I have a few of my own, but Im going to start with this newsletter from Dr. Weil, so I can delete it from my email
Natural Migraine Relief
If you suffer from migraines, and don't like the thought of taking strong prescription medications, consider trying butterbur (Petasites hybridus). This herb is native to Europe, northern Africa and southwestern Asia, and has been used for centuries as an effective remedy for headaches, back pain, and asthma. More recent evidence suggests migraine sufferers may benefit from butterbur's actions - reducing inflammation and spasms in blood-vessel walls - without experiencing the side effects associated with prescription medications (except some burping). A study published in Neurology, Dec. 28, 2004 reported that after four months, people taking 75 mg of butterbur for migraines had 48 percent fewer migraine attacks per month - similar to the effects of prescription migraine drugs. Be very careful about the butterbur you purchase - only use butterbur extracts that are guaranteed to be free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids. The adult dosage ranges from 50-100 mg twice daily, and should be taken with meals.
A number of factors can cause daily headaches, but first you should explore your blood pressure.
If you snore, be sure to tell the doctor, because morning headaches have been associated with snoring and sleep apnea. Treatment may mean weight loss or use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device worn at night to prevent interruptions in breathing during sleep.
If you get a clean bill of health, you may be suffering from chronic tension or migraine headaches. In most cases, these headaches are “transformed migraines”, meaning that they started out as migraines which became more frequent and more like tension headaches. Some people who have chronic daily headaches have common tension headaches (pain that is mild to moderate, may feel like it is pressing or tightening on the head, and felt on both sides of the head).
These headaches often respond well to massage therapy and stress reduction techniques such as breathing exercises and meditation. In most cases, transformed migraines are due to taking too manypainkillers. If you take pain medication (prescription or over-the-counter) for headache relief, your morning headaches may be the result of overnight “withdrawal” from the caffeine and other components commonly found in these medications.
If so, the only solution is to stop taking them. Depending on how long you’ve been using them, going “cold turkey” can be very difficult and can temporarily lead to even more severe headaches. For this reason, it is best to withdraw from the drugs under the supervision of a neurologist who specializes in treating headaches.
Yesterday, I got a blind spot (migraine). I almost never get them anymore, since I figured out my cure (pepsi), but this one came on sudden and grew so fast I couldnt get it in time I couldnt see much, as the big "C" covered most of my vision & I knew it was going to be a monster headache once it faded, so I tried the Imitrex for the first time... Yes, it WAS pretty brave of me to give myself a shot lol especially considering it expired in 2003 Anyway, it made me sick for the rest of the night... not bad, just dizzy & made my head & chest feel heavy, shortness of breath, etc... The blind spot went away immediately after the shot tho! Just thought I'd share, since I didnt make it back to reply to threads lastnight I wont be using Imitrex again
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All my childhood, I had severe headaches. I wish I would have known about allergies back then. It could have saved me a LOT of suffering! Now, I know those headaches are brought on by allergies and claritin will take care of them! Im pretty sure my youngest inherited this headache from me, so I give her childrens allergy medicine when she complains of a headache, and so far, I think its helping (knock on wood)
My migraines started when I was pregnant with my first child. I quit drinking Pepsi for the pregnancy and the lack of caffeine caused horrible migraines. I suffered with them for a couple years before learning how migraines work. My cure for migraines is Pepsi. As soon as I notice the blind spot (aura) coming on, I take a drink of Pepsi, the blind spot fades away and I dont get the headache (knock on wood). If I dont catch it fast, tho, the spot will turn into a giant C, which blocks most of my vision. As it fades away, the headache comes on and can last a week or more.
When I was going thru the migraine ordeal, I was sent to a neuropsychiatrist, who put me on Amitryptiline & Perphanazine (sp). I noticed a lot of people in his waiting room were blind, so I researched and found out that Amitryptiline, taken in large doses, can cause blindness. I stopped taking those pills about a month after starting, but they cured whatever evil headache I was having at the time, and it never came back (knock on wood)
I have a friend who takes sinus pills for her migraines. It works sometimes, sometimes not. I think aspirin works about as well for her. Something else Ive heard about, but never tried, is Feverfew. I think you can get it over the counter from a drug store. Good luck to anyone suffering from headaches! I hope you find something that works for you!
I just want to make people aware of the dangers of codeine. I don't know about the U.S. but in Canada you can get Tylenol with codeine from the pharmacist without a perscription. If you have any kind of addictive personality you can get addicted very quickly to the codeine and it will take more and more to get high. I speak from experience at my worst I was taking 50 or more a day. There are other ingredients in the tylenol that are very deadly and build up in your system like the acetemitaphine. It can affect your liver very badly. I am clean now for 9 days from tylenol 1 with codeine and feel so much better. Some cures are worse than the ailment. Good luck to all.
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I had a really stinker of one yesterday. Nothing shifted it, I could feel my head throbbing with the pulse. Anyway, drugs are usually a no-go with me but paracaetamol 500mg, 2 of these worked within half an hour. I did try to ease it by putting a pillow over my head (only for the darkness!!) and to slow my breathing down, to ease the pulse. Someone did suggest a while ago to try sniffing vinegar - anyone come across this?