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[–] P8rtsUnkn0wn 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Medical marijuana.

I started using medical marijuana a few years ago after a decade of crippling migraines, some lasting weeks. Any migraine drug prescribed could only provide temporary relief and came with some dangerous side effects (kidney stones, circulatory problems and suicidal ideation to name a few)

I started using medical marijuana a few years ago and it changed everything. I can use it preemptively as needed and take larger doses depending on the severity. It also helps relieve a full blown migraine.

There are countless ways to injest the medicine and countless strains to meet her exact needs. Side effects are minimal when compared to the alternatives.

Seriously, if you're in an area that allows it or know someone that uses, you should at least look into it.

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[–] sinjinsmythe [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Are there non-psychoactive versions of cannabis that can assist with this? I have only started reading about the differences between CBD and THC and the possible interplay between the two. Ideally this would be something she could take and still work (she is an admin at a big uni and has a lot of responsibility - i.e., can't be high surfing the web at work lol)

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[–] P8rtsUnkn0wn 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yes. The higher the CBD content, the lower the psychoactive effects (THC).

I like and use THC heavy strains, but I was amazed the first time I tried a CBD strain. Relief was immediate. Now I like to keep a few grams of CBD around just in case I have a really bad one.

For someone uncomfortable with the psychoactive side effects, CBD is where it's at.

She wouldn't even need to smoke it. A tincture or edible made with CBD could be consumed anywhere..

I like to use a lotion or balm laced with med. marijuana and rub it directly into my temples. There's no psychoactive side effects when used as a topical, regardless of THC levels.

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[–] oooooo 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Last time I went to get my medical marijuana card, they told me there are oils you can take for pain that have the pyschoactive substances filtered out. I haven't followed up on that yet, but as my number of migraines have increased as of late (and I've always disliked the post-use foggy-headed feeling of marijuana), I likely will be following up on that soon.

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[–] elgindelta 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

p8rts is 100% right

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[–] Memorexem 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

As a person who suffers from headaches several times a week, and migraines no less than a couple a month, I have the deepest sympathy for your girl. Best things I've found to alleviate the pain are:

  1. Dark rooms. Like, blackout curtain dark, and with as little noise as possible. There are times when even the ceiling fan going is like somebody slapping you in the face.
  2. Hot showers. Not baths, showers. Just turn off the light and go sit under the hot water for a bit.
  3. A lot of headaches come from pressure on the neck area, and there's a technique called "skull lifting" which is basically just what it sounds like. You hold her head, just under the ear/jaw, and she relaxes until it's you who are physically holding her head up. It takes the pressure off that area and can go a long way especially if used with a hot shower.
  4. Arguably the best and hardest to accomplish is to take a nap. It works the best, but it's hard to do when you're in that much pain.

Does she take any meds for them? I know there are a bunch of things that can be prescribed, and that docs don't know why 3/4 of them work for migraines, but it can't hurt to ask next time she goes. I, personally, have found a brand called Vanquish (roughly 200mg each of aspirin and acetaminophen in each capsule) to do wonders if taken in time. You can get it at Walmart, about $10 a bottle.

I really hope some of this helps her, migraines are no joke. I do want to leave you with a piece of advice I got from my doc, though: If it ever comes to a point where she says 'this is the worst pain I've ever experienced' from a migraine, she needs to get to a doc and soon. This can be a sign of a whole host of problems.

Good luck and godspeed.

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[–] Alias_Unknown 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

As migraines are caused by blood vessels constricting, both marijuana and caffeine can help prevent them by opening your capillaries before a migraine even occurs.

Understandabley, one of those suggestions is not always an option.

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[–] TheRogueScholar 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I second this. I frequently suffer migraines as well, and supplementing with Magnesium has greatly diminished the intensity and frequency with which I experience them.

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[–] sinjinsmythe [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks

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[–] brother_tempus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Do the migraines coincide with her period? If so, then she might want to see her OB/GYN and maybe an endocrinologist

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[–] sinjinsmythe [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

No, she just finished it a few days ago, but good thinking. That probably effects some women.

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[–] brother_tempus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

All i can say then is to see if there are any environmental commonalities that are inducing them otherwise have her see her GP and see if she needs to see a neurologist

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[–] Frenchgeek 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

In my case, quiet and dark help.

Beyond that, I've learnt to spot what cause my migraines : cheap monitors ( or flickers in general. So no fluorescent lighting for me. ), some brands of chips ( depend on the kind of oil used mostly ), how tired I am and so on.
( Strangely, tonic water work pretty well in preventing it )
The problem : there are as many types of migraines as there are people... So what work for for me may not work for anybody else.

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[–] sinjinsmythe [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

She's just getting over one from last night (late for work, but at least she is getting better :). I told her lie in the dark, drink water, mellow yoga music. I just read that putting light weight on your eyes/forehead works too. I will get her something for that. Thanks for the post

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[–] Dav 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I get them a few times a year. I learned a long time ago that as soon as I feel that "aura" - the unique sensation that tells you a headache's going to be a migraine - to pop a few Advil. Stops the migraine in it's tracks for me and a couple family members.

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