Your non-medicated Migraine cures?

  • jsowneon

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    Jun 15, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    I get migraines every so often and know I probably have more then one trigger. The only medicine I use and that works is Excedrin but would rather not pop pills every time I get one unless it gets really bad. I was just curious for other people who get migraines if they take any preventative measures or do anything to help subside the symptoms brought about by the migraines.
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    Jun 15, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    I ate Exedrin like candy for many years resulting in hearing loss; BTW, that's also how Rush went quickly deaf from his overuse of strong pain killers leading to his addiction.
    Now, I use the 4 winds approach; can do because I have no cervical neck issues:

    Drop head forward with gravity a d hang for 60 seconds; lift head with hands to neutral. Do the same to each side and finally to the back direction Make sure to lift head with hands back to neutral

    Do this before dosing.
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    Jun 15, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    I used to get them every few weeks, back in high school. And I started to realize that I would only get them after I ate Chinese food. So I stop eating Chinese and I haven't had one single Migraine! Watch what you eat is my best advise! That crap it used to hurt so much I would miss days of school!!
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    Jun 15, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    may11 saidI used to get them every few weeks, back in high school. And I started to realize that I would only get them after I ate Chinese food. So I stop eating Chinese and I haven't had one single Migraine! Watch what you eat is my best advise! That crap it used to hurt so much I would miss days of school!!


    MonoSodiumGlutamate?
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    Jun 15, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
    turbobilly said
    may11 saidI used to get them every few weeks, back in high school. And I started to realize that I would only get them after I ate Chinese food. So I stop eating Chinese and I haven't had one single Migraine! Watch what you eat is my best advise! That crap it used to hurt so much I would miss days of school!!


    MonoSodiumGlutamate?


    Or dog.
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    Jun 15, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    I hole up in a dark, quiet room for several hours. TBH, when I get one I absolutely *need* ibuprofen to kill it. I get 2-3 per year.

    Are you getting them frequently? Are you sure it's not a tension headache? If you do get them frequently, it would be best to see a doctor ASAP.
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    Jun 15, 2012 10:06 PM GMT

    Pay attention to caffeine intake. Depending on your own particular situation, you may be able to relieve yourself of migraines by using caffeine or by removing caffeine from your life. You may find that you can cure an existing migraine by having a strong coffee or caffeinated beverage. If that doesn't work for you, then see if you can keep from getting migraines in the first place by severely limiting caffeine intake or by cutting caffeine out of your life altogether.
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    Jun 15, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    Feverfew herb, google it
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Jun 15, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    Energy Healing.
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    Jun 15, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    LI-4 acupressure point.

    I don't recommend this if you're pregnant.
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    Jun 15, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    I assume you've talked w/your Physician already? Ask for a referral to a noggin Dr.. who specializes in vascular issues inside the brain? Maybe a pain clinic?

    I lost a day on vacation in Hawaii to a migraine recently. My buddy finally took me to the emergency room and they gave me a shot. I was drinking a beer an hour later. My trigger was an F'in small piece of dark chocolate the women in our group were all ooooohing and ahhhhing over. I have never much liked chocolate or candy for that matter and now I have a reason why. Used to get several migraines a year in my teens and 20's. I never figured out the trigger and didn't believe in it actually. Back then I had a prescription powder that contained caffeine I would mix it up w/water and chug it and hope I didn't up chuck then head for a very dark quiet place.

    Best of luck to you. I hope I am not heading back into that cycle again myself.
  • jsowneon

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    Jun 15, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    Well coffee kind of has the opposite affect on me then I think it has on most. I end up crashing after about an hour of drinking it and I think in my case coffee would make it worst, I'm not sure if caffeine is one of my triggers or not. I use to drink a lot of soda and would still get migraines and the last migraine I got was last week and I've stopped drinking soda for about two weeks now. If I could find the trigger that causes them I would gladly stop or cut back on what it is but until then it's really trial and error. Kind of sucks thou because when I actually get them the last thing I'm thinking about is what I ate or drank and thinking more about taking the vice grip off my head.
  • Nakedman1969

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    Jun 15, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    I have migrains now and as of right now I don't know what causes them. I'm on a new medicne but I don't know if it will work. I've had a kindey/pancrease transplant so I can't take the migrain meds. As I write this I have a migraine.
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    Jun 16, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
    Depends on the extent of pain, but some treatments are:

    prunes/diakons *radish sprouts*
    Lavender essential oil
    boil water with apple cider vinegar
    mint essential oil on a cold towel (forehead)/Heat pack on neck.

