In today’s fast-paced world, headaches due to working late, stress, dehydration and generally overdoing it have become increasingly common, especially in big cities like Chicago. Additionally, migraines may stem from a medical condition that causes frequent headaches. Regardless of what brings on a migraine or headache, fast pain relief is crucial.
If you often battle migraines, it can be helpful to have a wide range of at-home remedies, natural supplements and prescription medications in your arsenal of treatments. Below, you’ll discover some top tips for migraine relief at home, treating migraine symptoms and getting rid of a headache fast.
- Migraine Relief at Home
- Treatment for Migraine Symptoms
- How to Cure a Migraine Fast
- Alleviate Headaches and Migraines With Mobile IV Medics
Migraine Relief at Home
When you experience migraine symptoms, you might not need to see a doctor. You can try several natural remedies for relieving headache pain at home. Here are 10 simple tips for getting rid of your headache on your own.
- Apply an ice pack: To ease your headache, try placing a cold pack, a bag of frozen veggies or ice cubes wrapped in a towel on your forehead. Alternate 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for maximum pain relief.
- Try a hot compress or heating pad: If your headache stems from tension, put a heating pad behind your head or around your neck. Holding a hot compress on the most painful section of your head can also help alleviate a sinus headache.
- Get rid of any pressure on your head: Eliminate any external factors that may be inducing your headache, such as a too-tight ponytail, hat, headband or swimming goggles.
- Dim your lights: To block out any bright or flickering lights that could be responsible for your migraine, cover your windows with blackout curtains. Wear sunglasses when you go outside and consider adding anti-glare screens to your computer to dim its light.
- Drink water: Dehydration can cause a headache and make an existing one far worse, so make sure you’re getting enough liquids throughout the day.
- Don’t chew gum: Chewing gum can wear on your jaw and your head by creating unnecessary tension. You should also be wary of chewing your fingernails, grinding your teeth at night and crunchy or sticky foods.
- Use relaxation techniques: Whether you prefer stretching, yoga, meditation or another relaxing activity, engaging in relaxation and letting go of tension when you have a headache can help soothe the pain.
- Get a massage: Whether you get a massage from a professional, family member or do it yourself, massaging your forehead, temples and neck can help alleviate a tension headache attributable to stress. If massaging yourself, apply gentle, rotating pressure to the painful area.
- Take some ginger: Research has shown that ginger can help reduce migraine pain because the root contains beneficial compounds, such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. You can take ginger powder in capsule form or use fresh ginger root to brew hot tea.
- Sip some caffeine: If you drink coffee, tea or another caffeinated beverage at the first signs of a headache, you may be able to catch it early enough to ease the pain. Try to limit your daily caffeine intake overall, because caffeine withdrawal can also cause headaches.
Treatment for Migraine Symptoms
Sometimes, migraines take more than an at-home remedy. If your headache persists, consider taking one of these natural supplements to combat your migraine symptoms.
1. Vitamin B Complex
B vitamins are water-soluble micronutrients that help the body perform vital functions like turning food into energy, forming red blood cells and neurotransmitter synthesis. Some B vitamins, including vitamin B2, B12, B6 and folate, may also fend off migraine pain and reduce headache symptoms by lowering homocysteine levels.
While too much homocysteine can lead to migraines, B vitamins can protect against this problem by breaking down the chemical and converting it into other substances your body needs. A vitamin B complex contains every B vitamin, making it an effective way to naturally treat migraine symptoms.
Magnesium is a crucial mineral for many bodily functions, such as nerve transmission and controlling blood sugar. The mineral can also be a safe and effective solution for migraine pain. Research has shown that taking a daily magnesium supplement can help reduce headaches’ frequency and severity, especially in the cases of aura, sound- or light-triggered migraines.
3. Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a natural substance produced by the body to convert food to energy and protect cells from damage. CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant, which could make it an effective supplement for treating headache pain’s frequency, severity and length. Some evidence suggests that taking CoQ10 throughout the day can help lower migraine frequency while curbing symptoms like nausea.
How to Cure a Migraine Fast
If you need to quickly alleviate a migraine, some prescription drugs can deliver rapid relief. Treating a headache as soon as possible can help shorten the migraine attack while preventing additional migraine symptoms, such as vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to light and noise.
Rescue, abortive or acute medications can relieve headache symptoms once a migraine attack has begun. These terms describe over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen, prescription medications known as triptans and a newer type of drug called CGRP receptor antagonists.
Here is a breakdown of migraine medications.
- OTC pain relievers: Pain relievers from the pharmacy can help reduce inflammation in the body to alleviate migraine pain. Using a liquid medication instead of pills will help the body absorb it faster.
- Triptans: As selective-serotonin receptor agonists, triptans can stimulate serotonin, a neurotransmitter found in the brain. Stimulating serotonin works to constrict blood vessels and reduce inflammation, effectively halting a migraine attack.
- CGRP receptor antagonists: CGRP receptor antagonists are oral tablets that can prevent the binding of CGRP — an essential protein in pain transmission — to CGRP receptors, which mitigates the pain caused by a migraine.
- Anti-nausea drugs: For those who experience nausea and vomiting with their migraines, anti-nausea drugs can help prevent these symptoms.
Alleviate Headaches and Migraines With Mobile IV Medics
Because the body absorbs liquid medications more rapidly than pills, an IV package specifically developed for headache and migraine treatment may be the best thing for migraine relief. At Mobile IV Medics, we offer a migraine and headache IV package that features the top migraine symptom-relieving ingredients, including:
- Vitamin B complex
- Vitamin C
- Anti-nausea and vomiting medicine
- Anti-inflammatory, headache and pain medicine
- IV fluids for hydration
At the first signs of a migraine, book an appointment with Mobile IV Medics, and we’ll bring your personalized IV package directly to your door. Our registered nurses will administer the IV in the comfort of your home to help you quickly recover from your migraine. We can arrive within an hour after you’ve booked your appointment, so you can receive treatment as soon as possible.
To find out more about our services, contact Mobile IV Medics or schedule an appointment online today.
About the author
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D.
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D. is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Mobile IV Medics. With over 16 years of healthcare experience, Brad is bringing his expertise and passion for patient care to the Mobile IV Medics patient population. Prior to Mobile IV Medics, Brad worked in varying areas including both direct patient care and hospital leadership at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, nationwide health system pharmacy consulting for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), and professor of pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Arizona, a pharmacy practice residency from USC, and a lean six sigma green belt from Johns Hopkins.