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Posted By : ken w - 10/21/2006 7:04 PM
Hello, I'm new to the board. Prior to Imitrex and Zomig, 2 medicines that have saved my quality of life, I used to endure migraines for 3 - 4 days and at the end I would throw up and immediately the 4 day migraine would vanish. Is that because of some vascular release in the brain that returns to normal after throwing up due to the pressure/stress of the action? While the medicines mentioned above have eliminated these 4 day events for me, just wondered if anyone has an explanation on why throwing up relieves a migraine. TIA

Posted By : hopefulmigrainer - 10/21/2006 7:53 PM
Hi Ken, I usually don't throw up. I get "common migraine." I feel nauseated but I don't throw up. Do you throw up voluntarily or does this just happen by chance? I hope someone comes along who has experienced this too.

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Posted By : Annuk - 10/22/2006 6:01 AM
Hi Ken,

Welcome to Healing Well. I used to vomit a lot with every attack I had for hours at a time, and often felt worse for it too! I can still sometimes vomit with an attack but it is more common for me to get the nausea now. I have never had an attack that vomitting has stopped the attack or made me feel better, as I said it usually makes me feel worse and raises the pain level!

During an attack the stomach usually stops it's normal routine of emptying and therefore is unable to absorb anything until the attack is over. This usually means that whatever is in the stomach be it drugs or food will often come back. At which point this happens differs for all of us. I was given Imitrex injections because of this to bypass my stomach. How do you take your Imitrex and Zomig?

Hopefully someone will come along with a similar experience to yourself, unfortunately this disease affects us all in different ways.

take care


Posted By : ken w - 10/22/2006 10:39 AM
Ann, thanks for reply. I no longer have the vomiting as I stop my migraine with Imetrix or Zomig(by mouth) at the first signs. But prior these medications, after vomiting my migraine was instantly gone. That's what I am trying to find an answer to as this seems to me to be a possible clue as to what actually caused the migrains in me. Weird disease - and I thank God everyday for these medications as my quality of life has increased beyond hope. In the last several years it appears that people are finally getting the idea that weather fronts are a real culprit. I used to get so upset at doctors that thought I was crazy mentioning weather fronts as a trigger. Hope the Imetrix injections continue to work for you. Any relief/hope is a Godsend.


Posted By : Grammyto2 - 10/31/2006 8:11 PM
:-)  Hi Ken.  I've had the same thing happen to me.  It doesn't happen that frequently, but I've had migraines disappear after throwing up.  I've always wondered why too and have never heard an answer.

Posted By : CarolinaJen - 11/4/2006 4:23 PM
I've had the same thing happen to me. I usually get pretty nauseaus with a full blown migraine, and a few times I've actually vomited (once was at a state park...I was trying to hike up a waterfall with my husband....don't ask). After vomiting, the headache was magically gone....although I remember being extremely tired afterward. I have heard that vomiting is a vascular deconstrictant and helps with migraine symptoms for that reason. I just did a google search on it, and found I can't really back this claim up. I sort of like to think that the nausea/vomiting is my body's own way of fighting the migraine. However, I don't let them get to that point anymore.

Good luck!

Posted By : Gabe S - 6/27/2009 10:06 PM
I've had the same kind of thing happen to me five times, the fifth being today.
It starts with a migraine that last for about three hours and at the end of the migraine I throw up, making the migraine immediately go away, although my head still hurts a little. I'm wondering what causes this. Is the trowing up caused by the migraine? Why is this? And why did it start happening now? It never happened to me before.

Posted By : SMP86 - 6/28/2009 6:51 AM
My understanding is you throw up because the pain is so bad and that the bodies response to the pain.
When I start throwing up it can go one of two ways... either I start to get better.... or I get worse and cant stop throwing up and end up in the ER because I can get dehydraded. I usually try to prevent myself from getting to this stage. Promethazine is a great drug to help with the nausea.

Posted By : tysmyboo - 6/28/2009 9:37 PM
Im the same way SMP...its either things start to get better (aren't immediately gone) or it gets so bad that I end up in the ER and their treatments are usually a longshot.

I have a reaction to phenergan and the only thing that remotely works (at home) is Zofran ODT (they dissolve in your mouth-no swallowing required)

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Posted By : cammy - 12/7/2009 4:32 PM
My 11yr. old son has been having very quick onset migraines. Within 30 to 45min. he will vomit and the headache is magically gone. I have a history of migraines ( my father has the black out type). I also have Multiple Sclerosis. I am concerned that there may be something more to this than just a headache. I would love to hear from anyone who has children that have had this problem or even adults. I never vomit with my migraines eventhough I get nauseated... Thanks

Posted By : SmurfyShadow - 12/8/2009 12:39 AM
There could be medical conditions that cause this, and doctor should be informed. Also, it could be a "trigger" of what causes the migraine. Certain foods, drinks, allergents, molds, etc can trigger a migraine. With each person different, the way to find your triggers of what causes your migraines is to keep a journal of anything you eat, drink, put on (laundry detengerent, shampoo, soap, deorderent etc). Look for common factors and elimanate the common factor one for a week or two to see if it improves.

FOr example, one day I was drinking soda and I got this terrible migraine. I had to do something, and I felt better. I drank more soda Ouch it was back. Laid off the soda a little better. Then it dawsns on me.... I will get migraines from caffine

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Posted By : marylin - 12/9/2009 9:46 PM
I have had many migraine attacks that if I move my head even a little,I will start vomiting and not be able to stop for hours. So,I have learned to keep Dramamine on hand. I take it as soon as my pain level starts going up. You have to be careful not to get dehydrated and of course vomiting will do that.
I have also actually thought my head would explode with the pressure of both the pain and the vomiting.

