What do you do when the pain gets really bad?

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Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 9/19/2005 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
 
As some may know I have been struggling for a while now but just recently my headaches have been getting better. At the end of the day I still struggle with what to do when the pain is really bad.
 
I have a few "non medication" strategies including going for a walk, taking a warm bath, listing to a meditation CD. I have also tried some natural remedies including calcium/magnesium, valerian root, melatonin and some muscle relaxants.
 
What do others do to avoid rebound headaches but also relieve the pain?
 
Nicky
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tysmyboo
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   Posted 9/22/2005 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you take any preventatives???
 
I take daily preventatives, and then once the pain gets here I put ice on my head...put some type of comfortable clothes on, lay down on the bed, in the dark..turn the fan on and try to be still with soothing music on very low-if I can tolerate any noise...
 
I will take some type of abortive (Amerge, Axert, Frova, Imitrex, Relpax, Zomig), Pain Medication, and/or something for Nausea-which I usually have with my migraines. The key to this is that I generally do not take this type of thing more than twice, three times max per week....so I do not have to worry about the chances of rebound...
 
Massage is also a good alternative...
Chiropractic for some, Swimming or Jacuzzi/Hot tub....Yoga/Meditation
 
There are different things that work for different people. Have you thought about biofeedback?
 
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Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 9/22/2005 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sara,

I take Topamax, Nadolol and Celexa as preventatives. I'm also taking the following natural supplements Calcium / Magnesium, Multivitamin, Melatonin and Valerian Root. These keep the headaches at bay most of the time. I feel like I have a fairly successful strategy.

I thought we could all provide ideas for "non medication" ways of curing headaches. I'll include a blurb in my rebound headache post.

Thanks!


Nicky
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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.   Buddha


tysmyboo
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   Posted 9/23/2005 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
 

 

 

Sounds good...

There are several non-medication ways to try to get cope with headaches/migraines... (I try to avoid the word "cure" at all costs, as there are no cure for headaches or migraines :-) )

I have made a list of random things below...just for ideas of things to try...

Relaxation techniques:

  • deep breathing
  • biofeedback
  • taking a warm bath
  • light exercise-a walk if you can stand it
  • pets! (playing with my dog relaxes me)
  • ice on my forehead
  • getting a massage, facial or manicure
  • listening to quiet, soothing music
  • drinking hot tea (decaf-if caffeine is a trigger)
  • anything you find relaxing!
Exercise/Yoga/Meditation/Prayer
 
Swimming, Soak in Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
 
Chiropractor Visit/Massage or Physical Therapy
 
Visit a Counselor/Talk to a friend or support group member or friend on HealingWell-sometimes talking and releasing stress can relax you and in return lessen headache pain
 
When you are in pain long enough, anything is worth a try!
 
 
Sara



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Post Edited (tysmyboo) : 9/23/2005 8:26:09 AM (GMT-6)

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