What is the best method of recovery from a migraine? Where do these suckers com

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  1. Seek-n-Find profile image71
    Seek-n-Findposted 12 years ago

    What is the best method of recovery from a migraine?  Where do these suckers come from, anyway?

    I haven't had a ton of these, but when they hit, they hit hard!  I'm curious to know what you know about prevention, treatment, and the curing of migraines.  It seems like doctor's don't really know what the root of these headaches are.  Curious to hear your thoughts/experiences!

  2. Jesus was a hippy profile image60
    Jesus was a hippyposted 12 years ago
    1. Seek-n-Find profile image71
      Seek-n-Findposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for answering!

  3. LHwritings profile image91
    LHwritingsposted 12 years ago


    I presume you've seen my recent article Migraine Headaches? Alternative Remedies That Have Worked for Me...   

    My first advice is that even if your migraine attacks seem occasional right now, you need to start finding preventive remedies ASAP, because my experience is they can become more frequent and much worse (longer in duration, etc.). Much of my article focuses on prevention.

    When I was still getting heavy-duty migraines, two things did work for me when they struck (after I discovered these remedies): (1) Applying the biofeedback technique  — I'd lie there and visualize and "will" blood flow into extremities (e.g., fingers). This would help relieve the brain pressure somewhat. (2) Migraleve — this would help me cope with the onset of a migraine.

    I'd strongly recommend you consult on this with a reliable medical professional (preferably one who's involved with holistic approaches) (ask about Migraleve or a close substitute) and a nutritionist (ask about DLPA and perhaps other nutritional supplements like CoQ10). Also explore the nasal-spray approach (for more immediate pain-nausea relief) and other possible preventive remedies such as acupuncture.

    Stress is probably the biggest trigger of migraines — work or emotional stresses, but also other, physical stresses such as ambient temperature, hunger, etc. A very hot day (>100F) can act as a trigger for me, likewise hunger, even transitory drowsiness and fatigue. If I combine a moderately stressful workday with outside heat, lack of sleep, no chance of a nap, and then get hungry, I could be in big trouble. These kinds of triggers will undoubtedly vary for everyone, but you might start trying to figure out what yours are, and how you might deal with them.

    Good luck — LH

    1. Seek-n-Find profile image71
      Seek-n-Findposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I appreciate your feedback--thanks for answering!

  4. Smokes Angel profile image61
    Smokes Angelposted 12 years ago

    try tea with no sugar... antioxidants.   Also a cold washcloth on your forehead

    1. Seek-n-Find profile image71
      Seek-n-Findposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I shall try that--I know the cool rag on the head helps.  Thank you!

  5. eugbug profile image95
    eugbugposted 12 years ago

    The best way to cure a headache, and it is nearly essential if you have a migraine, is to sit down or lie down and just wait until the headache passes. Any exertion such as exercise or simple household chores will tend to increase blood flow in the brain when you have a headache and this exacerbates the pain. Also ringing telephones and other loud noise distractions will tend to make your head "jump".

    You can try cooling patches available from pharmacies or even ice in a bag placed close to your forehead to cool the pain.

    Dehydration and going without eating for too long a period can also cause a headache as can getting too much or too little sleep.

    Personally I have suffered migraine for over 30 years. You can read about it in my hub here:


    1. Seek-n-Find profile image71
      Seek-n-Findposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for the feedback!

  6. weezyschannel profile image89
    weezyschannelposted 12 years ago

    I have suffered with tension headaches for years, however; my son has suffered with horrible migraines for 17 years.  (since he's been about 2 yrs. old).  I have made 2 hubs on migraines, their causes, and what we do.  Feel free to check them out here. I have too much to write to put it all in this answer.

    http://weezyschannel.hubpages.com/hub/C … -Children-

    http://weezyschannel.hubpages.com/hub/M … ow-To-Cope

    1. Seek-n-Find profile image71
      Seek-n-Findposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for sharing your hubs!

  7. Lady Summerset profile image72
    Lady Summersetposted 12 years ago

    Triggers can even be foods!  For me, too much of a dairy product, caffeine, stress
    and my allergies can kick one off!  However, a sinus headache is a sure bet, if left untreated to trigger one!

    Take time to smell the roses and learn to more conciously LIVE in each moment to slow yourself down

    1. Seek-n-Find profile image71
      Seek-n-Findposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed sister!

  8. Seek-n-Find profile image71
    Seek-n-Findposted 12 years ago

    Great advice everyone...thank you so much for answering.  There is something I can take from each of your answers.  :-)

  9. True Cures profile image61
    True Curesposted 12 years ago

    Tons of causes for migraine headaches and all are easily cured or preventable however there isn't any useful information or treatments found in today's medical industry and that includes natural as well as modern western medicine.

