I woke up with a head pulsing, mind numbing, migraine headache yesterday – fortunately without nausea. It completely ruined my plans for the day.
For recovery day three, I was SUPPOSED to spend about 15 minutes, outside, playing fetch with my beautiful 5-year-old American Bulldog. The aim, to provide her with some fun and exercise and to begin receiving my daily dose of vitamin d – also known as the sunshine vitamin.
Why is this necessary especially for someone with photophobia – light sensitivity?
Chronic migraineurs are prone to vitamin d deficiency. Many, if not most of us, suffer from light sensitivity and as a result, spend inordinate amounts of time indoors often in tolerable to excruciating pain. I personally spend so much time inside with the blinds and curtains drawn, that my husband playfully calls me his little vampire.
While we can get vitamin d from some food groups and/or supplements, sunlight is known to be the best source of this essential vitamin.
What does vitamin d deficiency do to the body?
According to WebMD:
“Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle. Yet, even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose health risks. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following:
- Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive impairment in older adults
- Severe asthma in children
The grits had just salt and butter.