My journey with migraines began when I was 19. My headaches were so bad they caused me to frequently miss class and I can vividly remember crying in pain, not knowing what to do. Throughout the years I tried everything under the sun- diet, chiropractors, acupuncture, TMJ therapy, cranial sacral therapy, massage, and various prescriptions. Only within the last few years (a work in progress over 20 years!) have I gotten my migraines under control so I thought I’d share what has been helpful.
First, if you experiencing migraines for the first time, go to see your doctor. You will want to rule out other potentially serious problems. Things like brain tumors, cysts, a brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) are very rare but should be ruled out before a migraine diagnosis.
Next, begin to track your migraines. Do they correlate with your cycle? Are there certain foods that trigger headaches? There is a great tracking app called Migraine Buddy that will allow you to recognize patterns and potential triggers. For both myself and one of my daughters, our migraines fall in a predictable pattern with our cycles. Knowing this helps to prepare.
Finally, up your supplement game. Currently, I take a chewable magnesium supplement by GNC and my all time favorite, Natural Calm, another magnesium supplement that has so many other benefits (just read the over 7,000 positive reviews on Amazon!). In addition I take a vitamin B complex , along with a multivitamin. I really feel like that is what has been a game changer for me.
Don’t get me wrong; I still get migraines. I take the prescription Relplax as soon as I feel one coming on. However, once I started the supplements, I noticed a big change in the frequency of my migraines which I’ll take. Is there anything specific you’ve tried and had success with? Please share in the comments!
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