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.
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:
• Low appetite
• Mild headache
• Feeling unbalanced
• Feeling hungover
• Blurred thinking (Brain Fog)
• Low mood
• Elated mood
• Limb and muscle Weakness
Migraines are not life threatening, but they are life altering. They can be intensely painful, unbearable and disruptive.
There is no known cure for migraines (yet!). But 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. It's an exciting time to see what the new GCRP drugs for migraines will do to prevent attacks.
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 that works best for you. If the migraine recurs, and increases stress, anxiety or depression, you should inform your physician immediately. It might mean a different treatment strategy to find a way to help control these symptoms as well.
The triggers that can set off your migraine can also cause you to have worse postdrome migraine symptoms or a recurring attack. If you know what these are, then do not let yourself get in the position of dealing with these triggers.
Post migraine symptoms can be dealt with, but you might have to experiment a little to find the best way that works for you.
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. Here is a great recipe for ginger tea.
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 to rehydrate yourself. Instead of a protein shake, I make a high protein meal and puree it into a soup. Here is my migraine recipe if you want to experiment with it. Stews and casseroles are also easier to digest.
5. Avoid stressful situations.
6. Avoid stressful people. Just avoid stress if you can for a few days.
If you are still struggling desperately to find some pain relief, here are some tips:
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.
Read this method for a great natural way to abort your next attack.
And come and check out my migraine pain management course. The first module is FREE!
It will teach you about essential things you need to know to get your best chance at aborting the next attack. And here's a tip - if you can abort the migraine faster you might also experience less post hangover symptoms.
Until next time, stay well.
Post Migraine Symptoms Source:
1. Wiley-Blackwell. (2010, April 13). Migraine: Aspirin and an antiemetic is a reasonable option, review finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 8, 2016 from: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100413202645.htm
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