Posted By : devo - 1/5/2010 8:38 AM
I found this link about vomiting and migraines off google after suffering from one last night I wanted to see if anyone else has my kind of migraines and im surprised to see that there are. .

I used to suffer bad from migraines more as a kid. I think it was the school I went too. All the florescent lights or the smell got to me almost everyday. ALso I got my tonsils out and now I get maybe 5 or 8 a year if that. But I still swear by that school. It was almost 10-15 times a month I would suffer hard. Like bang my head against the wall scream and go to the e.r and get a shot of morphine hard.

I didnt even have to wait in a waiting room ever. walk past everyone find my bed. they would shoot me up and i got to tell you. Morphine is SOOO good for migraine relief. way under rated. After those shots I knew that my headache was gone in 5 more min. and I got to sleep for 10 hours and woke up feeling like 10 million bucks!.

I dont need to go to the hospital anymore or use drugs to cure my migraines(knock on wood) , through lots of experience I have my own method of taking away migraines in a couple hours.

If I get on a good role and can throw up atleast a cerial bowel full I am pretty confidant that my migraine will just turn into a violent headache . A headache I would much rather have then a normal everyday run of the mill mild headache. Only very sensitive to jerky movements . Feels like my brain is bashing off the insides to my skull. But I feel 100% laugh go out etc. . . but am definitely walking on eggshells..

Nonetheless, when I get my warning signs witch are , blindless or sense of feeling blind. (hard to explain) Or seeing flashy lights or lights with circles I know that inevitably within the the hour or two I am going to get seriously ill. So I drink lots of water or pop and wait for the nausia to kick in . When I am able, I MAKE myself throw up for instant relief . Its weird but thats how my migrains personally are. .If anyone attempts this I would suggest making sure you have something to throw up, as I have done it raw and its just not good for you to toss up stomach fluid. And the relief after isint as pleasurable.

Sometimes I can even get away with drinking so much pop that I have massive gas build up and burp it out . No joke. .the vomit will follow eventually , but its such an instant relief high, it can land you half hour or hour of sleep when feeling like that. Also, it sounds funny but I find sitting on the toilet and trying to take a duke also gives me "temporary" relief while waiting for the puking to start.

So im just writing to let everyone know how I take care of my migraines I have atleast 20 years dealing with them . Have had hundreds . If you can vomit for relief you will definitely know if it works by feelings INSTANTLY better / tired INSTA SLEEP feeling. The feeling will be INSTANT, I dont want anyone to keep on trying to puke. You wont feel 100% . But you feel relief!

I read what other people said that vomit can make theres worse. So remember, drink lots of water/pop. Try to burp. Try taking a poo. Make sure you have something in there to puke up. If I help one person it will be worth the post. Again im not saying this works for everyone. But I believe that there are different migraines just as there are people. I always suffer from the same symptoms know my triggers and my relief techniques . If we have the same type of migraine , or someone you know. Then my post will be a god send to you. hope i help someone!!.

Posted By : dooties - 10/6/2010 10:09 PM
I have been suffering from migraine headaches since I was a little kid. I was hit by a car at the age of 3, and have had bad headaches ever since. However, migraines definitely run in my family. My migraines do not come with any warnings, other than a piercing headache that keeps getting worse, and no amount of drugs will help them. I suffer a lot of different kinds of headaches, from exertion headaches, to dull throbbing ones that last for days/weeks at a time, and of course the horrendous migraines. Oh yes, and I'm very sensitive to smells as well, and certain smells can give me an instant headache... some smells like tar for roofing and roads, certain perfumes/colognes, and anything in an aerosol can.

Most of these headaches though tiring, and sometimes very painful, they don't hold a candle to the vicious migraines I get. I have never noticed any links to my headaches... nothing I eat or drink trigger them... but stress plays a big part in them. Everyone has different remedies, but I agree whole heartedly with devo that you should try and throw up, but please, please... make sure you do have something in your stomach. I have only ever found relief from my migraines when I puke my guts out... and yes, even as mentioned, a *poop* can help too. If my migraine is very severe then my body will do this automatically. I don't have to make myself sick, as I always end up puking, and I will have to go *poop* too. It's almost like my body is ridding itself of a toxic poison, and uses the two avenues available. If my headache is bad quickly, I will often make myself sick, just to get the relief that much quicker.

Okay, so here's where I differ... over the years I have found myself in absolute agony laying on the cold bathroom floor, waiting for the next wave to send me over the toilet again. And have often become very cold... so I've taken my hair dryer and used it to get warm quickly when I get back into bed. And strangely enough, using the heat on my forehead, and back of my neck... while trying to knead out the hard knot my neck becomes. I often throw up 2 - 4 times, and use the hair dryer in between, and it really helps me for some strange reason. The noise doesn't bother me because I find white noise very soothing.

Now saying all this, I had a migraine 2 nights ago (mine almost always happen at night, the very bad ones anyways) that was a little different for me. I felt my head start to throb about 10:30pm and went and took a very hot bath to soak my aches away, and was so exhausted, that I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow, after the bath. I awoke about 3.5 hours later with one of the worst migraines I've ever had. I went from opening my eyes, to absolutely needing to puke within minutes. And unfortunately, my stomach was indeed empty, but I was throwing up so violently, that I could not stop to aid myself. Usually I'll just keep drinking water, as it's the easiest stuff to come back up for me. So, I was throwing up violently about 3 times, and yep... *pooping* too! It was not fun! I always get relief when I'm finally finished throwing up... this might just be the once, or can be many more. But I still use my hair dryer, and it lulls me to sleep... and yes, I always turn it off before that happens. LOL

So, I woke up a few hours later, and felt like absolute crap! I think because it was the only time my stomach has been that empty that it really took a toll on my body. I felt my guts a mess the next day, and a lot of the same feelings you have with a hangover, I had that day. Usually after I wake up from one of my migraine episodes, I feel like a million bucks! Not so this time. So, if you can... please try and vomit, but make sure you keep drinking water or something.

