Migraines & Reoccurring Headaches
September 6, 2012 by leave a comment
Today I am battling a migraine and so far my productive level looks dismal. Do you struggle with migraines or even reoccurring headaches? Here are a few tips I have learned over the years.
Find a good Chiropractor and schedule regular adjustments. This alone will cut your migraines and headaches over 70%. I used to have migraines 4-5 times a month, since I started getting adjustments I am down to less than one a month! This is my first migraine in roughly 2 months!
Take Ibuprofen or pain reliever of choice immediately. Why are you attempting to suffer through? The pain will not go away on its own. If you do not take the medicine it will only get worse…and you know it!
Have you drunk enough water? Sometimes my migraine or headache is my own fault due to lack of water intake. Juice, flavored water and Soda do NOT count as water! Your body needs pure water to stay hydrated and often times a migraine and headache is due to dehydration and your body’s lack of water. Drink 2 tall glasses of VERY cold water as fast as possible. Even if your body is not dehydrated the coldness of the water will help ease the pain, if only for a few minutes. If you are dehydrated the pain should begin fading within 90 minutes.
Caffeine! This may seem opposite of the statement above, but caffeine will often help a headache and migraine shorten their length of miserable visit. Over the counter migraine medicine usually combines aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine. These are excellent pain medicines and will help kick that pain out of the ballpark. I myself am allergic to acetaminophen so I drink a can of coca-cola quickly to get caffeine in my system.
A cold compress to the source of pain can often cut down on the throbbing.
Slight massage. For many of my headaches and migraines a gentle massage on nearby pressure points helps tremendously if only for the moment. Try different spots around your head, face and neck to find what works for you. My favorites are the base of my neck, my temples on both sides of my forehead, the inside corners of my eyes at the bridge of my nose and the top of my skull. For massage I rub in circles with slight pressure alternating with moments of intense pressure and release to stimulate sensors.
Dark and quiet. Yes I said it. Sometimes shutting out the world is the only thing to kick the pain.
Sleep! I am a major fan of sleep and love any opportunity to tune out the world and sleep but this tactic truly works. While lying down it will seem like sleep will never come but it will and when you awake your headache or migraine will be gone. If it is still there and you have also taken all of the above steps, please contact your physician right away as there may be some other issue that needs medical attention.
For my migraines I quickly take my Ibuprofen with my freezing cold water, and then I guzzle a soda as fast as possible. I then take 1 Benadryl to assist in my sleeping and preventing bed spins while lying down. It also helps with my nausea. Then I lock myself away in a dark, and massage my sore spots while falling asleep to sleep away my pain. When I wake I am well rested and pain free.
I visit my chiropractor at the next available appointment to ensure I am properly aligned.
Do you suffer from migraines or reoccurring headaches? What tips do you have that work for you?