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Migraine Sufferers - My Experiment

Updated on April 5, 2011

I did it just for you!

My experiment is complete. For you my rabid readers I have put myself into harms way so that I could give you an informed theory. I can take it no longer, now it is time for you to find out the results of my little experiment. Maybe ‘harms way’ is a bit much of a description, more like being really uncomfortable for a while.

The Migraine headache

Many of you are Migraine sufferers.  I too am one of the many, along with the members of my family.  Before my experiment was even thought of I was at my wits end, even going so far as to consider calling Ann Arbor Medical center to see if they wanted to do a study of me and my family.  

Migraines are caused by the vessels that go to your brain being constricted.  The blood then tries to flow through these constricted veins and can’t.  Causing massive headaches.

A little family background

Let me give you a little background on me and my family in this.  I began getting headaches when I was 10 years old.  Rather than have a ‘monthly cycle’ I’d get a headache that would last for 5 days.  These were the typical migraine headaches, light would bother me, I’d vomit etc.  Smiling, thinking or doing anything became a distant memory.  When I began my menses they progressively got worse.

During my first pregnancy I suffered every day for the entire 9 months with no break.   My Doctor told me to take Tylenol, I would only after I could take it no longer.  I also did a lot of mental exercises ie; laying on my back with a cool cloth on my forehead, covering my eyes, imagining that I was laying to the beach with the sun beating down on my extremities. 

Taking a hot shower or bath will also work as a temporary fix.  Helping you get a little relief from the pain.   It will last until your body goes back to normal temperatures.

The idea behind this is the blood will leave the head to cool down your fingers and feet.  It does work, to a certain degree.  You really have to concentrate to make it happen.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. 

My mother also suffered daily from headaches.  She began eating ½ of a Banana daily to try to combat these rather than take Tylenol all the time.  Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.

When my children came of age, they too began to get headaches, even my one son.  They are severe, causing great pain.  Even missing school because of them.  Most of the over the counter medications only work as a temporary fix.  They make it so it is tolerable.  

What I have done

I have had CT scans on my head to make sure that I don’t have a brain tumor, been prescribed numerous medications all to no avail. The headaches were still there.

A few years ago I ended up in the ICU of my local hospital due to Atrial fibrillations. Immediately I was given an aspirin, upon release I was given prescriptions for Digoxin, baby Aspirin and Claritin (allergy medication). Because of the scare, I did this regimen of these pills as prescribed. After 18 months I was taken off the Digoxin and other medications. No longer needing them.

I still took the baby aspirin along with the allergy meds for my own sake. I had noticed at the time that all of my headaches were gone. I hadn’t had one in all the time I was taking the medicines.

For a period of time I quit taking the baby aspirin and the allergy pills.  The Doctor never said I needed to continue.  I noticed that after a couple of weeks the headaches returned.  So I began taking the baby aspirin once again, making it a daily regiment.  Once again the headaches disappeared, completely.  Not even strenuous exertion would bring them on.

My experiment had to come to an end

To be a

ble to write this Hub I had to once again stop taking the baby aspirin.  For the last 4 months I have not had one cross my lips.  When the headaches returned and they became intolerable I would take Tylenol or Ibuprofen to calm them down a bit.  They were always there waiting in the background to flare up.

At 5 am this morning is when I decided to end my experiment.  It has been the second time in two days that I have been woken up with a pounding Migraine headache.  My facebook is loaded with “My head hurts” statuses, in the past several weeks.  This my friends is where I am at right now.  

I am only advocating my experiment.  Provided that you are able to take 1 baby aspirin per day and are not on any other blood thinners I can recommend that you give this a try.  As long as you have been checked out by your Doctor and are in otherwise good health, this might be the thing for you to do.


As always - I am not a Doctor, this is my opinion and you should check with your Doctor before beginning any regimen of this kind.

Yes - It does work

The baby aspirin will thin your blood to make it able to enter through those constricted blood vessels and the headaches will totally disappear.  Yes, I have given this same advice to my children, and yes they have tried it.  To answer your next question, yes it did work for them.

The baby aspirin I use is the lose dose of 81 mg.  It is recommended that you take one daily.  For your own health, ONLY take it with water.   Taken with any acidic fluids can cause bleeding ulcers.  It will take a couple of days for the full effect to be felt.  The blood will need to be thinned and once thinned the baby aspirin will keep it this way, making the headaches a thing of the past.

