While some lucky people never have to deal with the throbbing pain of migraines, others, unfortunately, experience them very frequently. If you are part of the unlucky group of people who have tried everything to get rid of these unforgiving headaches, you are not alone. Over 30% of adults aged 18-65 years in the world have reported experiencing migraines, according to the World Health Organization.
It’s important to remember what triggers migraines as they can sometimes be avoided. Emotional stress, missing meals, dehydration, sensitivities to specific types of food, caffeine, exhaustion, and changes in your sleep pattern are just some of the reasons you could be getting frequent migraines.
Treating migraines can be a difficult process. Besides taking over-the-counter pain medications, these pain management methods are worth a try: resting in a dark and quiet room, applying a cold or warm compress to your forehead, drinking lots of water, massaging your scalp, acupuncture, smelling lavender, meditating, and applying pressure to your temples in a circular motion.
Some doctors also suggest exercising between migraine attacks. This may reduce migraine pains through physiological mechanisms, such as reducing inflammation and promoting cardiovascular health. But remember that if these treatments don’t work, it might be time to go see a doctor about a migraine treatment plan.