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When the prodromol symptoms come on… migraine sufferers know that their day is about to get rough.

Migraine sufferers may go through their migraine attacks in stages. Some may have the “prodromol phase”. These symptoms may be one or more of the following:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Yawning
  • Increased need to urinate
  • Food cravings
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Phonophobia sensitivity to sounds)
  • Problems in concentrating

Popping some pills may not help, however. Research has shown that long term, excessive medication use can lead to more headaches and migraines.

So what are some emergency treatments to manage my migraines, you ask?

  1. Cold – Some migraine sufferers may feel slightly better if they put an ice pack on their head or neck. 
  2. Heat – By rubbing your hands/feet, you should allow an increase of blood-flow to your peripheries. 
  3. Inhale – Remember to breathe in some fresh air. Take deep breaths, slowly. 
  4. Liquid – Drink some water. Avoid alcohol, soft drinks, caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea).
  5. Lights out – You can try covering your eyes if you can’t find a dark room while you wait for your symptoms to settle down.

Be sure to seek a healthcare professional’s help. Our headache expert can help provide treatment that is drug-free!


Dumas, P. and Dumas, P. (2017). Five Step Emergency Migraine Treatment Without Meds. [online] Migraine Again. Available at: [Accessed 2 Dec. 2017].

Migraine. (2017). Prodrome – Migraine. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 Dec. 2017].


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