Anyone get ’em? They suck. I just got one and have been getting them about once a year for the past 7 years or so. My doctor gave me some pills for it, but they don’t help at all. I’ve heard coffee helps, but it doesn’t for me.
Anyone who gets them tried anything to treat it that works?
@jpete011, if anything, coffee makes it worse… so does any caffine drink, cheese and citrus fruits. (they called the 3 Cs)
best thing to do is to sleep it off in a dark ventilated room.
close the blinds and open all the windows and pain killers =)
I also get migraines about once a year. Couple days ago I was at a party and started getting one (worst place possible -__-). The usual numbness of the left side of my body started happening and usually I instantly stress out when I know ones coming but I just tried to stay as calm as possible. It actually helped and I just dealt with a mild headache the rest of the night, instead of full blown hammer to the head. The only time the doctor’s has helped me was with a shot in the butt, I’m not sure what it was but maybe they could do that for you? They also say if you eat a lot of chocolate, wine, too much caffeine, cheese or processed meats that could be a trigger. Staying calm and trying to relax when you have one and sleeping the day away seems to work best for me. :)
@jpete011, Ive had them for many years now since a concussion when I was 12. My symptoms include aural distractions kind of like the spot in your vision if you look at a bright light that doesn’t go away, followed by a crazy headache, followed by a purge until i feel better. Ive tried many things to help but I have to say, the only thing that has ever worked for me is vicodin. Im not an advocate for this drug for any other reason but the second I notice the aura in my vision preceding the migraine, if i can find one and the migraine is squashed. I was snowboarding once and got a migraine. Super bummed to be sitting in the ski lodge with my face in my arms. A friend gave me a vicodin and my vision and headache cleared in 15 min. Its a miracle for me, the only medicine that stopped me from having to throw up to feel any better.
I’ve been having infrequent migraines since 2006, about once every two months or so. They start with the typical symptoms, aural distractions, tunnel vision, then the headache. I have learned much about what causes migraines for me over the years dealing with them. Many of my migraines I believe are brought about by not eating or eating poorly. I take ADD medication that decreases my appetite and I know how difficult it can be to eat at times. Eating regular meals during the day and keeping a regular sleeping schedule can make a tremendous difference in your migraines. Stress and Anxiety are also huge factors in the migraine situation. My individual proof of that is that I have had a migraine on the first day of school since 2006. The best treatment is obviously prevention. Eat well (doesn’t mean eat less), sleep well and use methods of stress and anxiety reduction to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Although once you know you are having a migraine, prevention will do you no good. My personal treatment is to find a cool, dark place that I can lie on the ground. If you have someone to give you a light back massage you may find that it will distract you in nice way. A cold wet towel on the forehead feels wonderful and I usually try to throw-up if i feel the need to. My migraines only ever go away if I can fall asleep or throw-up. I know many people suggest smoking weed…..this doesnt help my headache go away… However, it does help me fall asleep. I have tried it twice and would say it is better than not smoking.
I usually get migraines weekly, started when I was 13.
What usually helps for me, was growing aware of how my body warned me before I succumbed to a ridiculous amount of pain. Your body does give you signals, it could be anything from visuals to a strange tingling in your body, or to a blunt sensitivity to light.
I noticed that exactly a half hour before the migraine hits me full force, I start to hallucinate and I visualize fireworks obscuring my vision. The more I noticed it, the more I learned it was linked with the migraine and it usually means I have anywhere from 30-40 minutes to take pain killers, and hide away in a dark room.
Valium works fucking wonders, but I know people can’t get their hands on Valium so easily, hahaha. Water, ice cold water or chamomile tea and keep yourself calm. If you’re fucked and you can’t beat it, force yourself to sleep.
In all honesty, there’s not much from my experiences other than to curl up into a ball and cry until you pass out from pain, because nothing (even the help of pain killers) stifles the pain. It’s a sporadic fuck fest.
