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Books on Managing Your Migraines Without Medication

Updated on October 19, 2014

There are so many medicine free options today! Why not give one a try?

If you suffer from migraines and want to treat them without medication then these books can be a great guide to finding relief.Here you will find books providing information on what it means to have migraines, what can trigger a migraine, and how to take steps to stop and even prevent future migraines. As someone who has suffered from chronic migraines since childhood I understand how a migraine can destroy your entire day. Life is to short so do not let migraines get in your way!

What is a Migraine? - The 4 Stages

According to mayoclinic's informational site, there is more to a migraine than pulsing or throbbing pain in the head. Four stages actually exist but most people do not experience each of them.

The first is prodrome. As a chronic migraine sufferer I get so many migraines so often it's highly unlikely I experience any prodrome symptoms. These usually show up a day or two before the migraine actually appears and range from constipation to food cravings. Lately I have had migraines almost every day so there is no room for prodrome to fit in between.

I have only experienced stage two of a migraine once and it was terrifying. This stage is called aura and most migraine sufferers do not encounter it which is good because I have to say it is a bit scary. During aura you can suffer problems with your movement, vision, and even hearing. Some people feel pins and needle sensations, others lose vision, and in cases of hemiplegic migraines, even have limb weakness. They typically last between ten to thirty minutes and can be terrifying. Mine went on for hours and caused double vision, limb weakness, trouble with my speech, and extreme vertigo. We ended up going to the ER concerned it was something far worse!

Stage 3 is the least fun and known as Attack! for a reason. In my case I have a throbbing pain in my head, any light hurts me, sound feels like someone is yelling in my ear, and smells make me sick to my stomach. If I take something at the start of the migraine then I can cut it off before attack hits. Once I decided to tough it out and ended up in such pain I had to go to the ER for relief. The doctor said a nerve had been pinched in my head and without their medical treatment the pain would have just kept going on and on. For most people this stage lasts anywhere from 4 to 72 horrible hours.

The last step is postdrome. I usually reach this step once I've thrown up from being in so much pain. During this time I feel completely drained and fall into a heavy sleep. According to mayoclinic's information there are people who feel euphoric after there migraine ends but most of us just feel half-dead with exhaustion.

Books on Learning & Living with Migraines - Knowledge is the key to Migraine Treatment Success

Most people do not get four perfectly defined clinical migraine stages and some people have completely odd symptoms caused by migraines. Everyone's migraine is as different as their brain makeup so learning about migraines is extremely important. Some migraines can be signs of a more serious disorder and others are simply chronic annoyances which cause pain but we keep living with them. If you suddenly develop migraines with no prior history then definitely speak to your doctor, especially if you have had head trauma or are over the age of fifty.

Doctor's are human and they don't always have time to fill us in on everything at every appointment so this book fills in all those questions we forgot to ask or didn't think of during a migraine appointment.

Migraines can be indicative of a more serious medical condition. I advise not being a hypochondriac but it is good to get some information especially if your migraines started out of nowhere.

This June..

June is Migraine Awareness Month

The Food-Migraine Connection

What you eat matters to your head

Some people have found complete relief simply by removing food which triggers a migraine from their diet. This is not limited to just a simple food, for example, MSG is a food additive which is notorious for its relation to migraines. Check for it on the label and ask Chinese food restaurants if their food contains it. The place I would eat at before being gluten-free now has a sign posted which says No MSG in their food as many times Chinese food places in the U.S. will use MSG.

Red wine can also be another big trigger for some people with migraines. If you are a big red wine drinker and chronic migraine sufferer then record your migraines and your red wine drinking. Is there a connection? Or simply stop drinking red wine and see if it helps. There are so many different ways diet affects us so look at yours and see if a migraine trigger is hiding amidst your food.

The Headache Prevention Cookbook: Eating Right to Prevent Migraines and Other Headaches
The Headache Prevention Cookbook: Eating Right to Prevent Migraines and Other Headaches

This cookbook focuses on preventing migraines via diet. Eat right and you may never have to worry about migraines ever again!

