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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
These last few days i have had a real pig of a migraine.

When all you can do is lie down in a dark room with no lights and no sound. The trouble is when you close your eyes it feels like theres a jack hammer in your head, and i hate to say this even Jazzy purring next to is me more than i can deal with when it is at its worse.

I dont find that anything works for me, i have tried all sorts of pain relief in tablet form. Most of which make me feel sick after taking it

I wondered if there are any fellow sufferers on the site who have tried more natural remedies.
post #2 of 13
The only thing I can use for relief is Excedrin Migraine.
post #3 of 13
Ack, I can feel your pain! Migranes are terrible aren't they?!

I used to get them a lot and am not keen on taking much medication. I discovered that it was certain e numbers that give me migranes, so I try to steer as clear as humanly possible from items with the noted ones in! I still get the odd one here and there when I discover one that I hadn't noted, but over all, I've been pretty lucky lately! *touch wood*

I would be interested in a more holistic approach too - for the times I get a migrane too!

I hope you're feeling better soon!
post #4 of 13
I have migraines, and usually throw up from them. I couldn't take pills for that reason. I've tried injectable medicine, but it's hard to inject yourself when you can't see due to the pain. I now use a Zomig inhaler-inhalers don't work for all migraine sufferers but luckily I'm one of the people that it does work for.

You may also want to ask your doctor about preventatives. I usually get my migraines around my period, so the doctor prescribed a medicine I only take on those days. It seems to be working so far.
post #5 of 13
I used to get excruciating migraines right after my period, and nothing over the counter helped. It may have to do with your hormones... that's what it is for me. I'm on a treatment to help deal with the hormonal issues... plus she gave me meds in case the headaches return with a vengeance.

There are many prescription meds out there now. Most are kind of costly, but talk to your doctor about them.

if you'd rather try a holistic approach, and can afford it, look for an acupuncturist. i went to one for a while for a number of ailments (can't afford to go right now), one of which was my debilitating headaches. it helped immensely. The needles aren't too bad, not painful at all. But get a very good practitioner, not some dude in a medical type office. research them and look at how long they've been doing it. what type of needles do they use? the lady I went to here was great. I never sleep during the day... not even a nap... but I was out like a light my second visit. a good acupuncturist knows his or her stuff and treats the whole body, not symptoms. your migraines may be a manifestation of something else. It's usually your body screaming at you to pay attention. That's what I've learned...

Amanda
post #6 of 13
I get migraines about once every 6-7 months. I actually just had one last week and missed 2 days of work. My fiance is very understanding of my migraines and almost always calls in to work to take care of me when I have one. I end up sitting on the bathroom floor in the dark and move as little as I can. Throwing up helps relieve a little of the pressure, but doesn't make it go away. I get "spots" in my vision and can't see well, and laying down makes my head hurt 10 times worse.
I am in the process of switching primary care doctors strictly because of my migraines. My doctor has requested an MRI on 3 diffeent occasions telling me that he is sure I have a brain tumor. I don't. The only prescription they will prescribe is Imitrex, but the problem with that is it only helps once the headache has hit. I know 2-3 days ahead of time I am getting a migraine. I feel it coming and am aware of the signs. I know there is medication out there now that you can take before the migraine hits that will prevent it. I am hoping a new doctor will be more helpful.
I know this didn't answer your question, but I am interested to see other people's answers. I think Anne has a website about her migraines. I will find the link and post it.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by VampireCat
I wondered if there are any fellow sufferers on the site who have tried more natural remedies.

natural remedies...i have minor success with acupressure, ice packs & heat application...the migrastick works similarly to an ice pack using menthol for the cooling effect. but none work really well...
i have found that exedrin works on my less painful migraines, but the only thing i've ever tried that works on all of them is imitrex. i can't take the pills for it, either - but i can use the nasal spray & the injections. zomig also has a nasal spray formulation. you might ask your doctor if you could try one of those instead of the tablets.
post #8 of 13
I get them once every week to two weeks. I use Zomig Rapide tablet and it makes them go away. I would die without the stuff. I remember way back when when I used to suffer through them. I was debiltated for 24 hours.

A natural remedy is a preventative one that I know of. It's called "Feverfew" and you take it every day. A girl I knew suffered from them every day and missed all this work and was almost going to lose her job. Then she started taking Feverfew and they stopped.

Peppermint essential oil on my temples used to help. Now it doesn't.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by squirtle
I know 2-3 days ahead of time I am getting a migraine. I feel it coming and am aware of the signs. I know there is medication out there now that you can take before the migraine hits that will prevent it. I am hoping a new doctor will be more helpful.
you sound like my aunt - she got migraine 'premonitions' [knew it was coming]. she used to take ergotomine as a preventative... this was quite some time ago, so there may be something better now...
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by laureen227
you sound like my aunt - she got migraine 'premonitions' [knew it was coming]. she used to take ergotomine as a preventative... this was quite some time ago, so there may be something better now...
I get a very weird feeling a few days before. My head doesn't really hurt, but feels sensitive. It's hard to explain. I also feel extremely tired.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your replies.

I really dont think i could cope with one every week, that must be awful

I dont get them very often, maybe one every 4 months or so. I know what you mean by having a 'sensitive' sensation with the headache prior to the migrane taking hold.

I will try and find Feverfew, we have a couple of natural herb type shops that i can try. The nasal spray Zomig sounds a good option too, next time i am at the Docs i will ask him about it.

I used to get them more often as a result of stress but in the last 2-3 years they have been less common. (Working less hours, happier in my job). This one kinda sneeked up on me.

Thanks again for the replies they have all been very helpful.
post #12 of 13
I never used to get migraines. I haven't been diagnosed wih them. Sometimes I think I have cluster headaches?? I seem to notice headaches more when I am not drinking enough fluids. On my last job when I was working out of the office that was the worst as my routine for drinking water was disrupted.
I get headaches to around my period. I try to see if there is a pattern or not.
Excedrin migrane helps mine!!
post #13 of 13
I use to room with a girl in college that had horrible migraines. Hers were due to food allergies (i.e. Cheese, anything caffiene). She couldn't/wouldn't (you pick) her diet despite these allergies and would always wind up in the hospital 50% of the time.
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