5 Ways I Deal With My Migraines

If you follow me on Instagram or have been reading this blog for a while now, you might have noticed that I suffer from migraines and that one of my long-term goals healthwise is to get rid of those buggers! I have been getting headaches since I was a teenager. Fortunately, they got better since I started seeing a massage therapist on a regular basis. But, with certain kinds of weather constellations – foehn you bastard – they do come back and it’s no fun.

There is not much I can do to get rid of these acute headaches, I take some painkillers and then I just basically wait until the attack is over. However, there are a few remedies that make a headache day more bearable. I thought I’d share some of them with you.

1. Stay in bed and sleep a lot

I am lucky, that despite the headaches, I still manage to sleep most of the time and it’s really the best thing I can do. I learned the hard way, that it does not make much sense to drag yourself to work when you got strong headaches. You will not be very productive – even if on painkillers – and in the end, you will just either prolong the headaches or they will come back even stronger. So going to work with a bad headache should be the exception, not the rule.

2. Take Magnesium

Reading up on headaches and migraines, I learned that they are often caused by a lack of magnesium. Through my best friend, I learned about something called “Hot-7” made of Schuessler Salts #7, which is basically just Magnesium. You dissolve 10 pills of #7 in about 3cl of hot water and stir them with a wooden or plastic spoon. Then you drink the mix in sips while it’s still hot. This is also said to help against cramps and other kinds of pain.

3. Stay hydrated

This is the hardest thing for me, especially since I hate drinking plain water when I feel sick. But it’s very important to give your body enough water to stay hydrated, especially if you are on painkillers. So, apart from the “Hot 7”, I usually drink lots of herbal tea.

4. Entertain yourself with podcasts

Lying sick in bed is boring, but I can only recommend staying away from watching Netflix or spending too much time with social media. Staring at screens will only make the headaches worse. At the same time I hardly ever find the energy to read. So I started to listen to podcasts – preferably something light and entertaining. Leave those political comments and other agitating stuff for another day and indulge in some pop culture or fiction podcasts.

5. Cuddle

Spending time with this guy also helps a lot.

If you have any more tips or recommendations comment down below!

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  • I know exactly how you feel so I hope you get well soon. At work migraines are not really considered as an ‘illness’ so my boss sometimes asks ‘Can’t you take painkillers beforehand?’.

    What helps me a lot is to listen to calm music. Like Loscil, Mogwai, Olafur Arnalds or Poppy Ackroyd. And I like to have something warm around my neck. (Strangely)

  • It’s sad to read, that you still suffer from migraines a lot. Till 5 years ago I had a lot of weeks, where I couldn’t leave the house or work because of migraines. The only thing that helped was getting to know my migraines and recognize the early beginnings…then this is what I needed: coffein, painkiller (high dose at the beginning is better then several times low dose), darkness, quietness, no smells, autogenous training, sometimes sleep with resting the head a bit higher. The painkillers hurt my stomach after a while, so I had to stop.
    My life totally changed since I take Triptanes (the ones that are only available on prescription). I take them in an early stage and I am a bit dull, but no migraine. People who have/had migraines can imagine, how thankful I am for these pills. Till now I have no side-effects.

    • Fortunately, the migraines are not coming that often. But learning to read the signs of an oncoming attack, does help a lot. I am still in the process of finding out what triggers migraines and what I can do to prevent them in the first place.

      So glad to read, that Triptanes do help you!

  • Yes, resting the forehead on a hot-water bottle helps me too, as is staying hydrated. And I reduced the attacks significantly by doing Pilates.

    • I also have the feeling since I started to do more yoga and move more in general, the headaches seem to get better. And, as I mentioned before, the Shiatsu sessions with my massage therapist do help a lot, too.