The experience of having a migraine is individual, and it’s impossible to generalize about what it feels like for any given person, but many people experience more than just pain in their heads, doctors say.
Many factors can trigger migraine attacks, such as alteration of sleep-wake cycle; missing or delaying a meal; medications that cause a swelling of the blood vessels; daily or near daily use of medications designed for relieving headache attacks; bright lights, sunlight, fluorescent lights, TV and movie viewing; certain foods; and excessive noise. Stress and/or underlying depression are important trigger factors that can be diagnosed and treated adequately.
Here are a few ways in which you can curb your migraine :
- Caffeine – Some caffeine consumption can restrict the blood vessels and take away that throbbing pain. Be careful caffeine can trigger some headaches.
- Cold and/or Hot Compress – There is no scientific evidence proving the effectiveness of this remedy, but many migraine sufferers swear by it. Try a washcloth soaked in warm water for relief, and if this doesn’t do the trick, switch to cold. Also, try alternating hot to cold for relief.
- Butterbur – This herbal remedy can be used to prevent and treat migraines. Butterbur has been shown to reduce inflammation and relieve spasms. The recommended dosage is 100 milligrams every three hours. This herb is toxic in all forms except for the processed supplement, which has been deemed safe and can be purchased online.
- Magnesium – Many people with recurrent migraines have been found to be lacking the recommended levels of magnesium. Doses of 200 milligrams are considered safe but may be extended up to 600 milligrams. This is a great way to both prevent and treat migraines. Some people have problems absorbing magnesium, which can lead to diarrhoea. It’s recommended to start with a low dosage to check your response, then increase as needed.
- Vitamin B2, also known as Riboflavin – Found in foods such as green vegetables, milk and some meats, riboflavin has been shown by researchers to be helpful in the prevention of migraines. It promotes energy and this stimulation may help curb the pain. The only known side effects is darker urine, in which case, dosages can be adjusted.
- Stay Hydrated – Some migraines are triggered by dehydration. If you regularly get headaches or migraines, be sure to drink adequate amounts of filtered water, herbal tea, juice, milk or healthy beverages.