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How can ignoring a migraine make it worse?

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Trying to ignore migraine pain or symptoms like an aura, which can include seeing light or zigzagging lines, hearing ringing in your ears, or feeling dizzy and unstable, can make the headaches worse. If you can, lie down in a dark, quiet place until it passes. You also can try putting a cool, damp cloth on your forehead. Some people find that massaging their scalp also helps relieve head pain.

From: What Not to Do If You Get Migraines WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

American Family Physician: "Migraine Headaches: How to Deal With the Pain."

Spigt, M. , August 2005. European Journal of Neurology

Dalkara, T. October 2013. Current Pain and Headache Reports,

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches," "Headaches and Food."

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Kona, Hawaii, based internist and author of Pain Free 1, 2, 3.

American Migraine Foundation: "Sleep Disorders and Headache."

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain : "Magnesium."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

American Family Physician: "Migraine Headaches: How to Deal With the Pain."

Spigt, M. , August 2005. European Journal of Neurology

Dalkara, T. October 2013. Current Pain and Headache Reports,

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches," "Headaches and Food."

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Kona, Hawaii, based internist and author of Pain Free 1, 2, 3.

American Migraine Foundation: "Sleep Disorders and Headache."

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain : "Magnesium."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 5, 2019

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