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Surviving a Migraine Successfully and Keeping the Symptoms at Bay

Updated on March 3, 2014
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Relief of Painful Migraines

Migraines are no laughing matter. For those with frequent or intense migraines, the pain and symptoms associated with it are practically unendurable. Anyone who has ever experienced a migraine knows how completely debilitating and painful they can be. They can make even the most mundane tasks excruciating and are often combined with sensitivity to light and sound as well as nausea and revulsion to smells or tastes that would normally be appealing.

Excedrin Migraine has made a comeback to the shelves of pharmacies worldwide after a long absence, and migraine sufferers worldwide breathed a sigh of relief. Sometimes medicine just simply isn't enough to cope with all of the side effects and pain associated with a migraine. When a migraine is full-blown, it's often difficult to counter with just a pill or two, especially if the medicine is not taken upon the first onslaught of potential symptoms. Timing is everything when it comes to migraine relief, and sometimes it's simply impossible to catch (and treat) in time. Although medicine can certainly help, it is not a guaranteed remedy to the pain - or the symptoms that accompany it.


Obviously, the first option is to seek medical treatment. Your doctor can prescribe medicine designed to treat migraines and their symptoms. If that is simply not an option, or if you're currently experiencing a migraine and can't hop over to your doctor's office at any time of any day, there are simple steps that can be taken to minimize the effect that a migraine will have on your day-to-day activities, relieve the pain and lessen the symptoms that often go along with them.


The Four, Over-the-Counter Must-Haves for Migraine Sufferers

  1. Excedrine Migraine capsuls
  2. Mountain Dew, single serving
  3. Starbucks Double-Shot
  4. High-Quality, non-processed lean Protein

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If you wake up with a killer migraine on the weekend or another time when a trip to the doctor's office is simply out of the question, the following remedy can potentially stop a migraine in its tracks quickly and effectively

1. Take two Excedrin capsules with the entire can of Starbucks espresso double shot.

2. Drink the bottle of Mountain Dew over the course of the half-hour while waiting for the medicine to kick in.

3. Eating a high-quality protein like hamburger or chicken breast can relieve the nausea and sensitivity associated with a migraine as well as the pain.

4. If that easy at-home remedy doesn't work, don't rule out seeking medical treatment at a convenient-care clinic. They usually take most insurances and can get you in and out cheaper and more effectively than going to the Emergency room.

Your Best Option

If you experience chronic or severe migraines more than twice a month, your best course of action is to seek treatment with a licensed neurologist. Your doctor can prescribe further tests like an MRI to rule out other, more serious possibilities. Once more serious causes can be eliminated, you can work with your neurologist to develop a treatment plan that will work for you. They can prescribe medications specifically designed for migraine headaches, which can eliminate not only the headache itself, but the symptoms often associated with them. Finding the right combination of medicine can be a trial and error process, but it is worth the wait to find a treatment plan that works. Your doctor can also prescribe preventative treatments that can keep your migraines at bay much easier than treating the problem when it arises.

Don't Give up

The key thing to remember is that you don't have to live with migraine pain with little to no hope forever. As migraines are continually studied and investigated, new treatment options are being made available in the form of pills, nasal sprays and preventative treatments. Don't be afraid to bring up all of your symptoms. Your doctor can help you try to pinpoint when your migraines are most likely to hit, and may recommend that you keep a headache diary for a period of several months while undergoing active treatment. Tracking your migraine triggers and analyzing when the headaches are most likely to hit (for women, this also can coincide with hormonal changes around the menstrual cycle) it's possible that you can eliminate as many triggers as possible. If your doctor determines that your migraines are chronic, he may prescribe a more proactive, preventative approach to handling them. The faster you can track what's likely to cause a migraine headache as well as what treatments work and which ones aren't for you, the more likely you are to find a solution. You may not be able to eliminate your migraine headaches altogether, but you can make them less frequent, less intense and more manageable over time.

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