The migraine—and its painful brethren, the tension headache and the sinus headache—is … well … a big headache. So, what can you do to prevent a migraine, and how do you reduce the pain if you do get one?
Here are some top tips to put the squeeze on the ache:
- Keep Cool. Use an ice pack on your forehead, scalp, or neck. Experts believe reducing blood flow may lessen the pain.
- Go Over the Counter. For pills, that is. Painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen reduce the inflammation that causes the pain. Aspirin and acetaminophen also help.
- Go Go Java. Caffeine in coffee helps provide mild relief. It also helps your body absorb medicine more quickly.
- Peace and Quiet. Loud and bright aren’t good for headaches. Find a place that’s quiet and dark. The lack of stimuli will make recovery faster.
- Get a Move On. Exercise is great for preventing headaches. But don’t exercise when you have a headache.
- Maximizing Magnesium. Studies indicate this mineral may help prevent a headache. However, it won’t relieve one you already have. Magnesium is in dark-green vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. You can also get it in supplement form.
- Nighty Night. A good night’s rest is a good way to help prevent migraines. But watch the time. Too little (or too much) may actually trigger a headache. Try for 7-8 hours per night.
- To B or Not to B. We’re talking vitamin B2, which is riboflavin. It’s found in milk, cheese, fish, and chicken.
Finding relief can be as easy as implementing a few preventive measures.
Tip adapted from WebMD[i]
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