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The Migraine Mystery

What causes migraines, and what are some natural cures? Find out!

If you suffer from migraines, you might think you would already be well aware of the fact. After all, unlike many of the under- or misdiagnosed ailments cropping up in the news today, migraines are a well-known phenomenon. Interestingly, though, some estimates suggest that as many as half of all migraine sufferers mistakenly think of their condition as “just a headache.”

Around 17% of Americans experience a migraine at some point during their lives, while about 13% report having had one or more migraines in the last three months.

A migraine is defined as a severe, throbbing headache, often in conjunction with other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and/or sensitivity to light. In some cases, pain is felt only on one side of the head. Often, a migraine sufferer will experience a visual disturbance, referred to as an “aura,” before the onset of the headache. Auras serve as a warning sign that a migraine is on the way, and may present as blurred vision, seeing stars, or tunnel vision, among other possibilities.

The vast majority of migraine sufferers — more than two thirds, in fact – are women, and the condition often runs in families.

The root cause of a migraine is chemical changes in the brain that affect blood flow in and around the brain. Though researchers have been studying migraines for years, and a number of triggers have been identified, no one knows exactly why they happen.

Common migraine triggers include: consumption of alcohol, stress, anxiety, perfumes or other fragrances, loud noises, bright lights, smoking, caffeine withdrawal, hormonal changes, loss of sleep, strenuous exercise, and missed meals. Many foods can also trigger migraines. These include, but are not limited to: foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), foods that are high in sodium (pickles, processed foods), foods that contain sulfites, nitrates, or tyramine (red wine, cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, some beans, bacon, hot dogs, salami, cured meats), onions, chocolate, nuts and nut butters, and dairy products.

Over-the-counter medications have a limited impact on migraines, and many people who experience regular migraines opt for a prescription medication. There are a few home remedies that can help to lessen the frequency of migraines, or even soothe them after onset. Here’s a look at some of the most common:

– Drink plenty of water — Dehydration is a major cause of all types of headaches, including migraines. Be sure to stay hydrated, especially in the heat of summer.

– Take fish oil — Fish oil improves circulation, which could potentially reduce the frequency or severity of migraines.

– Try a supplement — Doses of about 400 milligrams per day of magnesium and B2 (Riboflavin) have been shown to reduce the frequency of migraines, especially in women.

– Take butterbur — Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) is a member of the daisy family, native to Europe, North America, and Asia. Traditionally used to treat a variety of ailments, including headaches, inflammation, and asthma, researchers have found it to be exceptionally effective at treating migraines. It can be purchased in pill form.

– Have a cup of Joe — Caffeine restricts blood vessels, which, for some people, can help. Be careful, though. Too much caffeine can also cause headaches for some. It’s also easy to become dependent on caffeine and suffer from withdrawal headaches.

– Tie one on — A headband or bandana, that is … Some migraine sufferers find that applying pressure to the head can ease symptoms.

– Rub on some peppermint oil — Similar to sports rubs that soothe painful joints or muscles, peppermint oil can sooth an aching head.

– Eat ginger — If nausea accompanies your migraines, ginger can help. It has long been used to treat upset stomachs and motion sickness.

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Jaime McLeod

Jaime McLeod is a longtime journalist who has written for a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites, including MTV.com. She enjoys the outdoors, growing and eating organic food, and is interested in all aspects of natural wellness.

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pattonpending1984

I’m wondering if anyone has noticed a correlation to the phases of the moon to the start & end of the onset of pain? An interactive app to track and correspond with others would be helpful. In the past 4 or 5 yrs they completely disabilitate me into a catatonic crying moaning rocking blabbering incompasitated mess 2 to 3 days usually have a 1/2 ahead notice with onset symptoms this month they started the full moon this week and hadn’t quit til Thursday nite. Wouldnt wish it on my worst enemy.

