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Migraine Headache Relief

Updated on February 5, 2015

I have suffered from migraine headaches in the past and occasionally I still do, so I know how painful and uncomfortable they can be. These type of headaches can interfere with work, daily activities and social lives. It might also be difficult to drive or concentrate when experiencing a migraine headache. Some of the other symptoms of migraine headaches, besides a headache, are nausea, dizziness and seeing certain objects, such as beams of light. Here are a few ways that you can try to help relieve migraine headaches.

Darkness

Sitting in a dark room may help when you are experiencing a migraine headache. Migraines can make a person feel more sensitive to light. Lights that are really bright can make the headache feel even worse. Try sitting in a dark room for awhile, with curtains and blinds shut. If possible, try to make the room as dark as you possibly can while you are suffering from a migraine.

Cool Pack

Using a cool pack placed across your forehead could provide some relief of a migraine headache. If you do not have a cool pack, try a pack of frozen vegetables or even a cold bottle of water. The cooling sensation seems to help relieve some of the pain caused by a migraine. There are also cooling patches made specifically for migraine headaches that can be purchased from drugstores or online to help lessen the pain. I use a cold bottle of water and place it around the bottom area of my neck and then around my head when I am experiencing a migraine headache.

Chiropractor

Seeing a chiropractor could help with your migraines, especially if you get them frequently. There could be a misalignment in your spine that may be causing your migraine headaches to occur. A chiropractor may be able to adjust the alignment or use special stretching techniques to help you.

Over The Counter Medications

Over the counter medications may be helpful, such as Aleve and Motrin, which are anti-inflammatory drugs. Excedrin migraine pain reliever caplets, which contain acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine, might be even more helpful since they are specifically targeted for migraine headaches. Be careful when taking any over the counter medications as some of these drugs may have side effects, so you may want to read the warning labels.

Food Triggers

If you experience migraines on a regular basis, you might want to take a look at your diet and see if there are any foods that might be triggering your headaches. Some foods that have been known to cause migraines in some people are chocolate, potato chips, nuts and seeds and artificial sweeteners. Although it is not a food, alcohol has also been known to contribute to migraine headaches. You may want to lessen your consumption of these foods or alcohol if you find that they are contributing to your migraine headaches.

Meditation

Practicing meditation may help with your migraine headaches. By getting into a peaceful state of mind, you allow your body to relax. Stress can trigger a migraine attack. Helping yourself to prevent or lessen the feelings associated with high amounts of stress may also help lessen your chances of getting a migraine. There are meditation videos that can be viewed on YouTube.com. There are guided meditation apps available on phones that have access to downloading apps. Put on a pair of headphones and listen to some peaceful meditations or listen to songs that are soothing and tranquil to help reduce stress.

Massage

Massaging your temples might bring some relief to your migraine pain. Use your fingertips and apply gentle pressure in a circular motion to your temples on each side of your head. You may want to do this while also listening to soothing sounds or music.

Professional Treatment

If your headaches are severe, constant and interfering with your life, you may want to speak to a medical doctor or specialist, such as a neurologist. Doctors can prescribe migraine medications that may be stronger than over the counter drugs to help with the pain. A doctor might be able to figure out what is causing the pain, how to treat it and if the pain you are experiencing is really a migraine or a symptom of another problem.

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