Imagine that - something so simple.


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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Well that is wonderful!! I'm glad you found this. It took me a few years to make the connection myself. I did not know anyone had researched it (other than myself), makes me wonder why more Dr's don't tell migraine sufferers to just try this rather than prescribe all the other meds!! But then again, not so unusual, some Dr's get big bucks for writing scripts from the pharmaceutical companies!

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      IrishRose 6 years ago

      In answer to some of the questions regarding baby aspirin and research experiments on it's effect on migraines, yes, I have found several research studied on the web that support the theory that a baby aspirin a day can help cure migraines. I was on baby aspirin back in 2006 following 2 mini-strokes within six weeks of each other. My migraines became few and far between. Then I was allowed to DC the aspirin, and the migraines returned. I never made the connection until finding posts like this one and then looking up the research.

      I will be taking a baby aspirin every day now for the rest of my life and have confidence that , through my doctor imposed "experiment", the migraines will be gone.

      Thanks for sharing !

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      I can't say as we have ever tried any of these.. I do believe it is something genetic going on, but haven't found anyone interested in checking us out.

      They are horrid!! Thanks for stopping by!

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      HealthGuru1248 6 years ago

      I'm sorry to hear you suffer from migraines. I have had them in the past but nothing like what you described above.

      Have you or anyone in your family tried acupuncture, chiropractic or herbal supplementation (ie feverfew) for your migraines? These treatments help with some people and not others. Because it sounds like your whole family gets migraines, there is probably a genetic component to them. I'm just curious as to if these therapies were tried and if they made any difference.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      If your cardiologist is ok with it, then by all means go with it!! Heck, it can't hurt! Sometimes I think they forget the patient in their busy world. 4 baby aspirin is equal to 1 regular aspirin, so take care when using it! You don't want to thin your blood too much. It may take a few days to get into your system, but only 1 per day from now on!!

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      jillJ. 6 years ago

      I get headaches with dizziness. I have been to so many doctors for this. I was diagnosed with: Menopause,anxiety, vestibular migraines, stress, silent migraines and diet. All these doctors did was put me on one pill after another! The pills were worse than my condition. I have been suffering for 9 yrs. I have been put on: blood pressure pills,siezure pills,steroids,depression pills and antivert pills. They were all awful... I felt worse. I have decided to cure myself with internet info. I just took 4 baby aspirin. It is the only pill I did not take yet. I will take one a day everyday from now on. My cardiologist recommends it also.. Most doctors nowadays just don't care about the patient. The ENT and Neurologist I went to didn't even examine me! They just wrote me a prescription. I was so upset.... I am on a mission now to cure myself. Thanks to all for their comments...

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      If it helps ease it up just a little bit, that's what I'm all about! Tell them to keep well hydrated as too! Sometimes we get busy with life and forget the most important thing our body needs, water!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Christine P Ann 6 years ago from Australia

      I know a few people who could benefit from your advice Sweetsusieg. I will be passing this info on. And thanks for doing this experiment. You're a champion!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Oh, I understand!! Migraines are very painful! Sometimes even coughing can trigger one on me. That's why I keep using the baby aspirin, to keep them at bay. For me low blood sugar can trigger them as well. I get busy and forget to eat, my sugar gets too low next thing I know, boom!, headache on the rise.

      Hope your headaches get better!!

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      Jill Kostowskie 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Migranes for me stem from eating foods packed with perservatives, changes in weather, and the worst ones arrive a few days before my "monthly gift". Most of the time my medication will help, but as for the monthly migranes there is no help. I am just crippled in pain and they always seem to strike when it can not get any sunnier outside!! I found some relief by placing ice packs on the back of my neck more towards which side is hurting on that day. I also would rub vicks vapor rub on my temples and then tie a piece of cloth as tight as I could around the top of my head. (my mother yelled at me for this) It did offer some relief but not enough.

      I joke a lot about going to the hospital and asking them to remove a couple veins and arteries from my head, or even a small section of my brain. Even the thought of drilling holes into my skull to release pressure sounds nice at times. No one can understand my logic unless they too suffer from severe migranes constantly!!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Give it a go, provided you're not allergic to aspirin or on any blood thinners, it can't hurt! I hope it works for you as well!!

