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Coping without medicine

I am wondering if there are tips for how to keep your migraine attack from getting too bad without having to take any medication. I have been a migraine sufferer for most of my life but only about a year ago was actually diagnosed. I am on an oral CGRP blocker now but am still learning my triggers and to recognize when the migraine is coming. I'm beginning to recognize when the migraine is coming but would love to know if anyone has any tips for ways to hold the migraine at bay or prevent it from being so bad without having to take the medicine. I also know that my neurologist wants to switch me to injections and I have a fear that I will have breakthrough migraines on the injections with no access to the acute treatment now that I have one. Thinking there's ways to keep it at bay might be a fruitless endeavor but I feel there has to be some coping skills that I just haven't learned yet.

  1. You have asked a great question regarding caring for migraine without using medications. There are several therapies people use to manage migraine disease without drugs. Some of the more popular ones are using supplements and herbals, ice/heat, yoga, meditation/mindfulness, and diet changes. Like any therapy you try, it may work well for one person but not for another. Triggers also need to be considered as some therapies may trigger an attack. You have to feel your way through, preferably with the guidance of your doctor. My husband takes Magnesium Glycinate daily and uses essential oils as part of his daily regimen. It would help if you had a conversation with your treating doctor to see what input they may have. If they dismiss your desire to treat naturally, you may have to seek a doctor who will partner with you along that path. Here is a link to some articles on treating migraine naturally. You may find the articles to be good resources for starting your journey.
    https://migraine.com/search?s=natural%20migraine%20remedies
    Please keep us posted, and remember we are here for your support. Warmly, Cheryl migraine.com team

    1. Thank you so much for the tips and links! I will definitely check those out.

    2. You are quite welcome! I hope you find them helpful. Warmly, Cheryl migraine.com team

  2. Gosh, there is so much to try when it comes to non-pharmaceutical remedies. Cheryl gave you a bunch, and there are many others you may want to give a chance. Some of our members have success with massage, acupuncture or acupressure, essential oils, and so on.

    Two more I want to provide links for are biofeedback, which teaches you how to control and relax your physical responses to pain, and stimulation devices like Cefaly and GammaCore. Those devices can be quite expensive, but the science behind it is interesting.

    Biofeedback: https://migraine.com/living-migraine/biofeedback-experience
    Devices: https://migraine.com/devices

    I hope that information opens up some new pathways for you! -Melissa, migraine.com team

    1. I appreciate the feedback and options for me to look into.

    2. Of course! That's what we're here for. If you have any other questions or need for information or support, just let us know. Warmly- Holly -migraine.com team.

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