 

Cookbooks for Headache & Migraine Prevention - Cooking Your Way to Pain-Free

Ever since I was little hot dogs and chicken nuggets always triggered migraines for me. Thankfully my mother made sure the only chance we had of eating such products was if my dad was in charge of the cooking while she was out of town or at grade school hot lunch. I eat a gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, vinegar-free (etc) diet so I have to take great care of what I eat. If you have migraines then you too should seriously consider purchasing a cookbook and seeing if a diet change helps prevent/decrease the amount of migraines in your life.

The Migraine Cookbook: More than 100 Healthy and Delicious Recipes for Migraine Sufferers
The Migraine Cookbook: More than 100 Healthy and Delicious Recipes for Migraine Sufferers

I'm a picky eater but I have to admit even the cover food looks tasty. This is a great choice for those who want lots of variety in their migraine free menu.

 

Medication Free Migraine Remedies

Give them a try

If you have chronic migraines or just the occasional one then look into trying different medication-free routes for treatment. I was amazed to find an essential oil remedy which works when I feel a migraine approaching (look at the link below on it). There are people who find acupuncture a great method for migraines, massages, or herbal remedies to help with the pain.

When I am in pain from a migraine I find it helps to lay down in a dark quiet room and have someone massage my neck or back to help me relax. I also put cold clothes on my forehead and stay far away from any strong smells.

Books on Natural Remedies and Non-Medication Migraine Relief - Even try Acupuncture!

These books are just my top picks of the many which offer natural ways to treat your migraines. I sincerely think you should consider trying at least one or two remedies especially if you have a chronic migraine problem like me.

The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches
The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches

Some people with migraines also have lower than normal levels of magnesium. By taking magnesium supplements to correct their deficiency they may find a migraine solution.

 

Debatable Migraine Treatments

Mixed Results. You Decide

Migraine treatments are not always perfectly cut and dry. There are times when a cure for one person does nothing for another. Treatments like acupuncture have shown clinical proof to help with migraines but there are treatments out there which give mixed results. The research does not show if they really do much help or harm but people definitely exist out there who swear they have been life-changing. Some are well-known supplements and others may have you saying...'that's an herb?!!' No matter the name you may just find yourself blown away by the results. If you are then let the company manufacturers know so they can be proud of making a product has really made a difference in a customer's life.

Feverfew: Your Headache May Be over (Keats Pivot Health Book)
Feverfew: Your Headache May Be over (Keats Pivot Health Book)

There have been some studies which indicate Feverfew may lessen how bad a migraine is or reduce the prevalence of migraines.

 

Books on Debatable Migraine Cures & Help - Let me know if it is working for you!

I personally believe if they help you, stop your migraine, and give no adverse affects then keep doing what your doing. So for those who see their cure in the debatable section let me know if it's working for you.

Women, Hormones & That Time of the Month

Potential migraines ahead!

The hormone estrogen (which also exists in men too) appears to have a strong connection to migraines in some women. They will experience migraines when their estrogen level majorly drops like directly before or during their period. Hormonal changes experienced during menopause or pregnancy increase the likelihood of a women experiencing migraines. Those using birth control (e.g. Yaz, Mirena, Ocella etc) or hormonal therapy can be responsible for making a women's migraines worse. Interestingly some women have noted the opposite effect and actually find the hormone treatment lessens their migraines.

Books on Women and Managing Migraines - This includes a guide for pregnant women

If you think your migraines may be related to hormones then keep a migraine and 'time of the month' journal. Note the days you have migraines and see if it correlates with your period. If you discover it to be the case then consider getting a guide or book featured here to help you deal with frustrating hormones and head-splitting migraines.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      I also suffer from migraines. Sometimes I get it when my acid reflux attacks me.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Plastic surgery for migraine is new to me. I hope it helps.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My wife battles migraines often. Thanks for the information.