This suggestion is more to prevent migraines, not treat them once they've started. I worked hard to identify my triggers and found that artificial sweeteners of any kind trigger. I now use agave nectar and those migraines are gone. I still get wicked migraines from fragrances. If any of you are using any kind of scented personal products such as body wash, lotion, perfumes, soaps, etc, stop using those and see if the migraines stop. Plug in air fresheners trigger me also, and some folks are bothered by scented laundry products and scented candles. Basically anything perfumed or scented, remove it from your environment. Tried beta blockers & Topamax and neither worked and both had awful side effects. Neurologist wasn't much help, kept wanted to put me on stronger and stronger drugs, so I fired him and focused on identifying my triggers and that is how I manage the migraines. Hope someone finds this helpful!
I was suffering from a debilitating migraine last night when I stumbled onto this forum desperate for relief. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who suggested peppermint oil and vapo rub. I did not have either of these things at home and it was midnight therefore running to the store was out of the question (so were the caffeine suggestions). What I did have was Trader Joes tea tree tingle shampoo and conditioner which contains peppermint and Noxema. I sat in the bathtub in the dark with the tea tree oil shampoo and Noxema on my face for about 10 minutes. I finally had enough relief to be able to fall asleep. When I woke up I was back to normal.
Basically you apply the following two cures to fix your migraine:
PREVENTION: Take the following combination each day (all 4 are needed for this to work)
500mg of Magnesium Chelate - take twice daily.
100mg of Vitamin B2 - take twice daily
500mcg Folic acid - once per day
Mini-aspirin - take one a day with food.
(Don't skip on the folic acid it is key to increasing the B2 absorption and the overall effect).
IF MIGRAINE STRIKES:
If you get an AURA take a 500mg vitamin B3 tablet (NIACIN)
When head starts - drink a strong coffee (or pro-plus tablet) and 500mg vitamin B3 tablet (NIACIN) if you havent taken one already.
Beyond that take your mersyndol and go to bed with the lights off and suffer until migraine is completed.
You need to understand that your body is doing the right thing for you by having a migraine. When you are doing PREVENTION you are trying to prevent your blood
vessels in the brain contracting to the point when your brain is not getting enough oxygen. If you hit this trigger point, then your body will dilate your blood
vessels rapidly, but what happens is it overshoots before eventually settling down at the correct level. This process often starts with an aura, then lots of pain
as vessels dilate, and sometimes nausea and vomiting as your system until things settle down.
WHEN MIGRAINE STRIKES, what you need to take is counter-intuitive, you take things that contract the blood vessels to SLOW DOWN the rate of dilation so the body
takes a smoother curve to get back to normal - hence the Niacin (B3) and strong coffee, plus the usual painkillers/sleepy meds such as mersyndol. The timing is
therefore important. but this process will reduce the pain and shorten the length of the migraine attack. Hope that helps
Everyone is different. I've tried all kinds of remedies. Had migraines since i was 6, am 35 now. My go to nowadays is excedrin at the early stages, but it can have a rebound effect if taken more than two-three times a week. So,some things I will try that sometimes work are: 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar in a little water with honey
Feverfew-three capsules but I notice they mess up my cycle and I already have menstrual migraines so that usually makes them worse
Ginger with ibuprofen, well it worked the first time I tried it then not so much but heard it works for some
Cold pack/ice pack all around my head or at least on the side of pain
Having someone press at the base of my neck, the two bumpy areas where your skull meets your neck if that makes sense
Vitamin B2- 400mg daily, his one you have to take daily for a month or so but I noticed fewer migraines when I used it and am starting it again
I've heard magnesium can help, supposedly we're deficient in mag when we have migraines
Fish oil-omega 3 is supposed to be another good one for inflammation
Basically figuring out your triggers and staying away, foods that cause inflammation are a big no no
Taking diphenhydramine and going to bed! Usually this works great!
Peppermint oil on your forehead and temples eases my pain temporarily but doesn't make it stop
I'm going to look into the blood type diet soon and see if that might help with them. Seeing a neurologist is a great idea, it can take some trial and error at first. But if your like me and don't have insurance that's out of the picture. One that I saw some years ago had me try topamax whichade me into a sloth.
About the only thing I haven't tried and heard can help is Botox so maybe if I ever get insurance!
In 2009, after a terrible eye injury, I had to have 5 surgeries to save the eye. I had never had a single headache, so I honestly did not recognize the migraine..I though something was wrong with my eyes.
