Sorry, gang. Unfortunately there is no full-stop cure for migraines. However, if you suffer from these head-banging headaches, there are strategies you can adopt in an attempt to try to lessen the discomfort and pain during an attack, even steps you can try to reduce frequency and severity of migraine strikes in future.
Treatment: Easing Migraine Discomfort During An Attack
For starters, a migraine sufferer experiencing an attack can apply pressure to the temples in an attempt to help to alleviate the severity of pain. Using your fingers to massage your scalp may also reduce discomfort. Other techniques include applying a damp, cool cloth to the forehead and retiring to a calm, dark area where you can lie down and rest.
Once a migraine sufferer senses a headache coming on, over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers may offer a spite of relief. Those most commonly taken to relieve the pain of an on-coming migraine include acetaminophen (Tylenol); ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin); and, naproxen (Aleve). Consult your doctor before taking any medication.
Prevention: Lowering Frequency and Severity of Migraines
Those who have very severe migraines are sometimes treated with prescription medicine taken regularly, as directed by their physicians. Medications that were developed to treat depression, high blood pressure and epilepsy have been found to be effective in the treatment of migraine. Ask your doctor about exploring these options and possible side effects.
To help prevent migraines from ever striking, pay careful attention to your eating and sleeping habits. Be sure to sleep six to eight hours a night. Staying on a regular eating schedule is also beneficial—it is skipping meals and eating meals at erratic, irregular times that may trigger migraines in some people.
Also work with your doctor to identify triggers and then avoid them. Creating a migraine journal to track the factors surrounding an attack and discussing this with your doctor can help to isolate possible triggers. These can vary from person to person and possibly include foods (such as chocolate, excessive caffeine, nuts, alcohol, Aspartame, processed meat, and more) certain smells, and smoking.
Because stress is also believed to play a role in triggering migraines for some people, exercise, relaxation techniques (such as breathing techniques and meditation), and other stress management strategies may also help to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.