Migraine is very common to a lot of people. It’s causes varies from every individual. I read an article from the internet (sorry I couldn’t find the website now), it said that one thing you can do to identify its cause is to list down your habits or activities. Observe and list down for at least 2 to 4 weeks. This will give you the idea on what could trigger your migraine. How? Start noticing what you have done before you experienced migraine, observe how many times does it happen in a day/week/month. That way, it is easier for you to identify what was causing migraine. I’d say this is effective, at least in my case. But you have to consider how serious the case is and what type of migraine you have.
I listed my habit for 2 weeks and have come to realize what was causing my migraine except from the very famous causes listed in the definition of “migraine” from wikipedia.
Drinking coffee. I know this is a little weird because I heard before when someone told me to drink coffee when I have migraine because it could help you feel better. Well I guess not for me.
I am a coffee drinker of at least 2 cups a day and I drink more when I am at work. But I would basically start my day by drinking coffee and not having it seems like day hasn’t started yet. Sometimes my husband would have to turn on our coffee maker before going to work because he knew that will be my first stop in the morning. I don’t think I drink too much coffee (my Doctor said not to drink more than 4 cups) but it seems like when I have coffee for 3 consecutive days, the following day I would wake up with migraine. This happens in 2 weeks! I’ve learned from that and so what I did was the 4th day I would drink a glass of water instead of coffee right away. And that seems working for couple of months now except for some weeks when I really can’t help it.
There are times that taking Ibuprofen just doesn’t work so I decided to take note of other remedies I tried while suffering from migraine.
1. I’d go to my room, closed door and would play relaxing music, lights off, no other distractions, a glass of water to keep me dehydrated (sometimes you get headache because you are dehydrated), while massaging my head. This helps a lot.
2. Take a bath. I always have in our bathroom my favorite bath therapy with lavender scents and foam bath. While in the tub, This helps me relax and shift my focus on the smell of lavender instead of the pain. I would turn off the lights and lit candles as well and have my favorite spa/relaxing music playing in the background. This has been my most effective cure for migraine. By the way, it has to be hot bath and not warm. Take a bath for at least 30mins (min) to 1hour. After, drink a glass of orange juice, a fresh squeezed orange juice is the best.
3. Drink plenty of water. Sometimes, the headache that gets worse was actually a cause of dehydration. I have proven these after I had experienced not drinking enough water just because I did not wanted to drink the tap water at work (no soda). As I get used to not drinking much while at work, I always get headache more often before I realized that I wasn’t drinking enough liquid.
These are only my actual experiences and personal observation of my case. There is no assurance that this would be effective to everyone who has migraine.