Migraines are a pretty special kind of evil. I used to get them pretty frequently until I finally discovered how to prevent and manage them. I'm obviously not a doctor, but I did work with doctors (conventional and Naturopathic) as well as an Acupuncturist for a couple years -- all who were tremendously helpful. Every body is different, but here's what worked for me:
This part can be surprisingly difficult for people, but it's the first necessary path to taking control. I have two major triggers: foods that are "heating" (think ginger, spicy foods, too much coffee/acidic drinks, etc.) and not dealing with my stress, a.k.a letting it get out of control. Learning these things helped me know how to prevent migraines. So you won't ever find me digging into a spicy Indian curry or sipping on a fresh jalapeño margarita in the middle of hot Summer day, but I'm totally okay with that. I've also learned that when I feel like my personal infrastructure is crumbling, I need to force myself to take some time off and once I feel calm, break down whatever is stressing me out into small tasks. It's a process, but I continually feel like I get better at it when I'm being mindful.
Here's a few things that are also super helpful in both preventing and treating migraines:
If you haven't tried acupuncture, it can definitely be intimidating and a little weird. The first couple times I went I left feeling unsure, but after a few visits I was completely converted to the magic of acupuncture! It's great for preventing migraines and equally great at taking them away during one. I highly recommend sticking with it regularly for a least a month to really figure out if it works for you.
I frequent a community acupuncture clinic which offers a sliding scale of pay. If you're interested, here's the POCA list to find a Community Acupuncture clinic in your area:
Cherries contain loads of quercetin, which is an antioxidant/anti-inflammatory amazing at knocking out headache pain. You can definitely eat cherries by the handful, but I've personally found my best bet is 100 % tart cherry juice [available at most natural food stores] or tart cherry concentrate.
Magnesium: Natural Calm Powder
Most people don't get enough magnesium in their diet, which is pretty crucial for energy and health in general. If you find stress is a major trigger for your migraines, taking a magnesium supplement can be really helpful. If I find myself struggling to focus due to stress, grabbing a glass of Natural Calm will often do the trick.
None of these remedies are fool-proof, BUT they have done wonders in reducing the amount and severity of my migraines. Do you have any tips or tricks you've found to be helpful in dealing with migraines? I'd love to hear them!