How Can Live Well Health Essentials Can Help With Migraines?
One strategy that can be recommended by health professionals for headache and migraine pain relief is ice packs. Applying a cold compress or ice pack to your head or neck is believed to have a numbing effect, which may dull the sensation of pain.
All Live Well Health Essentials Hot and Cold Therapy Bags can be used for this.
What are migraines?
Migraines are severe headaches that can last for between 4 and 72 hours. Migraine sufferers may also experience nausea and vomiting as well as sensitivity to light or sound. Live Well BellyBug Sick Bags can help with the management of vomiting due to migraines and severe headaches.
When should I call an ambulance?
Headaches need to be taken very seriously. Whilst most headaches are not serious. Headaches can also be a sign of a serious illness, such as a stroke or meningitis. It is with this in mind, if you haven’t had serious headaches before or you suffer any of the symptoms below, please don’t hesitate to call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance, or go to the hospital emergency department if you have a headache and:
- it comes on suddenly, is very severe, or has made you lose consciousness
- you have suffered a head injury
- you have trouble seeing, walking or speaking
- your arms or legs feel numb
- you have nausea or vomiting (if not clearly related to a flu or hangover)
- you have a high fever (above 38° C)
- you are sensitive to light and have a new rash
What are the symptoms of a migraine?
Many people who have migraines feel vaguely unwell for a day or two beforehand.
Some people get what is called an aura. An aura is when someone sees flashing lights or a change in their vision, while others can find problems with their speech, and some feel pins and needles in their arms and legs.
What causes a migraine?
Nobody knows what causes migraines and they are thought to have multiple causes. Migraines are thought to be caused by temporary changes in blood vessels and chemicals in the brain. They can be hereditary, but just because one family member gets them doesn’t mean another will.
What triggers a migraine?
Some people find that migraines are triggered by things, including:
- missing meals — this is the strongest dietary trigger
- eating certain foods, such as cheese, chocolate, citrus, red wine and food additives (for example, monosodium glutamate)
- altered sleep patterns — too much or too little sleep
- changes in the weather
- hormonal changes, such as menstruation, and the oral contraceptive pill for women
- alcoholic drinks (especially red wine and beer)
When should I see my doctor?
If you get severe headaches but don’t know what’s causing them, or if the pattern of your headaches changes, it is important for you to consult a doctor. Even if you have previously consulted a doctor and been diagnosed with migraines, but your prescribed treatment has not been successful, it is worth going again. Migraines can be managed.
How are migraines diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose migraines by talking to you and examining you. There is no specific test to diagnose migraines. However, your doctor may do tests to exclude other causes of headache.
How are migraines prevented or managed?
There are many ways to manage migraines — both to prevent an attack and to treat an attack once it starts (known as acute treatment). It is important to have a migraine management plan and this will probably involve lifestyle changes and medication. It is important to consult your medical professional to create and implement a management plan relevant to you.
Some people find they can prevent a migraine by treating it early.
Some people manage a migraine with pain relief available from pharmacies; others might need prescription medications to deal with an acute attack. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about options.
During the migraine, rest in a quiet, dark room. Get as much help as possible with any personal or professional responsibilities you may have.
If you have just started getting migraines, keeping a diary about them can help you understand when they happen, and what triggers them. That may help you prevent them, and may also help you to explain what you are experiencing with your doctor.
In the longer term, non-medicine therapies can also help to prevent migraine. These include:
- regular exercise
- psychological therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy
- relaxation training, such as yoga and meditation
- Cold therapy including an ice pack applied to the neck.