Posted By : Teeparty - 10/7/2010 7:57 PM
I have never suffered from migraines until I started going out and drinking all night then waking up severely dehydrated! DUMB I know! I get a horrible throbbing migraine that sits behind my eyes and the only thing that makes it go away is throwing up. I've learnt to avoid these headaches now but occassionally they happen. I had one the other day and didn't want to wait for the nausea to get bad enough that I would vomit so I tried ot self induce it - I had nothing to vomit up but the gagging seemed to do the same thing and I got almost instant relief. I am really curious to know if anyone knows why the gagging/vomiting helps relieve these headaches! It's a horrible cure but hey it seems to work!

Posted By : lulla - 12/12/2010 3:00 PM
its funny cause i have suffered with migraines since i was about 4 years old but each one is never the same as the last . I have found it really depends on what sort of migraine it is or more where the centre of the pain is. I find when i am experiencing one that is really behind the eye that i involuntarily vomit which will do one of two things , one it either exhausts me to the point where i pass out thus getting the rest i need to fight it , or it removes whatever is in my system that is making me sick , must admit though , throwing up with a migraine feels a bit like ur head is about to explode from the inside out

Posted By : Boosted333 - 12/14/2010 9:35 AM
I had migraines for a few years, and throwing up was the last stage.... which completely helped. I do not know why puking helps, but I just wanted to join in on the topic. I would get a headache, then it would get worse, stomach ache would be next, then I felt like someone put blinders on the sides of my vision, then sweaty and weak, achy, and then puke. All better!

I was getting migraines typically on a Monday, when I return to work.... If I had Monday off, I'd get it on Tuesday when I return to work....  Excedrine Migraine works perfectly, as long as I take it early enough when I first notice the headache.

My triggers seem to be:

Fluorescent lighting (working in the basement with no windows and fluorescent lighting gives me constant migraines... natural light is best).


I believe fruit (or eating too much fruit) might have been a trigger

I was also using Protein powders, and my nutritionist told me to stop using them... That might have been a trigger, with the fake chemical garbage that they put in them (GNC).
- Dan

Posted By : Kris1983z - 1/13/2011 11:35 AM

I've been suffering from migraines for my entire life (my dad gets them, too) and it's only been in the past few years that I've realized that vomiting puts an end to them. At around 18, my migraines started making me nauseous and I would involuntarily vomit, and now I know that after vomiting the pain subsides.  At some level, I feel that my migraines are my body's way of telling me that there's something in my body that shouldn't be there and my migraine will continue until it's expelled. 

I have tried multiple prescription medications, as well as over the counter, and they seem to only delay the effects of my migraine.  I might not get a migraine that day, but I will wake up with it in the middle of the night, or have it the next day.  Medications really only help me if there's something I need to get through that day.  Most of the time, I just "ride it out" with ice bags, darkness and quiet. 

I have multiple triggers: overexposure to sunlight (think laying on the beach for the day), loud music, aspartame, sleeping in for too long on the weekends, unrefined greens (broccoli rabe, kale, collard greens), and I believe hormonal birth control also gave me migraines.  My digestive health also can impact my migraines.  If I'm excited about an upcoming event, I think I can also stress myself out to the point of a migraine.

I've changed my lifestyle in the past year and actually have almost completely eliminated my migraines.  I try to only eat whole foods, nothing processed or packaged, and get enough light exercise (usually walking).  I keep to the same sleep schedule, even on the weekends and have been mostly migraine free.

Posted By : Miltron - 1/27/2011 11:23 AM
Hi Everyone, I started having migraines about 6-7 months ago, and I seem to get them 30-40 days apart. The first time I got one I was at work on the computer and then I realized I couldn't read what was on the screen - this was because of the small black circle in the middle of my vision (which got bigger until almost i couldn't see anything). I didn't know what it was so I went to the eye doctor and everything checked out and after the check-up they said it was probably a optic migraine - he said some people have absent migraines in which this is all the symptoms that show up, I wasn't so lucky and my head began to start hurting on my right side - these head pains usually go away right after throwing up and last about 1hr - 1hr 1/2. I don't take any medication for it, it just runs its course then goes away after interrupting my day.

But Just wanted to share that my headaches seem to dissipate almost immediately after vomiting.

If anyone has any advice, please let me know :-)


Posted By : adam2010 - 2/9/2011 5:02 AM
Migraine is a neurological syndrome characterized by severe headache with some episodes of nausea. They are typically unilateral and pulsating lasting for a 4 to 72 hours. There are possible ways of relieving migraine headaches like exercise, good sleeping, relaxed environment etc but these are long process. There are many commonly used medicines for mild to moderate migraine attacks.
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Posted By : robert 70 - 2/24/2011 7:32 AM
HI.guys.Ive been getting migraines since i was 16 years old and know Im 41.Too many years dealing with this s_it.I really dont know why my headaches vanish for months at a time and then come back with a vengance.Well its back to the doc.But gonna try the throwing up thing today. God help me please!!!!!!!!! Only him and you guys know what this PAIN is really about.Thank you guys!!!!!

Posted By : EvilFluorescents - 2/24/2011 11:35 AM
That's horrible! I hope the neuro is able to give you something that helps. Maybe Ann can chime in here. She's the cluster headache guru.

