Tips for Migraines Sufferers

Chronic migraine is something that has haunted me throughout my life. Dealing with the pain and side effects of them can be extremely hard and overbearing. There have been many times, I’ve had a migraine so bad, that it kept me in bed for days and days on end. Not a fun time, as you can probably imagine. When I moved away to school I was terrified to get one because I didn’t know how I would handle it living with others who didn’t understand how bad migraines can actually get. Throughout my time at school though, I have found ways to help myself get through one, and hopefully, this aids someone else who suffers from them as well…

Step Away from the Screen

One of the worst things to do with a migraine is stay on your phone, computer, television, etc. Light sensitivity is a symptom of migraines and I have found that being in complete darkness helps me the most. Let people know that your putting your phone on do not disturb and shut those eyes!

Close Yourself Off

This sounds a bit harsh, but if you’re able, tell everyone that you live with what’s going on and lock yourself away in your bedroom. Loud noises are never fun when dealing with a migraine, so staying out of your roommate's way and asking them to be quiet isn’t a bad idea. Earplugs are another good route to take for blocking out outside noises.

Hydrate

Water! Water! Water! I cannot stress this one enough. Most people that have migraines become extremely nauseous too, but don’t let that deter you from sipping on water. Your migraine could be a result of dehydration so your body wants nothing more than cold water. Keep some at your bedside and try to finish a few cups.

Rest

This is another crucial part of treating a migraine. Sadly, the only thing we can do is wait out the pain. Grab a pillow and a blanket and sleep as much as you possibly can. Being awake with a migraine is one thing, so if you’re able to take a nap or go to bed early, I highly suggest it. Your body may just need those few extra hours to reboot!

Cooling Agent

If you have one handy, I find putting a cold eye mask, rag, or icepack on my head helps tremendously. No, it won’t stop the migraine, but it will alleviate most of the pain you're in and bring you a sense of calm.

Medicine

If you’re like me and have been diagnosed with chronic migraine, then you know what medication you have to take to help you out. Over the counter medicines I found help catch a migraine before it’s at its worst are Ibuprofen, Aleve, and Excedrin. If you’re prone to migraines, I would consider talking to a doctor and seeing what the best route to take is. (These are medicines that have helped me in the past, refer to your doctor to see what is best for you!)

Essential oils

Many people have suggested this alternative medicine to me. I have found that the headache and peppermint oils are best for migraines. Rub the oils on your temples, the back of your neck, and on your wrists. All of these places have pressure points that the oils relieve tension in. The smell of the oils is very calming and has helped me fall asleep fast when dealing with a migraine.

I am not a doctor, but these steps have helped me tremendously over the years. Other common symptoms of chronic migraines are: blurry vision, sensitivity to sound/light, nausea and dizziness. Chronic migraine is an extremely difficult thing to deal with and has prevented me from doing many things. Don’t let it stop you and try out these tips!