Donna Ippolito

I suffer from chronic migraines and chronic cluster headaches. I’m desperate for help. My 1st migraine occurred when I was 15 years old while recovering from a serious concussion. Many years later I still get migraines several times a week.
Help

Brian Hutching

Migraine is in my family through my Mum. I had them since early 30 s. In NZ we have a Panadol product that also has 65mg of caffeine in . For me it works well where as drinking coffee makes it worse. About once a year I loose control and have to inject. Brian

Jasmine

Long time migraine sufferer. Nausea, constant throwing up. Head pounds like a jackhammer with every heartbeat. Doctor prescribed self-injected imitrex shots. I jab myself in the thigh and it’s gone within 20 mins. Life savers!

Nancy S

WOW!! Everyone with migraines, its like suddenly NOT being alone. My mother told me my first headache was at 18 months old, of course she looked at me like I was crazy. I’ve had headaches daily since. I never go a day without a headache, it just depends on the intensity. At one point, I could tell you if we were going to have a storm and just how big it was…I grew up in tornado alley. Then, for years I could tell you EXACTLY when my time of the month was (thank you that’s finally over), now at 54, I just have a mild headache daily, only lies me low once or twice a month. Usually after a day out in the sun, go to the amusement park (I have a seasons pass (I love coasters, and know just how much meds to take to prevent the headaches or keep them manageable) mow my yard, I’ve given up on the gardening, its not worth it. My house is kept as dark inside as possible, and my family has learned to live with it. I’m on Topamax, but it only does so much and I’m just not willing to juggle the meds. I take the B supplements, fish oil, vicks, been on anti depressants for 15 years, have borderline diabetes, and am overweight. Add on arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis and I’m a basket case some days. Barometric pressure changes really mess with me, and now I live on the east coast where I deal with Hurricanes. Would love to have other ways/ideas, but I think I’ve about tried them all through the years. Just keep on keeping on

Andrea Roche

I have suffered from migraines since my early 20’s , I was three month pregnant when I had the first migraine attack and that was 15 years ago .
I have been taking Zomig and it had proved to be a good choice for managing the pain . Once I take it , I can be sure that the migraine will subside in 45 minutes.
About six months ago I saw a news anchor talking about her migraines and how taking coenzyme Q10 has greatly reduced the number of attacks she experiences.
I started taking Dr. Sinatra’s supplement which is fish oil combined with coenzyme Q10 and I can only say the newswoman was right, I don’t get the migraine atracks weekly , I had only one attack within the last two months and that is a great improvement from a weekly two migraine attacks!!!

Nancy Smith

I noticed that bright lights shined in someone’s face, strobe lights and camera flashes are not listed as triggers. Those three are the worse triggers for me. I’m having a hard time at my job because of the air freshener flavor that is being used.
I get told all time I “drink too much” fluids. I’ve started taking vitamins; haven’t noticed any changes.
It would be a whole lot easier for me if they would make the migraine medication less expensive. I can’t afford the meds that are on the market now. These migraines are very debilitating. They are affecting my job. Anyone who has never had one (the ones who say just take some Tylenol) need to experience a couple of these. Maybe then they will understand and stop thinking they are a doctor.

Simha

i hear magnesium deficiency can cause them..

Patsy Alabama

I have had migraine headaches with sensitivity to noise, light and nausea since I was 4 and I am now 70 . They were the worst in my 20’s and 30’s when I had them once to 3 times a month. The duration of the headaches then ranged from 3 days to several months. They DO run in my family. People in my family who have had them are, my Mother, her brother, our son and two of his children and one of our daughter’s son. I had a hysterectomy in my late 30’s and that helped quite a lot. In my 40’s and 50’s my headaches were fairly infrequent and lasted shorter lengths of time. When I turned 60 I am now having more frequent headaches again. I do take hormone replacement therapy but cannot take progesterone because it almost immediately causes a headache. I did go through all the tests and things in the 1960’s but most medical professionals treated it like I was neurotic back then. I use Tylenol Arthritis or Fioricet, no codeine and take a muscle relaxer and lay down with a heating pad on my neck and shoulder. I CANNOT use cold to treat my headaches. They are most frequently related to low barometric pressure (rain), sinus allergies, and some stress,/tenseness in shoulders/neck. I’m not ready to do the doctor thing AGAIN.. Sometimes I get up in the morning with these headaches. I have frequent visual migraines now since my 50’s that restrict me to a chair, but they usually do not precede the actual migraine although they have. My headaches now usually only last a few days. I have never gone to the ER. I’m always left with a hangover feeling and extreme hunger.

