Everything you need to know about migraines plus five home remedies for pain relief

Do you suffer with migraines? Well you’re not alone.

It is estimated that there are 190,000 migraine attacks experienced everyday in England and more than 6million people suffer with migraines in the UK, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The disorder is ranked globally as the seventh most disabling disease responsible for “years of life lost” to disability among neurological disorders.

If you’re a stranger to migraines, be grateful because most sufferers experience a sever headache paired with other symptoms that include disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, sound and smell, feeling sick or vomiting and attacks have been known to last anywhere between 4 to 48 hours.

Migraine attacks can be scary, and lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.

It is suggested that migraines affect people during their most productive years, usually manifesting during puberty into late adulthood. Meaning that migraines impact education, jobs, family and social life as well as the economy.

According to the Migraine Trust an estimated 25 million work days a year are lost due migraines and a estimated £2.25 billion is spent on associated healthcare. Migraines cost the NHS £150 million a year, between prescription medication, GP visits and A&E admissions.

Despite the economical impact, research into migraines is the least publicly funded of all neurological illness.

Unfortunately experts don’t know what causes migraines. Some suggest it’s genetics, and others consider it hormonal, which could explain why women are three times as likely to suffer with migraines than men, and at least 50% of patients remain undiagnosed or untreated.

If you’re a migraine sufferer here are a few home treatments that might help you’re next migraine attack:

1. Cool down

An ice pack placed on the forehead, temples, scalp or back of the neck provides pain relief. Frozen gel packs or wash clothes rinsed in cold water also work.

2. A dark and quit room

Bright lights and loud noises are known to make migraines worse. Finding a dark quiet place to rest can aid in speeding up your recovery.

3. Ease the pressure on your head or scalp

If your ponytail is too tight it can cause an “external compression headache” – these headaches can also be brought on by wearing hats or headbands. Headache have been known to improve by removing the external pressure.

4. Aromatherapy

Studies have found that lavender essential oils and peppermint essential oils have had success in providing quicker pain relief in groups exposed to the scent in comparison to placebo groups. The oils can be inhaled or applied to the temples.

5. Stay hydrated

Not drinking enough water is a known trigger of migraines and headaches. Even minor dehydration can bring on an attack.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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