Migraines can present in many different ways; so many, that it can sometimes be hard to know if what you are feeling is a migraine at all. They may present as intense pain behind your eyes, or pain in your temples, or you can even see spots in your vision; it’s not uncommon for them to cause nausea and vomiting. Regardless of how they present, they’re never fun and can be hard to get rid of once they start. There are a few things you can try at home when you feel a migraine coming on, but everyone’s migraines are different, and it can be hard to know what will work for you.
One of the first and probably easiest things you can try is ice or a cold compress! Place either on your scalp or forehead to help cool you down. Sometimes the tightening of the blood vessels can aid with the inflammation and relieve some pain. Studies also show that dehydration is a common cause of migraines so staying hydrated is very important!
Some people find relief by staying in a quiet, dark room away from too much stimuli so as not to exacerbate pain and symptoms. Too much stimuli like lights and sound can be overwhelming when your body is working hard to fight your migraine — it might seem obvious, but giving yourself a break could be exactly what you need.
People who are prone to migraines should try to stay active. Exercise releases endorphins which can help fight pain, and inflammation. Exercising regularly can help keep chronic migraines at bay. As always its a great way to stay healthy! Yoga is a perfect option, studies show that people who do yoga regularly have a significant reduction in headache frequency, severity and associated symptoms.
Migraines can be debilitating and can effect your whole day when they happen. If any of these work for you then you can help keep you migraines at bay on your own. Some people aren’t so lucky, they will see neurologists and be put on medication to try to help. I always shy away from medication unless absolutely necessary, often pain medications will treat the pain but not its cause; Chiropractic may help relieve both symptoms and their underlying cause, with none of the nasty side affects of some drugs.
I sincerely hope you’re able to relieve your symptoms at home, but if not please feel free to get in touch with me. I’m always happy to offer further advice.
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