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migraines : prevention & pain relief remedies

migraines

Last week I had a migraine. I normally get about one a month but this month, I had three. So I took to Instagram to ask for help. I was saddened by how many readers suffer from migraines too, but grateful for all the wonderful suggestions. And because so many of you asked me to share what I learned, here you go! First off, let me preface by saying if you suffer from migraines please seek medical attention. I am by no means a doctor and these suggestions are merely that…suggestions. Second, I have not tried everything listed but I’m sharing what I learned. I will note below what I have tried and the results. Lastly, if you don’t know if what you’re experiencing is a migraine or not; here’s a definition from the Mayo Clinic:

A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on just one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and can be so severe that the pain is disabling.

PREVENTATIVE METHODS

  1.  Acupuncture – Lots of people suggested this. I just started acupuncture about 3 weeks ago for overall health benefits. I will now ask my acupuncturist to focus on migraine prevention.
  2. Diet Eliminations & Cleanses – Many readers had different types of cleanses work for them. And many people suggested staying away from gluten, dairy and sweeteners. I am going to do the Whole30 program in September and test out this theory.
  3. Yoga – Stress is known to cause migraines and yoga is known to relieve stress. So regular yoga sessions can help reduce their frequency. Gonna up my yoga game.
  4. Magnesium – One suggestion was from a reader’s neurologist, who says 500mg of a magnesium supplement can help reduce migraine frequency. I started taking Natural Calm before bed. It tastes like Alka-Seltzer and helps you sleep because it’s an “anti-stress drink.” So far, I’m super into it.
  5. Neck Massages – Migraines can be caused by knots in your neck. Massages can help prevent them by working out these knots and relieving stress.
  6. Follow @migrainebreaker_md – A doctor who specializes in the treatment of migraines and headaches. His Instagram profile shares remedies, info and migraine medical news.

PAIN RELIEF METHODS

  1. Prescription Medication – This is the number one thing that works for me. I take Zomig and used to take Imitrex. Both are Triptan medications that need to be prescribed by your doctor. I only take Zomig if it’s a really bad migraine because this drug makes me feel loopy. I have to sleep for a few hours before it wears off. With that said, if I’m experiencing a killer migraine, I can’t do anything but sleep anyway. You can also try over-the-counter medication like Excedrine Migraine.
  2. Rest – Sometimes the only thing that will help make the pain go away (even with medication) is sleep. Get yourself in a dark, quiet room and just try your best to sleep away the pain.
  3. Ice Packs – Ice packs on your neck and head can definitely help ease the pain of a migraine. If you don’t have an ice pack in your freezer use a bag of frozen veggies or put some ice cubes in a sock or baggie.
  4. Peppermint Essential Oil – Rubbing peppermint essential oil on your temples can help ease the pain and relax your mind. Lavender oil can work too.
  5. Hot Water/Cold Water – I had a couple of people suggest soaking your feet in hot water and I have read about this online as well. But I also had people suggest soaking your hands in ice cold water. Both are suppose to ease the pain because they open the blood vessels in your brain. I’m sure there’s more scientific explanations out there but this is what I know thus far.

Okay, that’s everything. Again, if you suffer from migraines please seek medical attention and advice before trying anything listed above. Here’s to ending these debilitating suckers! xo

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