Suffer from Migraine? Let’s talk… I have been a chosen one for migraine since I was 11 years of age. Did you notice
I didn’t write “migraine headache”?? There is a reason for this, although the pain is felt in your head, they are two different things and people who have never experienced migraine do not know the difference between them. I bring this up for a couple of reasons, to clarify the difference and I would also like to hear other readers ways of coping and treating.
I have seen many doctors about my migraines through the years as they progressively got worse having upwards of three to four per week and they were debilitating. What I mean by this is nothing but absolute darkness and quiet with a ice pack over my eyes and forehead until I passed out type of pain. This of course was not a cure, but only a way for me to cope during an episode. These would most times, especially at a young age be also nauseating to the point of vomiting what I had eaten or stomach fluid (Really terrible) if I had not. The nauseating part seamed to disappear almost completely between my teenage years and my mid twenty’s and rarely happened unless it was jackhammer level migraine.
I can’t say what my triggers are exactly as they didn’t always happen, I know that most were probably stress related but even at that I’m not completely sure. The only two thing I know will be a 50/50 chance in causing a headache that may turn into a migraine is too much time playing a video game and dark chocolate. Other than that I’ve kept journals, and I mean books upon books of what and when I ate to find that nothing was the same often enough to say that it was the cause.
This all being said…my treatments and how they have worked for me? Take this into consideration first, I’ve not found anything to be a full out cure, nor has anything that a neurologist or general physician offered me that was of any help at all. I also of course cannot tell you that what worked for me will work for you as you can well understand. When I met my wife in 2003 her family travelled to Maine a few times a year, at which time they also were afflicted with migraine and were used to taking “Excedrin Migraine”. I started taking this since that time and will admit in my case that if caught early enough it will either diminish the pain or completely get rid of it. NO other medication has done that for me be it over the counter or by prescription. The other tricks I do is take a shower as HOT as I can stand it letting the jet of the head hit me directly in the eyes and then turn around and let it hit me at the base of my neck, staying in as long as I can stand it or just before the water runs cold. After doing this I dry off and lay down for a short period. I find that the shower usually helps but if I stay up right after it will come crawling back to full force again about 80% of the time. The other thing I’ve found that can work but can be difficult to motivate yourself is to run like the wind…lol. Yes, the one thing that my neurologist told me that seemed to come to a bit of truth is that marathon runners do not suffer from any of this. Basically from my understanding is doing any type of aerobic exercise (I choose to run) increases your heart rate pumping blood and raises levels of adrenaline and endorphins needed to unblock constricted arteries where the problem lies.
I hope some of my techniques help you and invite you to share some of your methods in the comment section below and maybe someone suffering gets some relief from your suggestion and will send you a message in thanks. Either way, I can always use different ideas with this one as these methods do not work every time. On a side note… one thing that is always talked about kind of sideways out of peoples mouth is intercourse…unless you are going all night and get your heart rate to an aerobic level for a good and long period of time…than I say myth busted to that!! 😛