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mars2kids

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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 14:56
I figure this site has such a variety of people, some migraine sufferers are probably out there. I got a horrible migraine on Friday, the headache lingered Saturday and Sunday but was more annoying than anything, now today (Monday) it's coming back full force. I don't want to miss work, so I'm trying to avoid going to the doctor to get a shot. Does anyone have anything that really works when you get a migraine? I'm trying to keep myself hydrated because I know if I don't that will make it worse. I've been somewhat nauseated today, so I haven't eaten a lot, but I usually end up eating poorly when I get a migraine, so I'm trying to avoid that to see if maybe I'll get over it quicker without the junk in my system. Any meds, home remedies, or other advice is welcome. Thanks!!
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BlondeBritty

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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 15:08
Unfortunately, I have found there is nothing I can do. I have had them for years and locking myself in a dark room has always been my best option.
sid11

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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 15:27
I have always had good luck with Imitrex. I am a major migraine person and as long as I take it before I get sick to my stomach, I am usually good. It comes in both pill form and shot form. Well worth looking into.
reddarin

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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 17:03
It might not help with your current migraine but have you tried going wheat-free and gluten-free?

I used to get headaches all the time. Sometimes really bad ones. Occasionally migraine level ones. When I quit wheat (and mostly went gluten-free) I stopped getting headaches like that. I still get them occasionally but nothing like the daily suffering before.

It sounds funny but a time or two I was able to get a near migraine level headache to go away by laying down and becoming as calm and thought-free as possible. I was very surprised the first time that worked for me but I think the headache was mostly bad diet and a whole lot of acute stress.
lj1234

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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 17:38
I have had sucess in the past with eating a small bit (10g) of 70% coco chocolate, but you have to get in really early before the migrane starts.
charityluv

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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 19:05
I get a lot of migraines and bad ones too nausea, spinning rooms, black dots etc. I find dark chocolate 70% or higher helps along side of a couple of Advil extra strength liquid gels and a very dark very quiet room with a good sleep. Works for me 90% of the time. I hope you feel better.
mummydee

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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 19:21
I used to suffer but not any more, Since I removed processed foods from my diet and went to a clean healthy lifestyle, i haven't had any more as well as no skin problems and no more eczema, arthritis almost gone and just feel great.
I haven't eaten white sugar, flour or starches since the early 90's and now all processed foods are out the door.
yes there are many different migraine treatments but they take care of the symptoms. Do you know what triggers them? It's usually, smells, caffeine, weather, stress. Learn what triggers them and try to avoid it.
The only preventative I know of is Feverfew. you could find a good health store and get the drops you put under your tongue. you take them every morning and it helps (some people) prevent them.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
mars2kids

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Posted: 16 Jul 2013, 10:35
Thanks for the suggestions! I'm feeling a little better today, but still not 100%, so I'm pushing through. I'll have to try some things to see if I can prevent these in the future. I think my main trigger is weather and possibly hormones. I'm going to have to make an appointment with the doc to discuss some of the options I have for prevention.

I've heard about the feverfew before, but never tried it, and never tried Imitrex either. I did try to sleep in a dark room, but having deadlines and 2 kids makes it impossible to do that for very long. I don't know if I can cut out wheat, I love my whole grain products. I've been tested by biopsy for gluten allergies and came back okay, so that makes it hard for me to find motivation to cut out the wheat completely. I know I should eat more whole foods, but I do eat more than I did before and still get migraines and actually feel like I suffer more and longer now than I did in the past. I've cut out caffeine, increased how many fruits and veggies I eat, and in general eat healthier foods. I'm glad to know what has worked for you guys though because it gives me some things to try. If one doesn't work I can always try something else.

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reddarin

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Posted: 16 Jul 2013, 14:13
mars2kids wrote:
I don't know if I can cut out wheat, I love my whole grain products. I've been tested by biopsy for gluten allergies and came back okay, so that makes it hard for me to find motivation to cut out the wheat completely.


See if you can check out Wheat Belly from your local library. You'll find it a lot easier to consider removing that from your menu after you read this book. I couldn't imagine giving up wheat either until I read that book.

Modern wheat is unique because it has a protein that can pass the blood brain barrier. There is a drug to make a person instantly not-high on some narcotics. That same drug blocks this wheat protein in the brain.
mummydee

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Posted: 16 Jul 2013, 15:08
Have you ever tried Kamut or Spelt bread, most health food stores carry them and they're very nice. Rice bread is horrible but at least Kamut and spelt even though they are grains, they are not gmo'd like wheat is and that's a whole other thread.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
lj1234

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Posted: 25 Jul 2013, 17:45
I have just started taking coenzyme Q-10 (150mgs per day)

Preventing migraine headache. Taking coenzyme Q-10 by mouth seems to help prevent migraine headaches. Studies show it can decrease the frequency of headaches by about 30% and the number of days with headache-related nausea by about 45% in adults. Taking coenzyme Q-10 also appears to reduce migraine frequency in children who have low levels of coenzyme Q-10. It can take up to 3 months for significant benefit. Unfortunately, coenzyme Q-10 doesn’t seem to be effective in treating migraines, once they have developed.
eKatherine

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Posted: 25 Jul 2013, 17:55
mars2kids wrote:
I've been tested by biopsy for gluten allergies and came back okay, so that makes it hard for me to find motivation to cut out the wheat completely.

The biopsy doesn't test for "gluten allergies" and it doesn't test for gluten intolerance. The only thing it tests for is celiac, which is one of many possible symptoms of gluten intolerance. A person can have non-celiac gluten intolerance with every symptom except intestinal villi atrophy. And the biopsy often comes back negative the first time it is run, but later is positive.

If they had enough reason to think you had celiac to run the biopsy, you might have a lot of random symptoms that would clear up if you go gluten-free.
onedaat

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Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 02:22
300mg Chelated Magnesium worked for me.

Magnesium for migraine?
By Dr John Briffa
http://www.drbriffa.com/2012/06/07/magnesium-for-migraine/
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Recently, the Journal of Neural Transmission (to be honest, I’m not a regular reader) published a piece from a couple of doctors with a special interest in headache who make a case for magnesium therapy for all individuals with migraine [1]. They point to the links between magnesium deficiency and migraine, and list a number of risk factors for deficiency which include poor intake and/or poor absorption, excessive excretion by the kidneys and stress (increasing depletion). They also point to a mixed bag of evidence in which magnesium has been given to migraine sufferers.

If the evidence is mixed, why give it to everyone? The authors reasons that one reason for why some studies are positive and some less so may have something to do with the fact that in some studies, magnesium was given to people who were not magnesium deficient and were therefore unlikely to benefit from it. Then why not test? As the authors point out, conventional testing for magnesium in the blood is not particularly accurate. Only a very small amount of magnesium in the body is found in the serum (watery component of the blood). Most is found in the bone and within cells. For this reason, serum levels are not a very good guide to overall magnesium status in the body.

This leads the authors to conclude that a reasonable approach is to treat all migraine sufferers with magnesium, particularly seeing that this mineral is cheap, safe and readily available. It’s an approach that I, largely, endorse. I do think, though, that such an approach is best taken with the support of a health professional.
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Rita41

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Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 06:26
My cousin uses Excedrin migraine and takes it with a cup of coffee and it's gone in an hour. She usually knows when it's coming on and she tolerates caffeine well. In a pinch she uses advil (800 mg..max dose) and coffee.



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