Whatever the possible causes – ranging from food allergies to flashing lights – once a migraine hits, life is all but impossible until it is over. Prompt treatment can enable a sufferer to recover more quickly. You can always do something about “it”.
Prevention is Better than Cure
There are medicines that you can take every day, or alternatively only when you are likely to encounter a known trigger. Beta-blockers, also used to lower blood pressure, can be very helpful. Medicines such as Isoptin, Zestril and Calan, which are also treatments for cardiovascular conditions, can also prove effective. Other preventative drugs include anti-seizure medications and tricyclic antidepressants. Make sure you discuss all options fully with your doctor first.
Once it hits
Consult your doctor beforehand as to what is best for your particular case. You need to ensure that what you take is not contraindicated by other medications you are already taking for other conditions, and you will also want to be aware of possible side-effects. You could try non-prescription pain relievers such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Make sure you take a pain killer that is labeled as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Other possibilities are medicines containing ergotamine, butalbital or triptans.
When you think that a migraine may be on its way, try and cut down on stress as much as possible. If you can find a dark, cool, quiet spot to rest that may help a great deal. Place a cold damp washcloth on the back of your head, and press the pressure points at the side of your temples and at the back of your skull for a couple of minutes. If you are at home, then take a long bath or shower to help relax. Do not exercise and avoid bright lights. Taking vitamins such as vitamin C, B6, niacin and choline can also help to alleviate the symptoms.