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Migraine help needed

I have been plagued with migraines for the last 20 years of my life and they’re getting worse. Usually they last around 24hrs or more and I’m at my wit’s end. Doctors can’t seem to give me any good answers and there doesn’t seem to be an obvious pattern of triggers.

So what works? Over the counter pain meds like Motrin, excedrin, Tylenol do not. Prescription medication for migraines called maxalt/rizatriptan does not work. Peppermint oil does not work.

Has anyone found migraine treatment results with massage, chiropractic work, or even Botox in the jaw? Please give me tips/locations/doctors, I’m willing to try anything.

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  1. Sandra Wells Sandra Wells says:

    Are you on any other medication, sometimes migraines can be a side effect!

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  2. My daughter had migraines. Really bad aura and green face. Plus eczema We cut out all dairy. Read all ingredients on everything we buy and make sure there is no dairy. Her eczema cleared in three days and migraines completely gone

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  3. Rub regular strength ‘tiger balm’ to your temples. Ashley Bast right?

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  4. Medical marijuana, honestly.

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  5. I hate takings meds and it doesn’t always help me. I have found massage, dry needling and acupuncture help mine! I still get them but this helps relieve them (other than the typical cool cloth, dark room – I like to keep a face cloth in the freezer for when they’re bad). PM to if you want for chiropractor/acupuncture, massage or dry needling contacts

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  6. supposedly the daith ear pierce helps, check it out on google

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  7. Daith piercing. Unless I’m exceedingly stressed and there are several triggers I don’t get them anymore

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  8. I was in the same boat. I would get migraines which would feel like an ice pick in the head and they would impact the vision in my left eye. Nothing helped. I tried everything. I would get ones that would last for days or weeks at a time. In 2015 I had one that last 4 months. The only thing that got rid of was having a seizure that threw me against the wall with such violence that I needed a trip to the hospital, stitches, and months of recovery to get back to ‘normal’. Bright side is that after decades of suffering from migraines I have only had regular headaches since. Moral of the story go back to your doctor. I would not recommend what I went through to get rid of them.

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  9. CBD, thc, and Botox!! Mine have gone from several a week to once a week!

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  10. Keep eucalyptus and rosemary oil on a sponge on your nightside table. When the sponge is dry add more oil. I used to get 3 or 4 debilitating migranes a month I started doing this and I now get one or two a year now.

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  11. Botox injections helped one of my friends.

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  12. Have you tried massages?

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  13. Acupuncture and chiropractic care!!

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  14. Whenever i get bad a migraine. I usually go to Urgent Care or the hospital and they give me a needle and it goes away almost instantly. I have the same problem, nothing else helps at all.

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  15. Alex Warden Alex Warden says:

    I take CBD oil three times a day, 4 drops at a time, as well as, I go for Botox injections at my neurologist every 13 weeks. It’s been life changing. Also try picking up the peppermint halo roller from saje and putting behind your neck and on your temples.

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  16. Believe it or not, Vick’s vapo rub on the forehead and temple area

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  17. I also suffer from migraines that have no regular trigger they are called a typical migraines I see a neurologist but in the past I found taking both Advil and Tylenol at the same time and I drink Ginger teas it helps good luck with your journey with this migraine meds don’t work for atypical migraines so I would suggest getting a referral to a neurologist

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  18. Allergy testing msg processed food, sodium, dairy can be triggers. Hormones can trigger as well overmedicating can trigger a kick back headache.

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  19. Nicole Tabak Nicole Tabak says:

    I take CBD oil (and sell it if you want some). Plus I switched to a whole food plant based lifestyle ( I now help others/person chef and cooking teacher). Cut out sugars and processed junk (including dairy: the most processed anything). Good luck!

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  20. I suffered from migraines for years. My doctor gave me a prescription called amerge and that worked pretty good. But after years of having them I found out that I cannot eat certian cheeses. Most migraines are food related and it’s usually dairy.

