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6 Magical Tips For Quick And Effective Migraine Relief

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Keep a diary of your migraines. Get enough sleep. Exercise regularly. Eat regular meals. Drink plenty of water. Limit stress. Try alternative therapies. Incorporate coffee, cayenne, flaxseed, fish, vitamin B12 rich foods and magnesium rich foods. Herbal supplements like ginger root work well.

Migraines affect up to 18 percent of women and 6 percent of men in the United States. Today, migraines affect as many as four out of every five people in America.  Doctors are still unraveling the mysteries of migraines. Most doctors believe a combination of things that cause people to have migraines. The causes of migraines range from genetics to neurovascular imbalances in the brain.

Why Do Most People Experience Weather Related Migraines?

It is not entirely clear why some people experience more migraines around the change of weather.  Even though the cause of weather related migraines has not been identified, there are ways to decrease the severity, reduce and prevent migraines from occurring.

In a recent survey by the National Headache Foundation, headache sufferers were given a list of possible causes. They were asked to rank them in terms of what commonly brought on their migraines. Three out of every four respondents said that weather triggered their headache pain.

Specific Weather Triggers Included

  • Changes in humidity
  • Changes in temperature
  • Storms
  • Extremely dry conditions

Most people have an idea of what causes their migraines, but the real question is what can you do to help reduce the amount of migraines, decrease the severity or prevent the migraines from occurring?   Below are six tips to help you cope and find a solution to preventing your migraines. 

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6 Tips On How To Cure Migraines

Tip 1. Keep a Diary of Your Migraines

Keeping a diary is the first step toward finding a solution, so your migraines do not disrupt you and stop you from having a healthy, happy and productive life.  The first step is to try to figure out what triggers your migraines.  One way to do that is to keep a diary of all your migraines.  If you think weather is a reason for your migraines then record any of the common weather and environmental factors that may have initiated your migraines. Keep a detailed diary and bring this diary to your doctor, so your doctor can figure what the best treatment is for you.

In your diary, you should include:

  • What part of the brain do you feel the pain?
  • What does the pain feel like?
  • The time your headache began and when it ended
  • Any changes in the weather, such as storms, high winds, or high humidity
  • Any warning signs – symptoms before the migraine occurred
  • Any treatment you tried, and whether it helped or made the migraine worse

Tip 2. Making Changes In Your Daily Regimen

Making changes in your everyday life can help reduce the number and severity of migraines you are experiencing. Here are some changes you can incorporate into your life that can help improve the number of migraines you are experiencing.

  • Sleep

    Make sure you get enough of sleep and try going to sleep around the same time each night.  Interruptions in your sleep schedule, getting too much or too little sleep, can trigger a migraine.

  • Exercise Regularly

    Research has shown that regular, moderate aerobic exercise may reduce the severity, duration, and number of migraines in many people. Regular exercise also helps control stress, another migraine trigger.

  • Eat Regular Meals

    Eating healthy meals regularly are important to maintain level blood sugar. A drop in blood sugar can trigger a migraine.

  • Drink Plenty Of Water

    Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, which can trigger migraine.

  • Limit Stress

    For many migraine sufferers, stress is plays a big factor. Take time each day to relax. Find something that helps you relax like listening to soothing music, taking short walks, meditating or doing yoga.

  • Try Complementary Therapies

    Try using complementary therapy to help prevent migraines. For example, you may be able to manage stress and prevent migraines through acupuncture, massages and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Tip 3. Incorporate Certain Foods Into Your Diet

If you are a migraine sufferer like me, you are constantly looking for prevention ideas. Certain foods can help fight off and prevent migraines.  These foods include:

  • Cayenne

    Cayenne peppers are widely recognized as culinary ingredients that add intense heat and flavor to southwest American, Caribbean, Indian and Asian dishes. However, this pepper may also offer healing benefits. Capsaicin, the chemical that gives cayenne peppers their heat, may help reduce blood vessel constriction. This may help prevent rapid blood pressure fluctuations that can trigger migraine headaches.

  • Coffee

    When it comes to coffee, caffeine can give you migraine relief. It is a major ingredient in many headache medications. However, if you consume too much, it can actually cause migraines. Moderation is key!

  • Flaxseed And Fish

    An anti-inflammatory diet is beneficial to preventing migraines.  Flaxseeds and fish are packed with omega-3s and fiber can actually help prevent migraines.

