I struggle with migraines. Once or twice a month I will get one that often lasts for more than a few days and it honestly takes it out of me so much so that I fail at doing any of my self care and completely zone out of life. As far as I can remember I’ve had horrifically bad headaches. It took me suffering with a headache in the middle of a dentist appointment to make me realize I needed to do something about it and find ways of how to deal with migraines.
W H A T I S A M I G R A I N E
A migraine, according to the NHS website is an extremely painful headache that the causes are in fact unknown, many people have reported that their migraines have been triggered by smell, food, periods and stress. However it is believed to be much like depression and simply a chemical imbalance and also you might be genetically more inclined to suffer from them. However with anything to do with health you must always talk to a doctor and discuss any possible underlining issues that could cause it.
There are of course different types of migraines;
- Pain and flashing lights
- Just pain
- Flashing or flickering lights
I suffer from both a painful migraine that can last up to 5 days and flickering lights, which are known as Ocular Migraines, I can only describe them as if being underwater and looking up, they come on slowly with my eyes watering and I feel like there is something in my eye and end fast, Most sufferers of these do not develop a follow up painful migraine after wards however with mine, I’ve noticed that a few days after suffering with the Ocular, I will then struggle with a painful and nauseating migraine.
H O W T O D E A L W I T H M I G R A I N E S.
Everyone and their mum has some sort of remedy or trick to deal with them and I am going to share with you the tricks that I’ve learnt and used during my time with these painful fiends.
- Take A Nap – As simple as you can get, I am lucky that often I am struck down with mine while my children are either in their dads care or at school, So I take myself to bed inside my dark bedroom and sleep as much as I can.
- Pain Killers – When I first went to the doctors regarding my migraines they recommended Migraleve which contain the pain killing drugs paracetamol, buclizine and codeine, They come in pink and yellow, the pink ones are to help with the sick feeling migraines often bring and the yellow ones are there to help with the continuing headache and should be taken after the first dose of pink. However because they contain codeine they are of course only for a 3 day use due to the addictive properties of the drug.
- Pressure – I find that my migraines appear on certain spots, right above my eye, they can amazingly be painful on the skin but I have found rubbing above my eye on the spot where it hurts can really help with some sort of relief.
- Drinking Water – standard, water is good for you and I find myself craving water and drinking pints of it.
- Eating High Carbs Food – All the chips!! I feel that high carb foods really help with my migraines.
- Having a Fragrance Free Bath – Some migraines are triggered by scents, to many smells can cause headaches and having a nice hot bath, washing off all the perfumes and daily smells clears my head a bit.
Really, the only way to deal with a migraine is to find something that helps you and repeating it and of course always go and talk to your doctor if it continues, My family have Glaucoma which my mum has been diagnosed and is in treatment with, and after much googling I found that migraines are a common symptom of it, So I am in the process of getting myself looked at to see if I also suffer from it too.
There is no real cure, but little things can help you cope with them on your daily life.