But lots of water, caffeine, silence, and keeping calm as best as possible helps.
Keep hydrated and breathe properly.
Get sufficient sleep and exercise.
Don’t eat a bunch of poison (including drugs used to “treat” migraines.) This also means no bad food.
Don’t be at the computer all day, don’t be indoors all day, don’t be still all day.
Don’t be stressed out so much.
Stop giving yourself migraines, that’s what it ALL comes down to. Really.
Your migraines are just a result of some bullshit you’re doing, stop doing that and the migraines go away.
I get them once a week or every other week, and I always get bad sickness with them too! I might just have a piece of cake or something as a treat at the end of the week and then i’ll be in bed spewing all day the next day lol .. obviously it has got me feeling pretty sorry for myself in the past and I found myself saying things like ” why me” “life is so unfair” blah blah. Until recently I have come to realise that Its just mother nature trying to keep me away from these bad foods and on the healthy route! so yeah eating healthy really helps for me personally, try stay away from processed foods, caffeine or anything that has lots of chemicals in! also drink lots of water and get outside in nature more too!I really hope you find something that works for you.. as everybodys triggers are different and there is nothing worse than waking up with a migraine! much love x
Used to get migraines throughout my childhood. I mean a lot.
Went to the doctor, got an MRI and took all sorts of meds. Nothing worked.
Last year I went Paleo because I heard grains cause all sorts of problems. Haven’t had a migraine since, it eliminated my GERD, and I’ve only been sick 2 times this past year, and that’s because I went on a week long college drinking bender :p
Look into it, it could really help you out in that area.
@jpete011, I get them on occasion and they’re awful. If I don’t take pills for them (ibuprofen or something), it’ll just stay for days and seemingly never go away. But even if I DO take them I always have to wait till I sleep, which obvs won’t come easily.
I have found that the only thing that helps relieve the tension (I specifically get tension migraines/headaches that concentrate at the crown of my head near the hairline) is this classic Chinese herbal ointment. I don’t know what it’s called but it’s liquid, dark green (think a really dark absinthe) and in a tiny glass bottle with a red labeling and I think flowers on the label. Mine’s too faded to tell. But anyone who’s traditional Asian should know what I’m talking about. It’s supposed to be for “muscle tension”.
It’s basically just menthol with some other herbal oils. I put it where I feel the pain (mostly right on my hairline and then my temples) and it relieves the tension a lot. Plus it smells a little musky and heavenly so it helps me relax and sleep.
You could try small doses of psychedelics: http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/9325178
My mother would have migraines and headaches nearly everyday since she was 7 and she never figured out why it would occur as often as it did. She suffered this drama for about 30 years and last year she finally found the solution that ended her frequent migraine of 30 years. It was the food she ate all this time and now that she changed up everything she ate, she no longer have migraines or headaches. It was processed food that caused her pained and many foods that are unnatural. She switched to a different diet, which includes Tofu, rice, vegetables, and vietnamese rice other healthy foods. Some of the things that set her off was meat, red meats, eggs, milk, cheese, and a lot of unhealthy food.
She’s been happier ever since.
@feren6, Haha damn that’s crazy man, and AWESOME that you figured out that it was due to your diet. Its really amazing how harmful some “normal” foods like grains, pasteurized milk, and other unnatural crap are. Most people don’t know about this, and most doctors don’t even educate their patients about it.
I’ve been eating super healthy the past year and a half (paleo diet), workout hard at least 4 days a week and I haven’t gotten sick ONCE! Crazy, right?
I did get a migraine last Christmas but I do recall during that week eating shitty food like sweets and grains and also not exercising much. Its starting to make sense!
Thanks for the enlightenment brotha
@grandkintaro777, Wow, interesting. It really shows that every person needs to find a diet that works for them.
Interesting that the meat and eggs set her off. Did she ever try eating grass fed beef and free range poultry (including eggs from free range)?