    Other than that...I try to sleep and pass out. If you get nausea and auras, then yeah you need to figure out what is best for you. Good luck and there is support from fellow migraine suffers!


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  • tmm6497

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    Jun 16, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    I get migraines quite frequently. Doctor said that my mother passed them down onto me, considering she gets them quite frequently as well. The only thing that works for me other than medication is just taking a long nap and hoping to sleep it off. Sometimes works, sometimes it doesn't.
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    Jun 16, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    water. lots of water.

    I started getting the entire migraine scope when i turned 33. Starts with the light show, nausea, can't focus, then exhaustion and headache.

    You can't do much about the migraine itself except turn off the lights and lie down if you can. But the water will take care of the dehydration which causes the incredible head pain. As soon as i start seeing the lights i run for the water, and usually end up with no pain after.

    good luck.
  • tckrguys

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    Jun 16, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    Try Midol...works great on mine with a cold Pepsi
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    Jun 16, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    jsowneon saidI get migraines every so often and know I probably have more then one trigger. The only medicine I use and that works is Excedrin but would rather not pop pills every time I get one unless it gets really bad. I was just curious for other people who get migraines if they take any preventative measures or do anything to help subside the symptoms brought about by the migraines.


    Feverfew is the herb that helps and some migraines are vitamin B deficiencies. One way or the other don't treat symptoms get to the root of the problem. I suggest Paleo diet and a book called Paleo Solution.
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    Jun 16, 2012 6:03 AM GMT
    Kev1962 saidI assume you've talked w/your Physician already? Ask for a referral to a noggin Dr.. who specializes in vascular issues inside the brain? Maybe a pain clinic?

    I lost a day on vacation in Hawaii to a migraine recently. My buddy finally took me to the emergency room and they gave me a shot. I was drinking a beer an hour later. My trigger was an F'in small piece of dark chocolate the women in our group were all ooooohing and ahhhhing over. I have never much liked chocolate or candy for that matter and now I have a reason why. Used to get several migraines a year in my teens and 20's. I never figured out the trigger and didn't believe in it actually. Back then I had a prescription powder that contained caffeine I would mix it up w/water and chug it and hope I didn't up chuck then head for a very dark quiet place.

    Best of luck to you. I hope I am not heading back into that cycle again myself.


    The miracle drug to which you refer is Imitrex. I hope the man who invented it has more money than God.

    I get tension headaches because I'm a stress monster, and my preferred method of cure is going to a masseuse along with back/neck stretches.

    Maintaining good posture helps, but sometimes after shoulder day/shrugs it's inevitable. I just go and have a 200 pound guy flying elbow me at the edge of the scapula for an hour, and it seems to relieve the knots. At my old gym in Texas there was this one guy named Bear who had hands like thick cut steaks, and could wring it out of me no sweat.
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    Jun 16, 2012 6:35 AM GMT
    isnt ginger suppose to help with headaches? >.< not sure if it helps migraines though
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    Jun 16, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    Kava Kava & Corydalis, maybe Skullcap too
  • rf_dal

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    Jun 16, 2012 7:13 AM GMT
    Very dark, very quiet, cool room. Cool, wet wash cloth on the forehead. Rest for as long as you can.. lol
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    Jun 16, 2012 7:32 AM GMT


    The common theme when I got then was water/fluid depletion from activity. Which, I personally believe, the triggered the migraine due to magnesium depletion. I did some research on this a while ago and how a migraine resembles a hangover and how alcohol depletes magnesium. Again, my own research and diagnosis. As long as I eat right and take a multi-vitamin, I haven't had a migraineā€¦knock on wood.

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    Jun 16, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    sleep in a dark room, don't think there is any other way...I take axert, prescribed from my doctor, i take one as soon as I feel it coming on and it usually stops the migraine pretty quickly
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    Jun 16, 2012 3:07 PM GMT
    Idk about cures, but low intensity exercise on a regular basis could help prevent them.