It generally creeps up on you. Usually, it starts off light and you start panicking because you aren’t sure how long you have before it hits you hard. Sounds are too loud lights are too bright. If you’ve suffered from one, then you know I am talking about migraines. I started getting migraines when I was in middle school. I’m not sure if they were set off by hormonal changes or from an accident I was in months before their onset. Either way, it was horrible. Some of the best tips on preventing and treating migraines came from my mom, who could be another culprit in where they came from. When I would feel a migraine creeping up on me, she would have me go through a list of what I ate. Chocolate is a trigger, however caffeine can provide some relief. My mom’s secret for treating migraines? An ice pack, a cup of coffee and some acetaminophen. (Oh yeah, and she would always tell me to CHILL OUT because stress causes migraines too!)
When I was telling my friend’s mom my symptoms, she told me that Excedrin might provide some relief for migraines. She explained that the ingredients contained the caffeine AND the acetaminophen, plus aspirin, to provide relief in a convenient pill. This was a lot easier to carry with me when migraines would start off when I was in school – Coffee is usually a no-no in middle school!
To this day, I still reach for the Excedrin when migraines start to hit me. I’m lucky enough that my migraines respond to over the counter medicine. In the past fifteen years since I was introduced to Excedrin, I noticed that there are more formulas and more options when it comes to headache medicine. Now, Excedrin offers options for tension headaches, migraines, backaches, night-time pain relief, and more. There is a reason they call it “the headache medicine.” Did you know that about 83% of migraine sufferers say that their family suffers just as much as they do when migraines kick in? I can tell you, from personal experience, when I have a migraine, my little girl loses out on her mommy because I’m usually laid out on the couch with all the blinds closed until I find some relief.
Migraine Tips and Prevention Techniques
There are many different ways to manage migraines. There is no simple solution and every treatment plan should be individualized.
Perhaps the most important tool in tracking migraines is a migraine diary. It is used by doctors to track potential triggers and patterns related to your migraine. It helps you track food you eat when migraines occur, duration of migraines, type of pain, amount of sleep, etc.
Aerobic exercise has been shown to make an appreciable difference in reducing migraines and promoting a general sense of well-being. Even if you walk only 15 to 20 minutes.
Drinking plenty of water will help you keep hydrated and can help prevent the frequency of migraine incidents.
And, when migraine pain does set in, consider finding a quiet place to rest, applying a cool compress to the back of your neck.
Talk with your doctor about an over-the-counter pain reliever like Excedrin® Migraine, which starts to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes.
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About Excedrin Migraine
Excedrin® Migraine, a trusted brand, offers convenient and fast relief for migraine pain. In fact, in clinical studies, Excedrin® Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in just 30 minutes. With Excedrin® Migraine, you’ll get fast and effective relief and get on with your life. Excedrin® Migraine is the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat all the symptoms of a migraine.
Excedrin® Migraine is the #1 Neurologist recommended over-the-counter pain reliever for migraine pain relief.Excedrin® Migraine contains acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine. Excedrin® Migraine is available in Geltabs, Tablets and Caplets.
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What are some of your remedies for migraines? In taking my mom’s advice, THREE lucky readers will have the opportunity to CHILL OUT and relax to prevent the onset of migraines. Excedrin is sponsoring a relaxation basket to help migraine sufferers relax. Each basket includes the following:
- A therapeutic neck wrap that can be heated or frozen
- Swarovski Crystal Ear Buds to listen to relaxing music
- A soothing gel eye mask
- $15 iTunes gift card to purchase relaxing tunes
- $50 American Express gift card for additional stress-free needs
- Foot massager
- Back massager
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Migraine relief and relaxation kit were provided by Novartis Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine free experience is my own.