Those of us that are headache sufferers know the pain: the throbbing ache that settles at the base of your skull, or on the side of your head, or the worst…the shooting pain right behind your eye. The worst headaches of all, of course, are migraines, and I’m sad to say that I am one of the unfortunates that know the agony. I’ve had headaches ever since I was young – not even in the double digits of life yet – and I’ve done everything I can to make them go away for good.
Sadly, I don’t think that I can ever completely stop them, but I have learned some tricks about limiting their intensity:
- Make sure you drink enough fluids throughout the day. If I’m dehydrated, I always get a headache.
- Make sure you eat proper meals throughout the day. Days where I lack protein seem to bring on the worst headaches.
- Take a pain killer like Excedrin Migraine at the first signs of a headache. The quicker I take a pain killer, the better the chance that the headache won’t become debilitating.
Excedrin Migraine and the National Headache Foundation in the United States held a joint survey to learn more about migraines and those that suffer from them. For example, the average migraine lasts for 12 hours if the sufferer doesn’t take medication. As someone who suffers from migraines, I can’t actually imagine not taking a pain killer.
Something else that the joint survey found was that 3/4 of the migraine sufferers interviewed would give up something for an entire year in order to never go through the pain of a migraine ever again. I know I absolutely would give up a great deal to never have a migraine again.
The statistic that I found the most interesting was that eight in ten migraine sufferers feel that their family suffers as much as they do because of the impact that it has on their ability to maintain a regular routine. This is so true in my family. When I have a migraine, I’m completely out of commission for hours and hours. The management of the house falls to my husband, and occasionally, I’ve even had to call him home from work because I was unable to function.
It’s critical to me that I stop a migraine as soon as possible. When I have a headache, I always rely on medication from a trusted brand such as Excedrin Migraine. According to Excedrin’s site, clinical studies have shown that Excedrin Migraine can start to provide relief from migraines in just thirty minutes. Excedrin Migraine is also the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA in the United States, to treat all the symptoms of a migraine.
In addition to my own headache prevention tips, Excedrin Migraine suggests:
- Keeping a migraine journal to track potential triggers such as when or what you eat, amount of sleep, etc.
- Aerobic exercise – even as short as a 20-minute walk – has been shown to reduce migraines
- Apply a cool compress to the back of your neck when migraine pain does attack
Excedrin Migraine is available in Geltabs, Tablets and Caplets. Please see your doctor if you suffer from migraines for proper diagnosis and to discuss your and treatment options.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Migraine relief and relaxation kit were provided by Novartis Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Excedrin® Migraine. I am not a medical professional and this post is not intended to act as medical advice. If you suffer from headaches or migraines, please seek the help of a medical professional. All opinions and experiences described in this post are my own.