I was twelve the first time I remember experiencing a migraine. I did not understand what was going on, and in that moment, I did not want to understand what it was – I just wanted the pain to disappear. After about an hour of pain, I went crying into the school nurses’ office, where she proceeded to ask me if I was being bullied or if I had mean things said to me. That is, after explaining to her that my head felt like it was about to pop, she somehow didn’t ask me any headache-related questions. I didn’t like her, but that’s a story for another day.
Now that I understand what a migraine is and what some of my triggers are, such as food, weather, dehydration, light and hormones, these are some of the at-home remedies that help ease the pain. Please note, that this is not a doctors prescription for migraines, it’s just what helps me.
1. Classic cold-compress
I usually wring a washcloth with cold water, lay down, and place the cloth on my forehead. If I am at home, I prefer to close the curtains, turn off any lights and relax until the pain is over (which is usually after 4 hours).
2. Massage the fingertips
Apparently, massaging your fingertips can help ease the pain. I tried it once, and it didn’t work. It may work for you, or perhaps someone else is meant to massage them for you…I’m not too sure. But, when you’re in pain, it’s worth a shot.
I love Yoga with Adrienne’s tutorials, and she released a video that helps anyone dealing with chronic migraines. I like the tutorial for after I experience a migraine, and sometimes practice it if I have a mild headache, and maybe feel like a migraine could occur.
Breathing and mindfulness have been known to be healing as they flush away stress and other harmful toxins, and yoga is one of the best practices to help with this.
4. Drink plenty of water
In this heat, it’s so easy to get dehydrated fast, so I try and drink as much water as possible. Normally when I have a migraine, I don’t take too much water because I feel nauseous, but afterward, I try and drink as much.
There are times I also feel really hungry after a migraine (which may have been caused by not eating enough in the first place), so I tend to eat banana’s for energy, but apparently, they are not the best foods to eat. Brown rice, carrots and berries are healthier options.
5. Know the triggers
As I had mentioned before, I am familiar with some of my migraine triggers, and this helps because I can manage my body by doing things such as reducing how much coffee I take, resting enough, or drinking lots of water. Knowing what triggers your migraines helps you manage them.
I also know when I have a migraine on the way. I normally get an aura – a blind spot and flashing lights in my eyes and I feel extremely lethargic, and as soon as that happens I take some painkillers to help manage the pain before it hits.
If you suffer from migraines way too frequently and aren’t sure what triggers them, please consult your doctor.