Hi, I'm a first time poster here.
I woke up this morning remembering a show about
people who suffered brutally bad migraine headaches. I used to be one of those people. I used to get the nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light and sound as well as the utterly debilitating pain. Whole days would have to be spent in bed, with the curtains drawn tight, ice packs on my head and neck... in utter misery.
These days, I live a normal life free from migraine pain 99% of the time. And when I do start to get a migraine, it is easily fixed, and MUCH milder than before (no more lost days suffering in a dark room). Best of all, I don't need to take any medications.
Now, I hope to help others find the same freedom from pain. Please note: These are the solutions that worked for me. These may not help everyone, but for those of you who it might help, I *strongly* recommend you give my suggestions a try. I'll touch on several topics ranging from posture to diet to drugs.
For one, join a gym and exercise. Do neck and back exercises. Get your whole body in shape. Lose that gut! Jog, run, bike, swim! Any one of those will get you in better shape. Push yourself to get fitter, leaner, healthier. Not only will you help reduce the number of migraines you have, but you'll look better too and will probably live a longer, happier life! Do what you find fun but for crying out loud do something that gets your muscles working and your blood pumping for a good hour or more!
And while you're exercising, keep yourself well hydrated. In fact, I've found dehydration can also trigger migranes whether or not I'm working out. I carry two 1L bottles around with me that I fill up periodically throughout the day. I try to make sure that when I urinate it is never more than *slightly* yellowish, and definitely not dark or cloudy. If it ever is, I immediately go drink a glass of water. Make that a habit: yellow pee = drink a glass of water. Sip water throughout the day. Keep yourself hydrated.
Speaking of drinking fluids, cut back on your soda consumption! That stuff is absolutely terrible. The human body wasn't designed to try to eek some sort of hydration from a syrupy-sweet concoction of high fructose corn syrups, sugar, and artificial chemical flavorings. Don't get me wrong-- I very much like how a carbonated drink can cleanse the pallete, particularly when I'm eating... but now I make my own sodas. I've been drinking this particular drink for close to 5 years and I haven't grown tired of it. It's a very complicated recipe however, but here it is: Fill a glass slightly over halfway with seltzer water (I use the Safeway brand), add 100% grape juice (from Costco) and ice. Drink and enjoy. If it's a hot summer day, it's all the better. Also try it the next time you eat anything greasy. I've experimented a bit and used different juices and many tasted quite good, but for me-- grape soda is a de-li-cious alternative to the crap that multi-billion dollar soda companies spew out.
Another thing I've found I need to keep to an absolute minimum: pork. This kills me because bacon tastes good! Pork chops taste good! Ham is mmm mmm good! It's also an almost guaranteed headache in 1 hr or so. It took me a LONG time to put the correlation together, but like clockwork, if I eat a bacon cheese burger (or any other pork)... in 30 mins or so I can already feel the tension starting at the back of my head (typically where it meets my neck). In an hour or two-- depending on how much I've consumed-- I'll have a full bore throbbing migraine. So-- like sodas-- I try to keep my pork consumption VERY limited (more as a light garnish than a meal).
In fact, there's a few different foods I've found that can trigger a headache, and I've semi-casually tried to keep track of them. I know that fresh morel mushrooms fried in butter are one of the true great mycological delicacies of this world. But a plate full of them is like a swift kick in the skull. In fact, I'd prefer a kick in the skull, because that pain eases sooner than the headache from the morels.
I won't go into my list of foods (I'm too tired at this point anyway), but each one of you should keep track of what you eat and when you get headaches. If you ate something at lunch and found that a few hours later you had a migraine, sometime later try eating that same food again (but not as much) and see if you get the same results. I've cut back on my overall sugar intake and have had some good results too. See what works for you. And remember, there's no need to suffer: It's all about
moderation... in some cases, extreme moderation. But hey, cutting back on a few things here and there is a very small price to pay for a lifetime free of migraines.
So ok, that's pretty much it from me. I can't be certain that everything I listed above is what helped me alleviate my migraine headaches, but I definitely DO feel that those suggestions I listed have improved my health and well-being overall, and some-- if not all-- have resulted in a dramatic reduction in my headaches.
If I had to rank them in their impact, I'd definitely say that exercise is #1, followed very closely by having a GREAT chiropractor-- both of these tie in closely with maintaining a good posture. Next most important is keeping myself well hydrated and reducing my soda consumption (except for healthy doses of delicious grape soda). Cutting out pork is a no-brainer for me, since I've seen time and again the direct correlation, but each of you may have different "trigger foods"-- so I highly recommend finding those. Cutting way back on high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated foods might be good for just my overall well-being, because I've certainly felt healtier and more energized since I've cut back on items containing these. Perhaps it's because from what I've read, these two are known to be shockingly bad for the body-- yet somehow they're included in so many foods??-- so it's a no-brainer to try to minimize my consumption of them.
If anything-- or any combination of things-- that I've suggested helps to minimize the number and severity of your migraines, then I am truly glad. Hopefully you'll be able to live a life nearly pain-free. These days, I very rarely get headaches, and if I do, they are MUCH milder than the migraines I used to get. So mild in fact that I take a Tylenol or aspirin as a last resort, and more often than not I simply take no pain medication at all. (And this is coming from someone who once even tried Demerol-- an opiate-based pain killer!-- to try to help my migraine pain.)
If after doing some or most of the things I've suggested you're finding that your migraines are gone or nearly so, I'd be happy to hear about
it, so please feel free to send me an email! Those of us who've suffered through nearly constant migraine headaches (I used to get them sometimes every 3-4 days) know that NOBODY deserves to live a life of such utter misery.
Best of luck to all of you.
p.s. -- hello /u/2020sbear
Post Edited (tritium_pie) : 4/11/2020 12:41:42 PM (GMT-6)