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  21. I am a massage therapist and treat people with such issues. However, I have seen amazing results from NUCCA chiropractors. Often the reason why the migraines are happening is because C1/C2 is misaligned. The treatment is thorough and very gentle – no neck snapping at all! Go! You will wonder why you didn’t go before. I am in Calgary so I don’t know the doctors in Edmonton to recommend a specific one. I am sure there is one reasonably close to you.

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  22. Diana Graham Diana Graham says:

    I have a friend that has had Botox and it has helped.

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  23. Jessica Ann Jessica Ann says:

    I take topiramate daily to help prevent migraines and when I get one maxalt with naproxen. Sometimes it helps others it doesn’t. Also for oils I use Lavender oil and then put Peppermint on top on forehead and back of neck also put it on neat. Don’t dilute it. Make sure you use quality oil ie. Young living and not save on foods kind or something. Also ice on back of the neck can help. There is an app called migraine buddy that maps every single aspect of your migraines as well which could be useful in learning to avoid whatever starts them.

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  24. I just started botox I get my second round I was told it takes a year to see results I have migraines from epilepsy

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  25. Tanya Duby Tanya Duby says:

    I just spoke with someone who had Botox and the results were very good. She gets treatment every 3 months.

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  26. Have your Dr refer you to a Neurologist for Botox. It has been a lifesaver for me.

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  27. I would recommend going to biofeedback as I went and the they gave me the most useful information in a 1 to 2 hour session then any doctor ever had or could in the many year’s I searched for help. They were bang on with my allergies and food sensitivities. I had a back injury that it picked up on without her knowing anything about it. I was blown away as weeks prior I had x-rays done on my back and she knew which vertebrae was out without me mentioning it. If you want her information just PM me.

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  28. I’ve heard that people are getting BOTOX for migraine headaches you should ask your doctor about it

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  29. I used to have debilitating migraines until I went for acupuncture about 5 years ago. Haven’t had a migraine since, been a miracle for me!

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  30. Jenny Jesse Jenny Jesse says:

    Botox!! And prophylactic meds!

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  31. Cindy Mason Cindy Mason says:

    I get seasonal migraines, prone to them Feb-Apr and again in Oct.I have learned that if I take the extra strength Motrin at the first sign of it I can shorten the length to about 12hours

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  32. I had great success with chiro!! Instant relief, and gea them less and less often.

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  33. Maxalt did nothing for me but Zomig does – it’s awesome. Absolutely nothing else (OTC meds, essential oils, etc) helps my migraines. Hope you find something that works for you!

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  34. I found Botox to be a true lifesaver, for a few years I was taking many types of pain meds and now I take the occasional Advil and my quality of life is awesome:)

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  35. Felicia Rene Felicia Rene says:

    Massage, acupuncture, chiro, herbalist. Maybe medicinal marijuana?

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  36. Tammy Bellig Tammy Bellig says:

    Acupuncture use to help.
    Also before I knew they were migraines I would go to the hospital and be put on an iv drip and given oxygen.
    On prescriptions now but have to take them as soon as I feel the migraine coming on.

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  37. Kate Ward Kate Ward says:

    I used feverfew extract and that really helped me.

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  38. Teri Sherry Teri Sherry says:

    Feverfew. Daily.

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  39. Chris Dumais Chris Dumais says:

    You definitely need a 6er of black ice. Solves all problems.

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  40. After many years of migraines and being diagnosed with what they call “complex migraines” which consists of auras in the eyes, vomiting, and pain on one side of the head. After narrowing everything down we have concluded that my migraines are triggered by three things. The climate change between winter spring and fall winter. It never fails and is like clock work, I lovingly refer to it as “migraine season” I also discovered that old fluorescent lights that you find in old store are an immediate trigger for me. Last I have had to eliminate or try to eliminate tyramine. It is found in cheeses, deli meats, hot dogs ect.

    Since the climate changes I fear I will never be rid of them but I do know a few minutes before they hit that they are coming, it is like a switch in my brain. I am useless once I am physically sick so as soon as my eyes get fuzzy I am on my way home to bed.

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  41. Put your feet and hands in a warm bucket of water and a bag of frozen peas on the back of your neck to pull the blood away from the migraine area helps to relieve the pain.

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  42. I’ve done the botox jaw thing and still nothing… medical Marijuana works.

