If you have ever had a migraine, you know the feeling of intense pain and discomfort. Chronic migraines can cause debilitating symptoms which make it impossible to function.  A severe migraine can cause you to put everything else on hold while you suffer through the symptoms. So what can be done? First, what are the symptoms of a migraine?

Possible Migraine Symptoms

  • Recurring headaches
  • Severe pain, usually on one side of the head
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision

It’s no wonder that with multiple symptoms, migraine sufferers can barely function during an episode. Finding out how to deal with your migraine is an important step in taking back control. Many people will have to completely shut down when a migraine occurs, making it necessary to miss work or other important activities. This can be frustrating and daunting. Knowing what to do is an important step in maintaining daily routines.

Preventative Care

Exercise

According to the American Migraine Foundation, regular exercise is beneficial in helping to reduce the risk of migraines. Exercising can relieve stress and deliver a healthy rush of endorphins to your body.

Getting Enough Rest

No matter what your lifestyle, sleep is a necessity for your body to run at optimal levels. Having a regular sleep routine sets your body up for success. When you rest better, you tend to feel better.

Healthy Eating Habits

Filling your tank with healthy food choices will also aid in the process of preventing migraines. This also may include certain foods or drinks which may sometimes trigger a migraine. Monitoring your diet to see which items may be causing your migraine is a good idea. Some common triggers are chocolate, caffeine, or alcohol.  For a more extensive list, you can go here to learn more.

Drink Water

Hydration is important to keep all aspects of your body running smoothly. Lack of water alone can cause headaches. Try to make it a point to drink the recommended amount of water per day.

Meditation or Music

Meditation has been proven to help lower stress levels. Anything which helps you to relax can aid in the prevention and management of migraines. Soft, calming music will also help set the mood for relaxation.

Medication Management for Migraine Pain

Medication is another option for helping to manage migraine pain. There are many choices that your doctor can recommend. Sometimes it is trial and error to see which medication might be the best fit for you. Here are just a few of the medications which may be of help. For a more extensive list of possible migraine medications, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Over the Counter

  • Aspirin
  • Naproxen
  • Acetaminophen

By Prescription Only

  • Eletriptan
  • Propranolol extended-release
  • Amitriptyline

An Alternative Method for Migraine Pain

The Migraine Procedure

The Migraine Procedure is for patients who have tried all other methods to prevent or manage their migraine symptoms. There is another choice and there is hope. A minimally invasive procedure can be performed. Many patients have already found relief and you can too. Please contact Stop Migraines for more information.