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Calling all migraine sufferers! Here's an old-fashioned alternative for migraine relief: plain aspirin.
Many OTC and prescription medicines are available today. However, you can also try taking three uncoated aspirin for your next migraine. If regular-strength (325 mg) doesn't provide enough relief, try extra-strength (500 mg.) You just might be surprised how well it works.
Source: Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, the "Sunday House Call" segment of Fox and Friends Sunday on 4/25/2010 as well as personal experience.
By JustPlainJo from Springfield, OH
I have very frequent migraines (several a week). One thing that lessens the pain is a cool strip on my forehead. I buy cool relief patches meant for back pain. They are 5.5 x 4 inches. I cut each one into 2 or 3 strips. Cut LENGTHWISE. These cool strips stay cool for several hours.
I also use them in the summer when I get too hot and for hot flashes.
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My daughter has very bad migraines. Has anyone found any thing that helps? Thanks
My husband gets really bad migraines, and he says that what works best for him is catching it when it first comes on, and getting some extra sleep(having a nap or going to bed very early, depending on the time of day). And, prevention for him is key ~~ to not allow himself to run on less than 8 hours and keep strss low.
Lack of sleep, not eating meals in time (must eat full breakfast, lunch and dinner and not let myself get too hungry), not drinking enough water, seem to trigger my migraines. Also, low barometric pressure (thunderstorms/hurricanes) and stress contribute a lot. They were much worse when I was a child. Caffeine (2-3 cans of Pepsi or a Starbucks), sleep in a dark room and tylenol seem to make mine go away now, but when I was a child it wouldn't help at all. There are medications available...I just don't want to take anything and have figured out that when I get enough sleep I can better avoid the headaches. Exercise seems to help, too.
I had this problem and the Dr ran some test on my blood. I have a problem with not getting enough B12 in my diet so I take a B12 vitamin daily. I can really tell when I miss it as I can't get rid of the headache. If other suggestions don't work take her to her Dr, also could be eye strain.
Eating/snacking at regular intervals is essential for me with plenty of water. My migraines come about that certain time of month, so staying away from chocolates and sugars can help too. Sometimes if I can take some ibuprofen in time that will help (I found found that tylenol doesn't work for me). I was also told to drink a cup of coffee (with caffeine).
I am a long time migraine sufferer and I would not be a functioning human being without a prescription medicine called Imitrex. Migraines are not just headaches. They are disabling and can put a person at risk for early strokes. Migraine is a medical condition that requires treatment and should not be "toughed out" due to the possible adverse effects. There are several new prescription meds that are excellent at aborting migraines and enable a person to live a long and productive life. These medications are not just "dope", in fact, they are not pain medications at all. Medicines like Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig are vasoconstrictors that treat the headache at its source. Unfortunately, these meds are very expensive. To me, though, it's worth the money because I have tried many "alternative" methods that were dismal failures. My deepest sympathies are with you and your daughter because migraines are a terrible thing to have to live with. I can't advise strongly enough to see your daughter's physician for prescription help. Plus, she needs an MRI to rule out other pathological disease. God Bless, Joni
My mother had migraines for years until she learned she had an allergy to anything with malt in it. Maybe it is an allergy.
My Husband and 13 year old daughter both have migraines, Our Family Doc. told us to try coffee or caffeinated Pop (soda)
This does work
The suffering a migraine causes is enormous. Lack of sleep, not eating regularly, cheese, wine, onions, withdrawl from caffeine, allergies to cleaning products, colognes, chocolate, weather even can bring one on. chlorine bleach, perfumes are a major cause of mine. People just don't think when they put on fragrances that they can cause someone agony 48 hours later. It does help to keep a journal, so you can get a handle on the things that start them. Hormones are a major cause also. An ice pack and Imitrex is a staple for me. They have disabled my life since I was 13. My prayers are with you.
I have suffered with migraine for a large part of my life. Mine were stress related and hormonal. I used to have terrific migraine both before and after a period, vomiting, horrific. They were so bad that I had to give up my job as a Legal Secretary at age 44. However, in 1995 I had a radical hysterectomy and am now on hormone replacement treatment. I still have headaches for nothing compared to what they were. I am prescribed a drug called 'Imigran' wonder if its a relative of your US Imitrex? Its works very well for me.
