Migraine Treatment and Prevention Tips


Migraines Really Suck. Here’s How to Deal.

After about 5000 migraines, I’ve got some tips to share.


Ouch! I had the worst migraine ever yesterday. This is something I’ve been dealing with since I was a little girl. I remember I had a really bad one when I was seven years old; I was in the back of my parents car, and I was puking in the backseat as we drove down the highway. Not fun! My poor mom was seriously freaked out, so we pulled over to the nearest pharmacy, where she bought out half the store in search for anything that would help make the pain go away. Unfortunately, none of it really helped. Over-the-counter meds aren’t very helpful once you’re in full-blown pain. For most people, once you get a migraine, there isn’t much you can do. It’s kinda like when you get a cold. You can only help by catching it in the first hour or two. After that, it’s down the rabbit hole…

Migraines Really Suck. Here’s How to Deal.

That kind of pain makes you want to find any & every possible way to prevent it from ever happening again. Over the years, I’ve done a lot of homework on how to prevent and treat this nemesis. Hope you find these tips helpful, they’ve made a world of difference for me:


Migraines Really Suck. Here’s How to Deal.1) Omega 3 oils: A dose of these healthy fats can fight inflammation, which is a likely culprit in many headaches/migraines. Camelina oil is a great source.

2) Magnesium: Research found that people with migraines are often deficient in magnesium. I’ve gotten far fewer migraines since I started taking this.

3) Drink lots of water: Plenty of migraines are triggered by dehydration. (I always have trouble with this one!)

4) Feverfew: This is an herbal supplement (the best kind!) that contains a powerful chemical called Parthenolide, which has been linked to warding off migraines.

5) Meditation: A leading expert on migraines has listed meditation as one of his top two recommendations for migraine prevention. (I now meditate twice daily — on most days, that is.)


1) Ice: Stick some ice in a zip-lock bag and lean your head on it. It helps, I swear!

Migraines Really Suck. Here’s How to Deal.2) Medication: I’ve been prescribed crazy pills for my headaches and told that’s my only option (it’s not). Some worked brilliantly and some didn’t help in the slightest. Some made me feel sick and others made my brain feel all gooey. Check out the super scary list of potentially lifelong side-effects for drugs before you use them, and proceed with caution.

Keep in mind that for most migraine meds, taking half of a pill has exactly the same benefits as taking a full pill, but with less side effects. Try taking half and waiting a couple of hours to see if that’s all you need. It’ll be easier on your body in the long run.

3) Acupuncture: This one doesn’t work for me personally, but I’ve talked to many who swear it works. Can get pricey though…

4) ¬†Head rub: There may not be a body of research on this one, but a simple, light head rub sometimes helps me feel a little bit better. Then again, it might just be all the attention I’m getting from my hubby ūüėČ

5)¬†Caffeine: Coffee has been shown the help reduce the pain of a mild migraine once it’s begun. Plus, it’s a good excuse to send your boyfriend to Starbucks for you!

My dad used to suffer from migraines too. Apparently, migraines are hereditary. However, in the last few years they’ve disappeared for him. They say that can happen as you age. Apparently, this is partly due to the fact that our brains shrink as we get older, so the brain is no longer so close to the side of your skull. Guess it’s one of the things I can look forward to about getting older! In the meantime, thanks for giving me such a big brain, Dad! :-/

Do you ever get migraines? Have any tips…?

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 9 Comments

  1. Water! Drink lots of it. Don’t substitute water with sugary drinks. Sports drinks won’t help either. Just plain water!

  2. Migraines are horrible because your head hurts for hours and light makes the symptoms worse. Thankfully I've only had a few, but definitely going to pass these tips to my friends who suffer from migraines on a regular basis.

  3. Courtney Watson

    I totally agree! Migraine sucks! This article is really helpful! I’ll definitely try out the prevention tricks…

  4. Jen Spillane

    Awesome article! I love that the focus is on prevention as well as treatment. It's so true that once a migraine takes hold, you're going down the rabbit hole! Interestingly, I have found that for myself, caffeine can trigger a migraine, yet if one has already started, it does help when combined with Tylenol or ibuprofen. Bodies are weird : /

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