Did you know over 12% of the population has migraines? (This includes children.) 🙁
Migraines include an array of neurological symptoms. They also tend to run in families and are debilitating, causing a loss of productivity in work and missing out on life in general.
Treatments for Migraines
There are a variety of treatment options for people who suffer from migraines. Personally, I’ve tried a variety of treatments, exploring both holistic and traditional medicine. For me, a combination of both works best.
My current treatment regimen includes taking steps to prevent my migraine triggers. For example, I know that skipping meals is one of my triggers, so I am mindful of this and try not to go too long without eating.
The bright sun or fluorescent lights can also be a problem, so I wear dark sunglasses when I’m outside, and my sweet husband had the windows on my car tinted to the darkest shade that is legal. 🙂
I also take supplements that have been proven to help migraine sufferers (more on this later).
When I have a migraine, I immediately drink a cup of coffee (Caution: Caffeine is a trigger for some people) and close the shades in our bedroom if I’m at home. If the radio is on I turn it off to eliminate noise.
I take anti-nausea medicine (Zofran), 3 or 4 Ibuprofen, and migraine medicine, Fioricet with Codeine. I’ve tried different medicines over the years, including Excedrin Migraine (which didn’t seem to do anything for me) but this combination seems to help me the most.
Even though we have room-darkening curtains, I usually cover my eyes with a washcloth to block out every bit of light. If you get migraines you may understand how painful light is.
I’ve also found that applying a cool compress to my head and face can help. I use essential oils as well. My favorites for migraines include peppermint, M-Grain, frankincense, lavender, and PanAway.
What about you? What treatments help you when you get a migraine?
As always, please consult with your doctor to help you decide what treatments are best for you.
Here are 10 that may help relieve your migraines.
- Hydration – Drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration is a trigger for some people.
- Diet – Avoid foods which contain MSG, nitrates and nitrites, such as hot dogs.
- Acupuncture – is effective for many. In one study, people receiving several acupuncture treatments reported fewer migraines and less side effects (1).
- Stress management – including yoga, relaxation techniques and Tai Chi
- Massage therapy – You can do this yourself by massaging your temples or asking someone to rub your shoulders, neck and back (2).
- Supplements – Coenzyme Q-10, Magnesium, melatonin and Vitamin B-2 may help prevent migraines and/or make them less intense.
- Pain relievers – NSAIDS, aspirin and Tylenol may be effective for reducing pain, especially combined with other treatments.
- Triptans – This group of drugs includes Imitrex, Maxalt and Zomig.
- Antidepressants – These are a possible option for people suffering from anxiety or depression.
- Tricyclics – This group of drugs includes nortriptyline and amytriptyline. These are given in low doses daily to prevent migraines and are good for people who trouble sleeping.
Experiencing recurring migraines is difficult, but with all the treatment options there is hope for relief and a better quality of life.
I would love to hear from you about your experiences with migraines. What have you tried that works? Do you have any natural remedies that help? What questions do you have about migraines?