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    migraine pain treatments?

    Do you use any herbs to treat migraines as they occur? I've played with combinations of valerian, chamomile, rosemary, and marjoram, with varying success, and I'm always looking for new ways to deal with this. (I've also done some meditation, deep breathing, and acupressure.)

    Please note that I've got preventers aplenty, not that they work terribly well so far. (Haven't tried feverfew yet; that's the next step if the butterbur doesn't pan out.) I'm interested here in treatment of the pain--specifically, treatment that doesn't involve liver-murdering doses of ibuprofen or risk of rebound headaches, like my prescriptions do.
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    Re: migraine pain treatments?

    have you tried seeing a chiropractor before? It always relieves me, though I know what causes my migraines(not that I have them much) and it's ironically school. Makin' ya lean over desks and crap to do tests, spending hours doing research looking down at books or staring at a computer screen.

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    Re: migraine pain treatments?

    Do you do this to stop an active migraine? Huh. Glad it works for you.

    I've had one neck adjustment and several back ones as potential preventers (there's probably unrelated back pain)... no dice. I'm thinking about shelling out for some craniosacral work, as I hear that helps some folks.

    I suppose on that note I should ask if anyone knows about marijuana for migraine treatment. California has legal medical marijuana and it's one of the as-yet-untried options on my list. I acquired a sample just to see how my body reacts, but I'm nervous about using it in conjunction with prescription gabapentin (preventer) or triptan (painkiller and migraine interrupter). (Can we say drug interactions? I'm not sure, but I don't want to find out the hard way that they don't play well together.)
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    Re: migraine pain treatments?

    no need to be so sarcastic about it >_>

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    Re: migraine pain treatments?

    Sarcasm where? I intended none.
    “If it’s a good idea and it gets you excited, try it, and if it bursts into flames, that’s going to be exciting too. People always ask, ‘What is your greatest failure?’ I always have the same answer — We’re working on it right now, it’s gonna be awesome!”- Jim Coudal

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    Re: migraine pain treatments?

    *Do you do this to stop an active migraine? Huh. Glad it works for you.*

    that, unless its just a language issue ._.;

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    Re: migraine pain treatments?

    I dont think that was Sarcasm Hoho, just an outloud thought maybe

    Anyways, the only thing that cures my migraines is sleep. In the darkest quietest room possible.
    However, i also drink peppermint tea, which i read somewhere is supposed to help with headaches, which it does for me, just not migraines.

    Another thing i do that works for headaches is pinching the skin/muscle between my thumb and index finger. Iusually allieviates headaches (i told my friend to try it on sunday and she was pinching for maybe 2 minutes, and just as she was saying to me "how long to i need to do this, i bet its like an hour or something" her headache went away)

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    Re: migraine pain treatments?

    If you can get a hold of a feverfew tincture, that will help. Alternatively, if you can find a fresh plant, chew one leaf and suck on it for a while. Reported to relieve migraines.
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    Re: migraine pain treatments?

    kinda depends on why you're getting migraines... you can get migraines (and my wife does frequently) from dehydration... drink water if you dont have muscle tension or back problems... I crack my own back (which I probably shouldnt)... but I get migraines every now and then due to shoulder/neck tension... a massage would help but my wife wont do that for me cause shes mean... she says its like trying to massage a rock.
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    Re: migraine pain treatments?

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas, folks!

    [quote author=Almost_lost link=topic=213.msg1612#msg1612 date=1286882781]
    I dont think that was Sarcasm Hoho, just an outloud thought maybe[/quote]

    Indeed. Sorry if it came across otherwise!

    [quote author=Dufonce link=topic=213.msg1680#msg1680 date=1286897902]
    kinda depends on why you're getting migraines... you can get migraines (and my wife does frequently) from dehydration... drink water if you dont have muscle tension or back problems... I crack my own back (which I probably shouldnt)... but I get migraines every now and then due to shoulder/neck tension... a massage would help but my wife wont do that for me cause shes mean... she says its like trying to massage a rock.
    [/quote]

    I get about 10 per month, started suddenly two years ago. Stress, genetics, and probably the remnants of PTSD (migraines started 6 mo after I stopped needing active psychological treatment) are the causes that I've identified. (Dehydration is probably a no, as I've been conscientious about that this past year.) I've always carried tension in my shoulders and I have lower back pain that started about a year after the migraines. I get back massages periodically for the pain, and I suppose I've never checked to see if there's a correlation between those and low-migraine periods. Another factor to put on the monthly medical factors charts...

    [quote author=Almost_lost link=topic=213.msg1612#msg1612 date=1286882781]
    Anyways, the only thing that cures my migraines is sleep. In the darkest quietest room possible.
    However, i also drink peppermint tea, which i read somewhere is supposed to help with headaches, which it does for me, just not migraines.

    Another thing i do that works for headaches is pinching the skin/muscle between my thumb and index finger. Iusually allieviates headaches (i told my friend to try it on sunday and she was pinching for maybe 2 minutes, and just as she was saying to me "how long to i need to do this, i bet its like an hour or something" her headache went away)

    [/quote]

    I've never tried mint for headaches, gotta do that. I've tried the thumb/forefinger pressure point (and one under the pinky, and two in analagous spots on the foot), and unfortunately it doesn't do so much for me. Also unfortunately the pain keeps me awake til they're mostly gone unless they're really minor, and if I do fall asleep without taking adequate medication I often wake up with a much worse one.

    [quote author=volcaniclastic link=topic=213.msg1669#msg1669 date=1286895933]
    If you can get a hold of a feverfew tincture, that will help. Alternatively, if you can find a fresh plant, chew one leaf and suck on it for a while. Reported to relieve migraines.
    [/quote]

    I've heard that feverfew is a good preventer but that research shows no particular effect in countering active migraines. I'm certainly willing to try it though! As mentioned, they're pretty obnoxious and I'm willing to try most anything at this point.
    “If it’s a good idea and it gets you excited, try it, and if it bursts into flames, that’s going to be exciting too. People always ask, ‘What is your greatest failure?’ I always have the same answer — We’re working on it right now, it’s gonna be awesome!”- Jim Coudal

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