Tips for Treating Migraines

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Almost everyone has had a headache at one point in his or her life. Headaches are of different types. In a migraine, throbbing pain is felt on one side of the head. The most important symptom you will probably have with your migraine headache is pain, and as you know, the pain can be very severe and last many hours.

The first step is to understand what causes your migraines. This is different for everyone. Women are between two and three times as likely to suffer from severe migraines as men are. If you frequently get migraines, it’s important to keep a journal of when it struck you and what was going on, to try and isolate the triggers. Here’s a quick list of things people have found that trigger their migraines:

  • Hormonal changes in women, especially during menstruation or menopause;
  • Secondhand smoke from cigarettes;
  • Bright light, or moving out into bright sunlight after being inside;
  • Stress from work or family;
  • Lack of sleep or a regular sleeping pattern.

There are lots of other triggers as well, but these are some of the most common. If you can narrow down the various migraine causes, that will help you manage and avoid most migraine attacks. If you experience visual sensations during migraine attacks, that’s referred to as migraine with aura. Prescription medication is available to treat these symptoms, so be sure and describe the migraine aura to your physician.

However, once a migraine has started, all you want is relief. Here are some quick migraine remedies to try. Again, different people report success with different treatments, so don’t get discouraged if they don’t all work for you. Just keep trying them until you find the best migraine relief that works for you.

Aspirin or other pain relievers. Usually these won’t get rid of a migraine, but they can help lessen the pain. Cold or Hot pack for your head. Cold works well for some people, hot for others. Try microwaving a damp towel for a quick hot treatment. You can put a wet towel in the freezer to cool it down also, and then apply that to your head. Eating a salty snack. Lots of people report this helps if they catch the very start of a migraine attack. Head massage. Having someone massage your head can provide great relief. Ask them to avoid rubbing your temples, and focus on the rest of your head. This can also be combined with a hot or cold compress once you have found out which one provides you with more migraine relief.

Remember, the key to any successful new migraine treatment plan is to start with your personal triggers and try and prevent as many migraines as you can. After that, look at different migraine remedies and find what works best for you. By minimizing the frequency of migraines and maximizing the migraine relief, you can make living with migraine headaches a minor inconvenience.

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