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  43. If you are female, I’ve heard that getting a properly fitting bra can help. If your bra is putting pressure on certain parts of your body, it can be a cause of headaches/migraines. Not sure how true this may be as I’ve never experienced migraines in a chronic way, but I did hear it from a bra fitter who has been in the business for 20 years or so.

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  44. Im a massage therapist and i have clients that come in with migraines and after a few sessions with me there migraines decrease tremendously. My dad suffers from migraines and i know his triggers are MSG (which has over 30 different names, so half the time there is msg in food but you dont know cuz theyve used a different name) and red meat is another trigger of his.

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  45. Botox in my jaw works, so does the chiropractor and acupuncture.

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  46. Have your eyes checked for blood pressure damage and if it is there have the eye dr send a letter to your family dr to check your blood pressure with a 24 hour monitor. If it is high or fluctuates wildly during the day or night the meds may be needed. I had migraines and since being on my BP medicine have never had another headache or migraine. BP issues are far more common than most people suspect. It is a huge relief for me.

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  47. I have no Allen pretty much all the different medications, nothing worked, tried acupuncture, nothing, Botox and nerve injections( hurts like }#%^*) still no relief, I have pretty much tried every OLD trick in the book, my neurologist and family doctor don’t know what else to do, I suffer pretty much every other day with one, to many triggers to list, I have tried marijuana oil also, that one is still up for debate as I can’t use it as I should due to work

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  48. There are lots of options for migraine treatment. With the OTCs you have to be extremely careful how often you use them for headaches, because you can actually trigger medication-overuse migraines and end up in a chronic cycle [been there done that]. If you need OTCs for migraine or headache more than 3x a week you need to get a referral to see a neurologist. Dr. Stewart is quite well known in the city for headache disorders.

    Rizatriptan is only one type of migraine medication in the ‘triptan’ family. I’ve tried it, sumatritan, zolmitriptan, almotriptan, and finally found eletriptan (Relpax) to be the one that works best for me. Cambia is a powder (diclofenac) that you mix with water and drink to help relieve migraine pain too. It works with some types of my migraines but not all.

    If you need to use triptans several times a month, then you should be put onto a type of medication to prevent some of them (prophylaxis). Based on medical history there are many that can be tried – some are antidepressants, some for heart disease or blood pressure, for epilepsy even. Botox is another type of prophylaxis. I’m on topiramate and candesartan to reduce the frequency and severity of mine.

    I also see a physiotherapist who does Active Release and IMS (intramuscular stimulation) to help my neck and shoulder tension as many of my migraines are “cervicogenic” (Adam at Integral Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic). A chiropractor (Dr. Webster at Capilano ChiropractiCapilano Chiropractic Clinicmassage therapist (Miranda at Reset Wellness) alsoReset Wellnessvisits. Saje’s Peppermint Halo or Young Living’s M-grain also gives a bit of relief, and CBD oil. At least enough to pass out and let the triptan do it’s magic.

    Migraine Buddyis a gMigraine Buddyack possible triggers, including sleep and weather, as well as attacks and treatments. My neuro told me it’s rarely one trigger that sets a migraine off, but rather one trigger fills your threshold “cup” a bit, another gets it to halfway, a crap night sleep puts you to the edge, and then the perfume in the elevator overflows the cup and throws you into an instant migraine attack. This app can help you see patterns and where your triggers that overlap are.

    All the best. Migraines are so debilitating.

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  49. Bran J Pman Bran J Pman says:

    I have really bad migraines due to my neck injury and now seasonal .I take Cambia if I feel one coming otherwise I do Botox every three months,chiropractor, massage therapy and acupuncture . I rotate them per week and my migraines become manageable and few . Good luck P.S I also have a daith piercing on one side and was told to get the other done for balance .

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  50. My migraines are getting worse with age. Main trigger is hormones, but those can be taken care of by OTC( lots though ). I’ve noticed that the bad ones that knock me on my ass for days are usually a combination of triggers, and I can’t control certain triggers. I’ve lessened my migraines by eating 3 meals and 3 snacks at the same time. If I deviate from schedule and “fast”, I’ll get one. I drink lots of water. Dehydration is a trigger. Lack of sleep can trigger them. And finally just being to stressed can trigger them. My doctor is placing me on an anti- convulsion meds. If scent bothers you, a warning that oils might make it worse, did for me. Best of luck.

