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.