If you suffer from migraines, then you know how difficult it can be to continue your regular activities when you are having an attack. Everyone’s migraines are different, and you will have to experiment with different remedies and strategies to help you discover the best ways to get rid of a severe headache. Here are a few things that you can try to minimize your migraine pain and suffering the next time you get a migraine headache.
Find a Dark and Quiet Room
Since many migraine sufferers report sensitivity to light and sound during an attack, it may be helpful to find a dark and quiet room in which to rest. You may also want to turn down the thermostat a bit so that the room is cool and comfortable. If you have small children that you must care for while you are in pain, give them a quiet activity that they can do in the room with you while you are resting.
Eat or Drink Something
If your stomach can handle it, then you may want to try slowly eating or drinking something during your migraine attack. Chips, pretzels, crackers and other salty snacks may soothe your stomach, and a refreshing glass of water may rehydrate your body and help you recover. Since some doctors believe that caffeine reduces migraine pain, you may want to reach for a cold soda during your next attack. Try different migraine related foods and drinks to see which combinations work best for you.
Ask for Help
If migraines are disrupting your daily life, then you may need to ask someone to lend a helping hand. For example, a coworker may be able to finish filing the reports that are due at the end of the week, and your spouse can prepare supper and help the children get ready for bed. Their assistance will allow you to relax and recover in peace so that you are more productive once your migraine is gone.
Don’t Rush It
If you think your migraine is over or is nearly gone, take care not to rush back into your normal schedule. A migraine can come back with a vengeance if you try to jump back into your routine too quickly. Take the time to rest and fully recover before you resume your regular pace, and take things slowly once you are able to get up and move around.
Once a migraine hits, it can feel as though you will never be able to move past the pain. However, these simple tricks may help you reduce your pain levels so that you can resume your daily activities as soon as possible.
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