Need Help!! Migraines

Migrains - Migrains can be extremely painful to the person. Unable to get rid of them is even worse.
United States
August 26, 2008 2:31pm CST
My wife has had a Migraine for the past 4 days. We have tried the prescription meds and they are not even working. Who here knows of some possiblynone mediicianl ways to fight migraines? What are some things that you have tried and they worked?
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
26 Aug 08
i get headaches all the time and the only way i can get rid of them is by laying down and resting or by using some products at the health food store. there is a great one called a migra stick (i am in canada, but i am sure its available elsewhere) you rub it on your head and it does help!
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• Canada
27 Aug 08
Migra stick...I am Canadian and have never heard of this or seen it! I live in Ontario...where do you get this? I've heard of Active-on is it like that? ~Heavens~
@o2bnocn (2895)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Make sure she has ate good and has had some good sleep. Those are the two top things that usually cause me to have a migraine. Once I get a migraine I will make sure I have ate something good then I will lay down in a dark room and put a cold washcloth on my forehead sometimes over my eyes as well. If it keeps hurting I would take her to the emergency room. I have had to call 911 for my mother because of migraines before. She has something called aura or something like that. Her body will go numb, see dots or can't really see, can't really speak. So I have had to call them before for her. I have never had to go myself but they do HURT! Once her migraine is gone she might want to pay attention occasionally, certain things can cause them. My mother can't eat certain foods, it will cause her to have one. Everyone is different with what causes it, sometimes I think I just get them. I do know that if I don't eat good or sleep good I am more likely to get them. Hope her migraine goes away soon.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
I know last night she slept better. i am trying to get her to go to bed earlier but she will hurt so bad she does not want to lie down. I will try the cold compress. that may help her some.
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Besides a cool dark room, cold compresses or a warm shower, I can't think if anything else. If she has had a migrane for that many days she really needs to go to the ER. I learned that migraines can be a sign of something else - like mini-strokes or even allergic reactions.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
She has been hiding in the closet in our room. She has tried hot compress, i will see if she will try the cold. She had brain surgery last year and has migrains from time to time. I have tried to have her go to the ER but she is tired of all the doctors. Thanks for the advice.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
27 Aug 08
Vitamine B - it's actually one of them but I can never remember which - I take a B complex and it works. Hold on Ok, got my book out just to double check - it's B6, 100 milligrams, and pale purple colors NOT bright, like a lilac. I have done both of these and actually crochetted myself a lilac almost lavendar afghan for my bedroom, as long as I'm wrapped in the afghan I don't get my migraines. If I don't take my B complex I get them and keep them until I take the viamine.
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• United States
27 Aug 08
Wow! Lilac. I never would have thought that a color would have that affect on you. I was thinking about a best response (you earlier discussion reminded me) I think for this discussion it will be the one that helps my wife the most. I will have her try the colors and vitamins. Thanks. :)
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
27 Aug 08
Oh thank you but I'm sure there are other great responses too :) How I learned about the 'light purple' was a few years ago I was taking a speach class at our local college - one of the students did a speech on colors and how different ones effect us. Calming migrains was one of the benefits that really stuck with me as I was suffering horribly from them at the time - while working fulltime, taking 13 college credits, and dealing with problem teenaged son :( The vitamin B came from my Home Remedies book - which is my second bible and I had read that part before I ever had a migrain - a lady I worked with had a 6 year old daughter who suffered from them. She was on medication but still down and out (in the closet as your wife). The lady new I was into home remedies and asked if I knew anything for migrains. I didn't but went home that night and checked into it. The first month the little girl took B along with doctor's meds but second month went to just the vitamins and last I knew even several years later the minute she felt one coming on she would just as her mother for a vitamin and no migrain. Now many years later I am suffering and just need to remember to take the vitamin.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
Well, one of the things that have worked for me was caffeine. I learned this from starting a discussion in MyLot about how early I got online. I said in the discussion that I had a headache that wouldn't allow me to sleep. I was being stubborn, but finally took some Excedrin Migraine that took the headache away, but I still couldn't sleep. One of the respondents told me that one of the active ingredients in it was caffeine. That totally shocked me, because I know that too much caffeine will give me a migraine. However, since then, I have started taking a mild pain killer, such as Aleve, and drinking a tall cup of coffee along with it, that seems to help when I don't have any Excedrin in the house.
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• Canada
27 Aug 08
Really!?! ~Heavens~
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• United States
27 Aug 08
Unfortunately she cannot have excedrin. And I don't think Aleve either. She has had ulcers in the past and that would aggravate them. Of course so does caffeine and chocolate but she still takes that :) thanks for the help.