I really wonder if you have a rare headache/migraine variant. It's called Cyclic Migraine (and it is often misdiagnosed as cluster).

Here is a link that describes treatment options (it often doesn't respond to the standard migraine preventatives particularly well):

According to the website, first line treatments include lithium and indocin.

I hope the appointment goes well!

Post Edited (EvilFluorescents) : 2/24/2011 10:40:01 AM (GMT-7)

Posted By : - 2/25/2011 1:32 AM
I don't often experience migraines, (once or twice a year) thank goodness, because they knock me for a loop every time. As others have mentioned, only vomitting will bring relief for me.

I usually wake up with what feels like a normal headache, but instead of fading away in 15 minutes, it starts intensifying. Then before I know it I'm in the fetal position in bed, clutching blankets over my eyes to block out any light. The migraine progressively gets worse, with the accompanying nausea. This usually goes on for 4-5 hours until it reaches critical mass & it's time to puke my guts out. This isn't voluntary at all. I usually vomit violently for 30 min to an hour, and even though this is terrible, I know relief is on the way. Finally, after I vomit my migraine fades into a standard headache & I go to sleep for another 4-5 hours. When I wake up I feel woozy, almost hungover. Obviously this is an all day affair & I can't function in any capacity during the attack. I need complete quiet, stillness, and as little light as possible to minimize the pain. I honestly don't know how anyone can do anything while they have a migraine.

I seem to get them in the Spring, sometimes the fall, and I've usually (not always) drank alcohol the night before. I haven't found any common triggers but I don't get them often so I don't have a lot of data so to speak.

My last migraine was different though. It wasn't quite as intense, but I threw up for much longer. It faded into an awful headache & I continued to vomit. Finally it went away & I slept a bit. Even though the pain wasn't quite as intense, the vomitting gave me plenty to hate.

Posted By : di dee - 4/8/2011 9:13 PM has described exactly how my migraines are. I don't get many either. November 2010 and early February 2011 have been when I had the last two. They are debilitating as I can't move, talk or respond to anything without having to throw-up. Usually dry reaching until I finally throw-up bile. This process takes at least 6 hours from when I wake up with a mild headache which quickly intensifies into a raging one. I can not take anything for the headache or even drink water, I just throw-up. Lying in bed if I lie on my side and roll over to the other side this also causes me to throw-up. I just write the day off as I am totally useless. about an hour after throwing up the bile, I try to sip water a little at a time. Finally, at the end of the day I come good.

After the February headache I finally went to the doctor to try and find out why I get these horrible headaches. The doctor has prescribed medication in the form of a wafer that I am meant to place under my tongue when I feel this headache coming on. To date, fortunately, I have not had to use it.

It will be interesting if this works, although I'm not in a hurry to try it out.

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Posted By : LJB - 4/9/2011 8:27 PM
I'm new to the forum and hoping for some help and ensight to my problem. Started out as sharp pain behind right ear and progressed into an almost constant sharp stabbing pain traveling all the way to my temple. Imitrex, Esgic Plus, Tylenol, etc no help...First trip to Dr given 1 shot Toporel & 2 of Norflex plus tylenol...lasted about 18 hrs & back I went. This time 1 shot ea Toporel & Norflex, dosepack & motrin but every evening it returns. So far they just say myalgia headache maybe due to inflamation. I am taking antibiotics & decongestant for sinus infection & it is getting better but have had this debilitating head pain for 6 days. Have not been able to see neurologist yet. Just cannot seem to keep this dibilitating pain under control and cannot function with it. Anyone have any ideas? Cluster headaches have been mentioned but what I read doesn't fit. I am familiar with muscle spasms, pain, etc as I have fibromyalgia but this the worst I've ever had & can only get relief w/shots for pain.

Posted By : NY Veggie - 4/15/2011 2:51 AM
I'm new to THIS forum but have been on HW for over a week now for my Crohn's

I've had migraines since I was about 9 years old. They started after a major frontal concussion and grew more frequent after I reached puberty. I've gone years with only a few bothering me now and then but ten years ago I started to get them almost everyday. Presently they have subsided a bit because I started taking Gabapentin and vit B2 prescribed by my neurologist. She said I have Classic, Common and Retinal (I've always heard those called Ocular)

My migraines usually start behind my right eye and stay there but also go to my ear, face, jaw, teeth, and mastoid and then down my neck. I wake up with them sometimes and they grow, but can subside if I can drink enough tea (caffeine) and my b/f can massage my neck and shoulders and it will die down before it is full on. Other times a massage makes me sick to my stomach if it is rocking me back and forth. If I get them during the day and have an aura before the real pain hits I have the chance to take a fiorinal. Other times I take it when the pain has already hit and then I will have to take it again usually to be able to relax and get rid of it. I have also lately experienced several ocular migraines that did not produce pain at the time but produced a major migraine the next day with projectile vomiting. I can't take imitrex or any of those type due to other medical conditions and family history of heart attacks and strokes..

oh and most important... throwing up with a migraine has NEVER made me feel even a bit better.. I wish it did!!
NY Veggie

Posted By : too young..too old - 4/17/2011 10:52 PM
I have suffered with migraines for as far back as I can remember. No pattern for me and they are never the same. I vomit with almost every migraine but there is never relief. I only have one know trigger. Overexposure to sunlight. I read someone else mention that. I also have a solution that works for me. It's called Cataplex F. Too much sun causes too much vitamin d to be absorbed. This cancels some of that out. If I am going to the beach or swimming or anything that requires me to be in the sun for long, I take two pills the night before and two the morning of and that night. Drink lots of fluids... Preferably not alcohol.

It works wonders for me and I hope it may help someone else enjoy the outdoors again. I couldn't live wihout it as I am an outdoorsy person.

