Migraines are debilitating. If you’ve ever had one, then you know that it is more than just a headache and that’s nothing to roll your eyes at. About 18% of women and 6 % of men have a migraine disorder. Millions of people in the united states alone consider their migraines a disability.
If you’ve ever suffered through a migraine—or multiple—then you know how debilitating they can make life on a daily basis. Being a daily migraine sufferer myself for several years now, I know a few things about banishing migraines before they become crippling. So, if you’re prone to migraines, here are the easiest ways to get rid of an attack.
Medications are the best way to control a migraine attack. If you’ve been seeing a doctor, take your emergency medication. Recently, doctors have been developing several new medications for migraine patients. You might have tried these as they’ve come out. While some of them really work for some people, for others, they don’t. Trying migraine medications is a test of trial and error.
Some medications are sprays, others are mixed into water. Many medications are pills. There are longer lasting treatment options, but you should always talk with your doctor about what treatment or prescription is best for you. For many people, simply taking a basic pain pill is enough to dampen the migraine.
One of the best things you can do is lay down. Migraines need time to go away. If you have the opportunity, relax. Close your eyes or watch something engaging on the television. I find it best to distract myself by browsing the web or reading a book.
If you have work to do, try to get as much as you can done without exerting yourself. When your migraine passes, you can go back to being active again.
Loud Music and Sounds are a No-Go
My brother has a rock band and my dog barks constantly. The noise is difficult to deal with and after a while, you can start to feel like a burden to the people around you. You know that rock and roll music you and your best friend used to sing along to in the car? Now it feels like barbed wire against your head and the repetitive hammering of the construction work next door has made your forehead completely numb.
But your friends won’t mind and the construction worker isn’t going to stop. Some things out and some things just don’t. You’ll have to adapt. You shouldn’t go to that concert if it’ll hurt you and you might have to leave the room if someone needs to make some nose. You shouldn’t feel bad about it. I love my earplugs and my noise cancelling headphones. You’ll need both of those.
Avoid Certain Foods
Certain foods can actually make migraine symptoms worse. Chocolate, unfortunately, is one of them. Your morning coffee or your after-work cocktail might be affecting how you feel as well. MSG isn’t the best for migraines either. The science is a bit dodgy on these (and I don’t want to believe that chocolate is slowly killing me) but it’s best to air on the side of caution.
Go for a week without the foods that might hurt you and see if there’s any improvement in your health. After a while, start adding them back until you find the culprit!
Migraines can be difficult to get through, but if you have these tips, you’ll know how to control them before your next one gets unruly. While migraines and headaches can seem inconvenient, they start to become a regular way of life. Even if it’s difficult now, living with and working around debilitating migraines will become second nature to you with time. Stay healthy!