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  51. If you are female and on birth control then that could be a huge factor. Get off them asap.

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  52. Nancy Ross Nancy Ross says:

    My main migraine trigger is hormones but was diagnosed with celiac this past year and now that I’m eating gluten free, most of my migraines have disappeared. As well, I discovered That artificial sweeteners (like stevia and aspartame and sucralose) we’re triggers as well. Pay attention to what you’re eating and see if you can spot a trigger.

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  53. Could be diet.. eliminate all meat, all dairy, all coffee, and red wine. Tea is okay (the tannins in the coffee are the problem with it and red wine). So… eat lots of rice, beans, potatoes, other veges.. etc.. instead – eggs are okay.. give that 2 weeks and you may see a difference – also… less clutter – clutter has been proven to trigger migraines.

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  54. Have you considered your diet? I know that pre packaged foods trigger mine, things like Hamburger Helper and the like. Cheap vodka is another one for me, Alberta Vodka for instance, I can’t even finish a full drink before the throbbing sets in. Mike’s Hard or Smirnoff Ice as well, good thing booze isn’t my buzz of choice.On that note CBD is great for the treatment of these things.

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  55. Smoke a j.. there’s a reason a lot of us do…
    Insomnia, stress, headaches, restless legs,,, honestly I could go on for like 20min.. jump on the bandwagon lol

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  56. I came across this a few years back, it’s talking to your Dr about. http://www.migrainesurvival.com/mitral-valve-prolapse?f=sb

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  57. I had migraines my whole life until maybe 5 years ago. I haven’t had one since. My wonderful dentist fitted me with an orthotic for my bottom teeth, which eventually straightened my jaw. I wear it now only at night. Not a single migraine since then. Go see your dentist!

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  58. Chronic migraines for 12 years here. I use Imitrex or Indomethacin to treat an active migraine. I have had success with Acupuncture and Bowen Therapy neuromuscular massage to help reduce frequency and severity. I used to get them 5-7 days per week, now it’s rare to have more than 5 in a month. Good luck.

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  59. Essential oils work wonders

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  60. Frank Yurich Frank Yurich says:

    One simple word “WEED”

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  61. You need to see Dr Jason at inside out chiropractic. I had migraines for years and he helped me. My atlas (c1 vertebrae) was out of place. He uses a special technique. He is a life saver!

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  62. I assume you have all had brain scans/mri? or allergy testing?

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  63. I use an ice cold cloth on my forehead and on the back of my neck..same time.. get cozy under a blanket tho…
    Ive also tried advil cold and sinus…it wont kill it but it takes it away for a bit
    Lots of water
    I get ‘fullmoon’ migranes

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  64. My sister used to get lots of migraines too, she went gluten free and hasn’t had a migrane since. What worked for her may not work for everyone, but just thought I would suggest it anyway. Obviously it’s not a quick solution, its something that works overtime but still something to consider. It worked for her, she feels great.

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  65. Trevor McVey Trevor McVey says:

    Try acupuncture. It’s helped me with this!

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  66. Victor Diaz Victor Diaz says:

    Marijuana in one of its many glorious forms

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  67. Don’t use Motrin or Advil. I had a massive headache for days. I was told to take Motrin and Advil by my doctor. Turned out I had a brain tumour and all the over the counter I was taking…blew a hole in my stomach which became life threatening. Best thing to do is talk to your doc and get steroids and torradol. Don’t use Advil and Motrin.

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  68. Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

    Most migraines are due to digestive disturbances that affects what hormones you make. Look at the foods you are eating. Lay off of dairy, gluten (all simple starches), anything processed. Focus on healing your liver and intestines.

