That headache that won’t go away! That headache which is triggered by nearly everything – loud noises, pollution, food, smell, tiredness, thirst – everything!
Yes, we are talking about a migraine. That headache, spreading on your face, knows no bounds. Your only hope is a paracetamol tablet or just laying low until it passes.
Actually, that is not true. If you approach a health expert regarding this condition, you can get some medicines which have shown good results on other patients who are affected by a migraine. But this blog isn’t about medicines. This blog is about how you can manage a migraine naturally from the comforts of your home!
How To Deal With A Migraine Naturally
Well, one of the obvious things to prevent migraine is to avoid triggering factors. If you are aware of a certain condition or activity or food that irritates you and initiates a migraine headache, try and avoid those as far as possible. But if your migraine is recurring, you may consider tweaking your lifestyle a bit.
Try the following practices:
You must have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” This is especially true when you have a migraine. I don’t want to sound like another gyanbaba but why don’t you reflect upon your food habits. If you keep a log of migraines, you will notice that your migraine is triggered after you eat fast food like pizza, burger, cakes, fries, etc. You must have also felt a hangover which was much worse than your peers just because you have a migraine.
You see, the choice is simple – as far as possible, eat healthy food. Make sure that you take plenty of fluids and 3-4 litres of water every day. However, you may also have heard about the influence of coffee on migraine. Well, interestingly, in some people coffee helps them to get relief from a migraine; in others, it just intensifies it. So, stay cautious and examine your patterns before you take a bite of any ‘anti-migraine’ foods.
This goes beyond saying that exercise is an important element of a healthy lifestyle. But can you manage migraine by exercising? Yes. Undoubtedly, yes. In general, exercise boosts blood circulation and induces the release and better functioning of many hormones (which not only works for your body but also works for your mind).
In addition, you can also practise yoga and targeted breathing exercises to prevent migraine from affecting your daily life.
Stress gives everyone a headache, not just people with migraine troubles. It is very important that we live a stress-free life. But how? It’s easier said than done. Well, if you are in stress, you really have to put your mind in getting rid of it. Find your own mojo – yoga, meditation, a new hobby, a fuzzy pet, trips & tours, a good book or a movie – whatever clicks with you, whatever makes you happy and allows you to arrange your affairs calmly.
If you still find it difficult, you may consider going to a psychologist or a counsellor who will give you some relaxation tips and techniques.
Every adult requires approximately 8 hours of sleep daily. But that is not enough. You see, we have something called the ‘biological clock’ (circadian rhythm). According to this natural pattern, you must sleep during the night uninterrupted for 8 hours. But how many of us follow that? There are too many distractions – TV, mobile phones, night shift work, caffeinated drinks. These keep us awake at night and hamper the regular sleep-cycle.
Just like alcohol give you a hangover, lack of proper sleep invites an episode of migraine.
Use Cold/Hot Compression
Hot or cold compression always work good in relaxing tensed muscles relieving pain. This can work on your migraine too. Whether it’s a heating pad or an ice pack, you can try that on your head or face when you have a migraine and see how wonderfully it works.
Apply Gentle Pressure
Massage is a great way to relieve stress and tension in muscles and mind. When you get a migraine, you can gently press/massage your forehead, temple, cheek lungs (above your sinus) and neck. You can also use the help of a friend to do the same. It works best if you rest in a room with a pleasant temperature, no loud noise or flashy lights.
Unfortunately, there is still no conclusive cure for migraine. But many people find comfort in relaxation and a good lifestyle. Yet, if you feel that your migraine is uncontrollable or is preventing you from performing regular activities, you can book an appointment with our neurologists at Sunshine Hospitals and get personal advice based on your particular condition.
About The Doctor:
Dr. Vikram Sharma
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Dr. Vikram Sharma is a Senior Consultant Neurologist at Sunshine Hospitals. He is one of the best neurologists in Hyderabad with more than 16 years of experience in neurology. With his immense experience as a neuro physician, he treats all types of neurological conditions including headaches, migraines, muscle weakness, body pains, back pain, weakness in hands and legs. He has done his MD, Dip. Neurology in London and FAAN in the USA. He also possesses hands-on experience in treating epilepsy and stroke patients.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.