Pain Management Specialist Questions Migraine

Are there natural ways to treat migraine?

I experience at least 2 migraines a week. Needless to say, I have tried pretty much every over the counter pain medication. Are there any natural ways to treat/prevent migraines?

6 Answers

Yes, several Non-Pharmaceutical measures can be tried.
The first suggestion is to make sure that "over the counter" meds are not overused. More than 8-10 days a month of OTC can contribute by itself to chronicize a migraine. Making sure to sleep well, sleep well, limit pain medication yo max 8-10 days a month, good support of the neck during sleep with a good pillow, improving stress management, being mindful of certain food (especially containing nitrites or caffeine), coenzyme Q10, are natural ways to help migraine. If pain is present more than 50% of the time (ideally use calendar to document), temporary use of "preventive medication" for a few months is suggested to "break" the chronic state and this could be eventually tapered after a few months. Best thing to do at the time is to be mindful of good health habits and document the days per month of headache, and the days requesting OTC medication. The family doctor will be able to help optimally at next visit with the use of this tool. Hope it helps!
Thank you CM
Many factors contribute to migraine, stressful lifestyle, irregular sleeping hours, change in caffeine intake, hormonal changes.

Here are few things that can help:
- Follow a regular sleeping pattern, same hours of sleeping and waking up.
- Avoid fluctuations in caffein intake, if you like to drink a cup every morning, keep it this way, don't change your coffee intake every few days.
- Avoid over the counter pain medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), it may help migraine in the short-term (relieve for hours) but on the long run will cause medication-over use headache.
- Some patients develop migraine to certain triggers, if you have a trigger try to avoid it. Examples are: artificial sweeteners, smoked foods, MSG salt, aged cheese....
- Regular exercise helps migraine

There are several natural ways to treat migraine. Lifestyle medications are often very helpful. Making sure you have regular routine and go to bed at around the same time every day is very helpful. It is also important that you get sufficient rest at night. Proper hydration and avoiding alcoholic beverages is also helpful. It is important to avoid known triggers like artificial sweeteners, stress, and certain food preservatives. Some vitamin supplements like magnesium and Feverfew can be helpful in preventing headaches.
Yes. First of all, eating properly, exercising, drinking water are all important components of treatment. Eating small, frequent meals may help. In some people, food that is high in tyramine may trigger headaches. Try for 1-2 months in avoiding such food to see if this makes a difference. Such foods include cheese except cottage cheese, processed foods such as hot dogs, bologna, MSG which is found in Chinese and Mexican foods, bananas, yogurt, avocados, and figs. Avoid artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.

Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes at least five days a week. This is extremely important to do at least five days a week. Magnesium, riboflavin and butterbur may help if taken daily.
Sleep at least six hours a day. Go to bed at the same time without distractions such as a TV.

-Feverfew and more
-Aerobic exercise