A good practice is to stand or sit before the mirror. Breath in at the count of four and out at the count of 6. As you exhale let this be a signal to your body to relax your muscles. You can look at the mirror and SEE if the muscles of your face are relaxed.. If you are doing this correctly, your mouth should open as you relax the jaw muscles. Now, if you feel a headache coming on do the breathing as you did with the mirror. This works because respiration uses the large muscle, the diaphragm, and actually sends a signal to the diaphragm to relax. So you utilize this signal to relax the face, etc. See Relaxation Excercises
Feels better being in a dark room. Prevention. If a sister or mother has migraine, the woman should not take birth control pills. If associated with menstrual weight gain, a mild diuretic such as Diamox may help, also avoid salt 10 days before onset of menses. Since migraine is a matter of blood vessels that are too spastic, they close vigorously, then slam open, doing gentle neck stretching in the shower, the shower to the back of the neck, may help train the blood vessels not to be so spastic. Some patients may be cured by taking slow release Niacin, 125 milligrams twice a day. This tends to keep the blood vessels open so they won't slam open. On the other hand, regular niacin, often found in vitamins may bring on the headache. Red wine and smelly cheeses are also common triggers.. Caffeine helps this headache and can even be taken as a strong coffee enema. The older drugs such as Esgic or Fiurinal are helpful. The newer drug Imitrex has been very good in my hands. As of March 96, many of the patients whom I switched from injectable Imitrex to oral, have requested to go back on the injectable form. Sometimes anxiety may reinforce the headache symptoms. For this, see Relaxation Excercises.