Patsy Alabama

well, I’ve had migrains since I was 4 yrs. old and I am now 70. They were the worst in late teens and 20’s hen they would last from a few days to (one time) a few months. I had a hysterectomy in my 30’s and this did help some although I still have them. They do run in families, my Mother phad them and so did her brother. Now our son and two of our gradchildren, one a girl and a boy. Since I turned 40 they have been much less frequent and less severe and much shorter in duration. I did take some prescribed MEDS for them but had to catch at onset for them to work. I find that heat does work best on me on shoulders and and the back of my next. I have been experiencing visual headaches since my 50’s and they disable me when they are really bad but I do not always have the full blown headache after them all the time. A

lou g

Headaches are a way of life for me and I’m beginning to resent it after 25+ years of migraines. I am starting right now to keep a journal of everyday happenings in my daily life to maybe pinpoint triggers; however, I know from yrs of experience what some are. I hate taking meds and limiting “certain” foods, I find it so difficult and annoying. I have used every example given as a trigger or a cause for my migraines multiple times. I just wish that (my) insurance would cover alternative treatments like chiropractors,acupuncture, messages, instead of having to call into work or worse go to ER. Note I do think stomach issues (foods, stress) are related to migraines.

Neal Dallmer

i had my first migraine around the age of 5. They didn’t return until I was around 40 years old.

My onset symptoms are usually sensitivity to light, loud noises. I had tried many methods to rid myself of the migraines. I had tried Topomax which left me with long term memory loss, grasping for words, etc.

The duration of the migraines ranged from hours to weeks. At first when the pain was too much, I had too call 911 or go to the ER. The only relief I had was either a shot of Demerol or later IV Delaudid after a shot of Delaudid. The last time I ever went to the ER the doctors treated me with several shots of Delaudid and a script of Delaudid pills to take home, then sent me on my way. My wife complained to the Charge Nurse that I couldn’t even walk and had to be put in a wheelchair and pushed to the ER exit. They sent me home anyway. So, 4 hours later 911 was called again, but this time I had gone into Respritory Failure!

The hospital had OD’d me and a hospital investigation said the fault was “patient compliance”??? I never took the meds prescribed by the ER doctor.

Afterwards after suffering more instances, my friend told me about ZithroMax. I use the nasal inhalernt type. I haven’t had a debilitating migraine since.

I noticed that my migraines seemed to stem from when my neck/trapezoid muscle was tight and painful, then an episode would happen.

So I tried chiropractic. I explained my history, and explained where it hurt on my neck/shoulder. After being treated initially 3X a week, I noticed the symptoms had subsided so I only had to be treated once a week or two to keep me migraine free.

Everytime if I feel a migraine coming, I try to get to my chiropractor to catch it before I get a migraine. Usually if I miss my chiropractor appointments and feel a migraine coming on I use the ZithroMax.

This seems to work great for me.

Funny thing, I found that if I keep my weight down below a certain point (yes, I’m overweight) I seem to need the chiropractor less and don’t need the meds whatsoever.

Best Wishes!

Beth

I started having migraines 8 years ago with no relief. Mine last 3-8 days. At the beginning of this year, I saw a new neurologist and found out they were cluster headaches, which are worst than migraines. We are still working to find a treatment. Right now I take Verapamil, B Complex, magnesium, d3 and feverfew. Only works a little for me. Still looking for the right tx for me.

Joan Bowyer

Another common trigger is changes in barometric pressure.