  • Riboflavin-Rich Foods

    Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B-2, is one of eight B vitamins necessary for the metabolism of nutrients and protection of your central nervous system. A deficiency of this vitamin may also contribute to headaches, particularly migraines. Adding foods high in riboflavin may help stop recurring migraines by correcting deficiencies. Eggs, avocados, broccoli, romaine lettuce, alfalfa, asparagus, walnuts and mushrooms are abundant sources of riboflavin.

  • Magnesium-Rich Foods

    About 60 percent of migraine sufferers may have magnesium deficiencies. Magnesium is a trace mineral that may help normalize nerve impulses in your brain that transmit pain signals. This may help stop intense pain associated with migraine headaches. It may also help regulate the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter chemical that may contribute to sudden changes in blood pressure – a contributing factor of migraines. Increase your magnesium intake by consuming foods such as kale, tofu, lima beans, kelp, garlic, apples, bananas and apricots.

Tip 4. Consider Dietary Supplements

  • Magnesium

This is probably the most important one as it contributes to relaxing the brain blood vessels that cause the pain. Magnesium penetrates cell membranes, including the mitochondria. Some of the best drugs used to treat migraines are calcium channel blockers.

  • Vitamin B2

(riboflavin) – Riboflavin, which is vitamin B2, converts energy from carbohydrates. The riboflavin gives your brain more energy, which makes it less likely to be bothered by migraine triggers.

  • Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is needed so the body can properly use serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are necessary for normal nerve cell communication. Researchers have found lower levels of serotonin in people with migraine headaches. Therefore taking Vitamin B6 may help the body better use these crucial chemicals and it is thought be a key vitamin for migraine aura and a natural remedy for migraines.

  • Vitamin B12 & Folic Acid

Vitamin B-12 supplements may also be effective for migraine relief if taken along with vitamin B6 and folic acid. A study published in “Pharmacogenetics & Genomics” in June 2009 showed that participants who took all three supplements together saw a reduction in migraine headache frequency and the severity of their pain.

Tip 5. Consider The Possibilities Of Herbal Supplements

For centuries, many people have used alternative therapies to help or cure common conditions.    Certain herbs have been used to help reduce or prevent migraines.  Some can be just as strong or effective as prescription drugs. Therefore, it is important to remember, if you consider using any type of herbal supplements, consult your doctor first.  Make sure it does not conflict with any medications you are currently taking.   You should not take any herbal supplements or drugs unless your doctor says it is OK and if you are pregnant, you should not take any herbal supplements because it may harm the baby.

Herbal supplements used to reduce and prevent migraines include the following:

  • Alfalfa Leaf
  •  Barberry Root
  •  Bay Leaf
  •  Brazilian Guarana
  •  Butterbur
  •  Catnip
  •  Cayenne
  •  Chamomile
  •  Dong Quai
  •  Evening Primrose
  •  Feverfew
  •  Ginger Root
  •  Green Tea
  •  Griffonia Seed
  •  Hawthorne Leaf
  •  Honeysuckle
  •  Kola Nut
  •  Lemon Balm
  •  Passion Flower
  •  Peppermint Leaf
  •  Valerian Root
  •  White Willow Bark
  •  Wintergreen
  •  Wood Betony

Tip 6. Prescription Medications

Not all experts would recommend using medication to prevent temperature-change-related migraines.  However, if you have tried natural, holistic and alternative therapies to try to eliminate your migraines and nothing seems to be effective then you should focus on other alternatives such as prescription medications specifically made to help people suffering from migraines.

Below are some prescription medications for patients suffering from migraines:

  • Antiepileptic Drugs

Certain medications used to control seizures are also effective for preventing migraines as well. These drugs may work by calming the neurons in the brain. Neuron “hyperexcitability” plays a role in migraine and epilepsy. Up to 20% of people with epilepsy also suffer from migraines including myself.  Anti – seizure medications that help migraines include:

  1. Depacon (valproate)
  2. Depakote (divalproex)
  3. Topiragen, Topamax (topiramate)
  • Beta-Blockers

These medications are frequently used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease. It is not clear how they help prevent migraines. Nevertheless, beta-blockers improve the blood flow and this may be significant reason why beta-blockers help prevent migraines.  Beta-blockers that have been proven effective for the prevention of migraines include:

  1. Blocadren (timolol)
  2. Inderal, Innopran XL (propranolol)
  3. Lopressor, Toprol XL (metoprolol)
  • Antidepressants

These medications affect the level of the brain chemical serotonin. Research has shown that Elavil (amitriptyline) and Effexor (venlafaxine) work well for preventing migraines.

