Post Migraine Symptoms: Managing The Hangover

Postdrome or post migraine symptoms can often linger for a day or two while your body and brain is attempting to recover from the neurological thunder storm.

Try these things below to help yourself recover more quickly from the whole thing.

Managing Post Migraine Symptoms

Migraines are believed to be caused by a chemical imbalance occurring in the brain.

A drop in serotonin triggers the release of neuropeptides, which in turn causes the nerves and blood vessels in the brain to become over excited and reactive. 

Migraine sufferers feel the results of these changes before the migraine and continue to feel them after the worst of the migraine. In my case that's the pain phase.

The postdrome or post migraine stage often lingers for up to a couple of days while your brain is attempting to recover from the neurological disturbance.

I often feel dull for days after a long attack. But I have some tips for you so keep reading.

The symptoms that occur postdrome can include:

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• Low appetite

• Tiredness

• Mild headache

• Feeling unbalanced

• Feeling hungover

• Blurred thinking 

• Low mood

• Elated mood

• Limb and muscle Weakness

Migraines are not a threat to life, although they can be intensely painful and unbearable.

If however, a severe headache hits you suddenly and does not act like your usual headaches, contact a physician immediately.

Getting Over Post Migraine Symptoms

There is no known cure for migraines. There are a variety of treatments that can help to reduce the intensity of the attacks, including the postdrome symptoms.

There are several drugs that can treat migraines and there is evidence that the use of aspirin and an antiemetic drug can help reduce the symptoms associated in the postdrome stage of the migraine.

Everyone is different and the main thing is to treat the symptoms that you have.

Post Migraine Symptoms Sleep

Another thing that can be done, is to avoid things such as red wine which can trigger another migraine.

These postdrome symptoms usually last 1-2 days and getting plenty of rest can sometimes help.

Most people find that resting in a dark room with no noise seems to help them the most.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like aspirin can be purchased without prescription and can be very helpful with the pain or cramps.

If you are experiencing severe nausea, your physician may be able to give you medication to help. If you need to eat, try light foods such as small amounts of soups.

Sometimes it takes time and patience to find the appropriate treatment for each person. If the migraine recurs, related to stress, anxiety or depression, you should inform your physician immediately.

There are ways to help control these symptoms. Do not let yourself get in a stressful situation if possible.

The triggers that can set off your migraine can also cause you to have worsened postdrome migraine symptoms or a recurring migraine. If you know what these are, then do not let yourself get in the position of dealing with these triggers.

There are more than 28 million Americans that suffer from migraines. Three times more women than men suffer from these terrible debilitating headaches.

Post migraine symptoms can be dealt with, but everyone has to find the best way that works for them.

Managing Your Post Migraine Symptoms

Post Migraine Symptoms Tips

1.  Consult with your doctor to consider taking “formulations of aspirin 900 mg together with 10 mg of the antiemetic metoclopramide are better than placebo at reducing symptoms of nausea and vomiting” if you still experience these as symptoms after the pain phase has ended. (Science Daily, 2010).

If you don't want to take medications, then ginger is good to help stop nausea and it aids digestion.

2.  Avoid known triggers and red wine for two days after. This is almost a no-brainer!

3.  Continue to rest in a dark room if you can. This may be hard if you have things you HAVE to do, like feed the kids or get back to work.

4.  Eat light foods like soups. I have discovered puree that I make. Here is one migraine recipe.

5.  Avoid stressful situations.

6.  Avoid stressful people. Just avoid stress if you can for a few days.

These are good reads:

Use ice packs for migraine relief. Sometimes I like heat to relax the muscles in my back so a hot water bottle never goes astray.

And read this method for a great way to abort your next attack.

Stay well.


1. Wiley-Blackwell. (2010, April 13). Migraine: Aspirin and an antiemetic is a reasonable option, review finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 8, 2016 from

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