how to stop migrain headaches
Kelly's right. You have to find out what's causing them. If it's something musculo-skeletal, like mine, then massage, acupuncture and chiropractics can help keep them at bay. Once you're starting to get things back into place, you can help relieve some of the migraine build up with a tennis ball placed under the base of your skull (while you're laying down).
Imitrex works for about 80% of people, but you really do have to catch the migraine almost before it starts.
If you're already in the midst of migraine hell, all you can really do is shut yourself in a room with an ice pack (or heat pack, depending on which works for you), get some painkillers (like Tylenol 3 from your doc) and sleep it off.
Also, what you may find is that as you get older your migraines will either become more severe or last longer. I started getting them at 15 years old. I could take a painkiller, go to sleep and wake up fine... but now, at 41, they last on average 3-4 days with usually one day of vomiting.
Once it starts, there's no stopping it. If you get them regularly, you should see a headache specialist. There are medications out there that aid in migraine relief (like Imitrex), but they aren't painkillers. The trick is to find out what's causing them and if one starts, you have to cut the headache off as soon as you feel it coming on. With medication like Imitrex, you have to take it at the first sign of a headache. It won't work when it's already full blown. You have to try to stop it before it becomes a migraine.
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