The many modes of migraine headache pain relief
Migraine headache pain is not a normal headache. Migraine headache relief will not be achieved by popping a couple of aspirin and lying down for fifteen minutes.
Sufferers of migraine pain experience symptoms of a coming headache. Flashing or swirling lights seem to dance before their eyes. Nausea, dizziness, and sensitivity to sound and light are all symptoms of an oncoming migraine headache. When the pain hits, it might only affect one side, but migraine pain felt on both sides of the head is also a common occurrence. Nausea and vomiting may also be a factor. Without relief, a migraine headache can last for days.
Unfortunately, aspirin can actually block migraine pain relief by causing constriction of veins under the scalp, which is also a contributing factor in migraines. Tylenol, naproxen, and other over the counter drugs taken in their recommended doses will not relieve pain such as migraine headaches, and taken in larger doses can have severe health risks. Prescription drugs, such as codeine, can bring migraine pain relief but must be prescribed by a physician.
There are prescription drugs that were first given to patients with other conditions that were found, when taken daily, to lessen or bring complete migraine relief. The medication must be taken regularly, over time, to become effective. Some medications taken by mouth or injected at the first sign of a migraine may also bring migraine pain relief. All of these medications have benefits and risks, and a doctor may prescribe these medications, but only after examination, the taking of a medical history, and explaining these drugs fully to the patient.
There are practical steps that can be taken to help relieve migraine pain that don’t involve drugs.These steps will make patients more comfortable and ease suffering until the medication can work on the pain. Laying the patient down in a darkened room away from loud noises is the first and best action to take. Odors can also be a problem. Some patients find that smelling a sachet with a light, pleasant aroma (such as lavender or pine) can help lessen nausea. A cup of peppermint or chamomile tea can also help with migraine relief and nausea. Cold compresses on the forehead and back of the neck also help. Some find a bag of frozen peas or corn, wrapped in a cloth and put under the neck, comforts with its nobbly texture.
If the patient can tolerate the sensation of touch on the skin, a light massage on the neck, temples, and forehead can help reduce migraine pain relief. Stroking the forehead with a light touch can also be comforting.
If caught and dealt with early, a migraine headache can feel relieved much more quickly than if action is not taken until the pain becomes severe.