I suffer from migraines.  I don't get them on a regular basis, I get one, maybe 2 a year, however they are pure evil.  If you don't suffer from migraines then you are lucky, if you do, then you know my pain.


I have had migraines most of my life.  I can usually tell when they are about to happen.  I start seeing silver flecks in my eyes or my tongue starts going numb.  Last night I looked at the cat and only saw half of him.  Then my tongue and hand started going numb.  I have had migraines that have distorted my speech to where it was not understandable, and I have had the migraines that throw you in the bathroom floor with your head hung over the toilet.

So what gives me relief, not a whole lot.

I have used Imetrex and Maxalt.  I have used over the counter remedies. Some of the other remedies I have used in the past have been, a Chai Tea Latte with a double shot espresso mixed in the cup.  The instant jolt of caffeine usually kicks it back to place.  I did buy one of those magnetic necklaces and wore that for over 2 years and didn't have one migraine in the time I wore it.  Then one day it broke and I haven't had it on since and I still went ages without a migraine so I'm not sure that was it.

However, the only thing I have found to work every time is my bedroom in total darkness and total quiet, then sleep.

As most of you single mothers know, doing that with a child in the house is next to impossible.

According to Medical News Today:

Migraine headaches result from a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels. During the headache, an artery enlarges that is located on the outside of the skull just under the skin of the temple (temporal artery). This causes a release of chemicals that cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery.

But what causes migraines?  Doctors don't seem to know, and that just stinks.

I can almost guarantee when I'll get a migraine.  This may sound completely weird, but it always happens when the atmospheric pressure changes.  When I start feeling it I can usually say, "oh great here comes the migraine".  In fact yesterday I told a co-worker that the pressure outside was off and I should have known then, the migraine was coming.

So if you suffer from migraines, what are your remedies?

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