Migraines are different for everyone. They vary greatly in severity and cause – in fact no one has definitely proven what exactly causes migraines, only how to treat them.

More common in females; with 1 in 4 women said to develop migraines during their life compared to 1 in 12 men. This is partly due to hormones, as headaches are common during PMS.

There are several ways that people use to cope with the issues of severe headaches and the side effects they bring, but it all starts with preparing yourself when you first feel that migraine start to creep up on you.

Recognize the symptoms

Keep an eye out for the signs and symptoms that a migraine is coming, known as auras. Over 30% of sufferers get these before a full blown migraine attack.

They can appear in the form of dots and spots in front of the eyes, a distinct smell or as panicked thoughts – or they can be something new entirely and unique to you.

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Migraines can come on suddenly and last for days. For many people, this debilitating pain means they can do little more than lie in a dark room, take pain killers and hope for it to pass quickly. Being a regular migraine sufferer can shape your quality of life and cause you numerous problems.

Leading causes

When it comes to migraines, there can be different causes for different people.

  • Lack of sleep – trying to get by on too little sleep, or having a night full of broken or bad sleep, can mean that you wake up with a migraine in the morning or develop one during the day.
  • Dehydration – a leading cause of migraines. Whether it is a rise in temperature or just a lack of fluids throughout the day, dehydration can cause horrible migraines and also vomiting.
  • Skipping meals – if you end up skipping meals then it can bring on hypoglycaemia, a drop in blood sugar levels that can cause migraines.
  • Allergies – such as pet allergies or hay fever can start as a sinus headache and develop into a migraine.
  • Hormonal changes – one for the ladies, but menstruation or other hormones rushing through the body can cause quite severe head pain.
  • Food triggers such as chocolate or citrus – there are all sorts of food that can cause problems for people.

Tackle the pain

So your migraine has kicked in with full force and there feels like nothing you can try will help it. There are steps to take to lessen the pain, and eventually the migraine will fade.

You can try all sorts of things to try and tame the pain – don’t forget that different cures work for different people.

  • Painkillers are the most popular way to treat a migraine because they strike fast and can make the pain more bearable. Rowland’s Pharmacy offer customers the chance to purchase medication designed exactly for migraines.
  • Drinking plain water can help settle a migraine, especially if it is caused by dehydration.
  • Meditation or relaxation is also known to be good for migraines brought on by stress. Clear your mind, lie down for half an hour and just try to relax.
  • Sit in a dark room or put on an eye mask for some relief from light sensitivity.
  • Apply cool packs. These help to provide relief from severe migraines by providing a distracting and soothing feeling. Plunging your hands into ice water can have a similar affect.
  • Avoid florescent lights or loud noises as these can make the migraine worse.