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Since I was sixteen years old, I would get at least two migraine headaches a month. If you have ever had a migraine, you will know they are unlike any other headache. They are accompanied by Nassau that makes syrup of epicac sound good. The pain in your eyes makes any light seem as if they are needles. If feels as if someone is in your head pounding with a hammer as if they are trying to get out. At this time, you don’t care about anything but wanting the pain to go away. After a lot of experimenting, I have found the following to be very helpful. Always check with your doctor for medical treatment options.

1. Your medical cabinet should always include, Excedrin extra strength, Peptobismal (generic is fine) and coffee. When you first feel a migraine coming on, take two of the Excedrin, 2 tablespoons of Peptobismal and 6-8 ounces of coffee.This will lesson the coming headache enough to where it will remain a mild headache and not become out of control.

2. If you are in the middle of a migraine and you realize swallowing anything will just come back up, sip on chicken broth. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just as much as your stomach will hold down. Lay in a dark quiet room and slowly try to take your mind off of it. I know this is hard especially when your headache is sitting inside your

3. If at all possible avoid getting the headache in the first place, discover the triggers and eliminate them the best you can. For me I have found, staying away from air freshners, cigarette smoke, car air conditioners, nutra-sweet and not letting myself go more than six hours without eating really has decreased my headaches.

4. Start a journal. Keep an empty notebook and at the end of each night, spend at least three minutes to write down everything you ate that day. You may also record a few places you went and what you did. Begin writing a big letter M at the top of each page that you get a migraine. Soon you will see a pattern and have a good idea on the things in your life that need changed. You can keep the notebook to yourself or you may take it to your doctor for evaluation. You may also keep a seperate journal as a way to express your feelings and relieve stress. Stress can be a trigger of migraines on its own.

5. Make the most of the days you feel well. When someone in the family has a migraine, it effects the entire household. Spend as much valuable time spending time and enjoying your relatives. Do something special for them. You won’t feel so guilty when you have a headache and they will be more willing to cater to you.

You will have to experiment to personalize this plan, but I do hope this will be a starting point to make your life a little more bearable so that you can control the migraines without them controlling you.