Sometimes when migraine attacks, it can last for hours or even days! If you are in this situation, it can certainly take over your life. When a Migraine does not treated immediately, it can interfere with work, recreational plans, social life, and even impact people who depend on us, from children, partners, elderly persons, or even pets!
Dealing with Migraines and headaches can be quite tricky, due to their unique presentation.
However, here are some go-to methods that many Migraine sufferers swear by…
- Find a calm environment.
If possible, proceed to a dark and quiet room to relax. Try to sleep too. Avoid a strong sensory input such as light, sounds, or smells. This can help to calm the brain and relieve your migraine faster.
- Try Temperature Therapy.
Using a cold compress can help reduce numb pain. Products such as cooling gel eye masks can be very helpful to relieve migraines. Alternatively, heat can help muscles to relax and override pain signals. A hot shower or a heat pack can be relaxing and offers relief.
**Application of heat/cold comes with a risk of burns. Remove/apply regularly for safety**
- Release endorphins.
Preliminary studies have shown that mindfulness exercises, meditation or breathing techniques can be as effective as medication for migraine relief. It may seem counterintuitive, but exercise can be another effective way to unleash the body’s natural painkillers, as it releases the body’s natural feel-good hormones and reduces stress.
Do I need to see someone?
If Migraines are new for you, or there has been a sudden change in your usual condition, seeing medical advice as soon as possible is recommended.
Some serious things to watch out for are…
- If you have had a recent surgery involving a dural puncture
- If you have a history of cancer, stroke or other systemic conditions
- If you have had a sudden onset of severe nausea and vomiting
- If you have had a recent head or neck injury
If these remedies won’t work to you, you need to seek for professional help that can understand your pain. Australian Headache and Migraine Clinics can offer non-invasive, drug free methods for immediate relief as well as long term prevention. Please contact us today, for a thorough investigation and treatment of your migraine.