Preventing And Taking Care Of Migraines For College Students!

Migraines may cause you to miss a class or enjoy a fun night out. Whatever the reason, migraines cause a severe amount of pain and no one wants to deal with them. What if you could prevent or take care of your migraine to ensure that you are able to be your absolute best self? Lauren Turner reports on what a migraine is and some remedies to help ease your pain.

Screenshot from Lauren’s Powtoon about how to prevent and take care of migraines among college students. Check out the video below in article or here:

Migraines In College Students

Are you a college student who suffers from migraines?

Migraines, in general, can get in the way of someone completing every day tasks. When a college student has a migraine it gets in the way of those everyday tasks along with completing assignments and attending class. As a college student who suffers from migraines, I know that this can become extremely frustrating. So, what if you had a better idea of what a migraine is and how to take the proper precautions to prevent and take care of them?

What Are Migraines?

Migraines are a reoccurring type of headache that cause severe pain to an individual in the form of throbbing or pulsing. The pain of a migraine will be located on one side of the head. Normally, individuals will feel a pain radiating from the corner of their eye, reaching to the back / bottom of their head.

Migraines also cause all different types of symptoms. In each individual, the symptom will vary. Some individuals may experience nausea or vomiting. They can feel over exhausted and weak. They may also have strong sensory side effects. This can include either seeing flashes of light or being sensitive to light and sound. Symptoms are what makes the migraine known.

Am I Experiencing A Migraine or Headache?

So, how do you distinguish whether you have a migraine or a headache?

There are two main differences in distinguishing between a migraine and a headache.

One difference is a headache will occur on both sides of your head. While a migraine will occur on only one side of your head.

The second difference is, headaches normally do not have side effects. Migraines have an abundance of side effects such as the ones listed above.

Migraines start as headaches and gradually become more painful. Headaches are pains that cause pressure and aching in your head.

Why Do Migraines Happen?

Migraines happen for an abundance of different reasons. While some individuals may be sensitive to strong smells others may just have a lack of sleep. It depends on the individual and their history and habits.

Migraines are harder to understand for doctors and scientists because there are an abundance of different types of them. They are still doing research on migraines. One of the top burning questions, in relation to migraines, that has yet to be answered, is whether or not migraines are genetic. As of right now, there is no direct answer to that. However, doctors and scientists are leaning towards the answer that they are. Again though, this has yet to be a fact. For now, it is just an assumption in the migraine world.

An individual might also have habits that they are used to. Throwing off a particular habit can cause a migraine. For example, if you are an individual who drinks a cup of coffee every day and one day you do not, you may experience a migraine. This is because your body is dependent on the caffeine you receive from the coffee. Other habits one could break is their sleep schedule or a difference in their diet. Anything that throws your body out of whack can lead to one of these painful occurrences.

People can also get migraines from staring at a screen for too long, a change in the weather or from being dehydrated. There are so many different reasons a migraine can occur. You just have to know yourself and your body to understand why they are caused.

How Do I Prevent A Migraine?

Migraines can be very hard to prevent. However, if you feel a migraine coming on you can try a variety of remedies.

1. Take Advil or some other pain reliever.

2. Avoid your laptop and phone. These devices create a blue light that can cause more pain to your head. (Tip for college students, try investing in a pair of blue light glasses. The glasses block the blue light and can help you complete assignments or attend class.)

3. Eat a proper meal that is nutritious for your body.

4. Drink water!

5. Avoid strong smells and lighting. When you have a migraine, you will be sensitive to these and avoiding them will help your migraine go away faster.

6. SLEEP THE MIGRAINE AWAY! Sleep is the most beneficial thing your body will need during a migraine.

How Do I Take Care Of A Migraine?

Once the migraine has occurred, you can try these suggestions below to help make your migraine go away faster and ease your pain.

1. Place a heating pad or ice pack on your head. Depending on the individual either the heat or the cold will ease some pain. If you don’t own a heating pad or ice pack, you can use either a hot or cold wash cloth.

2. Take a shower or bath. This will calm your body down and relax some of the tension you may feel.

3. Diffuse peppermint. Peppermint oil has menthol in it, which helps ease muscles and pain.

4. Target what may have caused your migraine and treat it. Have you not eaten properly? Eat a proper meal. Is there a candle that has too strong of a scent? Blow out the candle.

“I’ve Tried All These!” What Else Can I Do?

If you are someone who has experienced migraines for a while now and have tried these steps, here are some other suggestions that can help.

1.Contact your doctor. Doctors are able to prescribe migraine medications depending on how frequent and severe your migraines are.

2. Try to incorporate a magnesium or iron vitamin. A lot of people who frequently suffer from migraines are low on one or both of these things.

3. Keep a journal of your migraines and try to track down a pattern of why you may be experiencing migraines. Is there a certain food you eat that may be causing this? Is it normally when there is a change in the weather? By keeping track of these things, you can help yourself and prepare for when one may occur.

Your health is important! Understanding what a migraine is, your body and the reason you may get migraines can help you in the long run.

I have experienced migraines since I was a kid and have tried all these remedies. If there is one thing I could take away from my experience, it is that I wished I had incorporated some of these remedies sooner. Although I still experience migraines, they are much more tolerable.

Explainer Journalism by Lauren Turner shared with the Reynolds Sandbox



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Reynolds Sandbox

Reynolds Sandbox


Showcasing innovative and engaging multimedia storytelling by students with the Reynolds Media Lab in Reno.