Besides pain, nausea is probably one of the most common symptoms of Migraine. From my experience, Migraine and nausea go hand in hand. What causes Migraine related nausea and how do you treat it?
Migraine Related Nausea – What is the connection?
According to research, at least 60% of people that have Migraine also suffer from nausea during their attacks. Since Migraine is a Neurological illness, what is the connection between the brain and the stomach?
Although the exact cause isn’t completely understood, it is thought to be caused by the Central Nervous System’s (CNS) reaction to the Migraine. This reaction by the CNS also causes heightened sensitivity to smells, sounds and light during Migraine attacks.
Treating Migraine when you are Nauseous
Treating a Migraine attack when you are nauseous can be quite difficult. Many Migraine abortive drugs are in pill form which means you have to be able to keep them down in order for them to work. These medications may make the nausea worse even though they help with the other symptoms of the Migraine.
In my case, I have a combination of abortive medications that are pills and injections. This way I can base my treatment on a how bad my nausea is for each attack. This has been very successful for me. If my nausea is severe, I know that the pills will not be an effective treatment.
Migraine Related Nausea – Is Relief Possible?
Migraine related nausea can be just as debilitating as the pain and sometimes even more so. Therefore, treating the nausea is an important part of Migraine recovery. Although, I do have a prescription medication for nausea, I prefer to leave that for the most severe attacks. So, most of the time I use a combination of over-the-counter medications and home remedies to treat nausea.Migraine related nausea can be just as debilitating as the pain and sometimes even more so. Therefore, treating the nausea is an important part of Migraine recovery.
Here is a list of 4 remedies for Migraine related nausea:
1. Over-the-Counter Medication
This medication is for motion sickness and can be found in any drug or grocery store. As with all medications, you should talk to your doctor before using it for Migraine related nausea. You will want to make sure it will not interact with your other medications.
These wrist bands are easy to use and actually work really well. The bands are used for motion sickness and you will see many people wearing them on cruise ships. The great thing about these is that they are not a medication so there are no issues with medication interactions.
If you experience severe nausea during your Migraine attacks, this new product may be worth a try. It is a wristband that looks similar to a watch. When turned on, it emits a small pulse to the median nerve to send a signal to the portion of the CNS that controls nausea. It is FDA approved so it really may be worth a try. This is also a drug free option for treating Migraine related nausea.
Because I am unable to tolerate smells during my Migraine attacks, this option doesn’t work for me. But if smells do not bother you, there are some aromas that do ease nausea symptoms.
This peppermint roll on has worked for some migraineurs to alleviate nausea. Just apply to the wrists during an attack to ease the symptoms. Peppermint Oil is also known to help with tension in the neck so you can also use this on your neck which could also help with Migraine.
Migraine related nausea is a reality for many people that have Migraine attacks. The key to treating this is often trial and error and will vary from person to person. What treatments have you found to be effective for you?
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