When you suffer from migraines, you know they aren’t like any other headache. Many people suffer from headaches caused by sinus pressure, stress, dehydration, or other illness. A migraine is a different experience altogether, caused by changes in your brain that also affect the surrounding blood vessels. Along with acute pain, those experiencing a migraine also suffer from light sensitivity and nausea. You’re not alone if you have migraines. About 39 million people suffer from migraines in the U.S. Here are a few migraine pain remedies that can help ease the pain of a migraine.
Go Toward the Dark
Finding a quiet, dark room is one of the first migraine pain remedies you can try. Because of the light sensitivity that comes with most migraines, even low light can increase your discomfort. You might also be sensitive to sounds. Many migraine sufferers retreat to a dark room away from loud noise when they first feel the headache coming.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
If you feel nauseous during your migraine, it can be hard to want to drink anything. However, dehydration could be a trigger for your migraine. Drinking fluids can help ease the pain of your migraine as your body’s fluids and electrolytes replenish. Dehydration can also increase your feelings of nausea. It’s easier to become dehydrated than you might think. When you feel thirsty or dizzy, you probably need more water in your day. Drinking plenty of fluids can help you feel better overall plus improve your migraine pain management.
Sometimes nothing feels better than a cold cloth or compress on your head during a migraine. Cold is a great pain reliever. Be careful to avoid putting ice directly on your head–this can cause skin damage. Use an ice pack with a cloth between the pack and your head for the right amount of cold comfort.
Have a Cup of Coffee
If you’re trying to rest in a quiet room, having a cup of coffee might seem counter-intuitive. However, caffeine is an excellent at-home remedy for pain caused by a migraine. Many migraine medications include a good dose of caffeine. A cup of coffee or other caffeinated beverage can help you better absorb your migraine medicine. Plus, the smell of coffee and a few quiet minutes enjoying a cup can help you relax.
Work it Out
We don’t recommend exercising while you’re in the throes of a migraine. However, you might find that a regular exercise routine helps manage the frequency and severity of your migraines. The stress-relieving benefits of a good workout can help ease head and neck tension and reduce the effects of your migraines.
The sudden onset of a migraine can increase your stress and anxiety at a time when it’s more helpful to try and remain calm. Develop a routine and keep a few things with you to treat early symptoms as soon as they show up. Most important: give yourself permission to take a break and rest in a dark room when you need to manage a migraine.