Sometimes when you have a severe migraine, it doesn’t just go away. Sometimes it continues for days, weeks, or months. It can be hard to believe that something so terrifying and painful could go away.
But it does. In the middle of a migraine, you’ll probably just feel a bit strange or out of it. But you can just shrug it off and go on with your life.
You can even be in the middle of a migraine, and not even know it!
If you get a migraine and are having trouble sleeping, try these tips to get rest.
How to get rid of your migraine?
It’s important to remember that migraine is a bad headache that happens from time to time. So if you’re having a bad headache, you can’t really be doing anything about it.
However, you can learn how to get rid of a migraine from the comfort of home.
You can also try the following tips to relax and get rid of a migraine:
1. Drink plenty of water
2. Sleep for at least 8 hours
3. Eat a diet rich in magnesium
4. Don’t drink coffee or other caffeinated drinks
5. Take magnesium supplements
6. Try a hot bath
7. Get a massage
8. Take a warm bath
9. Try acupuncture
10. Use a cooling compress
11. Try meditation
12. Try yoga
13. Try stretching
14. Try deep breathing exercises
15. Try relaxation techniques
These are just a few of the ways you can deal with a migraine from the comfort of home.
What causes a migraine?
You might get a migraine when a certain part of your brain is sending pain-related signals to the rest of the brain.
The causes of migraine aren’t well-understood. But experts believe it’s the result of a disruption in the way the brain processes pain.
The exact cause of migraine isn’t known, but experts believe that changes in the brain that affect the way it processes pain are at the heart of migraine.
This disruption in the brain might happen because of:
- An overactive nerve in the brain
- An overactive part of the brain called the hypothalamus
Other factors that can cause a migraine are:
- Hormone fluctuations
- Certain conditions
Migraines can be triggered by:
- Certain foods
- Extreme weather changes
- Certain medicines
- Your mental health
You can get a migraine from having too much caffeine, or too much alcohol. You can also get a migraine from certain foods that are high in tyramine, such as aged cheese and aged meats.
You can also get a migraine if you’re pregnant. These headaches are called hyperemesis gravidarum.
Migraines can be unpredictable, and it can be difficult to figure out why they happen.
Symptoms of a migraine
You might not notice the symptoms of a migraine right away. You might only realize you’re having trouble sleeping or that you’re feeling out of it.
Symptoms of a migraine include:
- Mild headaches that come on suddenly
- Severe headaches that come on suddenly
- Headaches that come on gradually
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Feeling dizzy
- Stuffy nose
- Changes in smell
Some people may report a headache with a fever. This is called a fever headache. You can get a headache with a fever if you have low blood sugar.
When to see a doctor?
See your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Headache that doesn’t go away after 2 days
- Headache that doesn’t go away after a week
- Headache that doesn’t go away after 1 month
- Headache with a fever
- Severe headache that doesn’t go away
How to get rid of a headache at home?
You might not really be able to get rid of a headache at home. But there are some things you can try to help relieve your headache at home.
1. Use a heating pad or cold compress
A heating pad or cold compress can help relieve your headache. It can also help relieve stress and tension.
Try applying a heating pad or cold compress for 10 to 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. You can repeat this as needed.
To find a heating pad or cold compress, you can:
- Look for a heating pad or cold pack with a built-in light.
- Look for a heating pad or cold pack that has a blue light.
2. Try an over-the-counter pain reliever
If you can’t find a heating pad, try using an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
You can also try using a combination medicine. For example, you might take acetaminophen and ibuprofen at the same time.
3. Take magnesium or calcium supplements
Low levels of magnesium and calcium can cause headaches. Taking supplements can help you get more magnesium and calcium in your body.
Magnesium and calcium can also help reduce or prevent migraines.
Magnesium is available in the following supplements:
- Magnesium glycinate
- Magnesium oxide
- Magnesium citrate
- Magnesium carbonate
- Magnesium sulfate
- Magnesium hydroxide
Calcium is also available in the following supplements:
- Calcium carbonate
- Calcium alginate
- Calcium acetate
Try taking at least 400 milligrams of calcium and 50 milligrams of magnesium a day.
4. Try a pain reliever
A pain reliever medication can help relieve some of the pain you’re feeling.
You can try over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
You can also try taking a combination pain reliever. For example, you can take acetaminophen and ibuprofen at the same time.
If you are having a severe headache, don’t ignore it. See your doctor. They can give you a diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan.
If you need to get rid of a headache at home, talk with your doctor about what you can do
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