Treating Migraine Induced Nausea

March 28, 2013

It’s the most dreadful feeling.  You are tethered to your desk at work, with the phones ringing, people talking, your boss looking over your shoulder and you are struggling to hang on to your senses while coping with waves of nausea and excruciating head pain.  Your anxiety rises from the fear that you need to escape, but you can’t go home for another 6 hours and you are terrified that you will vomit.  Which migraine treatment do you reach for?  The anti-nausea medications, triptans and aceptaminophen-ibuprofen-caffeine based drugs may help.  Heavy-duty narcotics will make you drowsy, which will prevent you from doing your job. Not too mention, there is no guarantee any of this medication will stay down.  Your best anti-nausea strategy is a drug free migraine treatment plan.

Some things you can do while you are at work that may help ward off headaches and help you prepare for migraines that do occur include:

  • Make sure to keep a handy stock of migraine medication in non-oral formulas such as nasal sprays, patches, suppositories or even injections.  This will ensure your migraine treatment has a chance to work even if nausea leads to vomiting.
  • Stay hydrated—especially if you are becoming sick—to avoid dehydration, sports drinks and water infused with nausea-combating lemon juice can be soothing.
  • Keep small nutritious snacks like protein bars, dried fruit and nuts within reach to avoid an empty stomach, which may trigger nausea as it does in the morning for pregnant women.
  • Ginger is a tasty drug free migraine nausea therapy.  You can chew on a piece of the root or drink ginger infused tea.
  • If you smoke—quit! WebMd suggests that getting rid of cigarettes and stress on the job will help prevent migraines.  Perhaps scheduling a massage for after work will help you cope with on the job stress.
  • Tinted migraine eyeglasses can help cut down on glare from lights and computer screens that trigger headaches.
  • Dimming the overhead lights, and using a desktop soft light lamp.
  • Avoid reaching for coffee and snacking on chocolate, as these are well known migraine triggers.

According to Headwise, the National Headache Foundation’s publication, 56 percent of people who get migraine experience nausea during most of their migraines.  Preventative migraine treatment is the best way to avoid migraine related nausea from ruining your workday.  Since migraine drugs may induce drowsiness, or cause unpleasant side-effects, your smart migraine strategy is an offensive one with drug free migraine therapies like the ones listed above.  Once you have to resort to your defensive plays, your day will most likely be challenging.

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