When Using Medication To Prevent Migraines, Keep In Mind

Your doctor will likely start you on a low dose and gradually increase it over time. It may take several months to find the best dose with the fewest side effects.  It is important to remember that you should never stop taking preventive medications because it could trigger a severe migraine caused by stopping the medication immediately.  Preventive medications need to be reduced slowly under your doctor’s supervision.  Preventive migraine medications may not get rid of your migraines completely.  If the preventive medication is not getting rid of your migraines, you may still need to take acute medications when you do have a migraine.

Stacey Chillemi

Founder of Healthy Living Inc., Stacey Chillemi actively writes about alternative & holistic wellness. Her first published book, Epilepsy You’re Not Alone in 1998, helped millions of people understand and cope with their disorder enabling them to live a happy, healthy and productive life.

Stacey Chillemi

Founder of Healthy Living Inc., Stacey Chillemi actively writes about alternative & holistic wellness. Her first published book, Epilepsy You’re Not Alone in 1998, helped millions of people understand and cope with their disorder enabling them to live a happy, healthy and productive life.

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LindaMcNultySauer
LindaMcNultySauer 5pts

You can't cure a migraine by looking at one simple fix. You have to try a multi-system approach for a multi-system illness. The best thing I ever did was to take a LEAP test which stands for Lifestyle, Education and Performance test. They test your blood with hundreds of substances that you consume on a regular basis. They rated my results by a stop light system. 


Red foods are marked avoid at all costs. My red light foods are: food dyes, sulfites and sulfates, sweet potatoes, aspirin, ibuprofen, blueberries, oranges, corn, etc . My yellow light foods are iffy and should be retested in a few months to see if I still react to them. Green light foods at those that I was not allergic too. 


Ever since taking this test, and getting on a Beta Blocker for hpertension I only have migraines when it rains. Not every time it rains, just when the barometric pressure shifts a lot. Otherwise I am fine as in no headache. If I cheat on the diet, all hope I lost.

BettyJohnson
BettyJohnson 5pts

Migraines are really hard to deal with, so I appreciate any tips I can try to prevent them. The migraine journal might help me figure out what my triggers might me. Maybe I should also give acupuncture a try. I've never done it before, but it might help. 

http://www.reliefacupuncturepa.com 

Adriana Menasse
Adriana Menasse 5pts

Robert Blethen - Brazilian guarana one of the things to reduce migraines.

Tiffany Gibbons
Tiffany Gibbons 5pts

Thanks. I was amazed at how many herbal supplements they have, I'll have to try some.

Denise Minium Bryant
Denise Minium Bryant 5pts

Thanks Jan Copeland Farnlof will read up on these tomorrow ..... as of now not good, so over it & need Dr. asap & MRI was in hospital last time for days, had us believing I had MS .... due to lesions in my brain ! Never got a final answer !

Iris May
Iris May 5pts

What about cluster headaches

Phelisa Bana
Phelisa Bana 5pts

I can open shame but would like to get help please. Thank u

Kim Mikkola
Kim Mikkola 5pts

Always looking out for me. Love you.

Janet Grosshans LeJeune
Janet Grosshans LeJeune 5pts

Sady Keenum get this for Jared Keenum 😘😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Lori Elisë
Lori Elisë 5pts

A hot shower and turmeric. That's the Ayurvedic way.

AshishDixit
AshishDixit 5pts

Very good information and advice. Big Clap For Author.

Emma Mcleod
Emma Mcleod 5pts

Claire Walker this is what I meant it has loads of useful info xx

GayatriBSriram
GayatriBSriram 5pts

Awesome Stacey! I too below to your category. ..the seizure-migraine combo. Thanks for your inputs.

Faima Aon
Faima Aon 5pts

Thanx dear Maria Shahzeb it's really informative for me

Damir Gašpar
Damir Gašpar 5pts

soak it in water and hydrogen peroxide for 24h first

Agua Azule
Agua Azule 5pts

Oh I was looking lol found the seed will start it tomarrow

Teresa Soto
Teresa Soto 5pts

Thank you, Brian Wilson! I had to knock myself out yesterday because the pain was unbearable...

Puneet Nanda
Puneet Nanda 5pts

I am looking for herbal natural remedies : the article looks like a web MD article

Rabin Malik
Rabin Malik 5pts

Thanks will have a read later today xx