Posted By : panther fern - 4/18/2011 2:49 AM
There are migraines that start in your stomach ... strange i know. I have had migraines it feels like since the revolutionary but sometimes i will just get the stomach nausea and an aura but no headache. i went to a seminar and i learned there that that is a type of migraine. I also get the kind that you want to slam your head through a brick wall. The ones i got that were more severe the unilateral above one eye, nausea, puking, no relief, that kind were very much hormonal related for me. the ones that i noticed starting in my tummy tended to be brought on more by deep seeded stress that i had tucked away. i never looked up the physiological reasons why they acted differently. Have a metabolic panel ran to make sure you have plenty of B12 once my b12 was at a higher level my nausea was better. and make sure you stick to a routine as much as possible. esp waking up and going to bed.

God bless you and yours, all of you... Migraines can literally make you feel that you are nearing nearing insanity.

diana fern

Posted By : Outch - 4/25/2011 12:50 PM
Vomit is great, I am telling you. I try everything: tiger cream on side of head. Ice, 7-up, aspirin, biopuphen (or whatever). It's probably true the stomach block, cause at a certain point any medecine will just have no effect.

Vomit is great, such a releaf, and I don't get the side effect from advil gel, they are scary by the way.

Posted By : knowledgeseeker - 6/18/2011 11:05 AM
Im not a migraine sufferer. THANK goodness after reading. But my girlfriend is..she actually had a really BAD migraine last night and after she vomited for a bit, she ALSO found relief after vomiting.
I never knew anything about migraines till i started dating her, well Im surprised no one here has recommended MAGNESIUM citrate. I researched and found this helps for migraines, and got her some and she now has LESS migraines.  It doesnt cure but it sure lessens her attacks. She takes it everyday.
Now im surprised that NO ONE has any info on why vomiting helps except saying it just does, is there really no studies on this and no medical insight??
Also curious if anyone has any other natural remedies. thanks

Posted By : Violet Rose - 6/18/2011 11:25 AM
I also find temporary relief after vomiting during a migraine, sometimes the migraine completely disappears after but not often.  I read somewhere that vomiting temporarily increases the serotonin levels in your brain...and as migraine is often linked to low serotonin levels it makes sense.  No idea if there's any truth in that though :-)
As for the low serotonin theory, I just in the past week started taking the supplement 5-htp (which supposedly increases serotonin naturally) To soon to tell if its made any difference but I have had less of my usual daily tension headache for sure, one full blown migraine the day after starting it but none since.
I also take magnesium supplements :)

Posted By : sallylou - 6/19/2011 1:36 AM
I have suffered from migraines for 18 years - usually 2-3 a year, but since having children it has increased to 8-12 a year. I think back/shoulder strain from lifting the kids + lack of sleep may be extra triggers resulting in increase. I have also realised recently why I get them if I have a rare lie in - my blood sugar levels/hydration are too low after not eating for so long.

Vomiting usually helps me get over a migraine. However my last one was so severe I could not stop vomiting and resulted in vomiting up blood and being carted off to A&E for morphine shot. The difference with this migraine was it was right side of my head, when usually it is my left.

I am now trying the natural remedies to try prevent migraines: magnesium, butterbur and feverfew. I also make sure to eat something just before I go to bed and make sure to get up and eat/drink again by 7am. It has been 35 days since my last attack, so fingers crossed its working...

Posted By : Trip - 5/10/2012 7:42 AM
Hey everyone

I used to suffer badly from migraines and as soon as I vomited it would magically be gone, I asked my doctor why that would happen, he said the migraines where caused by a build up of bile, when you vomit you are actually vomiting the bile up...

a bile build up in my case is caused by eating either too much oily food or stress, I stay far away from oily food now and I'm fine unless I get very stressed, If I stay stressed for 2-3 days queue the blinding migraine

hope this helps a little

Posted By : Lmontg - 5/18/2012 5:53 PM
I know this is an old post, but if someone is still wondering I found this link to be helpful.

Posted By : lexipoo - 5/20/2012 2:14 PM
Hi everyone I am reading about all your migraine symptoms my are likely the same
but since I had a hernia repair this jan 11th 2012 I can vomit anymore cause my stomach has been wrapped into a 360 I would throw up very violently and for days on end I had a migraiine so bad I had it for 7 days I was bedridden could not do anything i felt so weak. I have had migraines since I was 18 yrs of age Thanks Alexis

Posted By : Malzy - 6/25/2012 3:08 PM
I feel I need to tell my story,

I was in middle school, possibly 7th grade when i had my first migraine. I had just finished PE class and ran a lot, bout 20 min after during lunch my vision began to sparkle and do funny things. The my vision kida went blind save for tunnel vision. My brain soon was pounding and i was sweating. Soon after my father arrived at school to pick up his very sick daughter. On my way out the door i threw up on my principals shoes, and all out to the car. It was embarrassing. On the car ride home i felt a little better but my head still hurt. I took a bath and then fell in bed still damp and did not wake for four hours. when i woke i felt much better.

Weeks if not months later same thing happened after PE and the same situation of the sparkly vision and tunnel vision then headache that made me want to die. After a while perhaps 45 minuets or up to 2 hours later i would finally throw up and start to feel a little better. I tended toward sleeping off the rest of the day after such episodes. I had at least 6 migraines a year eventually i went to the dr to look into my migraine issues. I was put on a magical medication that worked but i ran out of them eventually after a few years.

I was a Junior in High school and i was again in PE. i was doing the "Pacer", In the state of washington its some sort of phitness test. I nearly collapsed and i thought i was blind for a time. I vision was so fuzzy. I demanded to go to the nurse. The pe teacher felt i was trying to get out of PE.

