If you read my previous post on “How I live with migraines” you are now aware of some preventatives out there for migraines/headaches. But what happens when you still have an episode or end up getting a migraine despite your best efforts?
Well I’m here to tell you what works for me. Because if your like me you don’t want to sit there all day yanking out your hair in a dark room with no sound.
Most of the time I end up at the worst being able to cope with the pain and at the best getting rid of one as fast as it comes. The first step is recognizing your symptoms of when a migraine/headache is starting. For example in my case I begin to get a sore neck, pain behind my eyes, and numbness in my face. At this time my first step is taking 2 magnesium oxide pills to try and counter act it along with drinking at least 20 oz of water immediately.
If it continues to progress I always make sure to have Lavender oil on hand as well as peppermint oil. I rub a couple drops on my temples and back of my neck, massaging it into the muscles. I would suggest laying down for about thirty minutes and just letting your body relax along with drinking more water. i say this because I made the mistake of walking around after putting the peppermint on ending up with really watery eyes.
If the pain still continues I would suggest drinking something high in caffeine such as plane coffee, but if your like me plain coffee is not an option. So quickly drinking a Dr. pepper or something else works as well.
I also will take a shower, bending my head under the flow of the water. I switch the water back and forth between extremely cold and extremely hot. This causes the blood vessels to expand and contract allowing for increased blood flow which is said to help alleviate the pain.
I also will get an adjustment from my chiropractor as well as a massage to relax the muscles.
If you catch it fast enough though you shouldn’t have to go threw all of these steps. The best advise I can give also in this situation is getting the rest you need, drinking enough water, and remembering to eat. I hope this helps those of you out there who are like me and suffer from migraines/headaches. This is again what seems to work for me, and depending on how quickly I catch it as well depends on the amount of steps I have to take.