What is a migraine headache? In my definition it is a horrible headache, usually on one side of the head, typically behind one eye for me. Having migraines affects your whole life and everyone in it. I started getting migraines in my mid teens and still get them today. The key to living with migraines is getting some control or game plan that works.
Medically speaking, a migraine is a throbbing headache, usually affecting one side of the head and can also have nausea and vision changes with it. Check out this link to Mayo Clinic website for an overview: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20360201 Migraines can have an aura, which is like a warning sign before headache hits, like vision changes. Migraines are thought to be genetic, environmental, and even hormonal. So, the best way to control your migraines is by starting with what your triggers may be. Then, you can possibly make adjustments to help limit frequency of headaches.
My trigger is hormones-Oh the joy of being a woman! I used to be able to pin down approximately when my migraines come, depending on the time of the month. That said, towards the mid-end of my pregnancies I had horrible migraines. How do you treat your migraines? Well everyone is different and I think first step is to get a diagnosis, talk to your doctor and go from there. I have been through so many many many doctors and appointments for my migraines, and currently I have a plan-I get migraines still monthly, but I have a plan and it almost always makes everything seem more bearable.
I always am hopeful when I get that headache which is only on one side of my head behind my eye, I think oh it’s ok, and I start with OTC pain relievers. I am also a HUGE believer in non medication help as well. One of my first line go to things to use for headaches is my peppermint stick http://amzn.to/2D1RGLy! I love this-very soothing. I will be honest this peppermint stick is not taking the migraine away, however it does give you some almost immediate relief from that intense pain. Here is what we use in my house, my kids even use this too. I have one by my bed, one in the kitchen, one in my purse, and my daughter even has one in her bookbag. It is definitely worth it.
Also, good old fashioned ice can help too. Check out this migraine eye ice pack on amazon: http://amzn.to/2FsQ1xi
I know it sounds funny, but I saw this awesome ice pack and it is why I even started to share about migraines tonight. A great ice pack always helps and my favorite are these soft type like this. I have to be honest though, my migraine medication prescribed from my doctor is something that I also usually end up using and I think couldn’t live without. Long story short, migraines are really tough, but you are tougher. Don’t give up, it may take some time, but you can live happier with better migraine relief!