Do you have frequent headaches? Migraines differ from regular headaches. A typical migraine:
- Affects one side of the head
- Causes moderate to severe pain
- Interferes with daily activities
- Gets worse with physical activity
- Also causes nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light
Migraine pain is difficult to treat, but you can take steps to reduce the pain and frequency of these terrible headaches.
1: Remove Possible Triggers
Sometimes migraines are hereditary, but many times they are triggered by foods, drinks, and other influences, including:
- Skipped meals
- Artificial sweeteners
- Processed meats
- Aged cheeses
- Certain smells, like perfume and cigarette smoke
- Caffeine withdrawal
- Stress is also a common trigger for migraines.
2: Try to Prevent Attacks
Keeping a diary of when headaches occur and what you ate prior to a migraine can help you prevent future attacks. You can also follow these tips.
- Keep a regular schedule.
- Take vitamin supplements and follow a nutritionally balanced diet.
- Learn and practice relaxation techniques.
- Get regular exercise.
3: Try Different Treatments
Talk to your doctor about medications available for treating migraines. Sometimes even with lifestyle changes migraines can persist, so you may need medication or alternative treatments to help you cope. Acupressure is one alternative treatment option for those suffering from migraines. When your head starts to hurt, try applying pressure to the area between your thumb and index finger on the same side as your headache for five minutes.
4: Breathe Deep
Deep breathing helps to reduce stress and can help relieve migraine pain. Sit back, relax, and breathe in and out slowly from your diaphragm, counting as you breathe for 5 counts in and 5 counts out, slowly.
I hope these tips can help you relieve and maybe even prevent migraine headaches. Try these tips along with prescribed medications to reduce the duration, severity, and frequency of migraines.