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Coping with migraines

by Wendy Martin (follow)
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If you suffer from migraines, you know all too well that that their recurrence is more than just an average headache or pain. Migraines can affect your life by preventing you from attending social functions, keeping you from work, even affecting your self esteem.



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For those who suffer from migraines, it's far worse that just a simple headache. Image credit:beermug/sxc.hu


All too often, people get a headache and chalk it up to a migraine without actually knowing what one is. Essentially, it is a recurring pounding pain caused by the dilation of blood vessels. People who experience migraine have likened the pain to a nail being hammered on one's head over and over again.

The pain is so sharp that sufferers lose their ability to function and these pains can often cause nausea, vomitting, blurred vision and in some severe cases hospitalisation. Other signs may also occur depending on the type of migraine that you have.



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Taking a few aspirin simply doesn't help a migraine, here's some tips that can. Image credit: Neils Timmer/sxc.hu


If you do get migraines from time to time, there are a few things you can do to assist in coping with them.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Taking good care of yourself will help lessen the occurrence and severity of migraines. Taking particular care to avoid specific stressors that trigger migraines also helps. These could be things like stress, anxiety, over-excitement, and traveling which can affect your neck and shoulder tension.

You can avoid these triggers by ensuring you've set time aside for yourself to relax, rest and sleep properly. Don't feel selfish for taking time out for your health.



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Getting a good amount of sleep can make a huge difference to your stress levels, which in turn makes a difference to the frequency of migraines. Image credit: Lenscap Design/sxc.hu


If you are taking medication, it is so important to always follow the advice of your doctor. Take your medications on time, and avoid taking non-prescribed drugs.

Stay hydrated. Dehydration can trigger a migraine attack, so needless to say, it's just one more reason that getting enough water in your diet pays off.

Take Notice of Frequency
Migraine attacks can happen anytime and anywhere. Which is why it's important to not only have your medication (if you have been prescribed some) handy.

It's also important if you are experiencing these frequently to keep a written record of when they happened and where you were or what you were doing at the time. If you start to notice a pattern, it might help you in preventing future attacks.

Paying attention to your sleep patterns, what you eat, and how frequently you exercise can also assist in finding patterns.

If you try to maintain a similar pattern in your lifestyle (i.e. go to bed around the same time, wake up, eat, go to the gym, etc.) it can also assist in combating frequency.

Relieving Symptoms
For many sufferers, there is very little that can be done once an attack comes on, however sometimes trying a few of these trick can help with the symptoms.

Applying an icepack on the affected area
Massaging areas in the head that experience severe pain
Resting in a dark and quiet place
Taking a nap if bearable
Meditation has been proven to assist with migraines - do a search on YouTube for relevant guided meditations.

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