Q:If you wouldn't mind, I have 3 questions. What are your suggestions/solutions for getting rid of migraines, and getting rid of morning nausea so you can eat? What about stress-related nausea?
I don’t mind, but keep in mind that everyone is different. What works for some might not work for others.
First, have you figured out what triggers your migraine? Avoiding those triggers and preventing the migraines can help significantly, so start tracking when you have your migraines; time, place, what you’d eaten, etc. There are pdf files/apps you can download designed for identifying migraine patterns. You can find those pdfs, a list of common migraine triggers, and some information on how to identify them here.
I avoid citrus and caffeine (no soda, energy drinks, and rarely coffee). Sometimes I will take pain medication when I have a migraine, but Percocet can actually make it worse so I just do my best to stay calm, breathe deeply, and wait it out. I’m light sensitive, so I basically shut myself away in absolute darkness and silence until it eases up. I take Zofran as soon as I get the migraine to prevent the nausea (which I get with migraines) from getting too awful.
I take Zofran for nausea when it strikes, migraine or not, and make sure to eat bland crackers or a plain piece of toast so that I don’t feel worse from not eating. I also eat with my medications (some meds require an empty stomach— always discuss with your doctor) and take Omeprazole daily (over the counter; essentially generic prilosec), which helps prevent the amount of Tylenol and other medications from irritating my stomach.
I can’t stress deep breathing and relaxation techniques enough. Do some reading or watch some helpful videos on youtube. It’s a great coping tool to get you through intense pain, keep you calm, and keep you from throwing up when the nausea is overwhelming.
I get stress-related nausea. My anxiety manifests physically, so really it comes down to minimizing my stress and coping skills. Medication is great, but a combined effort is more powerful.
- Mindful meditation
- visualization (example: visualizing your pain leaving your body when in an acute “attack” while breathing deeply)
- Learning how to let things go and prioritize tasks
- Learning how to focus your energy into productive/positive channels and breaking any negative thinking patterns that increase stress
- Having a positive, calm environment in which you are comfortable.
Those things are the best tools to combat stress-related nausea and/or migraines. The help of a therapist is always good too and there are plenty of books out there if you don’t know where to start. Talking to your doctor (or seeing one if you have not already) is important, so please consult your physician; they have many more resources and tools than I do to help you :)