Post # 1
Last year I was diagnosed with Cervicogenic headaches, which are migraines endused by arthritis in my neck at the base of my skull. I was able to pretty much get rid of them by going to the Chiropracter, but with Darling Husband changing jobs, I can’t go until the end of the month and the headaches are back with a vengeance. This has been the worst week I can remember. I have had one almost everyday, the worst I have ever had. They wrap around my head from the base of my skull all the way to my eye, they even make my eye look swollen. I have tried everything from ice, heat, massages, excedrine, just everything. I can’t eat, sleep, or function. I get rid of one and by nightfall it is back.
Do any of you have any tricks to help you get through the day? Anything that I haven’t tried to get rid of them or dull the pain?
Post # 3
I haven’t had migraines in ages, but have you tried accupuncture? I have a friend who swears by it (as does her husband), so much so, that she became trained herself!
Post # 4
I’m so sorry 🙁 I had a mild migraine tonight and those things are NO FUN! Hopefully some other ladies will have some good tips for you – I usually have to load up on aspirin and sleep – and like you that doesn’t always work either.
Edit: would you be able to afford a neck massage instead of a full chiro visit? maybe that would help a bit?
Post # 5
@bakerella: I checked into it, but it was 4 times more expensive than the Chiropracter. Prob because we are not as progressive as the larger towns. There is only one in the area and she travels between three cities.
Post # 6
@tksjewelry: Boo! I’ll have to convince my friend to make a roadtrip to Omaha for you 🙂 Actually that would be a serious amount of fun! LOL! Accupressure?
Post # 7
@bakerella: I would treat you to great steaks, ribs, and a world class zoo. LOL. I am hoping for something I can buy at the store or do at home. Darling Husband will not get paid til the first because of the companies weird accounting and no insurance til the first. I am trying to conserve our resources til then. I may have to suck it up and go into my savings and go to my chiro…I just hate the thought of it.
Post # 8
Have you ever used prescription migraine meds (i.e. topamax, imitrex, etc)? You can take them when you feel a migraine coming on and it won’t turn into one. They’re not always good for long term use but at least it can get you through the month until you can see your chiro! Feel better!
Post # 9
I am SO sorry you have to go through this. I’ve suffered for years with migraines as well, it got to the point where I had to be brought to the emergency room, they would hurt so bad I would get sick over and over to the point of throwing up blood. My chiropracter is my godsend, I don’t suffer extreme headaches anymore just annoying ones here and there that I can tolerate (thank god because my stomach lining is probably shot from all the excederin I was consuming).
Here’s what I do though if I can’t get in to see my chiro right away:
I stretch my shoulders and neck area (head rolls, behind arm grabs, anything to loosen that muscle).
I’ll take a shower and alternate the temp from mildly warm to ice cold at times (I don’t know why this helps, I feel like maybe it shocks my system and takes my mind off the pain, along with getting my blood flowing).
If it gets to the point of where I can’t tolerate anymore my body automatically starts putting me to sleep (I used to pop a ton of excedrin and pass out until it was over so I feel like that is why it happens). When it is that bad I submit to it. I’ll take two excedrin then I grab some cold compresses throw one over my eyes and one on the back of my neck. I’ll roll a pillow up a little bit so that my neck bows over it a little bit (to restore that slight curve plus it stretches those muscles).
I don’t know if these will work for you and be careful with the shower one (I don’t know if there’s any harm in it or not), but I sincerely hope it gets better. I feel like people think migraine sufferers are just over reacting but they truely don’t understand how dehabilitation that pain is.
Post # 10
I’m so sorry, migraines are so awful! THe only thing that will ver help me when I have one is to take either excedrin migraine or prescription medicine the second I feel the migraine starting and then go to sleep in a dark, quiet room. Literally nothing else works for me. Unfortunately, it’s not a very helpful plan when you have work or something.
One thing that can help me sometimes when the pain is not too bad yet is a trick my aunt who is a massage therapist showed me – it is a pressure point between your thumb and index finger, if you spread those two apart and massage it further in, like where the muscle is not just skin, massaging that pressure point can ease the pain a bit for me.
Post # 11
I’ve tried everything from prescription medicines to over-the-counter, and Advil Liquigels work best for me. I take 4 or 5 with a fizzy drink and it stops me from vomiting during my migraines. I’ve heard that the fizzy drink helps with absorption of the medicine because when you get a mingraine, everything in your body (digestion, etc.) shuts down. I.e. if you don’t wash your pills down with something fizzy, they will just sit in your stomach.
The other thing I’ve tried is tapping therapy (EFT). Google it. There are some tips online and youtube videos on it (they also have classes you can go to to learn it). The idea is that you tap yourself on certain pressure points on your body and repeat a mantra (“This pain in my head will go away”). Yes, I KNOW that this sounds witch-doctor-y, but anyone who has suffered from chronic migraines knows that you will do ANYTHING to make them go away, even if it seems silly. Lots of people, including myself, have found varying degrees of relief using tapping.
Anyway, these are a couple of things that have lessened the pain a bit for me 🙂 feel better!
Post # 12
@danafish: No, I can’t. DH’s ex was a script addict and it killed her, so I have to be super careful with them or it sends the guys into a panick.
@lunathea: I will try the shower thing, I have just been using hot and cold packs until now. I have been waking up from the headaches and going to the livingroom floor to do the neck pillow on the hard floor. I think that is why I don’t have them when I get up again. I will try the stretching. Thanks.
Post # 13
This is what I do and what I do for my clients.. (I’m a LMT)
I get migraines tothe point I’ll lose vision in one eye for 20-30 seconds. migraine meds dont work on me
drink an electrolyte drink, smart water, gatorade, powerade. capillaries are tightened and need to expand. HYDRATE!
wash my hair in ICE COLD water, just let it run over my head, wrap in towel.
Simplers (brand) ginger oil and Clary Sage oil (5 drops each on temples, behind ears, under nose and wrists.
Ziplock bag of ice, lay on the bed.. towel still around your head, turn off the lights, lay down and place bag of ice on your forhead to brow bone, lay there for a good hour ( I usually fall asleep taking deep slow breaths)
I also do Accupuncture regularly
Post # 14
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I only get them rarely but my Fiance wil get them between six and eight times a month. He takes two asprin and two ibuprofen when he first feels it coming on and then has a super hot shower. It won’t always stop them but it takes the edge off a bit.
He was taking codeine for them but he said it didn’t make much difference, it would just help him sleep through the worst.
Post # 15
Does anybody else get severe nausea with their migraines??
Sometimes I try to “do” things to ease the pain (stretching, etc.), but just end up throwing up. What do you nauseous sort do to feel better?
Post # 16
@Great Gatsby: I only get nauseous if I do not immediately take medicine at the first sign of the migraine – or sometimes even if I take medicine if I’m at work and stuck in a loud bright environment. But generally as long as I immediately take meds, and take them with food, my stomach is okay.