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Banish Migraine Headaches

Updated on July 14, 2011

If you’ve suffered from migraines you will know just how intense and debilitating they are, but I made changes and now I no longer get them.

This is my experience of how I cured migraine headaches. I have no medical training whatsoever and this article is simply my experience of what worked for me. What’s even better is that I achieved this using natural health remedies.

I hope that if you suffer from, or know anyone who does suffer from migraines that my experience overcoming the debilitating effects of migraines helps.

When my doctor asked me to grade the migraine pain out of ten, I’m sure I gave a murderous look and said twelve! I’m not a suicidal person by any means but when I had a migraine, I told my doctor “I just want to die”.

The pain is intense and indescribable; the after effects shattering. I left my doctors office with a cocktail of prescription medicine.

A cocktail of drugs?

Time to claim my life back!

I wanted to have a life free of pain. When I verbalized “I just want to die” to my doctor I realized that it was time to take charge of my life and be a victim no more. It was one of those light bulb moments in my life.

I had much more life to live – that I wanted to live and saying those words (even though I didn’t mean them literally) was a shock to me.

I wanted to live my life without the drugs too!

Migraines invaded my head and at first they stopped by once or twice a year. Over the decades they paid their unwelcome visit more regularly and at one stage they crashed into my life two or three times a week. Each one knocked me out for two days.

The first day was intense throbbing, light sensitive pain, the second feeling totally washed out and “spacey”.

During the first day I was incapable of doing anything except lying in a darkened room, trying to sleep; not eating. The second day I could up but I was incredibly tired and I had little clarity in thinking. My brain was “fuzzy”.

Everyone’s migraine headaches are different but this was my pattern and is reasonably typical.

When they blundered into my life on a more regular basis my absences from work increased.

Confidence plummeted. I was a business woman who had a diary of appointments. The frequency of the migraines meant I could no longer rely on keeping appointments because I just didn’t know whether I would be healthy enough for the meeting. It became a vicious unwelcome cycle.

My family and friends worried about me. Heck, I worried about me too.

A headache is a symptom

I chose to see the migraine headache as a symptom of a problem, or problems.

I believe that this is the first step in curing yourself of migraine headaches.

But, what was the problem? That was the key to figuring this out, and solving it so that I no longer suffered the pain.

There is so much conflicting advice about migraines that, for a time, I spun around in circles wondering what to do; wondering what advice to take.

I wanted a more relaxing life and one free of pain.

Multi-faceted approach to curing migraine headaches

I took many steps to cure migraines.

I went to my doctor, a physio-therapist, a natural health practitioner, an iridologist, a chiropractor, a massage therapist and I took up yoga.

Some treatments worked for me and some didn’t.

What worked so that today I no longer suffer migraine pain

This is what worked for me. I whole-heartedly embraced the quest to eliminate this horrible pain from my life and it involved many changes.

  • Diet


From my natural health practitioner I discovered I was allergic to many food types. If you are like me, you might wonder what that had to do with headaches but it was just one more symptom of my body being overloaded and fighting back via the headaches.


I eliminated this food from my diet. It took many weeks for the toxins to be eliminated in my body.

  • Body alignment


My chiropractor discovered that my neck and back were out of alignment.


She manipulated my neck and spine so that pressure was released from my neck and spine.

  • Exercise


Stress and lack of exercise.


I began yoga; Iyengar style. The focus on my breath and body alignment is an amazing way to exercise and relax.

  • Job


I accepted that my job was causing me a whole lot of stress.


I tried to change my attitude and that worked for awhile.

But, I finally accepted that I needed to change my job and put a plan in place to achieve that.

I’m really happy to say that this focus and the changes worked for me. 

Whilst I am very hesitant to say that I’m cured of migraines, I haven’t had one for many years now and it’s a really joyful thing.   I try not “sweat the small stuff”.

I’ve claimed my life back to do things to enjoy my life in a way which is meaningful to me.  That’s a very powerful thing.

It Wasn't Easy to Banish Migraines

Making this list makes it seem easy. It wasn’t. There were times of tears and frustrations. I constantly questioned my decisions and so did the people around me.

I HAD to stay focused on “me” and what was important to me as I implemented these radical changes to eliminate the devastation these headaches caused me.

The changes have been miraculous and I am now pain free and living the life I want to live - traveling the world and writing about it! It's a great life.

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And finally.....

This hub is copyright Travelespresso, please respect that.

Writers love feedback. If you enjoyed my hub please pass it on and/or rate it up. If you would like to comment about experiences with migraines, please leave a message.


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    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Risarooh you and your mum have my sympathy. Migraines are shocking things to experience. This worked for me and so it might be worth trying to find someone to get your hair tested. Then, the difficult part - eliminating those things to which you are allergic.

      Many people think that because other family members suffered that its a genetic trait. My view - purely from an ex sufferer with NO medical training - is that your relations might also have an allergy to similar things as you. So while the genealogy is important the cues aren't being read property - if that makes sense.

