Thursday, 3 March 2016

5 Things to Help a Migraine!

You may have noticed that it's been quiet on Imogen's Typewriter lately with only 5 posts last month. That's because I spent the majority of February with intense migraines. With a headache, mixed with sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea, the last thing I wanted to do was look at a computer screen. But it's more manageable now, thanks to these 5 Things...

Migraine help: Painkillers, water, almonds, a banana and headphones.


1. If you can, get in a dark room and lay down.
My logic to migraines is that I can't feel them if I'm asleep, it's pretty hard to drift off when your brain hurts though so laying down in a dark room is the next best thing. A cool wash cloth over your head and a cosy bed is sometimes enough to let me get a nap.

2. Listen to a podcast.
I get really bored when I can't read or watch TV or write or work, so podcasts are my saving grace. As long as I keep the volume down I can find myself distracted, without adding to the pain. Same with audiobooks.

3. Take a painkiller.
I'm always a little hesitant to pop a painkiller after all the fear-mongering to do with rebound headaches. But it gets to a point when it's been a day or two and I can't spend that much time away from life!

4. Press on some acupressure points.
I don't pretend to be an expert but through trial and error I've found a couple of acupressure points that can knock off the edge. The ones that work for me are at the base of my skull and in-between my eyebrows, but it's worth a google and a test to find ones that might work for you.

5. Eat, drink, and get some fresh air.
Oh the clich├ęs, but it is really easy when you're in pain to forget about the bare necessities. Throwing open a window, sipping at a glass of water and eating a banana or some nuts can stop any extra dehydration/ hunger pains.

What do you do when you get a headache/ migraine?

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