    The root cause is almost always pathogenic which makes them all easy to cure or prevent.  The pathogens cause chemical disturbance in the estrogen, hormones, testosterone and other bodily chemicals. 

    To eliminate migraine headaches a.k.a cure them permanently would devastate an industry devoted to migraine headache research and treatment. 

    The end of migraines is your choice not the medical industry's.

    1. Seek-n-Find profile image71
      Seek-n-Findposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Where would you suggest to look for said cures/preventions?  Thanks!

  10. profile image50
    tamishortposted 12 years ago

    Drink lots of Mountain Dew and sit in a dark room. that's what my niece does, and it works for her.

  11. DougBerry profile image79
    DougBerryposted 12 years ago

    One thing that my GP pointed out to me is that caffeine can be a trigger.  Most of the over-the-counter tension and migrane pills have caffeine.  I got into a cycle where I was having worse-and-worse headaches and couldn't get any relief.  I woke up with a headache and had it until I went to sleep.

    That lasted for years.

    It wasn't until it got to where they beyond what I could tolerate that I went to the doc and got on a prescription med that helped.  It broke the caffeine cycle that was causing 99% of my headaches.  I've gone for as long as a week at a time without a headache since then.  Doesn't sound like much?  Well, I'd just had the 7 year headache, so it's a lot to me.  Topamax is what they gave me.

    1. Seek-n-Find profile image71
      Seek-n-Findposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you--I do drink coffee almost daily.  :0(  Sometimes it seems to affect me and other times not at all.  I appreciate your answer!

  12. terrektwo profile image81
    terrektwoposted 12 years ago

    I am still wondering this myself I suffer from headaches that only occur on saturday, I wrote a hub on it called "Saturday Headaches," I still hurt every week, just not sure what it is.

    1. Seek-n-Find profile image71
      Seek-n-Findposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Only on Saturday?  Hmmm---that is interesting!  I hope they go away for you!

  13. Grannygrump profile image59
    Grannygrumpposted 11 years ago

    Recovery from a migraine? Sex, and lots of it!  makes me forget about my migraine every time!

  14. Jennifer Bart profile image60
    Jennifer Bartposted 11 years ago

    I suffer from chronic migraine. First I want to say I am sorry for your pain. A migraine is caused by inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain. There are many things can cause those blood vessels to become inflamed. The best thing to do when you get a migraine is take an anti inflammatory medication such as naproxen and lay down try to relax and take deep breaths. Apply a cold compress to your head. If you have migraines you should avoid foods such as chocolate or anything containing msg this will make the headache worse or even cause you to get a headache. Read food labels carefully and the best treatment is prevention. If diet dose not help see your doctor he or she may prescribe you what is called a preventative medication. If possible try to avoid taking narcotic pain medications. There is a book I want to recommend you read it is called Heal your Headache I don't remember the authors name but there is a lot of valuable info in that book.

  15. Wasteless Project profile image85
    Wasteless Projectposted 11 years ago

    I have known a few people suffering from migraine. My mother used to suffer greatly, but funnily the migraines stopped after her menopause. The only time I heard of a person getting fully cured of migraines was when a close friend of mine started acupuncture therapy - his migraines never returned. That might of course not work for everyone and it is also not easy to find a good practicioner - but if I would suffer from migraines thhttp://seek-n-find.hubpages.com/question/147745/what-is-the-best-method-of-recovery-from-a-migraine--where-do-these-suckers-come-from--anyway#at would be my first thing to try!

  16. teamrn profile image59
    teamrnposted 10 years ago

    Where they come from or why, I'm not sure. So many people have theories that certain foods trigger them or certain allergens trigger them, but it's hard to pinpoint when they seem to come out of the blue.

    But for whatever reason, the blood vessel (and TahoeDoc might prove me wrong on this if she chimes in) go from a constricted state to a dilated state to a constricted state to dilated and they keep doing this. This causes the throbbing and other symptoms that are associated with migraines.

    That's why my neuro said to me, when you think your migraine has nearly run its course have some strong coffee and give it a jolt. Caffeine is a strong vasoconstrictor and once the blood vessels are strongly constricted at the end of the migraine sequence, usually for me 2 days, the caffeine trick-works.

    They can also be muscle tension headaches. Strangely enough, I always got them when I was nursing. I was working on the hospital floors and got them, Then I worked in hospice and drove from home to home. Drive, drive, drive, pressure, pressure, pressure. Then I stopped working and IMMEDIATELY, I mean IMMEDIATELY they stopped and it's been 14 years since I stopped work and I haven't had one.

  17. Penny G profile image60
    Penny Gposted 10 years ago

    I take imitrex it is prescription. However if you don't have that, a wet cold many, large size fold on the diagonal, tied tightly around your head feels good. just put it across your forehead and tie it around the back of your head firmly.


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