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What are your favorite headache cures?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 20, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I have the beginnings of my first headache since going Paleo. (I used to frequently get atrocious hormonal migraines each month before starting my period; this current headache is no where near as bad, but the pressure/pounding is still irksome)

Before adopting a Paleo lifestyle, this would be the time to down 4 ibuprofen or pop a couple Excedrine migraine, but that just doesn't seem like something I really want to do anymore.

So, what are your "go to" headache remedies?

Thanks!

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on September 22, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Or pleasure with a partner. Sex is suppose to help alleviate headaches.

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on September 20, 2012
at 11:04 PM

my mom is on a ketogenic paleo diet helped with her migraines a lot, but most people one here are anti=ketogenic lol

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on September 21, 2012
at 04:12 AM

A glass of water and a nap in a dark room with the ceiling fan on, if possible. I love any excuse for a nap! If that isn't feasible, I will try to massage it away. The majority of headaches I get are usually tension related, so I drop my chin to chest and massage the muscles at the nape of my neck and try to relax it away. If I feel a migraine coming on, I suck it up and just take an excedrine. They are so few and far between, I'd rather take the meds than suffer through it.

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I don't get many headaches anymore, if I do it usually just dehydration - so water works everytime. Magnesium is good too, especially soaking in magnesium sulphate for stress related or muscle tension headaches. Meadowsweet tea for migraines, willowbark tea for headaches or pain.

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:10 PM

For regular headaches, green tea or coffee work wonders. If it's during the day, I'll wear my sunglasses in case it's light sensitivity. If it's at night, I'll put a cold compress on my forehead and lay down to normalize blood pressure in case it's a factor.

If you have a migraine, though, you DO NOT want a vasoconstrictor from what I've heard, you want a vasodialator. Magnesium, L-Arginine, and Niacin seem to help with this, whether you supplement or eat whole foods high in them is personal preference. Personally I've never had a full-blown migraine so I couldn't say what works best there.

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on September 21, 2012
at 06:23 PM

For run of the mill headaches (not migraines), caffiene is helpful. Coffee or some green tea are good choices. It acts as a vasodilator. The steam from the cup helps open my sinuses, which are my usual source of headaches.

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on September 21, 2012
at 02:35 PM

I've been a chronic migraine sufferer for over 40 years! I've seen different neurologists for years and tried everything and everything to prevent and if I had a migraine, get rid of it! I was taking 3 Nortriptyline 250 MG. Cap every night to prevent migraines. If I got a migraine I would give myself a Sumatriptan Succinate Injection. I went Paleo, March 2012. As of about a month ago...I no longer take any medications for migraines. I've had one since last March. My neurologists weaned me off the Nortriptyline, one pill per month. His wife is on Paleo and I'm sure he will be also, next time I see him.

Paleo lifestyle has changed my life! I'm off all medications and also have lost over 50 lbs! I couldn't be happier! Never thought changing the way you eat could make such a difference! I'm also over 60, and if I can do it, anyone can!

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on September 21, 2012
at 03:11 AM

self pleasure!!

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on September 22, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Or pleasure with a partner. Sex is suppose to help alleviate headaches.

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on September 21, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Bulletproof coffee helps my headache go away, although I do not get them often. Sometimes going for a walk or taking a nap helps me too.

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on September 22, 2012
at 12:52 AM

I'm a chronic migraineur...

Triptans save me almost everyday.

Icepacks, and peppermint essential oil, as well.

Been doing some research into serotonin levels and trying to balance that naturally. I'm no expert, but I do know that serotonin issues are involved with migraines and that the triptans help to 'put it back'where it is needed. A lot of fellow sufferers I know take SSRI's to help prevent them.

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on September 21, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Ice cream. This used to work better than anything when I had migraines as an adolescent, but I don't really get any sort of headaches anymore, so it's a nice excuse to very rarely take a pint of Haagen Dazs to the face.

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on September 21, 2012
at 05:42 AM

Coffee and/or a hot bath. But then my migraines were so bad that I couldn't care less about the side-effects of medication - I took triptanes because nothing else would stop the pain.

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Coconut water, or bananas. Something that packs a punch with a large amount of potassium and no sodium. This can really help me with a headache. Hope it helps.

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:38 PM

Divorce.

It had to be said.

I'll go away now.

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