Recently the NHS released a list of 35 conditions they would no longer be treating on prescription The list included migraine, a common condition which affects around one in five women, and one in fifteen men.
What is a migraine?
Migraine is a moderate to severe headache, usually felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Some sufferers also experience nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light and sound. Others may experience ‘an aura’ before a migraine strikes, such as seeing flashing lights.
What causes a migraine?
The exact cause is unknown, but many factors play a part in triggering a migraine. There is evidence to suggest genes may play a role, as many sufferers have close relatives who also experience migraine. Others are triggered by stress, tiredness or by certain foods and drinks.
How can I treat migraine?
There is no cure for migraine, but you can combat the symptoms in a variety of ways.
Many sufferers find the best thing to deal with an attack is to sleep or lie in a dark room, especially if they are experiencing light sensitivity. For others, eating something can help. If you’re feeling nauseous, try something light you can nibble slowly. Ginger biscuits can help if you feel sick. Some people even find a good cry can help release the pressure of the headache.
If you’re not keen on painkillers, you could try 4Head’s Quickstrip Cooling Strips. The gel patches cool your forehead, helping to relax tense muscles. If you’ve gone for the lying in the dark method, pop one of these on, and try and take a nap.
Over the counter pain killers can be effective. If nausea makes swallowing pain killers difficult, try a soluble version, like Solpadeine Plus Soluble Tablets or Panadol Extra Soluble Tablets which can be taken in water.
If regular strength pain killers aren’t doing the trick for you, you may need a product designed specifically for migraine. Try Migraleve Complete, which combine their pink and yellow tablets for different stages of a migraine attack. The pink tablets, if taken at the first sign of migraine, can head off an attack. If this doesn’t work, move on to the yellow tablets to treat a migraine in action.