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i need help!<br><br>
i've had a migraine for three days now.<br><br>
i feel sick every day and feel like vomiting from it.<br><br>
i have been eating but not as much as usual.....<br><br>
i am still working cause i have to (i already missed two weeks of work thanks to a cold i had 3 weeks ago) and it's horrible.<br><br><br><br>
anyone know any good treatments for migraines?<br><br>
i hope so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Eating good nutritious meals will help. Often headaches pop up when your diet has been less than superior lately.<br><br><br><br>
You might want to do something like breakfast for dinner. (Just because I think orange juice cures all). Make up some scrambled tofu with lots of veggies, toast, oatmeal, muffins, waffles, whatever. Have some easy to digest carbs in good serving sizes and max out on veggies.
 

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awwww thanks charityAJO !!!<br><br><br><br>
that sounds like a good idea .... i just had dinner but i think i'll have a big scambled tofu with veggies and toast breakfast tomorrow morning WITH some orange juice!<br><br><br><br>
i've been drinking alot of water so i hope that helps a little too.<br><br>
that might be the one of the causes too .... not enough water perhaps?<br><br><br><br>
i'll let you know how i feel tomorrow.<br><br>
thanks again for replying <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The first treatment I would recommend would be prescribed by your doctor. I had a migraine for a week once and they gave me an Imitrex shot and it did wonders. Nausea often accompanies migraines. I am a 12+ year migraine sufferer. I take two meds. daily to prevent them and have a prescription to take at the onset.<br><br><br><br>
I've read that you should avoid the three "C's" if you are prone to migraines: citrus (OJ would fall in this category), caffeine and chocolate. They are migraine triggers.<br><br><br><br>
If you are looking for self-treatment there are some acupressure points that should help your migraine. The first is located at the bone near the outside of your eye (called the gall bladder 1 acupoint). Rest your thumbs against your jaw-bone for support, locate the acupoint with the index finger or middle fingers and apply pressure angled slightly away from the eye. There are two other acupoints on the side of your head: the temple point (about 1 thumb width behind the midline between the outer edge of the eyebrow and the outer corner of the eye) and gall bladder 8 acupoint (located two fingers width from the top of your ear). Also, heat or ice (whichever feels better to you) can be applied to your head. Rest in a dark room with little to no light. If none of this helps you may need to see your doctor.<br><br><br><br>
Is there anyway you are mistaking it for a migraine and it's a sinus headache? One way to find out is take a Sinus Motrin Headache and if that helps it was sinus. Sometimes with headaches they are hit and miss (to pinpoint the cause).<br><br><br><br>
Hope you feel better soon. I feel for you. (I had a headache Saturday, Sunday and Monday of this week.)
 

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I feel so sorry for you....I can't imaging having one of those horrible things for 3 days straight....mine don't last longer than about 7 hours or so. I'm glad you can at least eat something....I know it's the last thing I want to do when I'm nauseous. I wish I could offer you some advice, but I just wait them out by laying in bed in a dark room and hope to fall asleep (if I can) until it's gone. A friend of mine once bought a thing called Migrastick (I think that's the name) at a health food store which is like a menthol type of stuff that you dab on your forehead. It had worked for her.
 

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thankyou veganchick and vegankittykat *hugs* <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
(yay for veg*ns)<br><br><br><br>
i am really into acupressure so thankyou for sharing those points. i was doing the points in the web of hand between thumb and first finger but now i will definately try the others you suggested.<br><br><br><br>
i do sinus problems and it appears to be worse than a normal sinus headache that i am accustomed to. i don't know any of the medication you suggested but i could get something from the doctor but prefer not to. i will see how long it does go on though, i don't want to ignore it if there is something seriously wrong.<br><br><br><br>
i will go lay in a dark room now (thanks to the sun being on the other side of the planet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">) and have a well rested sleep.<br><br><br><br>
thanks again, for posting your comments.<br><br>
it really helps to speak to people who have had this before cause i have never had anything like this before.....
 

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I've been having the same problem. For the past couple of days I've hard a minor migraine during the day which escalates to a major migraine at around 11pm combined with intense nausea.
 