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      ma45frost 6 years ago from USA

      Sweetsusieg, I am a migraine sufferer too. I get migraines everytime I'm on the computer or on the phone too long. Your hub has given me hope for a simple cure. Thank you for the valuable info.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Yes, this is true. There are various things that cause Migraines just as there are various treatments. Personally I have discovered what works for me. I really wanted to share my experiment and discovery.

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      tvpuram 6 years ago from India

      Since you have consulted the Doctor it is OK. But pl check for these symptoms.Migraine headaches

      Migraine headaches vary from person to person, but they are usually characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head and often are accompanied by other symptoms. They may include nausea and vomiting, light sensitivity and distorted vision, dizziness, fever and chills.

      Common migraine symptoms:

      • Pain preceded by visual changes

      • Mild-to-severe throbbing pain on one side of the head

      • Nausea or vomiting

      • Sensitivity to light and noise

      • Migraines can be triggered by any number of factors, which vary from person to person. Some people react to certain foods such as wine, chocolate, aged cheese, processed meats and caffeine are commonly mentioned. Use of caffeine and alcohol can also trigger headaches.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      The Dr. has spoken!! I have to agree with you, aspirin does have a wonderful way of working wonders!! I have already taken my daily does of 1 baby aspirin for the day! I am certainly on my way to a happier me!

      I do have another experiment in the works, but this one isn't harmful in any way! It promises to knock 5 - 10 years off of my face... We'll see... If only!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      I'm so glad, susie, you found a cure for your miserable migraines. Aspirin has always been something of a wonder drug as far as I'm concerned. And since it seems to be working for you, don't stop taking it for any more medical experiments. I have spoken.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Last week my hubby went to the ER he was having cramping and pain on his left side. The first thing they did was give him an aspirin and 1/2 hour later another one. They weren't sure if he had a stroke or heart attack and apparently aspirin is used for both. It ended up being a pinched nerve, but it tells me that aspirin can't be all bad!!

      Yes, it was a painful process but in order to write about it I wanted to be absolutely SURE it was the aspirin that helped me. I'm on day 2 of my baby aspirin and the headaches are almost completely gone.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Well Susie, at least you are taking a proactive stance, although migraines are worth getting rid of aren't they! Whatever works!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Ms Dee. Glad you stopped by!

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      How about that! I will pass this tip along.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      There are so many causes for Migraines... everyone is different in their cause, I just found a prevention (for me). I've had weather be a cause, foods, low blood sugar etc.. all on different days. Just that I get them was enough for me to find a way to deal with them. So rather than try to get rid of them once I get them I'd much rather do preventative action. But that is me!!

      I have never heard of Analytical Hypnotherapy....

      So glad you stopped by and commented!!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      I am glad you have found a way to deal with your debilitating symptoms. It took awareness for you to notice the connections and and wisdom to act upon your observations. It is rare to see people harnessing the power of thought to heal themselves in this way. Important to note here however is that you have described the symptoms of migraine and not the cause because there are as many causes for migraine as there are sufferers.I have aways used Analytical Hypnotherapy to treat migraine and in each case there was always an emotional root cause. On repression release the migraine disappeared. This would be an example of addressing the cause in order to cure the symptom. Good on you! Thank you for sharing.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ fucsia - I do not know if there is research on this regarding Migraines and Baby Aspirin. I happened on it by accident when I had my heart problems. I needed to verify that this indeed was my cure, hence the experiment.

      @ mslizzee - Yes, I also believe in the food method! Personally for me I have to watch my intake of hormone laden meats and milk. Which affects other areas of my body, not my head. I try to eat a variety of natural foods ones that don't have a lot of processing going on. The body does not much care for processed food.

      @ Mayda Bosco - Well since I just started back on my baby aspirin yesterday and did a lot of squinting while writing, it will be a day or two before I am fully recovered. But the pressure is certainly much less than it was yesterday!

      I'm not real big on Doctors, I've sat in offices while waiting for an appt. to see patients come out all with the same prescriptions... I read/listen to the side-effects of medications that to me seem worse than the cause for taking them. Aspirin has been around for a long time and is derived from plants. So I am more inclined to take a more natural product...

      Yes, everyone is different in their migraines... as are the remedies. I just happened to find the cure for me and my family.

