Migraine Help!

July 28, 2010 9:38am CST
So this past weekend was my partner’s 30th birthday and I have never been so inundated with chocolate cakes in my life! There were three different types, all massive and loaded with goodies. We’ve been giving it away up and down the street to try and get rid of it all, but we still have a fridge and freezer full! The only real downside to all of this chocolate is the migraine I’ve been trying to fight off this week. It’s hell really. I’ve taken co-codamol, but because of asthma problems I can’t take ibuprofen, and the lingering cough I’ve had makes me feel like my head is going to actually explode like something out of a horror film. Does anyone have any tips for non-medicated relief? Other than spending the next week in bed!
9 responses
@jane239 (521)
29 Jul 10
I forgot to say that if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer like I do and find that makes the migraines worse or triggers them then you could try an anti glare screen or some of those pin hole glasses you can get. I've done this and it makes a real difference.
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30 Jul 10
Computer screens are so often the culprit of headaches these days, yet so few of us can do without them! My glasses have an anti-computer glare coating on them, but to be honest, I’m always forgetting to wear them, which I’m sure doesn’t help my headaches in itself! What are pin hole glasses?
@jane239 (521)
30 Jul 10
They're black glasses with holes in them, like pin holes which you can see out of. They help stop your eyes from getting strained and they take the glare off the screen. I've found them great. I can look at the screen for longer without having to let my eyes get too tired which can cause a headache in itself. I got mine eBay for about £4.99. They are designed to improve your eyesight by helping them to focus properly and my eyesight has really improved after a few months.
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30 Jul 10
£0.99 with free postage on eBay! They’re not the height of cool, but for wearing around the house they’ll be fine! Thanks for the tip. We’ll see how I get on with them!
• Kenya
29 Jul 10
Looks like you are stressed up with what you've been doing the whole week.I suggest that you take a wet towel and place it on your forehead then put your feet in a basin with warm water and try to relax. Avoid for a while watching the Television or any thing that brings out flashy and bright light.I trust that you will see results.
29 Jul 10
It has been a long week or so. My parents were supposed to visit today, but I had to ask them to postpone because I just couldn’t cope. The trouble is that I’m not good at sitting and doing nothing. I get bored! I want to read, or watch something or tidy up! I find it really hard to sit quietly. I don’t help myself!
• Kenya
30 Jul 10
I guess you may have already felt better now.Its been 21 hours since you commented back.You see the fact that you won't let your mind rest does aggravate and prolong the healing period.You've got to sacrifice the tiding,reading and watching for a while so that you can get better faster.Believe me when you get well you will enjoy more doing all the things you are used to doing.
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30 Jul 10
You’re totally right of course! I’m feeling better today (touch wood) although I think that has a lot to do with the Nurofen migraine pills my partner picked up for me. It’s so hard to try and think of something to keep yourself occupied when you’re trying to avoid any visual or aural stimulation. I’m too much of a fidget for my own good!
@dsrp82 (678)
• Brazil
28 Jul 10
First of all, don't lay down! It makes the migrane worse. Get up and start doing aerobic exercises (ligth ones, if you know what I mean), you'll feel better. If it doesnt work, put ice cubs on your head with a tissue. Any doubts ask me.
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28 Jul 10
It’s funny you say, that because people always seem to tell me to lie down when I have a migraine and it always makes the pain worse for me. In other words, I agree with you! I’ve not heard of the aerobic exercise solution before. I’ll try a bit of gentle stretching now. I have a cold face pack that is kept in the fridge to use for these occasions too. Thank you!
@dsrp82 (678)
• Brazil
29 Jul 10
I'm glad I could help! Hope you're feeling better =D
29 Jul 10
Hiya, I know exactly what you are going through, there are times when I have taken enough painkillers to soothe an elephant, but they didn't touch my migraine. I am lucky to live near some woods, because after taking a normal amount of painkillers I will then take the dog for a walk in the woods, whether it's the dog or the woods or it is just the fresh air, i don't know but the migraine is usually gone by the time I get back home. Hope this helps
29 Jul 10
I think that sometimes, unless you take the painkillers as soon as the first symptoms strike, migraines can often stop your system from absorbing painkillers properly. Fresh air helps, so I’ve got the windows open, but it’s school holidays now, so all the kids in the street are being really loud!
