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  • By ShaggyLittle

    I have found a strange treatment for my migraines, which is kind of embarrassing. I haven’t even told my doctor that I’m doing this.

    Several years ago I was with friends at a bar in NYC. I was nowhere near my medications, or even a quiet dark place to take refuge. So I decided to proceed as if nothing was happening, even though I assumed the evening was about to turn very ugly for me. I was upset because I couldn’t treat the migraine, so I had a few beers rather quickly to settle my nerves. To my surprise, as a slight beer buzz kicked in, the migraine symptoms dissipated and were completely gone in about an hour.

    I have used this treatment many times since, and it has worked 99% of the time. I realize that alcohol is a migraine trigger for some people, so that makes this all the more puzzling to me. I have not tried this method with wine or liquor.

    I have not found anyone else who has had this experience but I’d love to hear if anyone has.

    I realize it’s not always practical to chug a few beers, but in my case it beats the hell out of the alternative, which would be lying in bed for 12-24 hours.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    ShaggyLittle – Have you seen a headache specialist yet for your headaches? I ask because this sounds suspiciously like you might actually be suffering tension type headache which is relieved when the alcohol relaxes your muscles. This is completely a guess. As you assumed, drinking beer is not something we hear about too often, lol. It’s definitely something to talk to your doctor about however.

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  • By linda

    I knew a professor that cured his long time migraines by starting to drink whiskey. He also had cluster headaches and was going to a neurologist. I doubt if it would work for many people as I believe it is more of a trigger than an abortive. Interesting.
    g though.

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  • By Figurrea

    As headaches can stem from a variety of causes, I think you should seek treatment. Although there are several home remedies seeking professional help will be far better.

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