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For those who suffer from them, migraines are excruciatingly painful. They can last for days at a time, with throbbing pain on the sides of the head and side effects like sensitivity to light and nausea. With head pain this acute, it can become a trial for patients to find treatment. What causes migraines in the first place? How can they be helped?

To honor Migraine Awareness Month, The Colony ER Hospital wants to call attention to the treatment of migraines. For all of our patients who suffer from them, we want to offer our support in helping you determine when you need to find emergency help for your pain, as well as identify the best path to help avoid migraines every day.

Can you cure a migraine?

The cure for migraines has eluded doctors for many years. For each patient, the cause of their pain can come from different sources and stimuli, which makes it difficult to discover a universal treatment plan. This means that migraines cannot be cured, though research on the condition continues.

But, while there is no cure for a migraine, there are different techniques that can help doctors and patients alike discover treatment for the condition. Each migraine-sufferer can have a unique experience with different causes of their migraines, so doctors often try to personalize the plans of treating migraines to accommodate each patient. Battling these painful conditions is a very hands-on process.

So what can I do for my migraines?

While there is no single cure for all migraines, those who suffer from migraines can take steps to mediate their condition. To begin with, start making notes whenever you have a migraine. Note what you ate, what you drank, if you were doing a particular activity right before it happened, anything that might be a factor. If you look back on those notes, you might be able to find some patterns and recognize when doing something becomes a trigger for a migraine. In those cases, avoidance can be one of the best, and easiest, techniques to manage your migraines.

Avoidance doesn’t always work, though, in which self-care and treatment needs to take a more active role.

  • Create a Calming Environment: Since many migraines involve not only extreme pain, but also sensory overloads, it can be a good practice to create a calm, quiet environment for yourself. Try turning off the lights, making your space as quiet as possible, without electronic buzzing or whirring. Aroma therapy can be helpful sometimes, with calming essential oils like chamomile and lavender.
  • Try Temperature Therapy: For some, using ice packs or heating pads. Ice packs can create numbing in the areas they’re applied, while heating pads can help to relax muscles and open up blood flow. If you are suffering from migraines, then try applying ice packs or heating pads to the neck and temples along the head to see if a bit of cooling or warming can help your condition.
  • Consider Caffeine: Many pain medications, like Excedrin, have small doses of caffeine in them. This is because caffeine can be affective to lessen the pain of a migraine in its early stages. A bit of caffeine can even help to prevent a migraine entirely. But, be careful, because too much caffeine can cause withdrawals and your body might start to develop more headaches when you don’t have enough.
  • Set a Sleep Schedule: Moderating your sleep can be a good habit for many health conditions, not the least of which being migraines. Set up a before-bed relaxation routine to help you get to sleep, and take notes on your sleep to see how that might be affecting your migraines.
  • Have a Healthy Lifestyle: Eating well and eating regularly helps to keep your body fueled, ready to stave off any pain. Exercise, too, can strengthen your blood flow, which can be a factor in migraine severity.
  • Make Sure You Manage Stress: High stress is never good, and it can be a big contributor to migraine pains. Evaluate your stress levels and see if there are simple habits you can start to lower your stress.

What if these don’t work?

No matter how hard someone tries to avoid a migraine, sometimes they come anyway. In cases when the pain is extreme and there is no end in sight, patients should seek emergency medical attention. Extended migraines can be extremely painful, and if these symptoms persist, a doctor’s guidance is recommended.

The Colony ER Hospital is open 24/7 with concierge level care. When a migraine is in full swing, sitting in a hospital waiting room for hours is even more painful. This is why The Colony ER Hospital is proud to bring all of its patients minimal wait times, to get them seen and treated for their pain as soon as possible.

This blog is written by Maggie Berardo, content writer at Nutex Health.

Nutex Health, Inc supports you and your family’s health. You can depend on The Colony Emergency Room Hospital or any one of our concierge-level, freestanding emergency facilities to deliver the emergency care you deserve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.