MIGRAINE RELIEF

 Natural Remedies

Ice Packs:

Ice blocks have a soothing effect on migraine. Just grab few blocks and place it in the position where you feel the pain. It will subsidize the pain.

 

Supplements:

 Studies show that the constant intake of (vitamin B2) will reduce the attacks from a migraine. CoQ10, another supplement, also proved effective in preventing migraines in a clinical study.

 Relaxation Techniques:

Massage can ease neck and shoulder spasms, while tai chi increases body awareness, making it easier to detect and treat an oncoming headache. Yoga that focuses on mindfulness, such as Hatha and restorative yoga, may also help.

Herbs:

New recommendations from the American Academy of Neurology confirm that the herb butterbur can prevent migraines, possibly because it supports healthy blood flow to the brain. Dry-leaf capsules of feverfew may also reduce the frequency of migraines, though the clinical evidence is still inconclusive.

Medical Treatments

Triptans:

Introduced in 1991, these prescription drugs (which include Axert, Relpax, and Imitrex) are formulated to stop migraines. They affect almost every migraine-causing mechanism, but they may sometimes cause rebound headaches.

Beta-blockers/Anti-hypertensives:

Intended to treat high blood pressure, angina, and fast heartbeats, these drugs, which include propranolol, metoprolol, and timolol, are also used to prevent migraines because they are thought to affect relevant blood vessels. They have few side effects but can sometimes result in dangerous heart-rate drops.

Antiseizure Medications:

For some migraine sufferers, prescription drugs to stop seizures (such as topiramate and valproic acid) also reduce migraine frequency by at least 50%, possibly because they inhibit some neurotransmitters. But they can cause adverse side effects, such as confusion and drowsiness.

Anti-depressants: Tricyclics and SSRIs have been shown to be effective in treating migraines. Researchers say this is because some migraine attacks are characterized by abnormal levels of serotonin, which the drugs work to balance. But they’re not usually advised if you don’t need treatment for depression.

Identifying and avoiding causes of Migraine

One of the best ways of preventing migraines is recognizing the things that trigger an attack and trying to avoid them.

You may find you tend to have a migraine after eating certain foods or when you’re stressed and by avoiding this trigger, you can prevent a migraine. Read more about possible migraine causes

Keeping a migraine diary can help you identify possible triggers and monitor how well any medication you’re taking is working.

In your migraine diary, try to record:

  • the date of the attack
  • the time of day the attack began
  • any warning signs
  • your symptoms (including the presence or absence of aura)
  • what medication you took
  • when the attack ended

This record will go a long way in helping you prevent future attacks of a migraine, once you have identified the things that can cause you a migraine. You gradually develop a pattern or a style to avoid engaging in activities that can trigger or start this severe pain in the head. It is also advisable to take the record to the doctor for reference’s sake.