Migraine is a serious neurological disease. The scale and frequency of migraine pain are usually very bothersome and significantly hinder the patient’s daily life. Mostly, migraine requires specialist medical attention and prescription medication. Only in the case of light bouts of illness can we try to make independent home treatment. How to get rid of a migraine?
Ways to survive a migraine attack
People with migraines with aura are able to predict in advance an approaching attack. The sooner they take their medication, the greater the chance that migraine pain will not develop or will be less severe. In addition to treatment under the guidance of a doctor, it is also useful to know about home remedies that will help survive the attack and alleviate its symptoms.
Fighting over-the-counter migraine
Try to take one of the commonly available over-the-counter painkillers containing e.g. paracetamol, ibuprofen, and acetylsalicylic acid. If your migraine is mild, you may feel relief. Remember that you should never take more painkillers than the leaflet says, even if you don’t see improvement! For severe migraines with aura and other accompanying symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and photophobia, over-the-counter tablets are not enough. It’s best to see a doctor right away.
Lie down in a quiet and comfortable place trying to wait the attack. In the room, eliminate all light sources, cover the windows and turn off the lamps, thanks to which photophobia symptoms will be alleviated. Try to fall asleep, sleep can relieve pain, and medication will start working during this time.
Use warm or cold compresses. Pain can also be alleviated by a hot, relaxing shower.
Relief may be provided by gentle compression of the temporal artery on the pain side.
Eliminate foods that harm you
Migraines are conducive to, among others dark chocolate. White chocolate does not cause headaches, so if you are a gourmand – choose it.
It is better to give up Chinese dishes because they contain a lot of monosodium glutamate. It is similar with powdered soups, stock cubes.
Migraine may end with eating citrus, crustaceans, blue cheese, feta cheese, parmesan cheese and mozzarella. Processed cheese, white cheese and curd usually do not cause such ailments.
If you suspect that pain provokes a food product, exclude it from your diet for some time. Try to eat at fixed times, and if you can not eat a meal, replace it with a nutritious snack, not sweets.
For migraine prophylaxis, it is primarily recommended to take magnesium (500 mg daily). Some specialists believe that to prevent migraine, it is necessary to take 50 mg daily of niacin (nicotinic acid, vitamin PP), twice a day 25 mg of Turkish pepper and in the same amount of dried leaves from chrysanthemum pyrethrum.
Migraine attacks usually occur after drinking red wine, sherry and port. Phenolic compounds that can cause headaches are not found in white wine.
Can migraines be completely cured?
Migraine is, unfortunately, a chronic disease – there are no ways in which it can be completely cured. However, it is not possible to predict how often a given patient will struggle with migraine attacks.