Nausea & Migraines: 4 Helpful Tips

Tackling a sudden onset of a migraine headache is one thing- the aura, the sudden pain and seeking out some over the counter pain relief. But the nausea is another symptom that can sneak up during a migraine episode. Here are 4 ways to help negate nausea during a migraine episode.


Tracking the triggers of migraine headaches and onset of nausea in a journal can help identify any patterns. By writing down when and where and what, can help identify if triggers are stress related, food intolerances, sleep or hormonal changes or even environmental factors ( I often get migraines in the heat or if I am dehydrated).  Note that some foods which may trigger migraines could be alcohol, caffeine, aged cheese, processed meats or MSG.


Fluids can help stave off migraines so drink plenty of water ( 8 cups) throughout the day. Electrolyte beverages can help with hydration as well.


Getting enough sleep is pivotal in feeling your best. Mindfulness techniques (meditation) , yoga and even Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be helpful ways to cope with nausea and the stress of it all.


Don’t be afraid to get the help you need from your physician and the prescribed medications. Having over the counter meds such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen is one thing. But getting anti-nausea and migraine meds from your doctor may be helpful. Your doctor may even prescribe anti-seizure, anti-depressants or beta blockers for your symptoms. Botox has even been suggested by many health care professionals. Your medical doctor can provide a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.