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What is the best way to try to prevent a migraine headache?

What is the best way to try to prevent a migraine headache?
I can tell I have a migraine headache about ready to start. What is the best way to try to ward one off? I just dread knowing I’m probably going to have a migraine for the next couple of days. Any advice?

There are losts of good answers, but the best answer:

Answer by Susan Yarrawonga
Magnesium can help.

You can find further information in a search for migraines + magnesium.

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  1. dbgyog

    Regular YOG is the only best way to prevent it.
    Pl try cold water bath and observe.
    If you have cough/cold body hot water bath will help.
    Pl try simple acupressure given below for immediate relief.
    If it fails you will have to go for Acupuncture.

    There is hardly any medicine for H/A OR MIGRAINE. Not only these but for RA, OA, Back ache and almost all painful diseases. Hence they become chronic.

    Acidity, WORRY, sadness, excessive wind, cold , heat, sour food and sinusitis, constipation, intestinal inflammation; drug side effects, stress, bad smell, TV & COMPUTER SOMETIMES, Blockage in the flow of Vital Energy, BODY CONSTITUTION etc are their causes.
    None of them can be treated with medicine.
    Our 100% success in treating migraine &H/A confirms it.

    Acupuncture is the best treatment.
    I can treat it with naturopathy and YOG, but how can you manage pl see.

    Pain killers don’t treat the pain but we loose the sense of pain for some time; in that duration our body itself treats sometime and credit goes to meds.
    The useless drugs have tremendous power of side effects like liver/kidney failures, ulcer, inflammation of intestines and lot more.

    Avoid late sleeping if possible; worry, tension, spicy foods, sour fruits, stale bakery foods, SMOKING and alcohole.

    Sweet foods, COCOANUT WATER,sweet fruits, milk, rice, SPROUTS, SALADS and good sleep will help if cough is not there.

    But you try one herbal remedy- two drops of drumstick leaves’ juice in opposite nostril if one side pains and both nostrils if full H/A will give you rescue. Betel leaf helps but it is very strong.

    If it is acute pl search a painful point (with round tipped pen/jimmy) 3-6 mm behind your thumb nail and press it, H/A will disappear within 30 seconds.

    For forehead/eye pain the points are in front of nails on the finger tips or 3-7 mm below.

    It may disappear naturally too.

    R.H. 19, Jhulelal Society, Sector 2/E, Airoli, Navi Mumbai, INDIA.

  2. Fin

    The Mayo Clinic is a pretty good starting place for any health questions, and the link is shown below. Basically, there are two types of medication – one to abort or treat a migraine, and one to try to prevent them occuring if you get them frequently. I’m assuming that you have one starting and are trying to stop it. There are various medical drugs that can help. The most common one are the family of Triptans – there are various types. The other well known one is Ergotamines (eg DHE45). However, personally I can’t take them due to bad side effects, but they do work successfully for many people. You would have to talk to your doctor. There are other options, personally I take Tylenol 3s as soon as I feel the headache coming on or getting the warning signs and they will often stop it. Or failing that, at least they help reduce the pain. However, there are issues with them if you take them too frequently (rebound headaches).
    Other methods include caffeine (coffee, coke etc) as soon as you feel it starting. Either by itself or in combination with something like Advil or Tylenol. Excedrin Migraine worked surprisingly well for me. For the nausea I highly recommend Gravol’s Ginger tablets – they work really well without the side effects of traditional nausea reducing medication.
    There are various pressure points that you can try to stop the migraine: Massaging the neck and/or scalp or face can sometimes help. Lying down in a dark, quiet place helps many people. Eating protein, lots of water and caffeine is what I often try first and I know many people who find it an effective and easy way to try to stop a migraine. Good luck – you have my sympathy!

  3. elleny47

    When I feel that a migraine is about to start, I take some excedrin and drink caffeine. If I am at home, I also apply heat to my neck and shoulders (where my migraines originate) or take a warm bath. All of the above help to open up the blood vessels in your head. Usually when you get the feeling that a migraine is going to start, you are feeling your blood vessels starting to constrict. Full-blown migraine pain occurs when your vessels over-react and open up really wide. So, if you can catch the migraine early enough (when it’s still in the blood vessel constriction phase), the caffeine and heat can usually help.

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