What can I do if I have a really bad headache. During headaches I am sensitive to light and noise, also it throbbing really hard.

(Last Updated: Aug 2, 2007)

A migraine is a very severe headache in which you tend to become sensitive to noises around you and even light. You experience a throbbing pain in your temples or all over your head. Before the actual headache begins, a lot of people experience blurred vision and visual disturbances. If you have suffered from migraine, you know how difficult it may be to deal with them. Here are some natural tips to help alleviate your migraine.

  • Examine your Sleep Pattern: Migraines are often triggered when there is a change in your sleep pattern. If you have been experiencing certain changes in your life that cause sudden sleep changes or if you have been sleep deprived, you may experience severe migraines. Ensure you maintain a regular sleep cycle and a routine.
  • Feverfew: Feverfew is a shrub that has flowers that look very much like chamomile flowers. The flowers can be dried and used to make a tea which helps control the spasms responsible for migraines. If you have any prescription medicines, consume the feverfew tea along with the medicines.
  • Over-the-Counter Medications: OTC medications can be of help, especially if you have been experiencing painful migraines. Use them as advised on the label. If you feel they are not of much help, you can see a doctor to get a prescription.
  • Relax: Stress often induces migraines, so if you are experiencing an attack of migraine, it could have been triggered due to stress. You can use breathing exercises or meditation to calm yourself and relax your mind and body. This will also help you get rid of your headache.
  • Avoid Caffeine Withdrawal: Caffeine withdrawal is one of the major causes of migraines. So if you are a regular coffee drinker, try and avoid giving it up all too quickly. Take your time and cut down on your coffee consumption gradually so that you do not experience any withdrawal symptoms.
  • Fish Oil: Fish oils are known to help control muscle spasms and improve the symptoms of migraine. They also prevent the restriction of blood vessels in your temples, therefore improving blood flow to your brain.
  • Peppermint Oil: Get a gentle massage with peppermint oil. Rubbing the oil on your forehead and your temples can really relieve the pain.
While these home remedies and tips may help you to some extent, if the headaches are severe and persistent, consult a doctor.

References:
  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001728/
  2. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/migraine.html

answered by G R

You could try applying a mask of fresh ground clay or fresh sandalwood paste on the forehead.  Let it dry before washing off.  Clay and sandalwood are thought to have a cooling effect which might benefit you.  Gently massaging your temples and brow with your fingers could ease the throbbing pain.

answered by K C


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