Has anyone ever tried this for a migraine?

United States
January 27, 2007 11:07am CST
I've heard several places that sniffing ammonia when getting a migraine will help alleviate it...has anyone ever tried this and did it work? Please tell me about the experience of how it helped and how long it took.
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@superchook (1786)
• Australia
30 Jan 07
I suffer with migraines and would try just about anything to get rid of them. Luckily I don't get them too often. I have never hear of sniffing ammonia, so I don't know if it works. You would think it would actually make it worse, but if you heard that it works, it is probably worth a try. I would be very happy if it worked on me. You can hear some of the strangest things sometimes and find that they actually do work.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
i do know how you feel...as long as it's not really dangerous, i'll try anything once...sometimes some of the simplest old fashioned remedies do seem to work best...if you decide to try this, please let me know how it works. thanks for responding
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• Australia
30 Jan 07
Well, like you said if your using it to clean and it doesn't hurt you, and you would be sniffing it a lot more when you do that, then whats the harm to see if it will help get rid of a migraine? I would be so happy if it worked. I will let you know if it works.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
9 Feb 07
When I get a full blown migraine, I mean one that is a 10 on pain scale, my senses are ally heightened. I can smeel things and they are so strong that they make me sick. I would never try ammonia. I pass out from the pain.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
I forgot to mention that I had never heard of this and I thought that i had heard of everything. I have been seeing a neorologist for my head pain since 1986
• United States
14 Feb 07
i know about the senses being on overload. i've forgotten where i read this, wish i could find it again. thank you for the response.
@LoganzMom (619)
• United States
21 Mar 07
well i cant say that i have sniffed amonia lol but i don't have migraines either. i had never really experianced headaches until this past few years and man oh man do they hurt! i never understood what people meant so if i had migraines all the time you bet i'd be willing to try anything to stop the pain!
• United States
22 Mar 07
it is tempting when in the middle of a migraine to try anything at all to make the pain go away. I've tried almost every remedy i've ever heard about (that I could afford anyway) and am still looking for other remedies. Thanks hon.
@TriciaW (2441)
• United States
11 Mar 07
Wow never even heard of doing that but I know when I get mine that isn't something I would try since I get sick to my stomach anyway. I found something else that has helped and it is going to seem odd. I had headaches for the past month and nothing was taking away. I went to get my ears stapled to help me stop smoking and lose weight. When I was there the doctor said it helps with headaches and stress too with the weight loss one. I wasn't really buying into that part of it but hey was willing to try for the other things. Well I have had it almost a week now and not one headache!! I think there might be something to it. The stapling puts pressure points on certain nerves and I guess that is what controls the headaches. You might try it as it is working for me.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
i have heard of that, but i don't know if i could do something like that. There are also things that are like magnetic earrings that you put on that pressure point on your ear, i've been thinking about doing that. Thanks and good luck with all of it!
@TiffanieC (827)
• United States
27 Feb 07
This is very dangerous! Also I can't imagine it would work. If I am even in the same room as one spray of a cleaner that contains ammonia I get a migraine and feel like I'm gonna throw up and have trouble breathing. My husband got mad at me for throwing out everything in our home with ammonia in it until he finally paid attention to how it effects me. If he ever brings in a cleaner that contains ammonia I throw it right out!
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• United States
11 Mar 07
just using products that contain it don't seem to really bother me, but i've known people who are like you. I'm glad your husband finally listened. Thank you
@natrlvr2 (384)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I used to work in a veneer place where they use formaldehyde glue to make plywood(horrible place) and in the summer to keep the glue from hardening so fast,the guy had to add ammonia. Sometimes when he added too much the smell was so bad,it gave us all a headache.I personally do not think sniffing ammonia would be good at all.Dangerous.
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• United States
11 Mar 07
does sound awful...thank you.
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Um..something really tells me not to sniff ammonia. I don't know why but warning bells are going off for me. I drink creeping charlie (otherwise known as the weed: ground ivy) tea to get rid of my migraines. It works wonders..it helps me think a bit more clearly when I don't have a headache too.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
i'd love to try that tea...i'll have to get how it's done and try it..thank you so much
@ShannaS (559)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Well, that's a different approach. A weird one too. I am curious if it works as well. The smell of asphalt and other strong scents can actually trigger a headache in me so I can't imagine this works but am very curious. As far as homeopathic meds I have found that feverfew and magnesium help with mine sometimes. Good luck with yours :-)
• United States
31 Jan 07
thanks...i have thought of trying feverfew...i haven't heard about magnesium...i'll have to give that a try..thanks for the response
@sweetcakes (3505)
• United States
30 Jan 07
no this is a new one for me so it works huh?
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• United States
30 Jan 07
well i'm not sure, and i'm sure that it wouldn't work for everyone, but i have read many times about some people getting relief with this...i'm going to try it, let me know if it helps you
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
2 Sep 10
Well i havenot tried this..but i try a different one that releavs best, i use warm and cold towel massaging on the head and shoulders, that was best releaving.
@livewyre (2455)
6 Aug 07
This is probably akin to using 'smelling salts' an age-old remedy which is a favourite of old ladies at least in the UK... I have accidentally inhaled reasonably large amounts of ammonia gas and can confirm that if not controlled, YES it will alleviate a headache, clear your nasal passages and generally sweep your Ear-nose-throat region in an instant - however if you inhale as much as I did, your throat will be so sore you won't be able to speak properly for 48 hours or more... All I'm going to say it was a failed attempt at a pyrotechnic trick at the school Christmas Pantomime which should have had smoke pouring from the bottom of a Christmas tree as it 'lifted off' in to space, but actually had me entering (stage right) as a 'wise man' with what appeared to be my beard on fire.... (ammonia got spilled on the drum kit just as I was about to make my entrance, I came to the rescue by mopping up the solution with the only thing to hand - my false beard) So, the conclusion is - don't try this at home! ammonia can be quite damaging and can come in various toxic forms so please don't try it just because someone posted about it on MyLot! If you want to try this, get medical advice first!