I was a fit your lady in high school i weighed my junior year about 125lbs. Not a bad weight and i was nice and curvy. So i was not lazy or unfit. I could not explain the issues i was having. All migraines were triggered by Running. I went into the nurse and explained the issues with PE i had been having and i also told her i believed another migraine was already coming on. She hurriedly gave me leave to drive home cause i told her i had about 20 min before it started to be a real problem, she said she would call my mom and have a little chat with her. I left and barely made it home on account of the migraine coming on faster that i had anticipated. I got over my migraine and went down for a late dinner that night and my mom talked to me about what the school nurse had to say. She had asked my parents if i had heart issues. My parents had told her no, not to their knowledge....i had been a happy and seemingly healthy little girl all my life. Active and hyper.

The nurse insisted my parents go to the dr to see what might be wrong with me. My dad and mom were talking for some time that its just what teenagers do, "try to get out of classes". I insisted that was not the case. So my dad said fine and he called up our neighbor bob who is a ER dr. Dr. bob listened to my heart, and seemed to not hear anyting out of the ordinary...Then he listened again.... after a few min he told my dad my heart was strong...but there was a sound to it that he has unable to explain. He said i defiantly needed an x-ray, or perhaps an ekg.

This is where my life took an interesting turn... I found my self a few days later at kaiser in salmon creek washington and my primary was listening to my heart. His attitude was apparent. He did not think a healthy person like me should be wasting his time in his office. He told my dad my heart sounded fine, perfect even.
My dad just frowned and said he would not leave till he say an x-ray. The Dr. just sighed and said fine. I was then sent down to get my X-ray, once finished and waiting for the results the Dr. called us into the hallway where the light screen where you place the X-rays on. He pointed to my heart and asked. "You see anything wrong with this?" he asked me. I thought he was being cheeky and rude, tying to make some-sort of moral statement about taking up Dr. time. I replied "Nothing i suppose."
He looked at my dad, and me then pointed to the screen again "This heart is three times the size it should be." he stated, seeming shocked himself.

He brought us into the patience room again and he said having such an enlarged heart was not good but beyond what he could treat. He then refereed me to Doernbeckers childrens hospital in portland oregon. I was referred to dr. Robin Shaunessy. She tired to clam my freaked out parents telling them "it could be all fine. Not to worry that she has seen many teenagers with similar symptoms and they wound up fine. she told them an ECOcardiogram and an EKG would give her all the information she would need."

After all tests were done Dr shaunessy brought us all into the room and she held out a few pictures of a heart. First she looked to my parents. "You remember me telling you i have seen other teenagers with same symptoms as Mallory here, and they wound up being fine?" she asked. "And then there is mallory." she said lightly. She seemed to be trying to make light.
"see here mallory? this is a heart how it is supposed to be all four chambers and see how the blood flow's?" she asked me. She was talking with me mostly after all i was 17 years old. Nearly an adult. I nodded my understanding. "See this picture? How a wall seems to be missing?" she asked.
I laugh not thinking back but i had know a bit about the heart on acount of health class the week before focusing on the heart the week before. I said "The Atrial wall is missing?"
She nodded. "And its much to large to have it fixed in the Cath Lab. Your hole is an inch wide. Its as though you have lived your entire 17 years living and surviving with a 3 chambered heart and a blood oxygen level of the same mountain climbers face when reaching high peaks."
I was scheduled for open heart surgery Feb 3 2005, too weeks after the surger i have unbelievable complications that forced me to go back to ICU. After my dad rushed me to the hospital i wated 2 hours for an X-ray and after the dr. wide eyes lead me to IC I actually walked in on my own power and climbeD on the bed.
tHE x-RAY showed the fluid on my heart and they could hear my Arrhythmia, or atrial flutter. I had a Paracardal infusion 776cc of fluid was drained from my paracardial sac and i had to have my heart stopped with a crash cart cause of Atrial flutter. I near died in that last hospitalization.. even the drs seemed overwhelmed. I was only 17 years old.

after a few months of recovery i was back to myself again. A bit heavier. I am scared of exersize. Its almost a primal fear now. I am 50 lbs over weigh now and i had my first Migraine today after my surgery. I am going in to see if my heart is acting up again.....

To all who suffer from Migraines. Check out your heart. Ecocardiogram and Ekg. Please. I was told if i had not been treated i would have not lived out the year.

Posted By : 425 C - 6/27/2012 2:52 AM
Even though I vomit from the excess rx medication I take to stop migraine (and not, I think, from the pain), the vomiting often associated with head pain radically reduced or ended.

Posted By : wetanddry - 7/7/2012 8:54 PM
seam by seam and all other migrane suffers. I too suffer from migranes and have done so from an early age. The effects are the same and the end results of throwing up or having a needle were a common to you all. However over a period of time I began to recognize when an attack was starting and what was most likely to set them off, The relief of a stress will start a migrane, strobe lighting or patterns (Checkered floor) passing tree shadows while in a car etc and over rich foods combine with any of the triggers mentioned. How to recognize an onset. Well I get a vision impairement ie like lookinf through a water fall, zigzag light patterns across the eyes, tunnel vision etc. IT is at this point that I have to take a simple remedy of asprin ( 4 extra strength tablets dissolved in a half glass of water (around 2000 miligrams) close my eyes, dont move  and deep breath for around 20 minutes. If I don't it is all over red rover and I suffer terribly. I use only asprin because it thins the blood allowing a better blood flow through the brain( used to reduce the effects of strokes) and it as a treatment in people with possible heart problems (Aspartin) I have suffered 2 mild strokes and have had heart surgery to close a hole in the heart that was allowing blood clots into the brain. It is from this experience that I use asprin only and it certainly helps me with migrane headaches.  TO cap this If you become conscious of the very start of an attack, recognize those surrounds that trigger an attack, and act immediately to alleviate the start of the pain it is possible to reduce the severity of the attack and the frequence of the attacks. Ending with any one who suffers bleeding should get advice from a doctor before using high doses of asprin