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  69. Lyn Hessels Lyn Hessels says:

    Found out after 40 years of suffering and all kinds of meds (to treat the symptoms not the ailment) that my migraines were a result of a vascular deformity in my brain. After my migraines turned into occasional TI A’s, I saw a neurologist who did what he called a “push” scan that revealed 2 aneurysms and a vascular disorder that caused them. I simply keep my blood pressure under control and take a baby aspirin a day and haven’t had a migraine since. Not everyone has this type of disorder, but I do feel it is more important to try to establish the cause than take pills to get rid of the pain and to press your doctor for a permanent solution or for a referral. Too often we give up trying to find a cause and settle for something to simply kill the pain.

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  70. After near daily migraines for 2.5 years, trying dozens of meds, diet changes, chiro, etc etc, a friend told me to try Dr Bector at West Edmonton Med Aesthetic clinic. No referral required. Within the 1st appointment he found a medication that works and I have my life back. Can’t recommend enough.

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  71. Acupunture combined with cupping, seeing a dentist to find out if your maybe grinding. Watching food intake on the items you eats. Chiropractor as well. When they scanned my back i have two bones out of place that causes alot of tension on my neck to give me migraines. Weather and hormone trigger. When trying chiropractor/acupunture/cupping it will.take more then one visit to fix the problem.

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  72. Acupuncture helped my friend

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  73. CBD may be your friend.

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  74. Dana McVey Dana McVey says:

    Have you been checking your blood pressure? A friend of mine would get major migraines and I told her to check her blood pressure. Her doctor finally put her on blood pressure meds and she only has then once in awhile now.

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  75. 1. If you have long, thick hair, get it cut. 2. Go to the dentist to see if your teeth are in need of an orthodontist. 3. I’ve heard a piercing can help https://migraineagain.com/does-daith-piercing-work-for-migraine/ I wish you the best of luck. Mine have subsided since wearing braces and getting my hair cut short.

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  76. Feverfew it’s natural.

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  77. Lisa Bagdan Lisa Bagdan says:

    If they are chronic than I find Botox works wonders for me! Most doctors are trained now and it’s covered by Alberta Health if you meet the standards for a chronic migraine

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  78. Deep muscle tissue massage. It hurt like a mofo but it basically cured my migraines. I see Randy @ https://rebalancemassage.ca/ He’s super awesome at unstickying the sticky bits.

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  79. Grapefruit and a belief and commitment you don’t want to be sick. Visit the Ascendant Bookstore and open your life up.

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  80. Fever few helped reduce mine until I figured out if I have corn (corn starch, corn syrup, corn oil, maltodextrin, dextrose, etc.) I get a migraine. Now I don’t get them any more, except when trying new food items and discovering there is unlabelled corn in them…

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  81. Drink more water usually helps and when ever I get a migraine I boil a pot of water put a towel over my head and breath in the steam. It turns you into a sweaty shitty mess but it helps
    Just don’t burn yourself it doesn’t have to be super hot to work

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  82. Shawna Rau Shawna Rau says:

    Massage and chiropractor work amazing for me!

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  83. Kari Dyer Kari Dyer says:

    Have you ever looked into your diet? I was having brutal migraines 3-5 days a week that kept me in bed. Nothing would work. I started journaling my diet and discovered it’s actually preservatives that cause them for myself! Now I basically only eat natural foods, organic, preservative free ( as much as possible- or natural preservatives) I haven’t had a migraine for 2 years!

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  84. Kelly Smith Kelly Smith says:

    Feet in hot water cold ice pack on back of neck n bend forward.. stay hydrated.. watch sugary drinks.. check ur teeth out and have dentist check for tmj or if grinding teeth don’t have hair pulled tight in ponytails. Don’t be around scents or foods that can trigger them.. stretching..

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  85. Heidi Joyal Heidi Joyal says:

    Botox has changed my life. If I get one I take a shot of imitrex and it isnt as severe.

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  86. Two family members of mine have chronic Migraines and Botox works for them!!

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  87. I know it sounds simple, but eating just plain dark chocolate works awesome!

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  88. If I can catch my migraine at initial onset, one dose of prescription prednisone and tramadol offers relief within a couple of hours which is way better than the 72 hrs it would last without. Took many other drugs to find something that works. I’m female and believe my migraines are hormone related.

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