Migraines-Natural Remedies

Canada
January 8, 2007 1:31am CST
I have recently started getting migraines and i can't believe how horrible they are. I get them when i have my period-very common in women. The first few times i actually considered going to the hospital as the pain, nausea and overall feeling were so intense. I went to see my doctor and he gave me some migraine medication. Up until then i was taking Advil migraine liquid gel caps. As i learned from my doctor, migraine medication is best taken at the first signs that one is coming on( i get a twitch above my eye). I took the perscribed medication once and it cured the migraine somewhat but made me so drowsy and nausious. I then decided that there had to be some natural remedies for these headaches. the idea of stuffing my body full of drugs was not all that appealing. I discovered that many of the medications didn't reduce the constriction of blood vessels in your brain but just numb the pain. There are some medications out there that open up the vessels-they would be better. A friend uses a drug called Imetrix(not sure the spelling) and she swears by as she now lives migraine free. Anyways, as far as natural remedies i discovered.....you should eat lots of magnesium rich foods (or take supplements) as well as iron.*some ideas to get theses are almonds and spinach. Other sources suggested pickle juice ( i didn't find this all that helpful and it doesn't help the nausea), a cold or warm shower can also relieve the pain. Everyone's migraines are very different and different things work on different people but so far for me i feel the best and feel the best when i cure it naturally. I hope this helps :)
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@emeraldisle (13139)
• United States
8 Jan 07
As a fellow migraine suffer I feel for you. I've suffered with them all my life and I know how miserable they can be. Many of the newer medications out there I can't take, due to allergies or because they don't work for me, so I understand your problem. I use midrin when it gets very bad, it's an older migraine medicine but it does work. You'll find that many migraine medicines cause you to be sleepy however one of the best things for a migraine is sleep because then you relax. That being said here are some things to help. Now first I'd normally tell people to keep a log to find out what their triggers are however you already know and can't avoid it. Hormonal ones are the worst because you can't stop those. Try taking an OTC like Excedrin. Do not bother with the Excedrin Migraine. If you look at the ingredients you will find they are the same as regular Excedrin just costs more. Sometimes if you can catch it early enough something like this can help. Caffiene can be your friend. Many migraine medications have this in them because it does help with them. Coffee, chocolate, coke something like that can help ease them off. Take something like Bengay (icyhot, deep heat etc) and rub it on your temples and back of the neck. This can really help with the pain. Use an eye mask. You can get these just about any where. They have gel in them so you can put them in the fridge so they are cold. Lay down in a dark room and put this over your eyes. Sleep. It does wonders. Often I find if I can get to sleep it will take care of a lot of it. Dark rooms are best because as I'm sure you have noticed with a migraine you are light sensitive. I hope these help. You may have to try several things before you find something that works for you. Some times you might need a combination of them as well.
• Canada
8 Jan 07
Wow. Thanks for all the tips!!!! i'll let you know what works.
@Tanya8 (1734)
• Canada
8 Jan 07
I second the caffine recommendation. I have to admit, although I'm very much like you, in that I'd way rather treat illnesses naturally, and don't like to take medicine unnecessarily, I do take an over the counter medicine to deal with migraines related to menstruation. I take one dose of codine with caffine and acetominophen, and if I take it in time, it seems to work like magic. When I was pregnant, I couldn't take anything, and even though I was eating extremely well, getting lots of fluid, and avoiding triggers, nothing worked. I just had to suffer through them. Of course, I didn't want to take in too much caffine when I was pregnant either, so I wonder if just plain coffee would help. I got over a coffee addiction when I was pregnant, and don't want to ever get into the habit again, so I haven't experimented with just taking caffine. I'm sure that's probably what helps stop them though. The codine acts to mask the initial pain, but the caffine deals with the underlying problem.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
My doctor told me that caffeine can actually work either way. For some people a little bit of caffeine with whatever other remedy they are trying can be very helpful in relieving migraines; for other people it makes them worse! In my case, it actually depends. With stress and hormonal migraines, caffeine usually helps a little (although not a great deal). With food related migraines (either because I ate a certain food or I went too long without eating) caffeine makes me feel horrible. Agh!!
