For those who live with chronic migraines – or shudder through a harsh headache every once in awhile – you know that the pain has the strength to throw off your entire day. It’s easy to reach for an over-the-counter painkiller, but non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs come with harmful side effects that can induce cardiovascular problems, hearing loss, gastrointestinal complications, allergic reactions and even heart failure, according to Dr. Mercola. Who would want to treat a migraine in exchange for developing a possible fatal disease?
Thankfully, those concerned about taking drugs for headache relief have other options. Let’s take a closer look at some of the common symptoms of migraines, plus some natural ways to reduce the pain:
Common Symptoms of Migraines
Though many confuse mild headaches with migraines, there are a few harsh symptoms that differentiate the two. Those include, according to Migraine.com:
Throbbing pain. Sensitivity to light. Sensitivity to sound. Nausea. Pain on one side of the head. Blurred vision, or aura. Vomiting.
Natural Ways to Reduce Symptoms of Migraines
Those looking to avoid the harmful risks of taking pain medication may consider a natural approach. Here are a few ways to reduce symptoms of migraines, without the fear of harsh side effects:
According to Dr. Mercola, working out may reduce migraine pain because it triggers the release of pain-reducing neurotransmitters. Of course, you likely won’t find comfort in jogging or running to cope with a bad headache – but you can try low-impact exercises like weight lifting