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How to Stop a Migraine in Its Tracks

Triggers & Treatments for Migraine Pain


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  • I started getting migraines after my son was born. Before that I would get daily tension headaches. Now my headaches are less frequent but more severe. I have lots of triggers. Pms, not eating often enough, weather etc, but they don’t happen every time so can be unpredictable. Also my migraines tend to be through my entire body. Not just pain in my head. Usually it’s down my entire left side. Weirdly, sometimes I get all the other symptoms including the feeling of pressure and stiffness but no actual pain. My dr says that’s normal. The only otc drug that seems to work is excedrine migraine, but unfortunately it is not sold in Canada and the last few friends that have gone to the states have been unable to find it. I’m almost out 😢
  • This is great info and something to consider. Thank you.
  • When I do have the occasional migraine, I tie up my head with a scarf like Rambo. Rather tightly. The tightness seem to curb the throbbing pain. Just like how you would bind a sprained ankle to stop it from throbbing and swelling. Plenty of cool water and yes, just stay in a dark room and sleep.
  • How to Stop a Migraine in Its Tracks - To be honest, I felt deceived and tricked into reading the complete article by a title that falls way short of being truthful. Good information but far from a sure fire stopping in its tracks
  • I had chronic migraines for 5years. I could bare2 leave the house. What helped me was medical botox. I've been getting it for 2 years and the results are wonderful. I still get migraines but not nearly5often.
  • this article is very elementary. I've seen more information in almost any other, unfortunately. If you are new to migraines this information might be helpful. Sadly, every migraine sufferer that's had them for any length of time knows this much by now. OTC meds do nothing for my migraines. Neither do any prescribed migraine meds after three months. Preventives make my other conditions worse. What does sometimes help me is peppermint oil compresses, caffeine, and as last resort, my opioid pain reliever. When that doesn't work, I accept it and pray.
  • I've found that if I take Aleve when I start getting visual disturbances that it really reduces the amount of pain that I get with a migraine. Of course everyone is different, and nothing works for everyone, but this really works for me, and for my daughter.
  • The only OTC med that works is Excedrin or Excedrin Migraine. The others are all worthless and cause other problems. Tylenol and Ibuprofen cause me even more pain. I've had migraines since I was at least 10 years old and I'm 61 now. Been on all sorts of meds and pain relievers. I've taken daily preventives and prescription pain meds for years - different ones because after a while, instead of helping they cause more problems. Waiting to get in to see my neurologist about changing my meds again - I had to quit my preventive meds because they were triggering more migraines. It gets old really fast. I realize that triggers can also help relieve the pain whether or not a doctor does, it happens. I can't give up caffeine or I get really bad migraines. There's a fine line between what helps and too much. Years ago and I mean back when aspartame came out, it would instantly give me a migraine. For years people called me a liar but now wow, it's a trigger. Don't ever let anyone tell you something can't trigger a migraine if it does in you. They're not the ones that have them, you are. It's been a struggle but I force myself to function even when I barely can tolerate movement. I've been told I couldn't have a migraine by other sufferers because I was trying to function normally - it didn't matter to them that I was on a daily preventive medication. Everyone's migraines are different. My former co-workers could tell I was going to have a migraine by my eyes - I never figured it out but they were dead on accurate.
  • Ibuprofen and aspirin do absolutely nothing for migraines at least in my experience. Excedrin Migraine is the only OTC medication that helps mine and it is because it contains caffeine. I also disagree with limiting caffeine intake to prevent migraines, if I don't have caffeine in the morning it triggers migraines. Thankfully mine are not as bad or as frequent as they were during my childhood, I no longer vomit after having one and they are much less severe, I do have that drained feeling after one though. Hormones are the worst trigger of mine along with strong scents (smoke and perfume) and altering my sleep schedule especially if I nap during the day.
    This is truly an very over simplified article on a complicated subject. It might be better titled how to help the headache sufferer. Those who have struggled with migraines any length of time know that easy answers aren't going to be found in a little article. These seem to encourage those that don't have migraines to try to give simple advice rather than help true migraine sufferers. Sorry but that's my take. I am an R.N. with my B.S.N.
  • I THINK I have only had one migraine in my entire life but one was enough - I can stand most pain BUT I generally draw the line at headaches.
  • I found that the majority of my migraines were a combination of stress from work and a nasty sinus infection that caused a build up of pressure in my nasal passages. After I quit my job, my migraines went down considerable. I'm still waiting on being able to afford the surgery to help me reduce the amount of sinus infections I get each year, but I'm getting there. Prescription meds and a low stress job have done wonders for me.
  • I use to have migrain very bad. But I started to take excerdrin and that took them away. It work great.

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