Sandra

I used to have migraines, but have not had any type of headache in the past 14 years. At that point, I was prescribed paxil, or paroxetine for depression. It blocks serotonin, and a side effect is no headaches. I have considered stopping the meds, but it is a good trade to be headache free.

Chris Horton

I take 160mg of Inderal per day (80mg in the morning, 80mg at night). My migraines have dropped down significantly. I may only have one a month now.

Dailey

I suffer from barometric migraines but suffered from hormonal ones for years. I rub Tiger Balm on my temple, NEVER getting it in my eyes. Works great.

crazy farm chic

I suffer from crippling headaches. However, mine are neuro headaches from a ruptured aneurysm in my brain. Thee only thing that helps is Topomax. I swear by this medicine, it honestly works miracles.

Malissa

I’ve never had a migraine until two years ago when the put up wind turbines around where I live. I have a constant headache from the sound and after a while it builds up to a full migraine. I’ll be in bed all day. I take imitrex, tramadol, Mountain Dew and put heat on my neck. I hate taking all the meds but it seems to be the only thing to help. I’m going to have to try something else cause this isn’t going to work forever. I’ve been reading things others have posted and I’ll try some things that have helped them. Maybe it’ll help me.

Joy Finlayson

There is light at the end of the tunnel. I had my first migraine when I was seven. It was the day my father left my Mom. That was 39 years ago. I suffered from stress induced migraines until I hit adolescence. Then the trigger seemed to be more so stress caused and hormonal influences ~ weather and diet were also major contributors. For several years I was treated with many different types of preventatives (starting with anti-depressants “what a joke”), and treatment options, countless MRI’s, and several specialists. The Naproxen (that I used for 20 plus years) burned holes in my stomach lining leaving me with bleeding ulcers and such. They gave me a complete hysterectomy at age 30, and had to start replacement hormone therapy. That alone got rid of 40 percent. I charted my food and weather for a couple of years, and found out my food triggers to avoid or be wary of, such as … if the sun is shining, I can have a hotdog or Chinese food, however if it is overcast, then I wouldn’t even consider it. Once I found out how certain foods affected me, and like I said, that takes a long time to really get to know your body, I was able to get rid of another 20 percent. Realizing what was stressful, and what was positive in my life was a huge component of getting better as well. The negativity had to leave my life, and only positive was allowed (people, things, and attitude). This took another 20 percent away, and giving me that much more of my life back. I still become completely disabled with migraines depending on the pressure system, so Mother Nature is still is total control. However, by taking my daily preventative (Verapamil), my replacement hormone therapy, watching my diet & sleep, and keeping stress in check (I have learned that I can only control what I can, and to let go of what I cannot), I can confidently say that Migraine suffering has become reduced to a liveable and acceptable level. It’s not 100 percent, but it’s a lot better than it used to be, and I now HAVE MY LIFE BACK. There is no one size fits all cure, do your research, chart chart chart, your food, the weather, what happened that day. Eventually you WILL find your patterns. Once you know what you are fighting against, it’s much easier to find the solution. It worked for me, it has been a long process, but it CAN work for you too. Best wishes, Joy. Cheers!

Cait

An ounce of prevention…identify your migraine triggers and keep a migraine journal. I have gotten them since elementary school. I can’t drink alcohol, be near any heavily fragrances like cologne or perfume, eat dark chocolate or MSG, or stay outside in the heat for too long. I don’t know how people can mistake them for just a headache, as migraines are so much more intense. Can’t eat, can’t stand sound or light. I’ve had a few that have landed me in the ER, but the frequency at which I get them has been dropping off recently. I have eliminated most chemicals from my diet and skincare routines. SLS is a big one that could be giving you migraines and you might not even know it. I can’t even go near things like aspartame or it’s an instant migraine. Look to your food and what you put in and on your body! If you have sinus related migraines, a neti pot will be a godsend. Unisom sleep tabs are the only thing that makes my migraines go away, but then I have to go to sleep for 12 hours. I tried one prescription of Treximet and the side effects weren’t worth it. And if you have a history of brain aneurysm in your family and you get frequent migraines, get your head scanned!!!

