Everyone can work with a fever, cold, cough, even a fracture. Migraine, however, is a tough one. A head splitting, throbbing pain makes it almost impossible for you to focus on anything but the pain and the unpleasant sensations accompanying it. Only a person experiencing a chronic migraine can really understand its severity, and it is quite unfortunate that it often affects your career.
Prevention is better than the pain
You should know this mantra better than anyone if you have had migraine for a while now. Make sure you avoid all the triggers that cause your headaches and maintain a log that will help you track your condition. The most common triggers at a work place include:
- Skipping a meal
- Poor posture
- Restricted movement
- Prolonged exposure to laptop screen
- Bright lights
- Loud noise
- Strong odor
- Room temperature
Take a break every half hour to hydrate yourself, stretch your limbs, and relax your eyes. Eat your meals on time and take your prophylactic medications to keep migraine at bay.
Sometimes you are just victimized
No matter what you do, the weather, room temperature or some other factor induces a migraine that you cannot avoid. In such cases, the minute you feel it setting in, take your pain pills. For those who experience an aura, use it as a sign and swallow that pain relief medication as soon as you can. For the others, you will feel quite sensitive to light, sound, and smell as the pain sets. This can help you detect the headache before it is too late.
Dehydration and temperature can leave you with a migraine sooner than you can beat it. The best way to control the pain from taking over you is keeping yourself well-hydrated. Keep sipping water every few minutes. It’s alright if you have to visit the loo every half hour, as long as it helps relieve the pain.
Reduce the brightness of your computer screen and shut off any noise with noise-cancelling headphones or some soothing music (waves, chimes, piano, sax – whatever works for you). If it is still too bright, put on your sunglasses (doesn’t really matter what your colleagues say, you are in pain remember?) Also, cut off anything stressing you out and just try not to focus on anything for a while.
According to the National Headache Foundation, caffeine (in coffee or tea) boosts the pain-relieving ability of pain-relief meds by 40%. If caffeine is not your trigger, try a cup of coffee or tea with your medication for quicker relief.
Just relax for a while, take a few deep breaths and let out some steam. You will be alright in no time. But, despite of all this, if you still feel that pain hammering away in your head, go home mate!