Posted By : Violet Rose - 7/8/2012 2:44 AM
Wetanddry - Hi, I absolutley agree that high dose of asparin taken at the start of a migraine can abort an attack, I used this method and relied on it for over 20 years using high dose asparin, paracetamol and caffiene (called Anadin Extra Soluable here in the UK)
HOWEVER, as you mentioned at the end of your post I just wanted to warn others here that use a lot of asparin.  Basically it can wreck your stomach if taken in high doses on a regular basis.  I now suffer from terrible stomach issues due to my overuse of asparin over the years.  I now have severe GERD (acid reflux) and constantly have heartburn and shortness of breath, I also suspect I have an ulcer though that has not yet been confirmed. 
I can no longer tolerate taking asparin or ibuprofen because of the days of pain and discomfort I go through afterwards.  I now only have triptan medication to rely on when I get a migraine as all over the counter pain meds now irritate my stomach.
I think that for those people that get migraine maybe a couple of times a month, asparin is perfectly safe as an abortive but for those, like me, whose migraine are almost daily I would definately steer clear of asparin, I ignored the warnings for years and now I'm paying for it!!

Posted By : robinann19599 - 2/2/2013 11:54 PM
I have the same issue with migraines.  For whatever reason,if I am nauseous I will make myself vomit.  I am not waiting for hours for it to happen by itself.  More often than not, within 30 minutes my migraine is gone.  I don't know why, but man, am I grateful.

Posted By : Prayin2bpainfree - 2/3/2013 10:47 AM
I throw up from the pain and it gives me some relief...still will have a bit of pain and the nausea will last a few more hours. I take Axert when I can catch the migraine before it gets out of hand but sometimes it comes suddenly in the night so I'm too late...
I usually will sip Gingerale, nibble soda crackers or have chicken soup but that's all I can handle eating.

Posted By : Nay_Nay_08 - 2/26/2013 5:39 PM
I agree devo. That's the same way my migraines are. Today throwing up didnt help as much as I would have hoped tho. Im praying for a round 2 to get rid of the rest of it.

Posted By : kimmywimmy - 4/9/2013 2:17 AM
I've dealt with migraines for over 20 years... Most of my attacks start off as sinus pain then turn into a migraine.

Used to I would have really bad pain for a day or two... Then I would throw up and it would be over.

Now it's totally different... I usually wake up with a slight headache... Then I start getting sick at my stomach.. I begin throwing up and the pain gets worse... Then I continue throwing up everything I swallow from that point on... Whether it be water or medicine. Eventually I have what I call "The Grand Finale"... I start puking profusely... It last a few minutes, but when I'm finished the pain is usually gone along with the nausea... Or its close to being gone with just a small lingering headache that is still a huge relief.

Posted By : DGates - 4/24/2013 11:29 PM
I used to get more severe migraines. They sequence would be predictable though: Aura, headache, nausea and finally vomiting. Always the same. Luckily, the nausea has subsided over the years, and along with it, the need to throw up.

But I find that if I have a particularly stubborn migraine that is just really pounding my head, and yet I'm not nauseous, I'll actually drink a tall glass of water, wait maybe 10 minutes, then stick the finger to the back of the throat to induce vomiting. It almost always works in shutting down the severeness of the episode.

As mentioned, it's almost as if the body wants to go through that cycle before it can return to normal.

Posted By : Lydie2013 - 11/17/2013 1:27 PM
Just getting over a 2+ days migraine with vomiting now and found this form post of great interest.

One of the cons of vomiting, I have read elsewhere suggested risks of damage to your esophagus or throat.

Taking aspirin or other meds too often, irritates your stomach lining, damages your liver etc so anything has it's potential risks.

I understand the reasoning when I am fine and dandy.

However, once I have entered the world of migraine pain and ceased to walk among the living, the thought of temporary or potentially final relief by vomiting, spontaneous or self-induced, and in the complete self-knowledge that vomiting is my only recourse, well that just trumps all.

I usually takes some meds when I feel migraine coming on. They works 3/4 time. Why not 100% of the time? Mystery (seen docs, done charts, gone through lists, got meds, avoided foods ..., bad luck?

If the migraine keeps on coming in spite of my meds cocktail, I'm in for 24-48-72...hours of pain, that brings on nausea,,, that causes vomiting.

If the vomiting does seem to kick in fast enough and I'm nauseated, I help it along by inducing it, finger in pie hole. I always get temporary relief, enough to go to sleep for a half hour or so. Worth it to me. Then the cycle begins again.
I try to remember to have water by me and drink to stay hydrated as dehydration can also prolong migraines.
Best regards fellow migraineurs

Posted By : Borinquen - 4/17/2014 7:58 AM
Your migraines are caused by tight neck muscles.The muscles go to the top of your head where they connect to muscles going around your head.When the neck muscles get tight they pull the head muscles into pain and that's your migraine.When you throw up it's causing a release to those muscles that's hard to get most other ways.The dull sensation is what is left in the tight neck muscles.You can get rid of that by freeing up your neck muscles.To try to keep the migraines from being a problem in the future do the release several times for those muscles will still be tight and freeing them up now will make it harder for them to go back to the pain stage.Here's how to free them up for your relief:
Neck Release:
Place your hands behind your head touching your fingers.Press into the back of your neck with them and hold the pressure on them.After 45 seconds slowly lower your head until your neck is fully extended.Release the pressure but hold your head there for another 30 seconds.
For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