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I dealt with horrible three day migraines almost weekly for ten years until last December. My solutions were:<br><br><br><br>
1. For a quick, instant fix, I took Excedrin. The large dose of caffeine took my migraines away instantly. I never ever consume caffeine otherwise, so this might be different for coffee or soda drinkers. However, after doing this for so long, my stomach lining got very irratated by the Excedrin and although my migraine would be gone, I'd then be dealing with a horrible stomach ache. Which led me to try:<br><br><br><br>
2. FEVERFEW!!!!!! This herb changed my life! I had the hardest time finding capsules that didn't have gelatin, but I finally did and never regretted it. For four months straight, I took a capsule in the morning and one in the evening. I noticed the results almost right away. No more migraines! I have stopped using feverfew for a few months now, and I still get the occasional headache, but they're very mild. I highly recommend feverfew to anyone that suffers migraines. Here's a link to (very cheap!) feverfew vegicaps: <a href="http://www.mothernature.com/shop/detail.cfm/sku/43088" target="_blank">http://www.mothernature.com/shop/detail.cfm/sku/43088</a>
 

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" One way to find out is take a Sinus Motrin Headache "<br><br><br><br>
I disagree as to the diagnostic value. It is quite possible that one or more of the ingredients may help a "migraine." Not that a migraine is a scientifically identifiable entity. There is some question as to whether there is one specific entity that is a "migraine" or wether, and this is my opinion, the term migraine is used to identify any real bad pain that occurs in the head, that isn't attributable to any identifiable known cause.
 

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btw, as someone who suffered for years from migraines (now almost migraine free), be careful with taking too many pain meds. You can end up with headaches often as bad as the migraine. Obviously, if you need the meds, take it, but if it keeps on for days, you should visit a doctor. They can provide a shot that often does not leave side effects as powerful as over the counter meds.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck and get well soon
 

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thanks flower, soilman and kristadb ...<br><br><br><br>
i woke up this morning and am feeling much better. i still have a tingling of a headache but it's NO way near as bad it was, thankfully.<br><br><br><br>
i had a very nutritious breakfast of (all organic) scrambled tofu with onions, carrots and tomatoes with fresh wholemeal bread rolls and fennel tea.<br><br>
no caffeine. i believe caffeine actually triggered the migraine the other day.<br><br><br><br>
now i hope it stays away! i'm having a party tonight <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
so, thanks for taking the time to post your replies. i really appreciate it.<br><br>
have a good day/night everyone xoxox
 

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Hi W.O.E.! I have been a migrain sufferer for the past 26 years. It's just absolutely awful............here's what i have found helps.<br><br><br><br>
You might want to try some chiropractic help. Only the trick to this is.......this is a prevention - GOD HELP YOU if you have it done while you have a headache! What is does is release some of the muscles that are too tight at the base of the neck, which is where I hold all my stress.<br><br><br><br>
Also - you could try some massage therapy. Since I work in an office where there is a massage therapist, I can get some work done when the headache first starts. She is awesome, so finding someone you really like is important as is someone who knows what they're doing.<br><br><br><br>
Also.......feverfew is the best! Yes, I take one in the morning and one at night and my headaches have been greatly reduced.<br><br><br><br>
Avoiding alcohol, caffeine and ANY products that have sulfites have helped. (Red wine has a TON of sulfites). However, as far as caffeine goes.......if you regularly drink coffee or tea......DON'T QUIT COLD TURKEY! you will get the headache of your life! You will have to back away slowly - it's like a snake - it can jump up and bite you hard! HA!<br><br><br><br>
I only use the Imitrex if the headache lasts longer than a day! And.......I use the nasal spray because it gets into your system faster and doesn't leave you with a lot of side effects - which I HATE!<br><br><br><br>
Truthfully, migraines never really go away. I've found it's all prevention. If you get to the point where you have the full blown headache the only thing you can do is use prescription medication and wait for it to work. It's just awful, but it's just what happens.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck and I hope you feel better!
 

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i have also suffered with these terrible headaches.. everyone gave great advice..<br><br><br><br>
i have never tried this, but i have been told many times if you are in a fix and need relief fast to take half of a mini thin. ( speed sold in convience stores basically) granted not great for you, but i guess if you need the headache gone fast it is better then nothing. also downing a coke is suppose to give some relief.<br><br><br><br>
remember these are only emergency fixes...
 

