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MARYLIZ54120 Posts: 370
2/4/14 5:54 P

Sorry about the migraines. I've had them for years and years. Luckily, I don't get them as much anymore. I have medications for them, but when I didn't, I used to drink a "regular" coke, classic, like you said. No Pepsi or any diet. I think it's the combination of sugar and caffeine in the coke that helps the headache.

2/4/14 5:31 P

I suggest you have this discussion with your doctor who is providing the medical care and treatment for your migraines. (especially regarding why the pop may help)

In my area, I can get 8 ounce cans of soda pop.

So let's assume you and your doctor determine that the pop helps with migraine control. Perhaps it takes one of the cans I mentioned. And this happens 2 times a month. That's a total of 200 calories a month for this treatment. Why should you be annoyed if this treatment works. Treat the pop as medicine. Take it when prescribed.

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EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
2/4/14 3:17 P

I can't suggest any real preventives or cures for this. I'm so sorry you're suffering!

I live in Florida, and our winter storms (ie, cold fronts) typically ride in on a pressure wave. I'm less sensitive to it than my husband, but neither of us need a weather report to know it's coming. It creates a several-hours'-long headache of varying degrees. I don't know whether those "degrees" are due to the incoming speed of the front, or just the fact that it's coming... but it's rare if at least one of us doesn't notice it.

I associate this with similar physical complaints I hear from those with arthritis, whose pain and symptoms are exacerbated by weather. I don't know if there's any real "cure" for that, either.

I suspect your only recourse is going to be petitioning your doctor for aid! That's usually the best place to start, in any case, for any physical ailment. Besides, s/he might have something to prescribe of a slightly greater "power" which might help more than any OTC meds you could obtain.

Some dietary approaches might help.
Regarding the caffeine... I may have this backwards! but doesn't caffeine constrict blood vessels? That wouldn't make much sense to me on this topic, since I think (?) migraines are at least in part caused by some sort of constriction of the vessels in the brain. If that's so, caffeine should make it *worse*... but if I've got it backwards, then I suppose (assuming caffeine relaxes those vessels instead) that self-administration of caffeine might alleviate the migraines. There is a cola syrup available from the Vermont Country Store catalog... I remember my dad used to give me that when I had terrible colds, since I couldn't take typical cough syrup. But that's beside the point.

I still think you'd be wise to start with your doctor, and run any other hopeful preventives by him/her.

Luck to you!

Edited by: EXOTEC at: 2/4/2014 (15:24)
ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
2/4/14 2:47 P

Normally I would suspect that the caffeine in the soda is what helps you, but the classic Coke actually has a bit less caffeine than the other sodas you mentioned. Regardless, if it works, then I'd say go with it.

You might want to ask your GP for a referral to a neurologist who specializes in migraines. Barometric pressure changes are a really common cause for them around here (we get some spectacular changes sometimes), and it's generally neurologists who have stuff that can help.

For me, it's actually taking vitamin B6 and magnesium on a regular basis that mostly prevents them (won't help when you already have it, though). This was the recommendation of my neurologist, and she referenced a study done by the Mayo Clinic on it. Sorry, but I don't have the info on that study here right now, but you could ask your GP about it and see if you can get the dosages that are right for you. It would give you something to try while you're waiting to see neurology.

Hope your Coke gets you through today, and that you can get in for some help in preventing future migraines!

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
2/4/14 2:43 P

I get them, too - same way, and caffeine helps me most times, too.

If having a soda stops one, then have a soda - why suffer for 150 calories? If you got 2 a month, and each time 150 extra calories helps stop them, that's really not that bad.

I drink tea for the caffeine for mine - but yeah, if it was bad enough (and I had soda in the house), I wouldn't even worry about the calories ;)

2/4/14 2:34 P


I'm not entirely sure this is the correct forum, so mods feel free to close or move this to the appropriate place. I get moderate to severe migraines when weather fronts come through and the temperatures change drastically and when I'm about to start or have just started my period.

I'd categorize a moderate migraine for me as having these symptoms: intense pain above my right eye that feels as though it runs straight through my skull to the base of my skull on the right side (like some jammed an icepick in my head and left it there), the muscles in my neck and right shoulder become tense and knotted, I become fairly light sensitive with my vision producing movement trails and it takes a few (micro)seconds for my brain to register what I'm looking at (and as a result I often feel somewhat nauseated from the movement).

A severe migraine has all of the above but includes tunnel vision, inability to be in any light, and vomiting.

OTC medications do absolutely nothing for me at all. I've tried Excederin, Motrin/Ibuprofen,
Tylenol, Aleve, and straight Asprin. I have been to my GP and she gave me a sample of a migraine medicae I can take at the onset of a migraine, however, it's not covered and would be out of pocket for me (running at $150 for around 7 pills). Nor can I just "sleep them away" as I wake up with the same pain I went to sleep with. Usually, I just deal with it and go about my day because there really isn't anything I can take that helps. The only thing that makes me feel better is drinking a coke (coca-cola classic only, pepsi/dr. pepper/other colas do not work) and eating a little chocolate. I realize this is probably a placebo effect, something I've conditioned myself to believe works. I don't really drink soda often (and when I do I prefer dr. pepper or cherry coke), but it's such a huge caloric hit that I'm loathe to spend those calories on something so utterly awful for me. I mean, I did. My migraine is slowly progressing in intensity so I went and got the smallest coke I could, but I'm annoyed to be drinking it, even though psychologically it helps.

So I guess my question is, is there a way I can work through the migraine without resorting to soda? Or does the soda actually do something and it's not just a mental trick? I don't get migraines too often, maybe one or two a month, sometimes none. I used the search feature and read some of the articles related to migraines, but mine are not brought on by food triggers. Avoiding foods isn't really going to help. My are environmental and hormonal. I'm also at work and not in a position to exercise - I will later. So any advice would be most appreciated.

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