How To Treat Migraines and Relieve the Pain
Everyone who suffers from migraines knows how awful they can be. The pain can be debilitating, and some people even experience vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to sound and light. There are many medications that can help you relieve the pain, but why not try the natural way? It’s cheaper, super easy and not to mention, chemical-free.
Find a calm environment
At the first sign of a migraine, retreat from your usual activities if possible.
- Turn off the lights. Migraines often increase sensitivity to light and sound. Relax in a dark, quiet room. Sleep if you can.
- Try temperature therapy. Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Ice packs have a numbing effect, which may dull the sensation of pain. Hot packs and heating pads can relax tense muscles. Warm showers or baths may have a similar effect.
- Drink a caffeinated beverage. In small amounts, caffeine alone can relieve migraine pain in the early stages or enhance the pain-reducing effects of acetaminophen and aspirin.
Be careful, however. Drinking too much caffeine too often can lead to withdrawal headaches later on.
Migraines may keep you from falling asleep or wake you up at night. Likewise, migraines are often triggered by a poor night’s sleep.
Here are some tips to encourage sound sleep.
- Establish regular sleep hours. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day even on weekends. If you nap during the day, keep it short. Naps longer than 20 to 30 minutes may interfere with nighttime sleep.
- Unwind at the end of the day. Anything that helps you relax can promote better sleep: listen to soothing music, soak in a warm bath or read a favorite book.
- But watch what you eat and drink before bedtime. Intense exercise, heavy meals, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol can interfere with sleep.
- Minimize distractions. Save your bedroom for sleep and intimacy. Don’t watch television or take work materials to bed. Close your bedroom door. Use a fan to muffle distracting noises.
- Don’t try to sleep. The harder you try to sleep, the more awake you’ll feel. If you can’t fall asleep, read or do another quiet activity until you become drowsy.
- Check your medications. Medications that contain caffeine or other stimulants including some medications to treat migraines may interfere with sleep.
During physical activity, your body releases certain chemicals that block pain signals to your brain. These chemicals also help alleviate anxiety and depression, which can make migraines worse.
Obesity also increases the risk of chronic headaches, so maintaining a healthy weight through exercise and diet can provide additional benefits in managing migraines.
If your doctor agrees, choose any exercise you enjoy. Walking, swimming and cycling are often good choices. But it’s important to start slowly. Exercising too vigorously can trigger migraines.
You might think that this is too simple, but an ice pack can really help you relieve the pain. Researches show that cold compresses can help migraine sufferers.
Many migraine sufferers swear by magnesium and even the Maerical migraine Foundation claims it’s effective. Don’t buy any magnesium because magnesium oxide is the one you need.
Vitamins B6, B9, B12 and Folate
Although there aren’t many studies that confirm these vitamins help with migraines, many people claim they have helped them a lot. People who use these supplements claim that their pain is less severe and have experienced fewer migraines.
Cream of tartar
Mix 8 ounces of water with ½ tbsp cream of tartar and place the mixture under your tongue. The mixture can bring you an instant pain relief.