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A migraine is an intense, throbbing headache, usually on one side of your head and often behind one eye or temple. You may vomit or feel nauseous and you may be particularly sensitive to bright light and loud noises. A migraine can last for anything from a few hours, to 3 days and it may be soo debilitating that it prevents normal activity. Shortly before an attack, some people have warning symptoms (known as aura), such as visual disturbances and an altered sense of taste and smell.

Factors that can trigger migraines in susceptible people are: stress, changes in sleep routine, certain foods and drinks and in women, fluctuating hormone levels.


  1. Keep a diary for a few weeks, noting when you have migraines and any possible contributory factors. Foods such as red wine, chocolate and cheese are common triggers and taking too much caffeine or suddenly cutting back on your regular intake can cause migraine.
  2. Try to reduce stress if it is a factor in your life.
  3. Incorporate a good meditation technique into your daily routine.
  4. Eat regularly and drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
  5. Keep to a regular sleep pattern, too much or too little sleep can trigger a migraine.
  6. Use the herb ‘Feverfew’ (a garden herb available as supplements), it may help to prevent migraine attacks.

If an attack begins

  1. Take a painkiller!
  2. If you are vomiting or feeling sick, take a migraine remedy such as, Migraleve or Prochlorperazine.
  3. Sip water throughout the day, especially if you have been vomiting.
  4. Wear sunglasses if you are out in bright daylight.
  5. If possible, lie down in a dark quiet room with pillows supporting your head. Try to sleep
  6. Arrange to see your GP if you are having frequent or severe attacks or if the above advice hasn’t helped your migraine.