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What works for me now

I started getting migraines 30 years ago, although all throiugh my life I have suffered headaches. After beating them back using techniques from Heal Your Headache by Dr. David Buchholz, they recently started re-occuring. After some trial and error, here is what works for me now:

BTW, I am in my early 70s.

1. Went off fresh tomatoes.

2. Substituted scallions for onions.

3. Started 75mg daily of nortryptiline. per Buchholz.

3. As soon as I get an inkling of predrome, I take two ibuprofen. 15 minutes later, I start taking two homeopathic Migraine Relief pills from Hyland's, then repeat every 15 minutes three more times ( total of four times with the Hyland pills ). This usually either stalls the migraine out, or reduces it sufficiently to merely be a minor annoyance. The ibuprofen seems to work better than aspirin.

4. If the predrome or migraine incident happens at night, I also take some ZzzQuill, from Vick's, shortly before bedtime I use only the kind with Melatonin+, Chamomile and Lavender. It is available in gummy pills or liquid. Use only this type of ZzzQuill, they have others with chemicals; read the label. This usually knocks out whatever lingering headache I may have and I get a great night's sleep too as a bonus.

I still take ( resulting from reading Buchholz's books many years ago ) daily Magnesium 400 mg and avoid caffeine altogether.

As they say, your mileage may vary.

  1. Thanks so much for sharing the earned wisdom you have gleaned from 30 years of migraine with the rest of us here at migraine.com. Your multi-tiered treatment/response strategy is fascinating and is a great combination of natural remedies, eating carefully, and medication taken at specific and key junctures. We are all so very different and it sounds like you have really tuned into your triggers and what works for you. Glad you're a part of our community! Warmly, Holly (migraine.com team).

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