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Old 01-09-2008, 01:24 PM
 
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I have horrible migraines. My mom just told me she read that green apple scent will get rid of a migraine in progress.

I have googled it. Some studies say yes, some say no.

Has anyone had luck with apples? or anything else?

I have tried all the normal stuff:food logs, diet mods, triptans, suppressants, etc. I am getting desperate!

I bought a bag of apples but I really am not looking forward to the migraine to test them with.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:17 PM
 
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Hi,

I have daily migraines (ocular). I've actually never heard of green apples. I take Lyrica every day - it really helps but it's very frustrating since if I stop taking it, they're still there.

I had a little bit of botox and it maybe helped a tiny bit. Also, wearing sunglasses, as needed, helps a little bit - maybe because I don't use forehead muscles?

When I stopped using Equal, they stopped for a short time, but then came back. Also once I was taking Robitussin (DM) for a cold and suddenly they went away, but again they came back.

I've read books about migraines and some people realize that something they started doing (like eating a certain cheese) corresponds with the beginning of their migraine problem. I only wish I could find something like that.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I have suffered with migraine for years. Birth control pills made them much worse. For several years I took Topamax and it kept them away. I also have a sleep disorder and when I am not sleeping I get hammered. Stress is also a killer for me. It took many years and many doctors before we hit on the right combination. I have never heard of apples helping one way or the other.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:32 PM
 
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Its funny you say that about them stopping and starting. I started taking omega 3 in oct and they went completely away. I stopped taking it in dec cause I ran out. I got more about a week later. They came back in @2 weeks after stopping but now they won't go away. I get between 2 to 8 a month and they last 1-2 days each.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:07 PM
 
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I find that at the first hint of an approaching migraine, if I get some caffeine into me real quick it will cut off the migraine at the pass. I carry dark chocolate in my purse for when it's needed. The higher the cacao %, the better. Good excuse to have chocolate. It really does help.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I find that at the first hint of an approaching migraine, if I get some caffeine into me real quick it will cut off the migraine at the pass. I carry dark chocolate in my purse for when it's needed. The higher the cacao %, the better. Good excuse to have chocolate. It really does help.
Funny how different migraine can be. I am exactly the opposite. Caffeine will send me to h e l l in a major hurry.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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That's interesting about the caffeine - something like Excedrin Migraine has caffeine, but I always think that, of course, chronic caffeine will only perpetuate migraines.

Someone tried to explain migraines and/or chronic pain to me once - basically these neurons get into a habit - they start triggering the cycle automatically. They are now trained. [It's discouraging, isn't it?]
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Old 01-10-2008, 01:28 AM
 
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Caffeine only causes me rebounds. Now this one is weird, but earlier someone told me biting into a hot peper would help. Who knows?

I am all for natural substances if I can find one that works. The unnatural ones have failed me for the most part.

Anything is much better than the alternative of trying to rip my head off.
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:55 AM
 
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Bingo - I always say that if something might help and it won't hurt, I'll try it.
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:09 AM
 
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sorry to hear about the migraines...
there are a number of different things you could try that will work.. but really, as it has been mentioned by others.. different things work for different people. this is because the reason for the migraine will vary. speaking from a chinese medicine point of view..
i have treated people with headaches that were constant for years... and we were able to get rid of them relatively quickly. once you find which organs are out of balance.. the treatment is easy.
try acupuncture... it works and works well.
but besides acupuncture, many experts agree that it is an allergy of some sort. i know the original poster mentioned a food log, but the problem with a food allergy is they don't show up right away. in fact, they may not show up for up to a few days! if omega 3 oils work for you, to me.. that would be a sign that you have some form of an inflammation in your body... probably due to a food allergy. you can have this tested pretty easily.
ask your doctor for an IgG delayed food sensitivity test, the MD i work with developed a more sensitive test.. i know he works with people all over the world and gets great results... and will work with your MD, DO, DOM or what ever... so if your doc does not already provide this test, he can contact the doc i work with.... i do not want to list his name, since this is not a marketing forum... i am sure your primary physician can do this test for you locally. then its just a matter of doing a 6 wk elimination diet and then food rotation for the things you don't want to give up. since inflammation is the root of most disease, it is helpful to know which foods may be causing it. i think you would be suprised.
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