      Good luck.

    • parduc profile image


      8 years ago from Kos island, Greece

      Great hub, very detailed, concise and enjoyable! Thanks!


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      8 years ago

      Thank you for your insight! My mom and I both struggle with migraines and will take any advice we can get!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      I needed a holistic approach to getting rid of migraine headaches. I'm so glad I persisted and found a solution. I'm happy for you too.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • Cam Anju profile image

      Cam Anju 

      8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      I have always gotten migraine headaches, and sometimes they would last for days. Turns out my neck and back were out of alignment and the visits to the chiropractor really helped! Useful hub, thanks!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks for your comment mythbuster.

      I didn't eat any foods with MSG as its not common in food in NZ and if it appears it must be stated so its easy to avoid. I am allergic to dairy so, yes, sadly that meant no cheese.

      Potatoes (a big family including chilli) are on the list to eliminate and so too are peanuts but other nuts are fine for me. Yeast and wheat are OK. I can't remember specifically about chocolate but my health professional indicated small quantity of dark chocolate is OK. Soy is not OK so this is another big family of food on the no-no list.

      Hope this helps.

    • mythbuster profile image


      8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Nice hub, travelespresso. A question... once you found out that you were sensitive to certain foods and took those out of your diet, were these items the common culprits that cause migraines (chocolate, cheese, foods with high msg content, peanuts, yeast, etc) or were these very specific foods your system couldn't tolerate?

    • smith.alan00 profile image


      9 years ago from New York City

      I would like share one of nice thing which happen with me.

      I remember when I was 10 years old I was suffering from severe migraine. I have visited no. of doctor they normally used to give me variety of medicine but I could not get relief. then one of my school friend suggest me their family doctor. I have visited that doctor i dont remember what medicine he has give me exactly. He told me to inhale and breath out immediately I have done that procedure and you could not believe I have been never been suffer from headache from that time to till now.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      I'm so glad you managed to come off the drugs for your pain.

      I cannot recommend anything except what worked for me and that was done with professional help. I recommend you talk to a health professional.

    • Drood profile image


      9 years ago

      thx. i'm 18 months off the 'coctail of drugs' you describe. am experiencing rebound. any prophylactic remedy you would suggest?

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Glad you found the information useful to you kims. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      9 years ago

      Excellent hub with useful information! Well done A++!!

    • SEXYLADYDEE profile image


      9 years ago from Upstate NY

      I too had banished migraines only to have them return recently. I realize it's the stress and I need to improve my diet and get back to exercising. Thanks for reminding me of what I knew already. I got this lol. Dee PS Now I just need to do the work

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thomas30 I think you should talk about this with your doctor. It's really important that a medical person checks out your symptoms and makes a proper diagnosis.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      LOL PD. You always make me laugh but I was careful this time not to put my neck out of alignment and trigger a migraine!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Its always a pleasure to read your whacky comments.

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      Rob Welsh 

      9 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Kia Ora Wahine... Nicely done hub TE. Great subject and good on you for writing about neck alignment as that is often the primary cause for peope who have a sense of humour and have at some time laughed their head off. I have had the same type as you and found that a change in the basic kiwi diet (giving up click beetles) also helped along with spending less breakless time on the Jim Compute. Thanks for sharing..

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      WOW Soni those are lovely words about my writing. It's very kind of you to say that this hub is a masterpiece. I'm not sure about that but thank you so much for your comment.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      You have created an amazing masterpiece. I enjoyed each and every word plus pics of your hub. It is and will remain on top in the health mobs. Keep them coming on. We want more masterpieces like these.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks for your congratulations AuriFin. It was incredibly difficult for me to work it out but the changes I made were effective. Along with searching for a way to banish migraine headache pain, I wanted to be free of drugs. The approach I took worked for me and it continues to work.

      I know that it won't work for everyone, but hopefully other migraine sufferers can see there is a natural health way through the pain and fog. Thanks so much for your insightful comment.

    • AuriFin profile image


      9 years ago

      Congratulations on dealing with something as stubborn as a migraine is, Travelespresso :) The truth is that it is difficult to know the causes for migraine and many times it is more than one. Besides, when you are in pain, it is challenging to tackle any problem (and the migraine should be your doctor's one to deal with...but as long as there are powerful drugs, they often are the only choice a patient is given. Sometimes they might be the only choice anyway). I'm happy you found your solution and it's great of you to share your journey with others who could benefit just by reminding them the simple truth about what stress does to our bodies.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Gosh De Greek, you are quick off the mark, I only published this 5-10 minutes ago! I hope it helps her.

      I plan to elaborate (in another hub) on the diet changes. It's certainly made a massive difference to the way I live my life.

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      9 years ago from UK

      I am passing this on to my wife. Thank you :-)


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