How to Calm a Migraine
As migraine sufferers we will go to the end of the Earth to find a cure. While there may not be a cure readily available for us at the time being, it will never stop our constant struggle for seeking out basically anything to help calm our heads while under attack.
Of course I would like to start off by saying, by no means am I giving "advice" and you should always talk to your Doctor before proceeding with anything that may affect your current health situation.
…Myself having a heart and lung condition, I am very limited to any pain relievers (such as no Advil).
With the wide array of diseases and ailments out there, quite a few people are in the same boat when it comes to being advised of staying away from anti-inflammatory medication.
Thus, when a migraine hits we are stuck going *insane* trying to calm our pounding heads.
I have suffered from migraines for over 30 years, with no end to them in sight.
Today I thought I would share with you a few personal tips and tricks I have learned along the way on helping to get a bit of relief.
Eat a Piece of Dark Chocolate
This works for some, but can quite possibly have the exact opposite effect on others. It wasn't until recently out of the blue (while in migraine mode) I was actually craving a piece of chocolate. I was quite surprised at the effect this had, not only calming my head some, but also my stomach.
Eat a Piece of Raw Garlic
From a quick fix on a toothache, calming nausea, to easing your pounding head. Garlic can be freakin' MAGICAL.
Take one clove of garlic, slice thinly and chew. Don't forget to hydrate with water!
You'll also want to keep this on hand as raw garlic can be pretty spicy.
Gel Eye Ice Pack
These things are amazing and can be a godsend to help ease a little bit of tension in your eyes. A few kept in the freezer at once is a great idea as they tend to warm up quickly. If you are having a hard time finding these in stores at a reasonable price, there are some nice (freezable and heatable) ones available on both amazon.com and amazon.ca
Hot "Spa" Bath
Have the water as hot as you will be able to handle.
Into your bath water mix about 1 cup of Epsom Salts and a few drops of Eucalyptus or Peppermint Oil (Lavender has been known to work as well, but can have the opposite effect on some. For me personally, Lavender tends to trigger a migraine).
rop your head behind a bath pillow or rolled up towel and relax for 15-20 minutes while the salt and oils do their thing!
Don't forget to bring in a cold bottle of water to drink and a cold cloth for your eyes or neck – This can work wonders.
** Eucalyptus is an anti-inflammatory so use sparingly or please consult with your Dr to see if it is safe for you.
Way too many of these viral "cures" or "detoxifiers" we see shared over the internet use ingredients that can actually be more harmful, than helpful for some. Diabetes, Heart Disease etc are all things you must factor in before using specific oils and even some spices. Please be good to yourself and do a bit of research before-hand!
Low Dose Anti-Depressant
Again, I am not a doctor, but am building this list based on things that have personally helped me (or someone I know) calm a migraine. Always do your research and talk to your Doctor before doing anything that may affect your current health condition. Moving along…I have a relative who suffered from migraines for over 50 years. Suggested to them from their GP was a low dose anti-depressant. Now I haven't done much research into this myself, but I do know they have not suffered a migraine now in over a year. This is something I absolutely am going to talk to my doctor about in the near future.
Low Medicinal Muscle Relaxing Cream
Sufferers know all to well about the tension that builds into our neck, shoulders and basically our whole body once a migraine hits. There have been times I have literally not been able to move, just standing in one spot with my head cocked to the side for fear of how much pain will come if I tried. When so much tension hits like this, I have used a low-dose medicinal muscle relaxing cream. Muscle relaxers can also be dangerous, so it's best to seek advice on which ones are safe for you to use.
This is pretty self explanatory. When a headache/migraine hits, this means our heads are already lacking oxygen; smoking only adds to the problem (narrowing vessels, preventing proper blood flow) and can prevent your migraine from calming down.
Cut the Coffee
…Try a cold can of Coke (seriously). I'm actually amazed at how well this works, not only to calm an aching head and tension, but also relieving the nauseating feeling in your stomach that generally trails along with a migraine. Don't forget to continue to hydrate with water as well throughout the day.
Are you a migraine sufferer?
Are there any little tips or tricks you do to help calm the pain?
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