Michael Amato

I started taking vitamin B complex & Magneseum every day about 15 years ago. No more migraines!

Kim

I’ve suffered with migraines since high school. What got me out of the migraine cycle are ice packs and Vicks. If I’m starting to get a headache and I’m sitting up, I have a liquid type ice pack I made and I put that on top of my head…when I’m laying down I have a solid type of homemade ice pack I put on my neck and wherever it hurts. I, also, put Vicks on my forehead and temples. If the headache acts more like sinus, I put it on my nose and cheek bones. Sometimes it feels like my scalp is excessively tense, so I put some there and I get relief as well.

Jaime

I suffered for years and when I went gluten free, they disappeared. 4 years now migraine free.

Leslie M.

I have to agree with one poster who mentioned feverfew. It is an amazing treatment in both prevention and dealing with them when they come. I was a little surprised that I saw no one mention Arnica as another natural treatment option. Arnica can be grown at home or bought in pill form from stores in the vitamin section especially from companies like Hylands. It is a great pain killer for a number of ailments including migraines. Best of all it has no side effects to speak of and you don’t get the dreaded rebound headaches those of us that suffer from migraines dread so much.

Tori S

I have suffered with migraines for years. They worst began when I had my ovaries removed. though they can’t pin-point it is hormonal – and hormone replacement doesn’t cure it. My savior has been Botox injections. I tried EVERYTHING. All the things mentioned above and more. After multiple trips to the ER – my family said ENOUGH – I went to a new neurologist who said – try this…
I go in every 3 months – get multiple Botox injections in my scalp, neck, brow. It it like getting my life back. I didn’t realize how much misery I was in.

Debora T

As someone who just spent two and a half days in bed with a massive migraine any information I can get to rid myself of them, ease the pain or have them go away faster is welcome. I’m tired of my migraines ruling my life.

Linda Henderson

I have had headaches since before kindergarten. Then, the trigger was light, if I looked outdoors, I would get the aura which was always spots in front of my eyes, and vertigo. Within an hour I was throwing up. The only time I did not have them is when I was pregnant. Throughout the years they became worse and worse and I was having them every two weeks. I realized they were coming on just before my period and also ovulation, they were also lasting much longer, for days and sometimes a week. Kaiser hospital did a brain scan in my 40s, and had other tests. When Imitrex injection came out, it was wonderful. The first 5 minutes of Imitrex feels like your head will surely explode, but after that, absolutely no pain whatsoever. I did have to take two injections during ovulation sometimes, those were always the worst migraines. About a year after I was on Imitrex, I had a friend talk me into acupuncture. Because I had had migraines for so many years, he said it would take possibly 3 to 6 months before I felt any relief, and it did. After 6 months, I was still having some come through, but the pain wasn’t near as bad. Within a year, I was only getting the aura, and still do once in awhile today…20 years after. I went in once a month for 5 years of acupuncture maintenance after the pain was gone. It has been 20 years since I first went to an acupuncture and what a change it has made in my life. I hope some of you can afford to do the acupuncture and stick with it until they are completely gone, with maintenance for awhile. Kaiser now covers some of acupuncture.

Jason Rowan

One of the best treatments I have found for my migraines are a quick dose of 5-HTP. This is a supplement found at most pharmacies that causes an increase of serotonin in the body. Flooding your brain with serotonin has been proven to decrease the longevity and severity of migraines in many sufferers. The only thing you have to be cautious of is mixing it with any types of depression medicine that act as serotonin reuptake inhibitors. For me, 5-HTP is significantly more effective than most of the prescription medicines that I have been prescribed over the years.

