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

Lots of upvoats on the hydration. If I can choke it down, hydration often eases some of the worst of my headaches. As for the specific amount, my wife's dietitian and nutritionist tells her to drink enough water to have consistently clear urine. However much that is.

And yes. This does nothing for my migraines. Which isn't to say that it does nothing for migraines in general. Just nothing for mine.

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

Thank you, I already took a nap because it has helped before sometimes, unfortunately didn't help today. Thanks for the idea about the neck and dehydration. That makes sense. Would you care to elaborate what exactly differs a "normal headache" from migraine (If you know anything about it)? I know about these extreme cases, I think they are called 'cluster headaches' but I think that's not migraine anymore, is it? Do you know anything abou it? Thank you!

Edit: Before anyone complains: No, I am not too lazy to google stuff, I'd just like to read answers from people who know what they are talking about/who have experienced it themself.

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

Hey, I was recently diagnosed with migraines after fighting terrible headaches for a few years, and I've been doing a lot of reading about them!

Most non-migraine headaches are caused by inflammation in the sinuses, neck muscles, jaw, or teeth. This inflammation, like most inflammation, causes pain. Important point: They're not caused in the brain itself.

Migraine headaches happen because of a process involving blood vessels in the brain and the behavior of the brain itself. I'm not going to pretend that I understand exactly how it happens - even modern science doesn't really have it nailed down yet. But what's really important to understand is that they have serious neurological symptoms and they primarily involve the brain and the related blood vessels and nerves.

What does this mean for a migraine sufferer? Since a major component of the migraine is in the blood vessels, the pain takes on a "throbbing" sensation related to your heart rate. The other side is that a migraine causes disturbances in brain function that may be mistaken for partial seizures or minor strokes - visual disturbances like flashing lights or blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, nausea... The list goes on. Migraines really fuck with your head, in a serious way.

Cluster headaches are not migraines. They seem to mostly involve the trigeminal nerve - a nerve that starts at the temple and splits into three branches that cover the forehead, upper jaw/eye area, and lower jaw.

My story is that I had pretty bad headaches for a while and they seemed to be related to my teeth. I went to a dentist and had the teeth taken care of - a few fillings, a couple wisdom tooth extractions. Some of the headaches went away, but not all of them. Meanwhile, I had a few frightening experiences involving visual disturbances - mostly flashing lights ("scintillating scotomas" in the medical jargon) and on one occasion, an inability to read or recognize faces I looked directly at.

I was worried that I was having partial seizures - or worse, some sort of strokes - and talked to a doctor. I got referred to a neurologist who put me through a bunch of tests and concluded that what I was experiencing were classic migraines.

If you're not sure whether you have migraines or not, the biggest thing to look out for is non-pain symptoms - things where your brain just isn't working right - before and during the pain phase. This is called the "aura."

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[–] DoctorRockso 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

Have you tried C-C-C-Cocaine?

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

I have always used the pinch and massage in between your thumb and pointer method. It's really easy to do. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323893504578559772806704216

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

Came here to say this, it really works!

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

An ice pack on my forehead and temples helps me.

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

Massage your head and neck. Drink some coffee.

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

Drinking too much coffee can dehydrate you though and thus lead to headaches! Don't forget to drink enough water during the day.

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

Which is an unfortunate Catch-22 for those of us who are horribly addicted to caffeine and experience withdrawal headaches.

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

Upvoated for the comment, then i saw your username. Thanks for the smile hehe

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

I'm probably going to get called a crackpot here. But. I've suffered from migraines since I was 7. And while I in no way avoid actual medicine (I'm not stupid. I think), I've found that a very specific form of meditation helps ease the pain. At least long enough for the drugs to kick in.

I imagine the pain being a liquid filling up my head. I really concentrate on this image and try to associate the pain with this image. Which, for a long time, was difficult to do while I was also praying for a quick death. Then, I'd picture a spigot in my temple opening up, and the pain draining away. This usually doesn't work as a cure for the headache, but like I said, it usually dulls the pain so I can sleep while the actual medicine does its thing. After 35 years of migraines, it's basically reflex.

And yes- I've seen neurologists. I don't have a tumor or anything. I just lost the "Not getting crippling headaches" lottery at birth.

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

What's the background on this? Do you get headaches frequently or just have a bad one right now? How old are you, you might grow out of them.

Can you describe the symptoms at all? Any sensitivity to light?

When I was young I got terrible migraines all the time. Like debilitating wanted to smash my head. Got CT scans, tests, etc. There are dietary triggers, and my lower jaw was slightly misaligned off center from my upper so they thought that was causing some problems.

My teeth were fairly straight but I got braces, rubber bands, etc to line everything back up. Headaches dissipated. If I talk a bunch or keep my mouth open for an extended period of time (like at the dentist getting a cleaning) then I'm guaranteed a headache, but they're never quite as severe, especially since I know what to avoid/how to alleviate them a bit better now.

Drink water, and take Excedrin. Excedrin (or offbrand) is the best for my headaches. I think it's the caffeine.

Good luck.

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

Thank you for your answer. I get headaches about 2-4 days a week, sometimes meds help, sometimes they don't. I can't tell why. Whenever I get a headache, I am very sensible to light and sounds and only I want it to be dark and silent. I do not have any problems with my teeth, but I do have a tense neck and back all of the time due to my job.

I also had braces (including rubberbands and stuff) for 3 years when I was a teen, I even had to wear a so-called "head-gear" at night for half a year. What a horrible time.

I am 23 by the way.

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

See a neurologist. I have migraines and take both a preventive medicine everyday plus an abortive should a migraine begin. Both are prescription-only meds. You need to rule out other causes and get some relief. Don't waste your life on these horrid episodes. You can do better. (My migraines started late teen years: I'm 62 and still fucking around with them. Waaay too many days lost..... but we didn't have meds then, you do. You can do better!!!)

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

Sensitivity to light and sounds, sounds much like when I used to get migraines. For me I could also tell like a day in advance that one was coming on. Just a weird sense, hard to describe.

I'm thinking you may need to pay attention to when they happen, like pay attention to what you eat, and the neck and back issues. Maybe some way to reduce the tension, working out to strengthen some of the muscles.

I know for me personally there are a few things which seem to trigger them every time. Usually foods with MSG in them. Things like sour cream and onion Pringles, shitty Chinese food, and random other processed bullshit (ya all the best tasting things!). Really anything with tons of MSG would guarantee me a headache.

I'm not saying to change your diet straight away, just take note of what's in the things you're eating.

As for the pain, I usually pop 4 extra strength Excedrin nowadays because they're rarely too bad for me to handle. But when I was younger and they were worse I would take Excedrin and lay with my forehead on the cold bathroom floor. An icepack works better and is cleaner ha-ha.

BTW I'm 28 and pretty much never get them anymore unless I eat some of the foods that seem to cause them in me.

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

headstand

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