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Old 08-28-2013, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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My mom and I both suffered from Migraine headache due to hormonal changes. I get it exactly 1 day before my period is due.

The pain is so bad sometimes, I am super sensitive to lights, loud noises, and I want to vomit all the time.
The doctors told me just to take over the counter pain killers.

I am wondering if there are any home remedies for this kind of pain? Thanks
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Sounds like you have menstrual migraine

Hormonal and Menstrual Migraines/Headaches: Causes and Treatment

"What Are the Treatment Options for Menstrual Migraines?

The medications of choice to stop a menstrual migraine are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs).

The NSAIDs most often used for menstrual migraines include:

Orudis
Advil and Motrin
Nalfon
Naprosyn
Relafen
NSAID treatment should be started two to three days before the menstrual period starts and continued until the period ends. Because the therapy is of short duration, the risk of gastrointestinal side effects is limited.

For people who have severe menstrual migraines or who want to continue taking their birth control pills, doctors recommend taking a NSAID, starting on the l9th day of the cycle and continuing through the second day of the next cycle."

If the NSAID does not work, see your doctor about prescription options. Note that the key is to start the medication before you get the headache.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Feverfew is an herbal remedy that works. Available in most health sections at groceries. Four double-blind placebo-controlled studies in The Lancet ahowed it reduced both frequency and severity of migraines.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:35 PM
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Location: Way beyond the black stump.
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Suck on a Rennies or Quikeze indigestion tablet at the first indication of migraine and see how that goes.

No studies, no links, non prescription, and no information other than I know it works, but I can't say it works for everyone because I don't know everyone on the planet <g>.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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Thank you all for your posts!
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I've tried feverfew before and it didn't help me. The only thing that got rid of my migraines, even the one I would get on the 3rd day of my period every month, was keeping a food journal and figuring out what my migraine triggers are. I think sometimes menstrual migraine is worse if you're one of the people who retains water before the period...it's natural to want to drink less water when you feel bloated, but dehydration can trigger the migraine too.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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I've tried feverfew before and it didn't help me. The only thing that got rid of my migraines, even the one I would get on the 3rd day of my period every month, was keeping a food journal and figuring out what my migraine triggers are. I think sometimes menstrual migraine is worse if you're one of the people who retains water before the period...it's natural to want to drink less water when you feel bloated, but dehydration can trigger the migraine too.
Yeah. To me, chocolate and coffee make everything worse. I will try to keep a food journal too!

Thanks!
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:23 PM
 
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I know this is an old thread, but still relevant. The only thing that seems to dull my menstrual migraine is Excedrin. Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve do nothing to alleviate the pain.
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Old 08-31-2017, 08:04 PM
 
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What sometimes worked for me was chile peppers in food. It was an accidental find. Other than that, I suffered and the only way to deal with it was by seeking oblivion in sleep in a pitch black room with a bucket by the bedside. I no longer have migraines post menopause. Here's an article about 'capsaicin' which is the active ingredient in chile (btw they have misspelled chile in the article IMHO), although migraines are not mentioned.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...in-relief.aspx
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Old 08-31-2017, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Are you on, or have you tried oral BC to try to even things out? Do you have any other hormonal issues like PCOS that if treated might positively impact your migraines?
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