A month ago I shared with you how I’m trying to kick my migraines this year. There was a huge response, so I’ve decided that I’ll do periodic updates.
As I said last month, I don’t know if I will be able to get rid of my migraines and headaches. I don’t know if any of these ideas will work for someone else either. (Read all the way to the end so you don’t miss the irony of this…)
But I’m determined to try this year.
I do a lot of driving during the week. One of the ways I pass the time is listening to podcasts. And one of the podcasts I really like is Zig Ziglar. Mr. Ziglar has passed away, but his son carries on the legacy. In the podcasts they play an old clip of Zig Ziglar speaking and then discuss it.
One of the clips I’ve heard several times goes something like this: Zig asks the audience if there’s anything they could do right now that would make their life worse in the next few weeks. Of course, everyone laughs and raises their hand. We can all think of things we can do that will make our life worse.
But then Zig tells the audience that whether they realize it or not, they just admitted that there are things they can do right now to make their life better. Things that will make their relationships better. Their jobs better. Their health better.
That’s how I’m viewing my attempt at getting rid of my migraines. I may not kick them forever. But I can make active choices that will make me feel better.
And it’s working!
As I type this, I’ll tell you that I am fighting a migraine. I’ve applied several essential oils (more on that below). I’m hoping to avoid taking the big meds, but get this…
I went a week and a half with no headaches or migraines at all!
That is huge for me!
When I first started my efforts, I continued to battle headaches for several days each week. But after about two weeks, those headaches were more easily managed. I even got rid of one entirely just by using essential oils. And then I was able to have 1 1/2 weeks pain free.
Here are the steps I’ve been taking and an update on how each one is going. I’ve made a few tweaks to several.
1. Going to bed on time
I’ve been doing pretty good with this, but I have pushed it the last few nights. There have also been weekend nights that I stayed up later and it hasn’t caused me a headache. I think the key is to regularly get enough sleep (and sleeping in to catch up doesn’t seem to work). Then those occasional later nights aren’t such a problem.
No more pushing the bedtime for me. I think that’s a large reason why I’m battling the head pain now.
I’m still doing the poses for healthy neck and jaw that are part of the Stay at Home Yoga program. (I’ve logged more than 40 days in a row so far. My goal is at least 90 in a row.) I also do one of the classes or at least a few more poses each morning. I’m really liking this program. It’s gentle, but it works. And I don’t dread it like other exercise programs.
3. