Migraine treatment - How to treat migraines?

July 18, 2022

Migraines are defined as moderate to severe headaches that can cause a throbbing pain that usually affects one side of the head. It is estimated that 10 million people in the UK alone suffer with migraines, affecting 1 in 5 women and 1 in 15 men.

There is an international classification system for migraine which doctors use to diagnose and treat them.The most common types of migraine fall into two categories:

  • Migraine with Aura
  • Migraine without Aura

Some symptoms of migraine attacks can include:

  • Headache
  • Problems with your sight such as seeing flashing lights
  • Being very sensitive to light, sounds and smells
  • Nausea /Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Feeling very hot or very cold

Medication for Migraines

There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications for migraines available. Traditional paracetamol or ibuprofen can help reduce the pain, but for people with severe migraines, a prescription medication may be recommended but must be discussed with your doctor. Other medications that can be beneficial in relieving migraines' are anti-sickness medications, as nausea is often a prevalent symptom.

How to treat a migraine at home

At home, there are many different techniques you can try to ease the pain of a migraine and to prevent migraines. If you are at home and are suffering from an attack, experts believe that ice packs can reduce the flow of blood, ultimately reducing the amount of pain. If you are experiencing a migraine with an aura, a dark, quiet room will help relieve the pain. 

To prevent a migraine, exercise is suggested to help with blood flow and release endorphins to alleviate pain. However, exercise is not recommended during an active migraine.

Found in leafy greens, whole grains and nuts, magnesium has been found to help prevent migraines. You can also purchase magnesium supplements, but it is recommended to discuss taking any supplements with your doctor before you purchase. 

An inconsistent sleep routine is a very common trigger for migraines. Too little or too much sleep can trigger a migraine, so try and maintain a consistent sleep routine of 7-8 hours a night. 

TMS therapy for migraines

Transcranial magnetic stimulation was originally developed to treat other mental health conditions but studies and research began to show positive results for migraine relief and prevention. 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) harnesses electrical pulses and magnetic fields to relieve the pressure in areas of the brain known to cause migraines, aiming to prevent migraines occurring . 

From the first time you reach out, throughout your entire treatment and aftercare you will be supported by our professional team. So, if you are interested in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment for migraines contact us today.

To arrange a free telephone consultation or to ask us questions about how Optimise Healthcare Group can help you, call us today on 0800 8445257 or email us at info@optimisehcg.co.uk