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Methods on How to Get Rid of a Migraine Headache

Updated on April 9, 2012

Headaches, especially those of the migraine variety, are a nuisance and can be as debilitating as anything. As a chronic migraine sufferer, I know. A BostonGlobe article published today, “Plastic Surgery Relieves Migraines”, piqued my interest today in effective headache/migraine remedies. Sure, I’ve googled for a cure many times, often to no avail, but having been sufferer for many years, I’ve actually come up with my own checklist of techniques that more-times-than-not can help relieve the pain of a migraine headache.

Now, I’m not biological expert, but if you’re looking for a quick, non-scientific way to POSSIBLY get rid of that headache, try these tips:

Jump in a warm bath

I’ve often found that one of the triggers of a painful migraine headache is stress. Perhaps you’ve had a difficult and busy day at work, so running the bathwater and immersing yourself in some bath salts is a very relaxing way to end the work day. Take a warm bath right after you get home, before you start to prepare dinner, and sometimes, your headache will go away, just like the bath water trickling away in the drain.

Have a friend or loved one massage the back of your neck

Oftentimes when I get a headache, I’ll start to feel tension in the back of my neck. Therefore, it’s great to have a friend or loved one massage the back of your neck for a minute or two when you’ve got a headache. Scientifically or medically, I have no idea why this works, but it does. Perhaps the kneading of the muscles in the back of your neck relieves the tension in those muscles, perhaps it’s some other reason, but this is the first technique I go to whenever I feel a headache developing, and most of the time it works.

Rest in a dark, quiet room

If you’re a migraine sufferer, you will have heard of this method. I’ve tried this method a few times, and to be honest, it’s only really ever worked once. But I’m sure there is some medical or scientific reason as to why this method works. I’ve heard that it’s because a migraine can be the result of an over stimulated brain, and resting in a dark and quiet environment is about as un-stimulating as you can get.

Go for a jog, run or exercise

When I’m really desperate for a cure to a headache, I’ll pick myself off the couch and force myself to go for a sprint down the road or in the park. My personal belief as to why this technique can work is that you’re forced to breathe in a lot of fresh air, which helps anything really, but really helps a headache. Also, it could be that you raise your heart rate a bit, which pumps more blood around your body. I’ve heard that one of the reasons why sex works for getting rid of a headache is because blood needs to rush to another part of your body – maybe the same logic with exercise?

Force yourself to throw up

This method is probably the one that medical professionals will disagree with the most, but I’ve found that if something I ate is the trigger to my migraine, forcing myself to throw up can relieve a bit of the pain. And, to be honest, when you’ve got a migraine, any method to feel better is worth a try, right? Now I’m not condoning bulimia or any other eating disorder, but if you’re really in pain and are nauseous already, you might as well throw up to make yourself feel better. But if someone wants to disagree with this method, I’d love to hear your comments.

As a conclusion, I’m not medical expert and none of these methods are tried-and-true techniques for getting rid of a migraine. In fact, I don’t believe there are any 100 percent effective methods for getting rid of a headache, except taking pills. So these techniques are just tips from one migraine sufferer to another; my opinion presented so that you can benefit. I know how painful migraines are and I know that when I’m feeling that pain, I’ll do anything for relief. Hopefully one or more of these techniques will ease your migraine pain the next time you get one… Hopefully you don’t!


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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Great ideas, will definitely have to try some of them. I already use the resting in a dark room, and taking a bath, but I want to try the jogging one. I've hard fresh air really helps. Great hub, voted up and useful!