I suffered with head aches for 29 years and the doctors all said they were migraine but after moving to southern Illinois they got worse and I went to the Er one day and they sent me to a neurologist and he had me go thru several tests (such as cat scan, MRI and everything came back normal) so he did more checking and told me I had Cluster Headaches and put me on several different medicines and now I am only on one a day and they are gone-maybe she has cluster instead of migraines-have you ever asked the doctor about this?
I hope I have been of some help as I know how bad the headaches can be.
I'm a nurse and have had migraines since age 12. Never missed any work or went to the ER for fear of being labeled a chronic complainer or drug seeker. I sure had some very miserable days! A few years ago after complaining to my doc he prescribed a drug called Maxalt MLT. Melts under the tongue. Works in about 20 minutes for me. What a life saver!!!
I was a migraine basket case until the advent of Imitrex. Now I use Zomig. One tab, and a second one an hour later if needed always works. These are prescription drugs, and your doc. should rule out any other causes. You didn't say how old your daughter is but Prementrual migraine is very common for many women.
I have had migraine headaches since I was a child, as far back as I can remember. I am now 45 years old. All five of my children have inherited this, the only thing that works for us is to go to the Chriopractor on a regular basis.
I have a couple friends who suffer from migraines, and they take feverfew which is available at health food stores.
Both of these ladies say the it helps avoid the migraine headaches. I am not sure of the dosage, but the health food store clerks are usually very helpful with details on the use of their products.
Harlean from Arkansas
Excedrin Migraine works very well for me as long as I catch the headache early.
I suffered with migraine headaches for years, I had the shots, nose spray, pills etc. But after having allergy tests and taking allergy shots or 3 years, it has now been over 6 years thank God since I have had a migraine. The doctors told me that food allergies were what was triggering them. So, you may want to discuss it with your physician
THANKS so much for all your replys. My daughter is 38 and has had to miss work lately. The doctor gave her a rx for relpax...expensive...but we will see...sandra
I can sympathize! Aside from avoiding caffeine or other things that "trigger" the headaches, the only thing that has helped me is magnesium supplements. I take 1 tablet each morning and the number and severity of my headaches has really been reduced! Hope this helps.
I have found that Excedrin Migraine is a miracle drug if I take it before the headache gets too bad. Also, Jason's Tea tree Mineral Gel is a wonderful product. My headaches usually involve my neck and shoulders and the gel applied directly to this area works wonders. I have also applied it to my temples and to my forehead over my eyes. it is relatively inexpensive for the amount you get and it really does help. I do however get headaches that I wake up with that are already so bad that neither of these remedies help. I hope this helps.
My daughter has had migraines for over 15 years. In recent months, she was hospitalized twice. Both times being admistered pain killers (shots) which made her high and called for 10 days off work each time. The last time we took her by ambulance because the pain made her pass out. THANK GOD somone mentioned seeing a Chiropractor, which I had no faith in but was ready to try anything.
After 2 treatments she is doing so well, it's unbelievable! Who would
have thought a Chiropractor could help. He told us exactly how her headachs would first decrease in intensity then disappear and return but less often,until they were completely gone. It's been a week, it's all going just as he said. She's been 2 days with no headache. . . unimaginable! Her Neurologist suggested a clinic in Ohio which does migraine surgery. (search the net, it's there) or Botox injections in the head like corn rows. Seriously, try a Chiropractor. I pray it continues to help my daughter and you too!!
My daughter and a niece have had the luck to be given migraines. I would appreciate your suggestions on home remedies for the migraines. I will then pass them on to my daughter and niece. Thank you.
By Linda from Bloomington, IL
Migraines are making me scared to move these days. Does anyone know where I could purchase non-MSG seasonings and broths? There are so many wonderful recipes I'd love to try, but they require broths which are a no no for me. I know how to make my own chicken broth, but it's not very tasty. Thanks.
I get monthly migraines. I have no health insurance any longer so I won't be able to get my medication. Does anyone have a reliable remedy/preventative for these hormonal migraines?
By Cheryl S.