After the 3rd surgery, I was diagnosed with chronic migraines. Daily headaches with up to 3 severe migraines a week.
After 4 years, I have been through a long list of symptoms. Including numbness in my lips, blurred vision, confusion, vomiting, etc.I have figured out some triggers such as stress, bright lights/sunshine, cinnamon, strong smells, and noise...did I mention I work in a bright office with children?!?! And women never realize that their candles put some people in pain or they really don't need THAT much perfume on (men too for that matter.)
With a big team of physicians and lots of google searches (and I mean almost daily searches) I have found a couple of things that ease the pain a bit. I have medications from my doctors (3 to be exact) but they do not always help.
I have found that sitting in the bathroom when the shower is steaming helps when the weather is changing...but only while you are in there.
Large amounts of caffeine (even in pill form) will ease it for a couple of hours.
One of my favorites is putting Vicks on my temples..it will make them ease just enough to function properly. (It also repels people~which is a good thing while you have a migraine)
And I also have to take a minute to remember that if I get nervous or anxious when I feel it coming on, it will only get worse so smile through the pain and calm down.
Make yourself throw up. it opens your brain for oxygen, instant fix. From years of severe migraines and imitrex being so expensive this works the best.
I have suffered from migraines since I was 15 I am now 35. I have pinpointed many triggers. Chocolate, too much or too little caffeine, aged cheese, nicotine (I quite smoking almost a year ago) alcohol (quit 10 years ago) fluorescent lights, bright lights of any kind, flashing lights caused by video games, lack of sleep, not sleeping with c-pap on. I have been working with neurologist, Neurosurgeon, and pain management psychologist for 6 years now. I do have a neurological condition called pseudo tumor cerebri but I also have secondary condition of chronic migraines. I've prayed before every surgery (13 so far) that it would cure my migraines no luck. I am at the point of desperation now. I am now on permanent disability and my quality of life is miserable. I have tried Burberry (waste of money) vitamin b, many non narcotic pain killers imitrex etc. After reading advice on this site I will try natural oils and head bands. Oh and the weather seriously affects them.. I live in northern California and its not conducive weather for migraines. Dry weather such as Arizona makes me feel like a human being again. I can actually get out of bed. I'm so desperate that I am in a new pain program being assessed for a pain pump. Honestly I hope I'm approved. I'm desperate for relief. I do a lot of meditation in the least it sloths my mind.
I actually drink vodka or brandy and it almost immediately eases the pain.Maybe it can work for you too
I've been suffering with severe migraines for two years now and the way I get them is just a pounding sensation, almost feels like dying. I cant hold anything down and I will puke the whole day. My rememdy is just taking excedrin extra strength, feverfew(you could get a GNC), and vitamin b12 all at once, also rubbing peppermint oil to your temples and the back of your neck helps. Just wait like 10min and it works. Its better to take them when you feel it coming. The sooner you get rid of the head ache the better. I hope this helps someone because I know that when I get them I feel like shooting my brains out and feeding it to a zombie.
Excedrine Migraine does help. Though, lately it seems to be less effective.
If you have the availability to go to a neurologist, I've heard that botox treatments actually help with migraines. Though, if you're afraid of needles, then I don't recommend this. I haven't tried it myself yet but the place I went to give out those treatments 10x more than most other places. ---I've tried many preventatives already. None of them have worked. I'm thinking that one of them as made my migraines worse. A preventative may be the key for you. I believe after trying three different ones in one summer that they made my hypoglycemia worse...
Sometimes caffeine can help OR make it worse. I do drink something with low caffeine with whatever I'm taking.
I've heard butterbur pills help. I'm going to try that soon.
Tying a headband around my head helps more than most things, especially if I'm in a freezer at work. Normally when cold air hits my forehead I'll start to get a migraine.
Most of my triggers are bright lights, certain sounds, stress, lack of sleep. Sometimes I might get a migraine without any of these triggers. I'm still trying to figure them out.
As I've had migraines, many of the symptoms have changed. Used to, my hands, or even a part of my face would go numb. It's rarely occurred after about a year or so but they're coming back. Same thing with auras. I think lately my speech has slowed down when I get a worse migraine. I do worry about that. Or maybe it's just me. I do get very, very irritable. It's not great working around customers when the owner says we should all act bubbly and blonde. (I swear he's a complete idiot). I don't think it would be rare if the symptoms change, especially if they go untreated. I'd like to try as many home remedies before I go back to my neurologist again to try more pills.