If you frequently experience an intense throbbing or dull aching pain on one or both sides of your head, and the pain worsens when you do any form of physical activity, there is a great probability that you are suffering from a migraine.
A migraine is more than just a headache. Pain on the head is only one of the symptoms of migraines, which is a neurological disease which temporarily affects the chemicals, nerve pathways and blood vessels in the brain. Aside from experiencing a headache, a person suffering from migraine may also experience nausea, dizziness, extreme fatigue, and increased sensitivity to light, sound, or smell.
Doctors do not know exactly what causes migraines. But several factors can trigger the condition, including hormonal fluctuations, stress, sleep changes, and medications. Usually, migraines do not pose a great health risk. However, if the condition leads to more serious complications, it is best for you to see a doctor online. The emergence of telemedicine in Singapore has made it easier and more convenient to treat medical conditions like migraines. Alternatively, here are some simple remedies you can also do to ease migraine pain.
1. Relax In A Dark And Quiet Room
Many people with migraines report experiencing hypersensitivity to bright lights and loud noises during their migraine attacks. This sensitivity to light is called “photophobia,” a common symptom and trigger of migraines. It causes pain or discomfort when you look at bright lights, and it can even lead you to see coloured spots when you close your eyes. To help ease your headache during a migraine attack, find a place that is dark and quiet and minimise your light exposure.
2. Apply Hot Or Cold Compress
For those who suffer from frequent migraines, applying a hot or cold compress to the head or neck is an effective temporary remedy to ease migraine pain as it helps to constrict the blood vessels and reduce inflammation in the area. Because ice has a numbing effect, it can also detract your brain from the migraine. On the other hand, a warm compress using a simple heated towel can help relax your tense muscles and bring relief.
3. Drink Plenty Of Water
Dehydration is a common trigger of migraines. For some people, even the slightest hint of dehydration can cause a debilitating headache with dizziness and confusion. So, if you are experiencing a migraine or a simple headache, it is highly recommended that you drink water immediately. According to studies, drinking at least 1.5 litres of water per day can help reduce the chances of migraine attacks. Alongside drinking plenty of water, you should also limit your caffeine and alcohol intake as much as possible, as they are mild diuretics that can also lead to dehydration.
4. Do Some Light Exercises
Even though it might seem counterintuitive, exercising can actually help lessen your headache. Indeed, exercising your body allows the flow of our natural feel-good hormones like endorphins, which helps fight against pain. However, when you are in the middle of a migraine attack, avoid doing strenuous exercises. Instead, doing light exercises, such as taking a brisk walk or doing yoga can help reduce the intensity of the migraine.
Migraines can be a painful condition that affects the quality of your life. If your migraine fails to go away and is accompanied by other, more serious symptoms such as a fever, uncontrolled vomiting and dizziness, an online medical consultation with a doctor is your next best step. In fact, you can easily download and start using the MyCLNQ app to find a clinic near you!