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How can you be ready for a migraine?

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If you normally take pain medicine when a migraine comes, make sure you have it within reach at all times. If you're traveling, keep it with you. Don't check it in your luggage or leave it in the trunk of your car. If you exercise, pack it in your gym bag. Take it as soon as you feel a headache starting. That way, it'll get to work fast. If a migraine hits, try to find a quiet, dark place you can go. Turn off the lights and lie down for a few minutes. Even if you can't sleep, it may help to put a cool, damp cloth on your forehead. Rub your scalp or put light pressure on your temples.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Migraines: Simple steps to head off the pain," "Headache: When to see a doctor."

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Triggers."

American Migraine Foundation: "Tips for Avoiding Summer Migraines and Headaches," "When to Go to the Emergency Room for a Headache or Migraine."

National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."

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

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers: "What You Need To Know About Travelling With Medications."

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on January 19, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Migraines: Simple steps to head off the pain," "Headache: When to see a doctor."

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Triggers."

American Migraine Foundation: "Tips for Avoiding Summer Migraines and Headaches," "When to Go to the Emergency Room for a Headache or Migraine."

National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."

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

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers: "What You Need To Know About Travelling With Medications."

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on January 19, 2018

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