An Answer to My Prayers

I’m a 47 year old woman who has suffered with migraines since my mid-twenties. I have been to many neurologists (some of the best in the country) and although they tried various drug cocktails/treatments, I was always left with deafening/excruciating migraines (averaging approx. 1-2 per week, sometimes rebounding one right after another and lasting for days at a time).

I have finally found relief and wanted to share it with you. I know for sure that my migraines are triggered for different reasons – I can’t pin them on just one thing but a combination of triggers (hormonal shifts, food sensitivities, lack of sleep, strenuous exercise, smoke, perfumes, and stressful situations like public speaking or conflict). With that in mind, I along with the help of a determined and committed general practitioner have come up with the following combination that unbelievably really works for me….maybe it will work for someone out there too. That is my hope.

Here’s what I do:
Drink GT’s Kombucha every day to alkalize my system (Whole Foods–It’s expensive but less than a coffee drink). Include a lot of fresh greens in my daily diet (roasted or fresh mostly)

Take at bedtime all three of the following:
1200 mg Magnesium (TwinLab)
100 mg Prometrium (every day) to balance Estrogen-this is a bio-identical hormone prescribed by my doctor
60 mg ER Pronanolol beta-blocker

When a headache occurs:
Take 1/4-1/2 Relpax when I feel a migraine coming on and ice my neck and head.

Other preventatives:
Avoid alcohol, nitrites, nitrates, chocolate and heavy perfumes and smoke
Drink a lot of water (especially before exercise)
Warm up for exercise to avoid exertion migraine

The good news is I have only had one migraine in the past 6 months. Like I said, this is a miracle for me as I have suffered for 22 years.

Good luck to everyone.

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  • Deb Bair
    8 years ago

    As far as your triggers, etc. I could have been reading my own story. I have suffered since I was a teen and am 46 now. I have had migraines daily now for about 6 weeks. some of them keeping me in bed the entire day because I could not find relief. I am feeling so hopeless at this point but I have an appointment with my PCP to try and start from square one. Your story gives me just a smidge of hope that there may be some relief for me at some point. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Deb Bair
    8 years ago

    I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow with my PCP and I am going to request a full work up with hormones, gluten, and allergy tests. I have GOT to get to the bottom of this because I am worse now than I have ever been in my life. I read about gluten a couple weeks ago and they said when you are tested to make sure you eat what you would normally eat (in other words don’t try to reduce your gluten) or else the tests will be inaccurate. So PLEASE pray for me and the doctor that he will do everything that I am requesting tomorrow. Thanks so much Marlene!

  • Marlene Boscaljon
    8 years ago

    I think I did share with you about my friend sufffered like you do until she found out she’s can’t have gluten. No more days in bed or shots. Maybe a small headache once in a great while. She went to have her hormes checked and found this out also.

  • Deb Bair
    8 years ago

    Thanks for the tip but I already take that. I am on so many things. I have been going to neurologists for over 10 years and after a while we have to switch things up because they stop working. Nothing is working right now so that is why I am going to start fresh and see what my doc has to say.

  • Leslie Straub
    8 years ago

    I used to see a neurologist for mine. He had me on 400 mgs. of vitamin B2. It takes a little bit to kick in, but it realllllly helped! Doesn’t hurt to try, and you can’t overdose because you pee out whatever your body doesn’t use.

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