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How I Cured my Migraine Headaches

Updated on June 19, 2013

Migraine Free for Over 90 Days

I have been a migraine sufferer for 14 years and recently discovered that I don't have to suffer anymore. After years of headache diaries, visits to the doctor, expensive medications, and missing out on fun events, I am finally better. From an average of 50 migraines per year, I am now migraine free for 90+ days.

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My Migraine History

  • Migraine sufferer for 14 years, beginning at age 17.
  • Diagnosed as a migraine sufferer by three doctors, independently.
  • Average migraines per year: right over 50. That's about one a week.
  • Prescription medication: Imitrix, as needed from age 17 to 27. Maxalt MLT, as needed from age 27-31. Please note: Maxalt MLT is not covered by insurance and costs $28.00 per dose. Multiply that by 50 headaches a year and see what you get.
  • No known triggers.
  • I've tried everything possible to make them stop. Under-eating, over-eating, cutting out specific foods which might be triggers, cutting two feet of hair off so my hair was an inch long, cinnamon and milk, relaxation, chiropractic care, and more. Nothing worked.

I Gave yet Another Book a Chance

I bought this book by a doctor who has spent years researching headaches of all types. He owns an operates a headache center in New York. He suggests that migraine sufferers could see reduced headaches if they take a combination of B12, Feverfew, and Magnesium.

Well I tried it, and it didn't work for me. I was almost in tears, because I had been so convinced by the arguments presented, the studies done, and the conclusions drawn. I almost gave up and surrendered to the headaches. The year I read this book was a bad year, totaling 76 migraines.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Migraines: The Breakthrough Program That Can Help End Your Pain (What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About...)
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Migraines: The Breakthrough Program That Can Help End Your Pain (What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About...)

I bought a 30 count bottle of Feverfew, Magnesium, and B12 and took them, one a day, til they were gone.

During this time I had migraines at exactly the same rate I had them before.

 

I WAS DOING

IT ALL WRONG

My Eye Started to Twitch

A twitchy eye led to my migraine relief. I was using Google to research twitchy eyes when I came across some information about magnesium deficiency. I almost brushed off the information, thinking I couldn't possibly be deficient. After all, haven't I been going to the doctor regularly? Haven't I had regular blood tests? Wouldn't someone have told me if I was deficient?

The short answer is NO. And that is because magnesium is stored in the tissue and bones. Only a tiny percentage of a body's magnesium shows up in the blood. Therefore, you can have a normal magnesium level on a blood test, yet still be deficient throughout the rest of your body.

Magnesium Deficiency and Migraines

Of course, the information on magnesium deficiency not showing up in a routine blood test immediately brought to mind the book I had read years ago. I Googled 'magnesium and migraines' and there it was. Thousands of pages popped on my screen, full of people detailing what happened to them, what their symptoms were, and how their life has been improved by adding a magnesium supplement.

So, why didn't the magnesium supplement work for me years before when I took it religiously for 30 days? Well, the simple explanation is because I was doing it wrong.

How I Take Magnesium Supplements

The first thing I figured out is that I did not take the magnesium long enough. For some people, it takes two or three months worth of daily does of supplemental magnesium before they see a result. I only took magnesium for one month. This time around, I dedicated myself to stick with the magnesium for 90 days.

The second thing I discovered is that there are several different types of magnesium, and some types absorb better than others. I have no idea which type I took for a month, as it was simply labelled "magnesium." Hint: that probably means I was taking the wrong kind. To give myself the best chance, I chose to take a citrate form.

The third thing learned is that in order for your body to better absorb magnesium, it should be taken along with K2, and it should be taken on an empty stomach. That is yet another thing I did wrong, as I wasn't taking K2 at all, and I always took my supplements with my lunch! Now I take my supplements in the morning, and eat later. In the evenings, I take another one, since overnight I won't be eating anything.

My Personal Magnesium and K2 Combo, and Dosage

After spending a couple of hours researching, I ultimately chose to purchase the three bottles shown here. I am taking a taurate and K2 in the morning, and a citrate and K2 in the evening.

Nature Made Vitamin K2 100 mcg Softgels 30 Ct
Nature Made Vitamin K2 100 mcg Softgels 30 Ct

I chose to buy this brand of K2 because I have taken Nature Made products before, and because my dermatologist has given them a green light.

Furthermore, many of the other K2s available were at a much lower dosage per pill, notice this one is 1000mcg.

 
Nature Made Magnesium Citrate 250 mg Softgels 120 Ct
Nature Made Magnesium Citrate 250 mg Softgels 120 Ct

I chose this because it is magnesium CITRATE specifically.

When doing research on different types of magnesium, most of what I read agreed that the citrate was easier for a body to absorb than other types.

 

Results

I experienced a decrease in migraines within a month, and a stoppage of migraines during the second month. It has now been more than three months and I have not had any migraines. During this time, I have taken religiously two magnesium pills as described above.

I feel that this has changed my life for the better and I will continue to do this until I find a reason not to.

Help out other migraine sufferers by writing a sentence or two about what helps you prevent or cure migraines or cluster headaches. It's just that one little piece of information a person is missing that can fix them; you could be the one who helps them out!

Please tell me what worked for YOU.

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    othellos 

    5 years ago

    Excellent lens on a topic that can help everyone. Really enjoyed your lens. I'll be back to study more.

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    solongacne 

    5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this info. For me, I suffer from migraines too and if it's not taking a dose of aspirin or paracetamol, I would have to rely on a strong cup of coffee for the caffeine. I think your solution may actually be a wiser one. :)

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    KTPT13 

    5 years ago

    I'm glad you found your fix. Mine appear to be related to sinus problems.

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    ChristyZ 

    5 years ago

    Wow, this is interesting information. I get muscle spasms and really bad jaw pain (that turns into a migraine) and I get rid of all of these problems by taking 300 mg Magnesium Citrate each day. I always assumed that the pain was causing the migraines, but maybe it's a separate issue. I'm glad you found something to stop your pain. I'm going to do some research on the other supplements you mentioned as well.

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    atomicgirl24 

    5 years ago

    I can't relate to the migraine issue, but I can to the problem of doctors glossing over a possible vitamin deficiency when trying to treat a chronic medical issue. For some reason, a lot of them don't seem to take deficiencies seriously. Unless your bloodwork turns up something really serious, they rarely consider it. I had a similar problem with both an iron and Vitamin D wreaking havoc with my body. It wasn't until I visited one doctor (after three) when it was finally properly diagnosed. And even then, he still didn't want to seem to want to connect those deficiencies to all the aches and pains and other stuff I was suffering from.

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