Hippocrates said, “The physician merely applies the splint, nature heals the broken bone.”
Each person’s migraine headache pain, the triggers, and “headache calendar” (when headaches tend to occur) are unique. Therefore, migraine treatment options are also unique.
Those who get migraine headaches need to consider their individual triggers, lifestyle issues such as stress level and eating habits, and their own preferences for medication as they and their physicians choose treatments.
What are some migraine treatment options when at home?
Some people – at the onset of a migraine, find relief by lying down in a dark room with a cold compress, combined with over-the-counter drugs including acetaminophen or aspirin with caffeine. You may want to talk with your health professional about ways to prevent future migraines.
People with a history of migraine headaches who then learn to Meditate usually find that the frequency of migraine attacks diminishes. And whilst they may still get migraines, and depending on the previous history of migraine headaches, they find that they can affect the intensity by meditating at the onset of a migraine.
What if home migraine treatment options don’t work?
Those with moderate migraines may need prescription drugs for relief. These could include agents that affect neurotransmitters (the chemicals that are the messengers in the brain) such as sumatriptan and various antidepressants. Other drugs might include agents that dilate blood vessels in the brain. In some cases, your health professional may prescribe painkillers.
Some drugs can be given intranasally, through a transdermal patch (on the skin), oxygen inhalation, and laser therapy to the maxillary nerve.
Because migraine headaches are affected by hormonal fluctuation, estrogen use during the premenstrual period is sometimes helpful. However, ironically, estrogen may also trigger migraines. Women should discuss with their physician’s use of estrogens such as oral contraceptives and hormonal therapy for migraines.
To help your health professional find the right migraine treatment for you, keeping a “migraine headache calendar” is important. Document the time of day, include things like your menstrual cycle, your location (at work, at home, at the park, etc.) and your activity when migraine headaches start.
People with a history of migraine headaches who learn to Meditate usually find the frequency of migraine attacks diminishes:
… And whilst they may still get migraines they find that the intensity of a migraine is much less after meditating.
Therefore, learning to meditate is a very effect migraine treatment option.
Vedic Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques available for reducing stress and anxiety. It is also one of the easiest to learn and simplest to practice.
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