@true66 (81)
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
You can rub on some menthol rub on your forehead and at the back of the neck... it relieves pain immediately. Also if you got Vitamin B complex at home it can also help. Hope this help.
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29 Jul 10
I have a menthol pain relieving stick, but I hadn't heard that about vitamin B. I'll have to pick up some vitamins at the shop soon. Thanks!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Jul 10
I have heard that rubbing a cut, chilled lime on your forehead or temples (wherever the pain is worst) will help to alleviate a migraine. I get them occasionally. I take a prescription for them, though. I think I'll try the lime method next time and I can tell you if it works or not. But, I have read this in several sites so there might just be something to it. I found a website with some pretty good tips on naturally alleviating a headache or migraine. http://www.naturesnaturalhealing.com/headachesmigraines.shtml About halfway down the page, they have quite a lot of things that can help. See if some of these help you. Don't eat any more chocolate cake, don't drink anything with caffeine. These can all trigger a migraine. Good luck with that headache! I sympathize with you.
29 Jul 10
Thanks for the tips! There’s a lot of herbal remedies there I can try, with things I already have in the house. I’m a bit concerned about rubbing lime juice on my forehead! It’s the kind of thing that will be a tad painful if anything gets in my eyes!
@Thumb86 (290)
29 Jul 10
oh man! im sorry to hear that you are dealing with a nasty migraine! I have suffered with migraine with aura since I was 13 years old. Im 24 now! as we know, chocolate is a classic migraine trigger but I guess sometimes we just cant help ourselves! I used to take a preventative medication called pizotifen which worked wonders for me! have you considered these types of meds? non med solutions that are relatively effective for me include taking a bath! I just sit in the tub for a couple of hours, I find it really relaxes me and can ease the pain sometimes. They are so hard to get rid of though and the majority of the time I just have to wait for it to pass :( I dont get these week long ones though so I really do feel for you. I had the worst migraine i have ever had last month and it lasted some 20 hours...Mine dont last for days but they are quite severe..With the aura aswell..Last attack I couldnt talk properly, had blind spots in my vision and felt really dizzy..The visual disturbances kept coming back too...I nearly went to the ER as I freaked myself out thinking I was havig a stroke! anyways, hope it passes soon!!!
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29 Jul 10
I find a bath is a terrible idea if my head is pounding. The heat really makes it worse. I don’t have visual disturbances luckily. I think they’d really frighten me! I just have migraines that last about a week, intermittently getting worse or better, but never fully disappearing. I hate it because I know that when one comes on, that’s my week shot. They just linger on for so long!
@jane239 (521)
28 Jul 10
I get migraines and they are awful especially when they drag on. I've found taking Magnesium helps reduce the severity of them and anything that can make them less worse has to be a good thing. I wouldn't suggest aerobic exercise but some stretching exercises to help unwind tight muscles which can contribute to migraines. You could also try Feverfew which is meant to prevent them but I think it's better to check with a doctor be for taking that because I've heard there could be some side effects. I find an eye mask helps if my eyes can't tolerate the light and I use forehead strips which are meant to relax your muscles in your forehead. I don't find them great for the migraine but I have found that they bring my temperature down if I get a fever with it.
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29 Jul 10
I take magnesium supplements for my chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, so it’s good I’ve got one under my belt already. I won’t be buying the Morrison’s brand again though. They’re cheap, but they’re like horse pills and I’ve had a couple of dodgy moments where I’ve nearly choked! As for the exercise, gentle stretching is about my limit. I think my head might blow off if I start jigging about too much! I think I used to take Feverfew. I’ll have to pop to Holland and Barratt to get some more in. I think the summer humidity is a big trigger for my head. Thanks for the advice.
@puccagirl (7308)
• Israel
28 Jul 10
I use something called Migrastick, which is basically a stick with completely natural oils (peppermint and so on...), that you roll on the place that hurts (the area of your head), and while it sounds completely strange, it actually works wonders! If it is available in your country, you should really try it!
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28 Jul 10
It sounds like a product I use called “4Head” that looks like a glue stick! It’s quite helpful, unless you forget you’ve got it on and rub your eyes! Then it’s *ouch*!