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Dairy, soy and extreme changes in the weather can trigger mine. Mine usually only last two days, sometimes 2 and a half days. What misery to go three.<br><br><br><br>
Mine quit almost completely when I REALLY quit eating dairy (cheese was tough). These days spiking my blood sugar from a sweet binge can bring on a mild one. Eating too much soy can do it if the soy is salty.<br><br><br><br>
Lavender is relaxing but does nothing for the pain (the kind where your head is between two pillows to keep out the light and the sound, the room must be cool and a place to heave must be close at hand)<br><br><br><br>
I found out by accident that vicadan (sp?) can get me through the thing in less then 8 hours. My dentist had prescribed a few after some emergency work. I never used them (even dental pain is not as bad as these headaches). When I next had a migraine and no Excedrin I popped a vicadin. I lost a day to it but I would have lost the day to the headache anyway. It relaxed me enough to sleep deeply; when I woke up I had a couple of aspirin and protein and felt fine.<br><br><br><br>
Prevention is absolutely the best, try the feverfew. I get desperate once the pain envelops me. Also, no doctor likes to prescribe viciadan if you have the gall to ask for it. It is addicting and I must look like an addict. Bless their hearts anyway.
 

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Here is a link containing food descriptions that trigger Migraines.<br><br><a href="http://my.webmd.com/content/article/46/1826_50691?z=1826_50669_6512_0000_00_19" target="_blank">http://my.webmd.com/content/article/...512_0000_00_19</a><br><br><br><br>
Also, lack of sleep or excessive sleep can trigger a migraine. I too suffer from these dreaded things. I was originally put on Midrin and due to not being able to swallow the pill (got stuck in throat way to much) I then was given Zomig... the quick desolving kind. Works like a charm and doesn't taste bad at all... no chalky residue or anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
Be careful as not to take too much meds. as it will cause rebound headaches... which are often worse than the original migraine.<br><br><br><br>
I tend to hold off from taking meds... I get really nauseated and dizzy... then I'll take a Excedrin Migraine or two... but I try to hold off as long as I can possibly go... as I am not a real big fan of meds.
 

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thankkkyou all so much for replying ..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
i didn't take any medication and i feel alright. i had a small headache today but it was no way near as bad as the head pounding that i have had over the previous days.<br><br><br><br>
now i have great advice ready IF there is a next time .... i also want to try and find some feverfew (don't know what it is in german yet so i'll have to look it up) to have on hand if i feel the start of a headache.<br><br>
i love the miraculous healing that can be done with herbs and i choose natural treatment over conventional treatment any day.
 

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I get migraines occasionally because of stress. I've found that a long, hot shower usually does the trick. That and at least 10 hours of sleep. Eating comfort type foods help me, too. Basically, anything that I like to do to unwind (except being on the computer, watching tv, or reading as they make the migraine worse most of the time).
 

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In addition to acupressure, you might want to try acupuncture. It's a little pricey, and of course it gets out of the realm of self-help, but it often has lasting beneficial effects.<br><br><br><br>
On the issue of sinus vs migraine, see <a href="http://www.sinusnews.com/Articles2/sinus-headache-migraine.html" target="_blank">http://www.sinusnews.com/Articles2/s...-migraine.html</a>
 

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re the site pirata references, "On the issue of sinus vs migraine"<br><br><br><br>
The info on this page is <b>bull</b>.<br><br><br><br>
In the absence of hard evidence of a frank bacterial sinus infection, such as smelly pus running out of your nose, or radiological evidence of sinus polyps or other abnormal growths, or accumulation of pus, doctors usually just express a guess as to whether a headache is due to sinus problems or "migraines." Migraines are only diagnosable as a result of questioning patients and listening to their description of symtoms. There are no tests to prove or disprove migraines. In other words, the existence of migraines is not scientifically proven. all the stuff about distended blood vessels, is scientific conjecture, not scientific fact. There is some controversy as to whether migraines actually exist.<br><br><br><br>
"Tension" headaches are not scientifically demonstrable either. People have the idea that muscle contractions are at increased levels during so-called tension headache, but in fact, actual measurment of muscle contraction levels simply <b>do not correspond with reported pain.</b>. Your electromyographic study can show lots of contraction, in the absence of pain, and show relaxed muscles, during classic "tension headache" symptoms.<br><br><br><br>
BULL**** BULL**** BULL****. That's what doctors are often doing when they diagnosing headache. Just bull****ing you. All the time. Constantly.<br><br><br><br>
Doctors don't like to say "i don't know why it hurts," so if they can't explain it, they use the catchall phrase "migraine" for any reportedly severe head pain without any provable other cause. The truth is, people get often head pain, that no-one has any <b>real</b> explanation for.<br><br><br><br>
There are zillions of tomes written on how to distinguish between various types of headaches. They are all BULL**** -- except for distinguishing those caused by abnormalities that can clearly be seen, seen radiologically, or show up on blood tests urine tests, etcetera. The rest are: take you pick.
 
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