@lilaclady (28226)
• Australia
8 Jan 07
This is one of my pet topics as I too used to suffer from migrains, I used to get a three day headache every month, I suffered a lot until someone sent me to a naturapath he made up a bottle of something and this cost me a lot but it worked but I couldn't really afford to keep going back then someone suggested Apple Cider Vinegar, my friends said he probably has some in this mixture he made, well every morming I put kust a little in a measuring glas with water and through it down the throat, not a nice taste but anything was worth for me at this point...and it worked, while I was taking this I never got even a headache, my sister who also suffered went on it to and it worked for her too... I have since seen a book on Apple Cider Vinegar and it is so good for so many things apparantly it is a blood thinner which is why it works....have a go it might be just what you need...good luck, I know what you are going through.
• Canada
8 Jan 07
I am definetly going to try this. Thank you.
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@lilaclady (28226)
• Australia
8 Jan 07
Your welcome I hope it works for you too.
• United States
10 Jan 07
My mother also takes apple cider vinegar (sometimes liquid form, sometimes pills which they also sell) but she takes it for various other reasons... I had no idea it was supposed to help migraines! Since she swears by it for her own purposes, I think I am definitely going to give it a shot. My migraines have gotten so severe and frequent here lately, it is just about ridiculous. Thanks for the info!!
@droik123 (74)
• India
8 Jan 07
I dont know much but I can tell you about a Person (My Aunt) who had Migraine ... She tried Yoga and ever since she has been better... Think people who have Migrane should use Yoga cause I belive Migrane is due to Stress and Yoga is a good stress reliever.
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• India
8 Jan 07
I agree with you. I do Yoga and I too suffer from headaches, but ever since I have started to do Yoga it helped me relax. There is one "Asana" called as "Pranayam" which is one of the breathing techniques. I suggest please take a profession help of an Yoga instructer and start practicing it. Its really the best option than medicines.
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• India
8 Jan 07
my frnd also suferering from migrane ,she got her first migrane attack a year back ,after migrane attack she started doing yoga ,yoga does help her very much.
• United States
10 Jan 07
Stress is definitely a major cause of migraines, but they can also be triggered by hormones and certain foods. Unfortunately, I get them from all three things! Relaxation techniques help me to avoid the stress-triggered ones, and I avoid foods that I know cause me to get migraines, but there's basically nothing you can do about the ones brought on by hormones! I get them every month like clockwork
@diansinta (7549)
• Indonesia
8 Jan 07
ginger - jahe / ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
enought sleep will help. at the moment if you addict to coffe or tea,dont stop, but.consume it deductible. if the migrain come, try to rest and sleep in a dark room,compress you head with cold towel, so that your blood vessel can flume. before that drink ginger juice.you can add it with warm water(the better)and some sugar.just like tea. this natural herbs, its been inheritance for year in my family,in indonesia. try it, and its cheap :
• Canada
8 Jan 07
Yes i have tried this and it does seem to help. thank you :) plus ginger tea is delicious.
@tocika (970)
• Romania
8 Jan 07
For me better medicine is a cup of milk and a coup of green tea with lemon,rest and healthy food.And what do u take and eat is good for your Migrain,but you must to take for a walk one of day and you must to do a rest cure.That told me my dr.,when I told him that I don't want to take any pills. HAve a nice day!
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• Philippines
8 Jan 07
a gentle massage... a gentle scalp massage always help me through..
@Miranda (728)
• South Africa
10 Jan 07
I have been suffering from migraines since i was 7 years old, now 20 years later I still have it. I have been to dieticians, neurologists, homeopathics, accupancture an I have tried everything and nothing work. Now I have exepted it as part of my life. Here in south africa the doctors really have no clue what to do with migraine sufferers and think it is just a headache. Ye right, when you vomit, can't see, after a while i have needles and pins in my hands and arms and if i still do not get help after that, i do not even know who I am..... I am going for another test in March at a neurologist... we will see maybe this guy will know what is wrong. I wish you all the best. I know how horrible a migraine can get.
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8 Jan 07
i too have been on several medications, all seem to have terrible side effects. One thing that does help me is having a pepsi by 1pm everyday. It also helps the blood vessels from getting constricted. Most migraine medicines have caffiene in them. I was having migraines every day and they were so bad that all I could do was go in a dark, quiet room and sleep until they went away (sometimes not for 2 days). That's not easy to do with young kids! My oldest son (4) can look at me and tell when I have them, that's how common it is for me. I have not tried the Imitrex yet, just about 7 others! I'm tired of trying new ones and the side effects being so terrible. Thanks for your suggestions, I do take a multi vitamin a day, should I take an extra supplement of magnesium? If you are getting them around your cycle then you might try birth control. I know that Depo, the patch and the mini pill have all worked for me. They only have one type of hormone instead of the combo (which makes my migraines worse). Plus with Depo and the mini pill you don't get a cycle at all. (Which I love!) Since it's the change in hormones that will make you get them at that time when you don't have the change you won't get the migraines. Good luck
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• United States
9 Jan 07
You could also see a neurologist before trying at home remedies.Sometimes your symptoms may not be the same as someones elses so it's best to rule out the difficult ones first.
