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I suffered with severe migraines for years. Now they are few and far between. I learned how to manage them without meds. First, regular chiropractic and massage helped quite significantly. But the main culprit was dietary. Clean eating. No MSG or its many, many derivatives, absolutely no artificial sweeteners: sorbital, Splenda, aspartame, mannitol, you can google the many names. I can eat restaurant food once in a while, but not regularly - too much MSG. But absolutely cannot eat artificial sweeteners without severe and immediate affects. Look up "excitotoxins" which these are and see the neuro affects and it all makes sense.
Other than that, eating regularly, good rest, yoga/mindful meditation or prayer (or some sort of stress management) are good preventatives.
During an attack, supplements of magnesium are crucial, along with a cold room, quiet and dark.
I just joined the group, and saw your post. I wondered whether you had any luck helping your friend?
To be honest, my own experience has been that unless the person him- or herself clearly wants alternatives, our best intentions for offering them can be useless. I have a very dear friend, with a serious health challenge. But she refuses to try juicing unless we juice for her; she is reluctant to even investigate whether her insurance might pay for holistic approaches. In short, I end up feeling rejected most times I have tried to help. And this is not the first time I've seen this kind of situation.
I think many times migraines are related to food insensitivities that go unrecognized, and for sure, holistic practitioners seem to be more ready to investigate that than conventional docs. It's pretty hard to follow an elimination diet, but that would probably be one of the first things I would try if I were suffering with migraines.
Anyway, if you approached them about helping, I'd be interested to know how successful you've been! Hopefully more than me!!
I am seeking help for a friend of my wife's who has been suffering from migraines.
I know that there are alternative treatments. The doctors she has seen have only mentioned medicine...... not once have they brought up nutrition.... surprise, surprise.
I have looked up several different topics, but none seem to be saying the same thing.
Any help to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by: MFTAGGFREEZE at: 4/17/2012 (17:30)
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