Billie Whetstone

I have recently been diagnoised with severe migraines. My symptoms are blurred vision, tingling in the mouth, lips and tounge are. Get a tingleing sensatation in my head. I am for getting things, left side goes numb, left side droops, spots in front of my eyes, tinglying in the jaw, throbbing in my left ear, those are just half of the syptoms. They first thought I had MS. Did a spinal tap and it came back good. Then they diagnosed me with severe miagraines. I am still having he syptoms, with no relief to medications. A lot of the medications the Dr. wanted to put me on made me sick. So as right know I don’t take anything. I was also diagnosed with vertigo and had an inter ear virus at one time through this. I am at my wits in and just want answers, that no one can answer for me. I know some food probably trigger them, but how can you pin point which ones.

Phyllis

You left out my go-to remedy. I’ve tried a lot of things, as I have a heart murmur and a history of heart problems in my family, so they won’t give me Imitrex. Feverfew is the best thing I have found. It is actually prescribed for migraine in Germany.It does the same thing Imitrex does, (dilate the constricted blood vessels), but does it slower and gentler, thus not putting undue stress on the heart.

Sandy

I found the best thing that works for me when I start seeing the aura is homeopathic h/a pills or migraine pills by Hyland..If I use the headache pills I take 3 under my tongue 1 at a time..within 15 minutes the aura is disappearing & my headache is very minimal.

I Wrote This

Migraines do NOT always have the headache symptom, unlike what this article stated defines a migraine. This fact can definitely lead to misdiagnosis and people not realizing what they are suffering is a migraine.

Another major reason people don’t realize they get migraines is they think they have a sinus headache. Over 90% of what people think are sinus headaches are actually migraines. You don’t get an actual sinus headache without having a sinus infection, which you would already know about at that point because it would be pretty far along. Filled sinuses and stuffy noses are two of the many symptoms of migraines.

Some migraines can even have stroke-like attributes, including losing the ability to talk and move. Symptoms vary from person to person.

Also not mentioned was that it is a neurological disorder; you don’t get migraines unless you have the disorder. As the article did state, it is genetic.

Jane

Have had visual migraines for about 20 years, triggered mostly by bright light. Over the counter has helped, but the caffeine additive upsets my stomach. Recently came upon new information that said the “brain freeze” effect (like when you eat ice cream or drink cold liquids too fast) has been found to help those who suffer from migraines. The intense cold on the roof of the mouth seems to be the fix; I tried the theory with ice cubes, held against the roof of the mouth until gone and was thrilled that within 5 minutes, the headache had been reduced to about one twentieth of the severity. I actually took no excedrin or aspirin products and could even fall back to sleep easily.
Has worked a number of times now; best to use the ice cubes or ice pops when you first feel the headache coming on, though have used it with full blown headaches too.

Pat Murphy

I gave up trying to figure out which of my many food allergies brought on my scary aura and Migraine. If I took an antihistamine instantly, the aura would gradually disappear within 15 to 30 minutes and the actual headache would never even happen. There are 2 different anti-
histamines which work well for me : Chlorpheniramine maleate or Cetirizine.

Kati

I used to get migraines that would stretch out for days. After trying the pills the doctor gave me (without luck), I went to a naturopath and had a food allergy test done. When I cut out the the foods out of my diet that showed up as high on my allergy test (wheat, nuts), my migraines practically disappeared. I would definitely suggest getting food allergy tested for my fellow migraine sufferers.

Thanks for the article! The ginger and peppermint oil are lifesavers! I also use lavender oil (on my jaw and temples) and then rub ice over it. I didn’t know about the B2. I’ll have to get some and give it a try. 🙂

Judy

After suffering for years and being told it was hormones! I went to a biofeedback therapist who told me my migraines were caused by bananas. She was right! Even though my migraines did not necessarily occur after eating them, I quit eating bananas for a few months.. Within seconds of biting into a banana muffinI had a migraine. I have not eaten bananas since, and my occasional migraines are now only caused by chemical exposure (fragrances ,etc)

brichan

red tiger balm all on your head and neck.avoid eyes lips and nose.it really burns but when you get past it it works every time.i put a towel over my head and like a half hour its better

Debbie

I, too, suffer from this painful malady. After ingesting all the counter-selling meds like candy I finally had a doctor who prescribed sumatriptan. As long as I catch it at the onset I find one pill in a period of 24 hrs as prescribed works for me. I still don’t know what causes them as yet but a good warning sign is like looking through broken glass or a pain starts in my left tempo area.