@RDugas (247)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I suffer from migraines as well, so I know how she feels. But mine have never lasted any longer than 2 days. She may want to go to the hospital and get seen. It may be something more serious than a headache. Only advice I can offer is drink alot of water and sleep it off (if she can) in a cold dark room, The colder the better. Does have a prescription to take for when she knows shes about to get one. I takae Topamax and it works 95% of the time. Ive notice there are certain things I eat and drink that seem to trigger them. Anything with nutrasweet or any artificial sweetner, MSG, and unfourtunatly......chocolate. I hope she feels better soon.
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• United States
11 Oct 08
She is doing better now. That was about a month ago. Actually we did go to the hospital and they gave her a cocktail of meds that she had a bad reation to. Go figure. But at the same time it took the migraines away.
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
27 Aug 08
DON'T USE HEAT!!! It will cause the blood to thin and make the pain worse. I have had migraines that have lasted 6 and 7 days. I discovered that if I use ice packs on the neck and on the forehead it helps enormously. Also I try to keep the rest of my body cool too. I have had them so bad that I have slept on ice packs, but they did the trick and the migraine would dissipate in a couple of hours. If she suffers from chronic migraines, you might try having her take a B2 tablet every day. I read in Woman's World that taking a B2 vitamin pill ever day reduces the occurrence of migraines by about 80% which is a nice amount. The B2 doesn't build up in your body and the only side effect is that it turns your urine a bright yellow. Also, I learned this from a reflexologist. Massage the webs between her fingers on both hands. You can feel the tension and sometimes a little bubble in the web area. I had a migraine when I was visiting my friend and he did that to me and it worked. You do this to both hands and you do it firmly but no too hard. You do it to both hands and massage the areas between your thumb and index finger. It eases the migrain a lot and between that and the ice packs it should help. Give your wife my best, I can totally understand what she is going through! Also, try to keep her consuming fluids. It helps if she suddenly needs to throw up, if there isn't anything in her stomach the dry heaves make the migraine worse! I know that from experience. Don't have the fluids too hot or too cold because it will upset her stomach. I hope I've helped some..
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• United States
27 Aug 08
Thank you so much for that advice. I just sent that information to her. I do hope one of these remedies work soon. She is just miserable.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
27 Aug 08
I seldom got migraines, but I know that if I pulled the shades, turned off the lights, then it worked. I also had to have complete quiet. Other than that, I do not know how to get rid of them. I do hear that caffeine might trigger them as well as cheese and other food, but I guess it varies. I did find a link that could help. http://women.webmd.com/guide/migraines-headaches-migraines
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• United States
27 Aug 08
Thanks. I will have her check those out. If anything will help we will try it. I know that she has spent the last few days hiding in the closet in our room with the lights off.
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
I used to have migraines frequently and i know how debilitating they can be. Anyway, since migraines are usually tension headaches, some of the alternative treatment include massage therapy, relAxation therapy and even accupressure. Some natural cures include basil, lavender oil but maybe you should Check it out at these sites http:/www.healthline.com and http:/www.naturalcures.org. Hope she's feeling better now.
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• United States
27 Aug 08
I have forwarded that information on to her. It will be interesting to see what works for her. Hopefully something will works oon. We are going on 5 days. Thanks
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• Canada
27 Aug 08
Four Days!?! I am so sorry to hear that! My suggestion is that she gets into a doctor...could be something more than just a migraine...though I hope not it is best to be on the safe side and maybe he can prescribe something! ~Heavens~
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• United States
27 Aug 08
I have been trying to get her to go. She has just been to so many doctors she is just tired of them all. I will continue to encourage her to do that. I pray that she will soon find relief. thanks
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@KUSHANK55 (2437)
• India
8 Oct 08
yes dear friend it can be treated without medication . pl send message if you need the remedy!!
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• United States
8 Oct 08
Thanks, I accepted your friend request. Go ahead and send me the information, I would appreciate it. Her migraine is now gone. But just incase they come back I would like to have more info. Take care.
@akubest (137)
• Malaysia
19 Sep 08
i got migraines too and it happen to me often. i used to take pills called cafergot. it helps you to release the pain in 30 minutes to 3 hours. cafergot needs to be taken when your head start to feels dizzy and your neck feels strange. migraines sufferers need to be in a dark and cold room. the light from lamps can make it worst as it tension the nerves more
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• United States
22 Sep 08
Thanks for the responce. Thankfully her migraines has subcided. IT took a while, but she is doing well now. I will remeber this the next time she has one. I appreciate your help.
@lordvl (2)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I feel for migraine sufferers-my sister has lessen headaches by eliminating trigger foods.Keep in mind each person has different triggers.Hers is yeast and nitrates.So no breads or perserved meats.Many canned soups,graveys ,broths,ect. have both-lunch meats,pepperoni,salami,hot dogs ect.Try to eliminate these from diet and keep track of diet before onsets of headaches-hope this helps someone.Pax.
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• United States
3 Sep 08
Thanks, she has been trying to see if there is a corilation between the food she eats and hte migraines. I will have her continue to do that.