausea and vomiting, blurring of vision, slurring of speech, weakness or numbness of one side of the body, drowsiness or unconsciousness.

HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE TREATMENT IN PASADENA

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.