Finding Effective Migraine Relief FAST!

The pain is building and so is your anxiety... you need migraine relief NOW. What do you reach for?

Did you know that over-the-counter pain medications like: ASA, ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen are the most common forms of pain relief for most sufferers? I can tell you from experience they never helped me. 

Want Migraine Relief? Here Are 8 Tips For Preventing Migraine Attacks.

The over-the-counter tablets I tried never touched the side of my migraines. 

They. Did. Nothing.

I had full blown attacks with no pain relief at all, every single time.

Finding effective relief is harder when you have several severe migraine attacks a month, and your pain is not relieved with these over-the-counter medications alone.

And there is risk of overdose because they just don't work effectively enough.

You may have to experiment with different medications or alternative therapies to find what works. 

If this is you, it's a good idea to keep a journal. It will help you identify migraine triggers and patterns. Avoiding your triggers is often very effective in reducing the frequency of your attacks.

This post has some tips for how to avoid migraine triggers

Whether your migraines are mild or severe, there is one thing we both have in common – we need relief, and we need it fast.

The only thing that works for me is Naramig in the triptan family of medications with an ibuprofen. I thank my lucky stars I am one of the people that can take them.

After twenty years of migraines with no effective pain relief, let me share these tips with you so you don't need to suffer needlessly. 

8 Tips For Migraine Relief

Preventing every migraine attack is not possible, but it is possible to reduce the severity of the pain, and the frequency of the attacks. These eight tips should help you find more effective migraine relief.

1. Get the right over-the-counter medication.

Having a migraine headache might make you feel like your head will explode, and in many cases regular headache pills will NOT help. Please read migraine vs headache. You must find over-the-counter meds specific to migraine like Excedrin migraine, or ibuprofen with caffeine for them to be effective.

A natural approach to finding quick migraine relief is to have one or two short black coffees if you are not a regular coffee drinker. I used this for two years before I got addicted to caffeine (oops!). In some cases, the migraine may disappear completely, if you catch it early enough. But at the very least, the pain should lessen.

2. Take action right away. A S A P for effective migraine relief.

This is another important reason for keeping a diary or journal. Knowing the symptoms of the early stages of a migraine will alert you as to when one is coming on, which will help you take action quicker. The quicker you can take a medication (that works) or eat nausea reducing food, the less severe and shorter your migraine headache will be.

The sooner you act, the better the chance you have to abort your attack.

A migraine can literally knock you off your feet. If you don't take quick action you could be stuck somewhere, unable to drive home or call for help. The longer you wait, the less chance you have of finding faster migraine relief.

3. Keep track of what works for you.

Again, the migraine diary is vital. Every migraine episode could be different, and every migraine sufferer is different. What works for one person during one episode may not work for the next, and may not work for another person at all. The better you know yourself and understand which methods are the most effective, the less you will suffer.

4. Try to relax.

If you are too weak or blurry to do relaxation exercises, just lie down. Make the room as dark and quiet as possible. If you can tolerate noise, listen to a soothing meditation CD to help you drift off to sleep. Sleep helps.

5. Use ice.

Although fevers are not generally associated with migraine headaches, you may experience hot pain spots or cold hands and feet. A cool cloth or ice pack on the back of the neck can relieve a lot of pain, very quickly. A cool, damp cloth over your eyes can also relieve the pain around the eyes and block out bright light.

Unlike regular headaches, during a migraine headache the blood vessels swell, which makes them release more of the chemicals causing the pain. The ice will help these vessels get back to normal, and thereby reduce the pain. Heat may make them worse. 

Using heat at the back of the head can make it worse. Ice is better to constrict the blood vessels thus reducing pain.

6. Clear your head.

Try to empty out all of the mental chatter going on inside your head. Negative thoughts can make the pain worse and raise your anxiety levels. At first this may be quite a challenge, but if you practice meditation, it will become easier to quiet the mind before an attack.

Some forms of meditation concentrate on the pain which is supposed to help. Not serious concentrating like the type you may do at work, just focusing on how it feels and where it's coming from. This can make it more intense, so a gentle guided meditation will work better (imo).

It's helpful to focus on your breathing rather than the million thoughts running through your head.

I have a whole section on meditation, it's proven to help reduce migraines. 

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7. Sleep.

Sleep often goes hand in hand with migraine attacks. When you lie down in a dark room and feel yourself drifting off, don't fight it.

Sometimes your body may be telling you it needs a rest in order to deal with the migraine. Sleep will also block out all light and noise, and help you relax.

You heal when you sleep.

8. Use electric migraine relief products.

Tens machines, biofeedback and personal stress reducing systems like emWave 2 can help re-train your body to relax the certain muscle groups associated with migraines. Relaxing both before and after is important.

Ten machines come in all shapes and forms. Electrotherapy is widely used for the treatment of both chronic and acute pain reduction. For more details please click on migraine products.

I have not had great success with my tens machine, but I use it anyway to help the body. And it's cheaper than going to an acupuncturist. 

I have also written about these devices to help with Stress Headache Relief: Cefaly and Migraine Headache Relief: gammaCore. They are also worth considering. Click on the links to see more details.

Biofeedback is quickly becoming part of mainstream medicine for migraine treatment. This personal computerized biofeedback training system called Wild Divine can help you avoid your next attack. I had great success with this one.

Read biofeedback and migraines for more specifics.

More Ways to Find Fast Migraine Relief

Other ways to get fast migraine relief includes prescription drugs, medical devices and surgery. These types of treatments are usually reserved for chronic cases, because chronic sufferers experience the greatest amount of disruption to their daily lives.

That does not mean episodic migraines are any less painful. People with occasional attacks suffer just as much as the ones with a chronic condition. The major difference is that a chronic sufferer will have an attack two or more times a month, while an episodic sufferer may only have a few attacks a year.

Episodic migraine attacks are also more difficult to prevent, because you never know when one will strike. Chronic migraine attacks often, but not always, follow a pattern, and occur around the same time every month.

Any way you look at it migraines suck.

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