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My friend's son has been getting terrible terrible headaches recently. She believes this is all related to stress (changes in home life, school things, etc) and has taken him to the doctor for help - nothing yet. Scans and exams, even an eye exam (we were so hoping he just needed glasses) - his vision is excellent. I heard of Migraine Botox but not sure that is the best option for a 'tween' so I'm asking you all, any advice on some natural remedies?

I already know about peppermint - but these headaches are migraine level.

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Feverfew is a known treatment for migraines.

Ice packs and meditation are highly recommended. There are acupressure points too - I usually find my own by feeling above my ears until I find sore spots, but there are probably websites with better explanations.

I also find heating pads to help (and even better, to pair heat on the shoulders with ice on the forehead, but then my migraines cause tension headaches, and my tension headaches trigger migraines....)

Excedrine is good for migraine headaches; it is just aspirin, tylenol, and caffeine. Caffeine is something to use carefully though, as it can also trigger migraines (as can caffeine withdrawls).

Finally, have his doctors recommended something like Imitrex? I didn't get a lot of benefit from it, but some people do. It's not natural, but migraines are pretty brutal.

April 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM

A spoon full of apple cider vinegar has been recommended to me. I haven't had a chance to try it (give me a couple of weeks the way the weather here in Northern Nevada has been lately), but my nephews grandmother swears by it.
Good luck, migraines are the pits.

April 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Hmm, I don't know of anything to stop a migraine once it's started. I used to get them, but I had an underlying cause: hypertension. Tell her to get him checked out with a comprehensive exam to make sure there are no conditions that could be causing the migraines.

as for the treatments from the established medical community - well, let me tell ya, DHE sucks. It makes you feel like your face is going to come off your skull. It's painful and didn't work for mine.

I hope he gets better quickly, and I wish I could have been more helpful.

April 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Oh, and tell her to invest in a home blood pressure cuff. That way when he gets a migraine, she can check the pressure at home and see if there's a correlation.

April 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

As a gal who used to get migraines I can only share what worked for me. Mine were stress but I a guessing also hormonal and I would be bedridden for like 3 days a week on average.

I got some good chiropractic care. There are good DC’s and not so good ones. I found one that said when I treat you, you will be done. There will be no reason to come back every week or month.

I also did an elimination diet and found out that some foods I ate really didn’t like me and caused headaches.

Last but not least I would say a massage would be good. Helps move the toxins along and helps release stress.

Peppermint tea is still great for migraines, at least for me, and they help with the tummy issues that come with the pain too :)

April 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM
tiffany  

I had blackout from pain migraines in middle and high school --and rarely now. I had to change my diet, not nitrates, caffeine, low sodium, no MSG, Chinese, Italian, breakfast meats form pigs etc. But also, I was given MLT Tabs (pronounced Melty tabs). No kidding they saved my life! they work SOOOO fast. After a few years I learned that I could have some bacon if is did nothing else, or some chocolate if I followed the rest of the diet, and low sodium no MSG Chinese.

April 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

The field has pretty much been covered it seems - massage is good in general but I definitely recommend chiropractic care! My migranes are hormonal in source, but I used to get at least 3 non migrane headaches a week. Now I have only my monthly migrane to look forward to and even those occasionally skip (I've been seeing a chiropractor for 4 years now)

Peppermint, Lavender, Feverfew, Licorice are all good (I have also had catnip recommended to me, brewed as a tea. Hey, it's a mint!)

A woman I worked for has two products I'll recommend - if you don't buy from her perhaps you could find a local/make your own versions. The first is Headache Ease, it's a combination of peppermint, lavender, and sweet marjoram essential oils mixed in a base of sweet almond oil and applied with a roll top (though in truly desperate times I have been known to opt for a dark room and a tissue with a few drops of peppermint essential oil on it draped over my nose). Apply to the temples, under the nose and across the back of the neck. The other is her own concoction called Dragon Balm (similarish to Tiger Balm) - I do not know all of the ingredients, but she starts by melting menthol crystals and then adds essential oil of peppermint and clove (that's where my knowledge of the ingredients list ends) - the point is that the menthol crystals are SUPER STRONG. The balm is meant to be like icy hot and relax muscles, SO - massage into the shoulders and back of the neck where it will a) relax muscles and relieve some of the headache tension b) be nice and refreshingly cool and c) is FULL OF PEPPERMINT (a dab under the nose is great too, as long as it is a small dab otherwise the menthol will burn!) - It wont make the migrane go away, but it will HELP.

On the medication side, I've never tried Excedrin (why, I don't know), but usually a double dosage of Advil works - be careful for young ones with that though...

Best of luck!

April 23, 2012 at 12:36 AM

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