Posted By : sunnyacres65 - 6/27/2014 10:12 PM
I just had what I think was a migraine today as it started slow and built in intensity all day. I ignored it and went out with friends, but suddenly had to throw up. It was sudden and luckily I had just barely enough time to run to the bathroom. Explosive hurl to say the least, but then my headache was completely gone and I feel great. It couldn't be anything I ate because the headache was building all day since I got up, but what a great, welcome relief that episode was! It was like having a constant ice cream headache that was suddenly erased completely. It would be nice to know how all this stuff works to know what would be the best course of action to eliminate it from getting to that point which is why I googled to get to this site. Glad to know others find the same thing - at least I'm not completely crazy!

Posted By : skipper7151 - 6/28/2014 9:24 AM
Well, of all pain, you could try self acupressure.
Using your fingers to press around your ears, when you find a sore spot, keep pressing it. Initially it hurts, but a few minutes later, you will find the pain reduces. Keep pressing it until the pain disappears. You could do it when needed. Sometimes, by pulling the ears also help to alleviate the pain. I have done it myself for arthritis, headache, and neck pain. It also works on stiffness. Give it a try, and you will get amazing results!

Posted By : mom2krr - 7/23/2014 11:23 AM
My son suffers from migraines. It is very much like you have described above. What we have found is disruption in your sleep cycle is the most common cause. Once we realized that, we have been able to reduce the number of migraines. Y

Posted By : aspsr75 - 8/24/2014 2:39 PM
I get migraines that do the same thing you all are talking about. After about 2-4 hours of intense pain I am happy to throw up so that the nausea and pain go away. I honestly believe diet has a lot to do with it. For me eating more vegetables, fruits, nuts seem to keep them from happening. If I eat a lot of processed foods in a day then the odds of a migraine increase 50%. I can eat processed foods as long as I have had a few servings of fruits, veggies, nuts. I know that one thing doesn't work for everybody. Look at what you eat. If it comes from a can or box for most meals try to have at least a few fresh things everyday. If your migraines decrease then add more of the good foods to your diet. Just trying to help=)

Posted By : kayshay - 6/19/2015 4:43 AM
I know this post is quite long but I also suffer really badly from migraine. I was told by a friend that if the body makes a lot of bile then the tummy has a lot of acid inside which goes to the head. Once a person throws up he feels better because he has got rid of the acid...well most of it..usually my migraines are so bad I can't even get up. I usually stay in a dark room with a bucket and lots of tissue to make myself feel sick. This is really a bad experience for those who suffer from such pain. It's not pleasant and I know talking from experience.
My mum suffered from the same problem for a long time and now I guess it's my turn.
I don't feel dizzy but I feel weak and usually certain foods I have had a day before tigers this off. Now I've started Cambridge diet and hoping spreading the extra weight and exercising might help.
All I can say is don't eat anything after 6 pm and just have a glass of water to help fill the stomach up with water other than bile.
Usually the sick is yellow or green sand it tastes like someone like bleach or something rotten. Ewe yuck thinking about it makes me want to feel sick too. All I will say stay away from carbs...just have a few eat veg but avoid cucumber and also avoid chocolates as those bring on headaches too.

Posted By : kayshay - 6/19/2015 4:45 AM
Lol this post of mine makes me want to laugh my socks off... I mean shredding the extra weight..not spreading lol

Posted By : LaurenC - 11/30/2015 9:00 AM
I get terrible migraines & I also feel that making myself throw up definitely relieves the pain. However, it usually is only a temporary fix and works best when you have something in your stomach. If there isn't anything in my stomach, then I just throw up bile & this white foam stuff - once I get to that point, it just gets worse and I can't stop vomiting.

However, I did find a somewhat "miracle," cure in applesauce for the nausea portion of it. I've found that if I take half a spoonful of applesauce (the non-chunky kind) at a time that it will settle my stomach to the point where I can keep food down.

Also, squeezing the pressure point between your thumb and your index finger helps as well sometimes.

Caffeine helps sometimes - if you usually drink it and then don't have it your body goes into caffeine withdrawl, which can cause headaches and contribute to migraines.

Posted By : Exitstrategy - 5/3/2017 11:42 AM
I feel everyones pain. I have had migrains since a young boy. I spent many years just dealing with it then sleping it off. I have always had a strong stomach so i typically dont throw up even when i have a sickness where all others will throw up.

However, as i got older my migrains seemed to change or maybe my resistance to throwing up changed.

My migrains as an adult seem to be triggered often by stress. They seem to begin with muscle tension in the neck and gradually turns into a severe migrain... sometimes it is a quick transition. Finally, when i was about 40 i got nauseous and eventually vomited. My migrain subsised immediately. I have been perplexed as to why ever since.

Still cannot bring myself to voluntarily make myself vomit. But, when i get to the point of vomiting, it eliminates the migrain almost always. Once in a while, it will return later the same day.

For those of you who throw up and your headache gets worse... i am guessing you may not be experiencing a migrain... just a severe headache from other causes. I have had headaches in the past associated with something like the flew. Vomiting made it worse.

One of the comments speculated that vascular constriction is eliminated by vomiting. Sounds logical to me. However, i hane tried to mimic tne muscular constriction during vomiting (like pretending to vomit) but it yeilded no results like vomiting.

Wish i could learn to force myself to vomit. I could save myself a lot of pain. Most times i endure the pain until it finally subsides. Only, my worst migrains do i make it to the nausea stage and even then i often fight it off.

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