MW

My doctor suggests that one theory is migraines can start anywhere between the gut and head and I find that making sure there is no slow down of gut action is important in prevention and cure of a migraine. I get them or some symptoms of them from damage due to surgeries in my abdomen. I think the vagus nerve is involved but docs never agree; it makes sense because the vagus nerve piggybacks blood vessels in the gut and the vagus nerve affects sinus, and shares fibers with the accessory nerve that can tighten up the shoulder (upper trapezius muscle); and why would not having nerve action on one side of the body’s sympathetic system functioning differently than the sympathetic system on the other side of body and brain NOT cause confusion and head pain?? Reading Wolff Headache book (medical tome regularly updated) a while back, the vagus nerve was overlooked. But what to do about it? ICE really is my friend. A small sinus spray of a novacaine preparation makes swallowing difficult but does help stop migraines for me…but be careful HOW you spray as the dura of the brain is close to the spray area and vulnerable to strong blasts from some sprays. Also anything to open one sinus (mist not spray) seems to help so sometimes I use both such a spray and a bit of novacaine preparation a compounding pharmacy makes up for me when it’s bad. Have them make it without preservatives perhaps. Endometriosis, IC, migraines are often found together–gut involvement. Scarring from past surgeries in my opinion does not do much good either. SO many triggers; so little ways to fix them.

Deb Godsil

Weather disturbances cause around 70% of the migraines that I encounter…Hormonal fluctuations, stress and food triggers the other 30%. I find that if I can lay in the dark and pack my head in ice it helps to alleviate the pain enough for me to function. Caffeine can be a trigger yet it can also be a cure. If you typically avoid caffeine (like I do) then drinking caffeine can help ease the pain…I don’t drink coffee so I will drink a Mountain Dew Throwback when nothing else has worked.

Rosemary Dias

I have suffered with migraines since I was a teenager and I’m now 65. I have all the classic symptoms plus a few others. I either smell smoke, orange blossoms or roses. My trips to the hospital have resulted in compazine and morphine. I have tried all the prescription medications and have been through a battery of tests. My last CT scan was yesterday. Awaiting the results. Right now, the only thing that helps is Relpax.

larry

for migraines 500 to 1500 ml. of niacine the type that makes u flush gets blood flowing and works beware u will feel like u have a sunburn but will go away and so did the migraine

Lillian Lopata

I too suffer from migraines and the last one I ended up in the ER. Having tried medication, bathing, sleeping, and shading my eyes, I thought a shot was in order. The ER thought differently. After an IV, Cat Scan and blood work they determined it was indeed a migraine and gave me a shot of diladid. Ten minutes later it was an injection of Toradol. Which finally got it to a manageable level. What happen to the days when a simple shot would have taken care of it.No wonder our insurances are throwing fits.

Elaine

I suffered with severe migraines for years, mostly during my 30’s and early 40’s. Each one would be different, but all began with the auras and tunnel vision and complete lack of comprehension capabilities. I could rationalize within my mind what was going on around me, but could not understand a word anyone was saying to me. After many scary episodes, I became determined to find the actual trigger for these. I began making a list of all I had eaten, if I was experiencing a stress/emotional event, or even the weather at the time (low pressure systems). My findings were basically all anti-oxidant related. I cannot drink green tea, red wines, dark chocolate, and dark berries/grapes. If I have the slightest amount of any of these I will become very sensitive to triggers like weather low pressure systems or glare from a vehicle. It took some time but I’ve been free from migraines for three years or more.

Jayla SunBird

This’ super information, J-Mac; seems everybody I’ve ever been around, has suffered from
this malady for at least a whule; even small children. A lil first aid until they can get to a doctor is always precious. I’m sure I thank you for many.

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