• India
9 Jan 07
its correct only. you can consult an doctor before trying at home..
• India
8 Jan 07
thnx 4 ur advice...i will tell my mom nxt time she gets 1 migraine
@Reviver (339)
• Romania
8 Jan 07
true ....thx for information man ..next time i know what i must to do ;)
• India
9 Jan 07
There are a few food stuff which are held responsible for trigerring off an attack of migraine like cheese, chocolate, curds, chinese food. find out if you have the same trigger factors & avoid them
@ichurn (611)
• Philippines
9 Jan 07
I also experience migraine when I lack sleep. It is really terrible.. very painful. The remedy that I use is that I just get more sleep.
@babray06 (1787)
• India
9 Jan 07
This is a great effort from your part. There are many who suffers from Migrain. It's good to know that you have got success against Migrain. There is no doubt that this is a very painful disease and there are very little respite from it. You have also correctly pointed out that different things work on different people. Thanks for this great post.
• United States
9 Jan 07
I will have to try the things that you have tried. I have never had migrains before I injured my back. Now i get them all the time. I was on Topamax which is a proventative measure and it worked very well but could no longer pay for them since they are very expencive. I also was on relpax which helped too. But again it is expencive, so thankyou very much for your suggestions. I will be giving them a try..... Stacy
• United States
9 Jan 07
I have had migraines for years now. I had tests done, tried samples of meds to see what works. I was told drink black coffee (yuk) i need cream and sugar LOL. Once in awhile Vicodin helps. But not always. Imitrex did not help me. When I get them, I get them for days. I worked at a hospital and would miss days of work. I wish I could get rid of for good. But this is life. I a miserable when I get them, I try to take a multi-vitamin daily. I tend to forget. I have not found a pain reliever for me yet. I wish you luck....
@kfg20012003 (1037)
• India
9 Jan 07
yes i too have migraine headaches,they really irritate me at work,i consulted a eye doctor,he gave me some medicines also told not to get tensed so much
@Island_Geko (3759)
• Canada
9 Jan 07
Damiana, kola, sarsaparilla, ginseng -- Recommended when migraine is due to fatigue, lassitude, and general debility. Fenugreek infusion -- steep 5-15 minutes, take 1 cup during the day, hot or cold Peppermint oil -- 5-10 drops, 3 times daily; fluid extraction, 1-2 tsp., 3 times daily; infusion, steep 5-15 minutes, take 6 oz., 3 times daily Rosemary infusion -- steep 5-15 minutes, take 2 oz., 3 times daily; oil, 1-3 drops, 3 times daily; external: Rub diluted oil (1 part rosemary with 10 parts vegetable oil) on forehead and temples. Also use as a nasal vapor bath. Camomile tea -- helps prevent migraines. Lavender-- Rub some lavender oil on the temples and fore, head. Lavender has antispasmodic and cooling properties.
@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
9 Jan 07
I take bc powder and if it gets really bad I take immetrex myself. This is interesting I take a cool shower or get a cold rag and it helps sometimes. I hate migranes
@kyliepops (269)
• Australia
9 Jan 07
I used to get migraines and someone suggested that i get some massage, anyways after a few treatments i was migraine free. We found out that my back was out and so was my pelvis and that one leg is shorter than the other and this was what was causing my migraines. So once my back and pelvis were where they were supposed to be i dont get them anymore! He also told me apple cider vinegar is very healing and you can rub that directly on sore parts as well as drinking it.
@noopster (17)
9 Jan 07
with migraines the best remedy is rest!!! relax n take a shower if possible n avoid the agentz that trigger migrainez!!! chocolate,coffee,OCPz,colaz!!! n then u will b able to control the occurancez of migrainez to a certain extent!!!try avoidin excessive sunlight n direct exposure to heat as well!!! n thos natural remediez u mentioned do work as well but vairez frum person to person!!!
@Equinoxx (187)
• Ireland
8 Jan 07
Yes, I understand the trauma of going through the whole migraine process. I've been suffering for almost 10 years but unable to pinpoint what triggers it. Some say it is hereditary. At the onset, I take a quick shower, a paracetamol pill and make it a point to lie down in a dark noise-free room. The whole experience is indeed terrible. Is there any form of permanent cure for this disease?