Relieving headaches before they become Migraines

I’ve suffered with migraines since I was a teenager. Big bad pain in the arse migraines. I have this kind that the doctor calls hemiplegic migraine. Which means that when one of these little bastards hits I lose the feeling on the right hand side of my body. When I was 18 they clustered and I ended up in hospital and paralysed for a while. It wasn’t a fun experience, let me tell you.

Recently I’ve been getting more and more headaches and a few migraines again. Which sucks because I really thought I’d kicked the worst of them when I went through a major dietary change. I know stress is another factor for me…so maybe that’s the cause lately. Whatever it is, it truly sucks.

I’ve had medication from the doctors to try and prevent the migraines, medication to kill the pain when they strike, and medication to help strengthen me afterwards. I rattled like I was a damn pill bottle. Now, I’m looking at alternatives. Osteopathy, massage, essential oils, rubbing pressure points on my toes, herbal teas, and anything else I can find out about.

I’m trying a new blend of essential oils right now, eucalyptus, lavender oil, chamomile, and a few other ingredients…I’ll let you know how it goes.

If anyone has any other idea how to get rid of or prevent the little bastards…please let me know. I’ll try anything once!

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5 Responses to Relieving headaches before they become Migraines

  1. ferox says:

    I get them from exercise (so don’t do anything!), bright light (move to the Northwest, where it’s never sunny) and stress (er, your family and friends are never to upset or bother you in any way). Seriously, I don’t know. My aunt gave me some lemon balm for herbal tea, and it spread very happily in the garden to the extent that I suspect she really just wanted to get rid of it. You are welcome to a clump…

  2. crownjulesb says:

    One of my triggers is the relief of stress! That is, when the stress gets lifted (and I start to have a good time) the endorphins kick in and my brain says “no!”. This whole stress-management thing is definitely a big issue. Let us know if you come up with any solutions. I like the essential oils idea. I’ll have to keep a supply in my handbag!

    • You’re right stress is definitely a big trigger. But the essential oils have been helping, as has peppermint tea through the day, and chamomile in the evening. I use a blend of chamomile and honey as I can’t take the taste of straight chamomile.

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