Felt that avalanche of an excruciating headache that seizes you when you least expect it? When you want to destroy all sources of light and sound that make it a thousand times worse and all you crave for is a dark, quiet room where you can go and lie down?
Then you are just one of the ten crore people suffering from a migraine in India!
Well, the least we can do to ease your troubles is bring these five tips from our experts to help reduce your migraine pain:
1) Drink plenty of water
Like some other physical disorders, migraines too can be triggered as a result of dehydration. So a simple but effective way of reducing or preventing a migraine attack is to drink a lot of water. It washes a headache away!
2) Maintain a headache diary
Make a note of every time that you have a headache. Try to figure out if there is any pattern that follows or if any particular factor triggers off a migraine. Some common triggers include – lack of sleep, stress, certain odors, menstrual cycle, etc. If you can put your finger on what triggers your migraine, you can prevent it.
A headache diary also helps doctors while prescribing medicines for your headache.
3) Vitamin B2 supplements
Studies show that patients who take 400mg of Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) daily report l pain after three months. Increase the intake of riboflavin in your diet or take supplements regularly to reduce the chance of getting a headache that might turn into a migraine.
4) Mild Antidepressants
Some migraine pains are caused due to the imbalance of the level of serotonin in the body. That is what most of the antidepressants control. Hence a mild antidepressant can help relieve a migraine attack. Consult a doctor before consuming any medicines for your migraine as they might have a severe impact on your health.
5) Anti Inflammatory pills
Most women suffer from migraine attacks just before or during their menstrual cycle when the level of estrogen drops down. This can be reduced by taking anti-inflammatory medication a couple of days before the menstrual cycle begins.
Also, maintaining a stress-free lifestyle, a healthy diet, a regular exercise routine, and a proper sleep cycle goes a long way in preventing migraine attacks.