One proven way to prevent migraine is medication, but it’s just part of the whole picture. It is also important to take good care of yourself and understand how to cope with migraine pain when it strikes.
The very lifestyle choices that promote good health can also reduce the frequency and severity of your migraines. In fact, knowing how to manage migraine pain with lifestyle and behavioral measures, as well as medication, can often be the most effective way to handle migraines.
At the first sign of a migraine, retreat from your usual activities if possible.
Shutoff the lights. Migraines often increase sensitivity to light and sound. Relax in a dark, quiet room. Sleep if you can.
Try temperature therapy. Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Ice packs have a numbing effect, which may dull the sensation of pain. Hot packs and heating pads can relax tense muscles. Warm showers or baths may have a similar effect.
Drink a caffeinated beverage. In small amounts, caffeine alone can relieve migraine pain in the early stages or enhance the pain-reducing effects of acetaminophen. Be careful, however. Drinking too much caffeine too often can lead to withdrawal headaches later on.
Establish regular sleep hours. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day — even on weekends. If you nap during the day, keep it short. Naps longer than 20 to 30 minutes may interfere with nighttime sleep.
Unwind at the end of the day. Anything that helps you relax can promote better sleep: listen to soothing music, soak in a warm bath or read a favorite book.
Minimize distractions. Save your bedroom for sleep and intimacy. Don’t watch television or take work materials to bed. Close your bedroom door. Use a fan to muffle distracting noises.
Avoid foods that trigger migraines. If you suspect that a certain food — such as aged cheese, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol — is triggering your migraines, eliminate it from your diet to see what happens.
Living with migraines is a daily challenge. But making healthy lifestyle choices can help. Ask your friends and loved ones for support. Migraines are often undiagnosed and untreated. If you regularly experience signs and symptoms of migraine attacks, keep a record of your attacks and how you treated them. Then make an appointment with your neurologist to discuss your migraine pain. Even if you have a history of headaches, see your doctor if the pattern changes or your headaches suddenly feel different. #migraine #pain #headache #firstaid #treatment #dizziness #vertigo #specialist #neurologist #winnielimkhoo #manila #philippines