If you have ever had a migraine, you know how debilitating it can truly be. Each day a migraine lasts can feel like it is never going to end. A migraine is a type of vascular headache that affects arteries and causes them to spasm. I started getting migraines after I had my daughter in 2004. At first, I was not sure exactly what they were and why a “simple headache” was causing me so much pain. I explained to my doctor at the time what I was feeling when these headaches would strike, which led him to believing they were not just “simple headaches” as I had previously thought. They were indeed migraines. My symptoms included being highly sensitive to light and sounds, vomiting, and incredible pain that was mostly on the right side of my head. Sometimes the migraines were so bad, I would have to stay home from work and just lie in a quiet completely dark room. This was not how I wanted to live the rest of my life!
Throughout the last 5 years or so, I have tried multiple things to help soothe the migraines. At first, I took the prescription from my doctor called Imitrex (Sumatriptan Succinate in generic form). While this pill might work for some, it was not helping me. I was still laid up in bed when a migraine would strike, even if I caught it when it was first coming on. I have always been interested in alternative medicine, so I thought I would try some home remedies that were supposed to help with migraines. What did I really have to lose? Here are a few of the tricks I use when a migraine comes on.
Heat Or Ice Compress: Each person is different when it comes to migraines, so each remedy has to be done with trial and error. Personally, the heat aggravates my migraines and will often lead to me vomiting. My friend on the other hand swears by the heat compress as do a few others I know. I use the cold compress and lay it across my forehead. Sometimes I will use two and place the other around the base of my neck. I lie down in a quiet room and place the compress in the spot or spots where the pain is and then try to take a nap. Majority of the time when I wake up, the migraine is completely gone. This is so much easier than popping a pill and expecting immediate success.
Caffeinated Drinks: This trick will work great, especially if you are not a heavy caffeine drinker to begin with. When you start to feel the onset of the migraine, immediately crack open a can of soda. Dark colas like Pepsi or Coke are the best choices. If they are refrigerated it is even better. Drink the can of soda and lie down in a cool quiet room. This instant burst of caffeine will usually take away the migraine before it can even become a full blown issue. How much better can it get?
Using a Magnesium Supplement: This is something you can take daily to help prevent the onset of migraines. Standard over the counter dose it 250 mg and that is what I personally take everyday. You can purchase magnesium at a vitamin shop or even at your local drug store. So far so good with this, as I haven’t had anything more than the standard headache in a little over two months.