Anyone who suffers from migraines knows how debilitating they can be. Beyond the throbbing headache, they're often accompanied by nausea. Sometimes even light and sound become unbearable. If you are looking for ways to manage your migraines, then read on to learn three tips for living with them.
Keep a Journal
Journals are a smart way of managing your migraines. Using a daily journal to track variables such as food, environmental factors and stress can help identify patterns and triggers. Create a migraine tracking system that works for you. It can be a diary, a spreadsheet, or an app. There are also phone apps that cater to migraine management, and some of them include digital trackers. You can effortlessly track your physiology patterns by using a smartwatch that integrates with your app. Be sure to bring your journal to your doctor so they can extrapolate data to help figure out which treatment is best for you. Keep in mind that you need to be consistent for this tool to be effective.
Consider Applying for Disability
Migraines can severely affect your quality of life. They can interfere with both job performance and maintaining healthy relationships. They can even inhibit your ability to take care of yourself and your children. If a migraine prevents you from being able to perform your basic duties at home or work, you might need to seek financial assistance. Surprisingly, migraines may qualify as a disability. Applying for disability can lead you toward broader medical options such as different doctors and more affordable insurance. Information is available on a federal government website, and resources may exist locally.
Learn Self-Care Techniques
Western doctors are becoming more accepting of alternative therapies. Research shows that there are healing benefits to alternative treatments such as essential oils, massage and acupuncture. Remain conscious of the fact that stress can trigger migraines. Consider creating a daily ritual to help you relax at home. Insurance plans do not always cover alternative therapies, so relaxing at home can be an affordable option worth exploring. Create a nighttime routine that includes deep breathing and baths with healing salts. Essential oils may also be effective for you if you use those that are appropriate for your health condition. Always speak to your doctor if you are unsure about any of your choices.
Managing migraines is time-consuming, and asking for help can be difficult. However, there are many tools to assist you along your way. Remember to always consult with your doctor before experimenting with alternative therapies.
(BPT) - The throbbing, the pressure, the pain - more than 36 million Americans know these symptoms well. They represent the onset of another migraine headache attack.
Migraines are the 19th leading cause of all years lived with a disability according to The World Health Organization. And for those who live with the condition, there may be no symptom of a migraine more debilitating than nausea. In fact, research shows 80 percent of American migraine sufferers deal with this symptom.
Those who suffer from migraines with nausea know that eliminating nausea as a symptom can in turn help a patient more easily take their migraine medication.
Finding a treatment solution for nausea
In the past, many nausea sufferers have turned to antiemetic drugs to relieve their symptoms, but new treatments do exist that are helping people find relief. Recognizing the value of these treatments, many Americans are now lessening their nausea side effects not through medications, but with acupressure.
New research from the University of Turin, appearing on Springerlink.com, finds that pressure applied to the acupoint PC6, in the wrist, has been proven to provide relief from nausea symptoms brought on by a migraine headache. The research included 40 female patients suffering from migraines without aura and whose nausea was always a reoccurring symptom.
Over the course of the study, the patients were treated with different solutions as they suffered six different migraine attacks. Three of these attacks were treated by the Sea-Band wristband - which is designed to apply continuous pressure to the PC6. The other three treatments did not include this pressure.
As the study progressed, patients were asked to grade their nausea levels on a scale of 1-10 over varying time periods of 30, 60, 120 and 240 minutes. In every incidence, the patients reported that their levels of nausea were less during treatments when the Sea-Band wristband was applied as compared to incidents without the wristband. In addition, the number of patients who reported a 50 percent reduction in their nausea when using the Sea-Band wristband was significantly higher during the 30, 60 and 120-minute testing sessions.
Finally, patients' reported consistency of treatment seemed to climb as the time increments increased, moving from 28 percent at 60 minutes to 40 percent at 120 minutes and 59 percent at 240 minutes. Upon reviewing the data, the eight-person research team stated the "results encourage the application of PC6 acupressure for the treatment of migraine-associated nausea."
If you suffer from nausea caused by migraine headaches, visit www.sea-band.com to see if acupressure wristbands are right for you. The wristbands are also available at all major drug stores and Target.
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