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  • By Laurie Vincent

    My youngest son served in the Navy as an aircraft mechanic in Oklahoma City. The summers are very hot there. They drank Gatorade during the hot part of the day to keep hydrated. He noticed that about 30 minutes after drinking Gatorade his Migraine would go away. He switched to the night shift when it wasn’t so hot outside and the Gatorade still got rid of his migraines. It worked so well that he hardly had to take Excedrin Migraine medicine anymore. I tried Gatorade and it works for me too.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Laurie,

    First let me take a moment and ask you to please thank your son for his service to our country.

    I’m so thrilled to hear you’ve both found something to help with your migraines. But I must say I am more excited that your son doesn’t take as much Excedrin Migraine. Excedrin Migraine can be a real double edged sword because it can create another condition called medication overuse headache or moh. MOH can occur when we take migraine abortive medications like triptans and ergotamines or pain relieves whether they are over-the-counter or prescription more than two to three day a week. Doing so will leave us in an unending cycle of pain and make migraine more difficult to treat. Let me share some information with you both; https://migraine.com/blog/driving-migraine-trigger/.

    Thanks for sharing and good luck to you both!

    Nancy

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    It’s important for everybody to be aware that these types of supplements can and often do contain MSG and things that can also be major triggers for some patients, some of the time. Gatorade and other drinks like this can be super easy and cheap to get hold of, but don’t beat yourself up if they don’t work, or may stop working. The fact is, everybody has their own triggers and what works for one may be disaster for another. It may be worth a try, just remember that Migraine triggers are cumulative. This means that they build on one another. Adding a sports drink to your other triggers today may be good, but adding it to your triggers tomorrow may send you over the brink. Just be careful 🙂

    ~Ellen

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