I have suffered from Migraine Headaches since I was 4 years old, my Mom said the first time I had one I said the room is spinning and threw up everywhere. Throughout my childhood they plagued my life, they were very patterned and frequent about one every two weeks. My symptoms were Aura (extreme vertigo, the room was spinning) that lasted the entire duration of the Migraine, non stop vomiting, dry heaving and over all terrible feeling. These would prevent me from being at school or doing anything but laying in bed, they lasted about 24-48 hours each time.
Fast forward to being an adult my Migraines changed a little. Excruciating headache almost blinding, aura (a flashing ring in one of my eyes before onset), they lasted 4 days non stop and nothing worked to get rid of them. They seemed to be brought on by my menstrual cycle, about 2 days before my cycle was to start the aura would come.
FINALLY after seeing numerous doctors from age 4 to now I found a Neurologist who knew her shit. I knew immediately that she was different, she invited me into her office first we discussed my history, my diet, medications or plant medicine I was taking. She explained what was going on and what happens when people have migraines and how so many external factors can be linked. I was adamant about not being on seizure meds for prevention and she listened, she actually gave a shit about what I was saying. She didn’t just shove drugs at me and tell me see ya in month. She suggested taking magnesium 550mg, a baby aspirin every day, having my blood taken to check that everything was good and I left with Diclofenac Potassium (CAMBIA).
I started taking the Magnesium daily, Baby Aspirin and I was off Birth Control. Within 2-3 months I was no longer suffering from 5-6 per month. It has been 2 years since that and I still haven’t suffered from a 4 day migraine that didn’t respond to any meds, a little Excedrin now just kicks it in the butt.
Tips For Preventing Migraines
Find a great Neurologist, they are out there. It took me a long time to find mine and I am so happy I did, she changed my life.
Stay Hydrated, I drink about 128oz a day. I exercise most days so I also drink more after that.
Neck Stretches, I had a Tension Migraine a few years back and had to go to the ER. The doctor there was so awesome and showed me some stretches I need to do every single day
Chin tuck stretch - Sit in a chair nice and straight. Place your ends behind your head and tuck you chin. Let the weight of your hands pull your head down but don’t force anything. Hold this for 45 seconds
Cervical Extensor Stretch - Sitting upright or standing up straight. Place left hand on the right side of your head, gently guide your head to the left. Again don’t force anything. Hold for 45 seconds. Repeat on the other side
Meditate in the mornings, when you feel a migraine coming on, at the end of the day. Just whenever you find the time and feel that you need it. I use an app called Meditation Studio, it is $7.50 a month from the App Store. This helps keep your nervous system calm and mange stress a little better. Stress is a huge migraine trigger.
Magnesium - A lot of studies show that a high percentage of migraine sufferers are low in magnesium. Magnesium is basically the relaxation mineral. Stress drains the body of magnesium, not sure if that means migraine sufferers are typically under more stress. But stress is a trigger for migraines so makes sense. (Magnesium has many benefits for non migraine sufferers as well bowel regularity, stress relief, restful sleep to new name a few)
Here is the link for the magnesium I take
Your gut and brain are so intertwined, I take a probiotic daily and eat/drink fermented foods to keep my gut health in tip top shape.
Multi Vitamin - I take Smarty Pants Women’s every other day and Garden of Life Women’s Health every other day. I switch off to get all the vitamins I need.
Baby Aspirin - how my Dr. described this to me - migraine w/ aura sufferers have stickier blood platelets similar to stroke patients. The baby aspirin helps thin the blood so those platelets don’t stick together which in turn help prevent aura. (I buy this at Costco, I get a year supply for $6)
I quit birth control, it was more experimental at the time but after researching the effects it had on my body I decided it wasn’t something that aligned with my health.
All the Essentials
Tips For Surviving a Migraine
Turn the lights off, if you work in an office and have to be at work ask your Co-Workers if they mind having the lights off.
Essential Oil Roller Ball in your purse, by your bed EVERYWHERE. I roll this on my temples, neck and forehead during a migraine. You can use peppermint or my favorite is Doterra Past Tense, link below
Ice Pack, there is nothing that works quite like an ice pack. (Make sure to wrap it in a hand towel or it will hurt a little)
Here is one similar to mine
Drink tons and tons of water, for some reason when I have one I don’t want any water. I just make myself drink it anyways.
Eat light - Crackers, Soup, Smoothies stuff like that. When you are having a migraine your stomach may slow down and basically stop digestion all together until it is over.
If you suffer from nausea during your migraines make sure your stomach has something to throw up. Growing up I would eat jello mainly to throw up it came up easy and that way I didn’t have those painful dry heaves. (you can buy those little jello cups at Walmart, just keep them on hand for when you have a migraine)
If your Migraine is lasting longer than normal and nothing is working, go to Urgent Care or the ER so they can help stop it. It can be dangerous to you let it go on for too long.