Caring for Pain Symptoms

How to Prevent Migraine

Migraine pain can be very severe and is sometimes accompanied by nausea. The best migraine treatment is to prevent it from ever starting. This could mean making some lifestyle changes.

 

Migraine headaches are more likely to affect women than men and usually strike adults between the ages of 20 and 50, becoming less severe and less frequent with age. If your parents suffer from migraines you are more likely to suffer from migraines as well.

As well as taking TYLENOL® for the pain, you can make some lifestyle changes that will help prevent a migraine attack.

  • Avoid known triggers. What triggers your migraine? Poor nutrition, fatigue, certain foods, beverages and alcohol consumption can all contribute. If you’re not sure what triggers your migraine, try keeping a diary to record when your migraines occur and identify possible triggers. 
     
  • Manage your stress. Be proactive about your stress by practicing relaxation and deep breathing exercises, have a massage or get some real down time from your hectic life.
     
  • Get better quality sleep. Set yourself up for a good night's sleep. 
     
  • Eat right. Eat well-balanced meals and get enough fluids to help you stay nourished and hydrated.
     
  • Get active. Even a little exercise will help you manage stress, which could help prevent migraines. Take the stairs, enjoy a yoga class, go for regular walks or join a fitness club so that you get enough exercise.
     
  • Speak to your doctor about preventative medicine. Your doctor may prescribe medication that could help prevent your migraine from ever developing. These include beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, anti-epilepsy medication, NSAIDs (like ibuprofen) and antidepressants. Your doctor may also prescribe hormonal therapy if you suffer from menstrual migraines.

 

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