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Temple pressure really good?

  • By fightinglady

    I press my temples with my fingertips a lot during migraines. Pressing a temple relieves the same side pain very well, but it only relieves the same side pain. Sometimes it’s the only way to keep my eyes open during a very bad migraine, when medicines don’t work. And I often press them with fingertips so hard into my skull, too hard I think. But is that really good for my vessels or brains in the long run? If not, can I put pressure on other positions, like forehead or bone above eyes, except temples with fingertips. Or can I just press with my palms to avoid damage?

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi fightinglady,

    Thank you for your question and being here with us!

    You’re not alone. I know many patients who find temporary relief when they apply pressure to that area. I wish I could give you a better answer, but this is something that should be discussed with your doctor.

    Let us know how you make out,
    Nancy

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  • By Goaway

    I don’t know if it’s okay or not, but I do the same thing. We try to find relief in some manner because, you’re right, medicines don’t always work. I once warded off an entire migraine by doing this all day. I was in a unique, undesirable situation and that was what I had. My hand and arm would fall asleep at times and I would relieve this quickly as not to interrupt the pressure that I could apply to my temple.

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