      @ dukeny21 - I'm sorry to hear about the migraines... They are so painful and debilitating! I hope this works for her!

      @ Dave - Wow!! You are VERY lucky!! What did you change from your lifestyle? Anything? Glad to hear they are gone though!!

      Thank you all for stopping by and commenting!! Your comments add to the value of this Hub!!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Susie: This was interesting and educational. I suffered from migranes for several years, and then all of I sudden I didn't. Even today my doctor is puzzled over this and so am I.

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      dukeny21 6 years ago

      I have a family member who suffers from migraines a couple of times a month. She is also a workout fanatic. I'm passing your experiment on to her. Thanks!

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      Mayda Bosco 6 years ago

      A migraine free greeting to you! Migraines have been a part of my life for quite some time now. Given that my mother passed away from a rare brain tumor, I was quite frightened when they first came on but fortunately, as my neurologist has concluded, my migraines are "classic" (intrude in the middle of the night, the pain begins to wake me around 4 am, am nauseous, etc.). I've learned along the way that every migraine sufferer is just a tad different from the next. Mine appear to be caused by changes in the barometric pressure as well as by certain foods, i.e., MSG, dark chocolate, and ironically, very ripe bananas (I steer clear of them unlike your Mom's method that intermittently worked). The only way I can best describe how these migraines feel is to compare them to earthquakes. My skull feels as though it morphs into two plates that shift apart and then collide back together again. The pain is rattling. As for the baby aspirin method, I don't believe that that is for everyone (although it is a highly recommended regime for many to help keep heart attacks at bay). If I may offer my own trials & tribulations over the years, visits to one's neurologist must be done without hesitation whenever the prescribed treatment no longer works. I am now on a "cocktail" that includes high blood pressure medication. My blood pressure is typically 90/60 so I would not normally be a candidate for this type of medication other than studies have shown that people who take high blood pressure medication, often do not suffer from headaches. I take a very small dosage - after some adjustments (my pressure dropped quite a bit so the very small dosage was cut in half - it did the trick). I also take Imitrex. But Imitrex has been proven not to work for everyone. A neurologist can help tailor medications to what works or doesn't for each individual migraine sufferer. But the golden rule with migraines I've learned, is to take medication, such as Imitrex, as soon as you feel one coming on. Once the earthquake has started to rattle, it's too late. As you indicated, vomiting is a common symptom with migraines. There's no point in taking meds that will end up down the drain in an instant. At that point, cool compresses across the forehead, laying down in a dark room, etc. until the pain passes may help (if that's even available for you during such an episode). Lastly, anyone who suffers from migraines should not delay in seeking the help of a neurologist. A doctor will help find the treatment that best works for migraine sufferers, even when that treatment no longer works - there are so many options depending on the individual. Living a migraine free life, as much as possible, provides the migraine sufferer with the kind of relief necessary to simply function. Thank you for writing about an ailment that affects so many people! Mayda

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I'm sure that people that suffer from migraines have been diagnosed and know for sure they are indeed migraines, BUT. . . . .would encourage everyone that suffers from headaches( or from many other ailments )to really do a study of their food. Write it down for a week, and read the ingredients on the packages. Our food today is loaded with the worst possible stuff, chemicals that turn into poison once they warm up in your body, etc, etc, and the worst is SOY. 91% OF ALL soy is genetically altered and processed in a way that would make you up chuck if you could see it. After 30 years of painful headaches I discovered quite by accident that I was extremely allergic to SOY. Finally I was able to stop the headaches. In fact Soy is so terrible they hide it and refer to it as vegetable oil. It is manufactured by the Mansanto company, an evil, despicable company, and you will have trouble finding ANYTHING in the market that does not contain SOY.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I never heard that baby aspirin works for migraine, there are even some researchs about this? Interesting experiment....

      The aspirin, discovered over a century ago, is always a great medication, useful in many disorders and diseases.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Well I can honestly tell you there is no possible way to do any form of exercise when these headaches hit. Just breathing deeply can cause intense pain. Once the aspirin takes effect then it is possible to exercise once again. My blood is very thick, this is what causes the headaches for me.

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      And Drewson 6 years ago from United States

      This was a very interesting and informative experiment that you documented. I wonder if daily exercise would also help to increase the blood flow and blood vessel size.

      Thanks you! :)