I went to the ER on base ages ago for a migraine and the Chief of Flight Medicine saw me that night. After checking me and giving me a shot (I wasn't pregnant btw), he also told me what he always told the pilots. Get in the shower, run it as warm as you prefer for about five minutes, and than shut off the hot water. I have arthritis and just the thought made me hurt ~ but it sounded logical. Migraine pain comes from the dilated capillaries (sp?) and the blood bouncing through them instead of flowing normally. Cold makes them contract. So I modified his suggestion and stuck my head and neck under the sink faucet. I let the warm water run for a few minutes and than shut off the hot and just let the cold douse me. It does work (but don't blow dry your hair afterward, just wrap up with a towel!).
You should get some pain relief, at least a few hours ... and you can repeat as necessary. Feel better!
at 11:28 PM on Jul. 21, 2010