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Anyone notice that showers help?

  • By Anna

    It might seem kind of trivial, but when I’m all out of my migraine meds for the week I’ve noticed that taking a shower can sometimes give me a little relief.

    Sometimes warm water helps, sometimes cool. Even if I’m too exhausted to stand Ive found that just sitting in the tub and let the water run over my scalp and neck is very soothing, like a gentle massage. It doesn’t stop the migraine by any means, but it’s certainly better than nothing. (I’ve actually had some migraine meds prescribed that have helped less haha)

    Another advantage is that it tends to make me sleepy for when I can’t sleep, and sleep is my best friend when it comes to migraines.

    Just don’t use a strongly perfumed soap that might make the migraine worse. Hope this helps someone.

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  • By Tammy Rome

    Yes! Hot showers with variable jets does help. When I’ve had a long round that just keeps hanging on, a hot shower cuts the pain down to tolerable levels. The trick is finding a way to support my weak body. Shower chairs are essential.

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  • By oliviaruth

    I don’t notice a drastic reduction in pain, but it helps with the tension I have. It also opens my sinuses a little which feels amazing.

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  • By dizzyblonde

    Yes, warm showers do help me. I have a lot of tight muscles and it helps loosen them up at least temporarily. Also there is something about getting cleaned up and dressed decent that mentally helps me feel better. It has been suggested that I soak in epsom salts for the sore muscles and I’ve done it once in a while but I just haven’t taken the time out for myself. But that might be a relaxing break after a long day.

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  • By solsa5

    This helps me, too. Actually, I take a hot bath but I’m sure a hot shower works also. I like to put a cup of epsom salts in so that I get some magnesium. I also use a water filter for the chlorine and 1/2 teaspoon vitamin C powder to try and reduce the ammonia (my city uses chlorimine, a combo of chlorine and amonia). Whenever I feel a migraine coming on, I try to get in the bath as soon as I can.

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  • By Christa279

    Yes, I use warm showers too. I think it helps to loosen the tight muscles, which are causing tension headaches for me and I think those are triggers for some of my migraines. I can’t wait to have a comfortable enough tub again to relax in. I was doing Aquatic therapy as part of my physical therapy, and it was in a heated pool, it seemed to help reduce the frequency of my migraines. Epsom salts are awesome for helping to relax the muscles and get extra magnesium in. I use them in my daughter’s baths!

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  • By bernardj8

    I have suffered from migraines for years and family members have as well. My relatives have used warm showers to increase blood flow and get relief, but it has never worked for me. I am currently using a technique that increases blood flow with the assistance of medical grade carbon dioxide. I have not had a migraine in six weeks. It is called deoxyhemoglobin vasodilator and it only regulates and oxygenates where there is a deficiency in blood flow..The before and after one treatment on varicose veins images are what got my attention, ironically..

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  • By RobtMendez

    Yes, it does help a lot. I have also suffered from migraine for years and has gone through numbers of treatments too for relief from the pain. But none of them proved useful to me. I have heard many times that hot bath helps in getting a person out of any kind of pain, but had never used it. One day my friend told me about the walk in bathtub, which offers hot bath feature along with the hydrotherapy in the tub itself. I was really in need for the solution of my migraine, so immediately took a decision of installing the tub rather than going for the hot tub therapies. With the help of walk in tubs Tucson professionals (http://www.walkinbathtubaz.com/tucson-walk-in-tubs-az/) I got the tub installed, and from the first use I started, feeling the change in my migraine problem. The jets in the tubs helps in giving the body a water massage which regulates the flow of blood in the body. It has helped me a lot in overcoming my problem.

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  • By cwbyswthrt19

    Very hot showers or baths are the only thing that help my migraines. I make the shower or bath as hot as I can tolerate and let the water run over my head, face and neck, or submerge the top of my head under the water in the bath. The pain is reduced significantly while I am in the shower and will stay reduced for about 20 minutes usually. Often that’s long enough for me to fall asleep and I can sleep it off from there. Sometimes the pain gets worse again but a second shower will usually do the trick. This is really the only thing that helps me get some relief.

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  • By bernardj8

    For some this is definitely a relief strategy, but have you checked out the Science page for Deoxyhaemoglobin vasodilator? It’s a 3-5 minute treatment that you apply right on the skin….it immediately increases bloodflow as measured by perfusion index and SpO2 levels

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  • By indigo26

    Yes showers definitely help but not too hot. Standing directly under one for what seems like for ages really provides therapeutic relief. I sometimes listen to relaxing music at the same time. Then wrap myself in a towel. The cool air afterwards also provides relief providing it’s not too cold.

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  • By bernardj8

    Showers can help because they can temporarily increase blood flow. A local physician has started an opt in program for a unique technology that increases blood flow with five minute transdermal CO2 applications. Has anyone heard of this type of therapy? showers went from actually helping me to prolonging my episodes.

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  • By AnnAnd

    Showers help me a lot when I’m nearing the end of a migraine and starting to feel better. For me, this is usually at some point on the second day of my migraine when I start to feel like I can hold down food again. I usually use warm water with a few seconds of cold at the end (cold directed at my face). I don’t know why but the cold at the end is so refreshing and definitely seems to help me get over the last of the pain and nausea.

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