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How to manage living with migraines

Living with migraines can help make daily life difficult. Sufferers can have moderate to severe pain and migraines are one of the leading causes of disability across the globe; symptoms of a migraine attack can include nausea, headache, dizziness and visual disturbances. In all instances if you suffer from migraines you should speak to your doctor first, who may be able to prescribe effective medication for migraine attacks. However, there are some methods you can use at home to reduce migraine pain.

Look for triggers

Migraines can be triggered by a number of different factors. When living with migraines it's important to find out what can trigger them and avoid these triggers. Keep a diary noting down the time you get migraines, you diet and anything you did before the migraine attack. Diet can be one of the leading triggers but the onset of migraines differ for each person. For example, certain lighting can cause migraine or even the ingredients of a strawberry milkshake.

Dark room treatment

If you haven't managed to catch any triggers and are suffering from a migraine, go into a dark, quiet room and place a cool towel over your forehead. This won't cure the migraine, but it will help you 'ride it out' and allow it to wear off in comfort. Some migraines can last up to 72 hours, especially if the condition is worsened by a loud, busy environment.

Look for warning signs

Before you get a migraine it's likely you feel some warning signs before it hits. This can include visual disturbances, changes in mood of behaviour. If you keep a migraine diary you should be able to notice the signs of a migraine attack easily. When you feel a migraine coming on, try to reduce your stress levels and relax, or remove yourself from a busy environment that could aggravate your migraine.

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