Tips for Migraine

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.

References :http://infographicfacts.com/oh-aching-head-6-tips-stop-migraines/

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post, TV and movies definitely trigger them for me along with storms/change in pressure. Magnesium has helped, but so has vitamin c. In fact, vitamin c can stop a migraine in its tracks for me if I take it quick enough!

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    1. Garima says:

      Among the most commonly recommended vitamins and supplements are magnesium, riboflavin, and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) while the most common herbal preparations are feverfew and butterbur. The researchers of that study found vitamin D deficiency in 13.2 to 14.8 percent of migraine patients. One study published in May in International Clinical Psychopharmacology found the odds of acute migraine headaches increased 35.3 times in patients who were identified as magnesium deficient.

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  2. I have “Migraine of aura” that’s whaat doctor told me. This means that if i do something in particular my migraine kicks in. For example if I forget my morning tea, or I am out in sun for too long.

    It’s bad!! By mistake if it triggers, I have no other option but to sleep or take medicine.

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    1. Garima says:

      The cause of migraine with aura isn’t entirely understood. Many of the same factors that trigger migraine can also trigger migraine with aura, including stress, bright lights, some foods and medications, too much or too little sleep, and menstruation.

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      1. Garima says:

        If you want to avoid the troubles of fluorescents, you can consider changing the type of light you use. We have found that the best light bulbs for migraines and light sensitivity are warm white LEDs that give off less blue-green light; they are also a great alternative to fluorescent lighting.

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  3. Kay says:

    Just what I needed to read, experiencing migraine as I comment. I’ve personally found warm cup of milk with honey to be very soothing and relieves my migraine.

    But I really would like to see and check if any mentioned deficiency is triggering my migraines or making them worse.

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    1. Garima says:

      For even more headache relief and a dose of prevention, add some almond milk and a spoonful of honey. Feverfew has anti-inflammatory. properties that can help relieve a headache, and feverfew can also prevent migraines. Thank you for reminding me that.

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  4. kyleoyier says:

    Great post

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it.

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  5. Carol Anne says:

    Awesome tips, I get mirgaine a lot, so these helped me. Thanks!

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    1. Garima says:

      Whether it’s a run-of-the-mill tension headache or a migraine, caffeine can help. That’s why it’s an ingredient in a lot of popular pain relievers. It can make them as much as 40% more effective. Caffeine helps reduce inflammation, and that can bring relief.

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  6. Anushk@ says:

    This migraine thing…I am suffering with…

    And this coffee thing helps sometime….but most of the time…I have to take medicine…

    Great post Garima😊

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Anushk…caffeine does help.

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  7. My wife suffered migraines for 25 years and then came across a book, the title of which I can’t recall just now, written by a doctor who was also a migraine sufferer and through following the advice in that book she has now been 18 months migraine free and medication free. The big thing for her seems to be keeping her carbs intake as low as possible, lots of good fats in her diet and a well timed coffee to nip any niggles in the bud. She also is a big believer in magnesium and in keeping well hydrated….and has found that yoga and meditation by far beats medication.

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    1. Garima says:

      Ah yes a change in diet can reduce migraines. By cutting down on carbs, this diet prompts the body to produce ketone bodies for its fuel – water-soluble molecules that are less demanding and less inflammatory than the glucose that’s normally created – and the scientists think this could be why there’s a big reduction in migraines.
      Yoga can provide more than just physical fitness. It can bring calm and peace to your mind and body, as well as help with ailments such as anxiety, depression, and pain. Not only is yoga a holistic approach to fighting migraines as they’re happening, it’s also a proactive approach to reduce the pain.

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  8. Great topic, Garima.

    There are a lot of people who are in my circle suffering from this. It might help them.

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    1. Garima says:

      Prevention is better than cure Sumit. Preventive treatments seek to keep headaches from starting. They also aim to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. When a migraine headache is in progress, ending it or reducing pain and other symptoms is of primary importance.

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