I’m not sure how heat and ice work for migraines. Is one supposed to be better than the other?

I’m not sure how heat and ice work for migraines. Is one supposed to be better than the other?

My migraines are always on my left side-temple, jaw, eye socket. I’ve been using ice packs but wonder if heat would alleviate pain better? I think in general ice is for reducing swelling and inflammation and heat increases blood flow. Which would be helpful in the head?

A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

A migraine enlarges the blood vessels in the cerebellum. So ice helps to decrease the blood vessels. This is a medical fact.

posted 20 days ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

My school nurse always hands me a ice pack to place on the back of my head says that helps with the blood flow I use ice packs a lot never tryed heat

posted 27 days ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

I always put a flexible ice pack at the nape of my neck

posted 23 days ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

Yes I use ice and it will numb the pain for a bit. So I have to stop and start up again when able.

posted about 4 hours ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

Yes this is true 🌸

posted 19 days ago
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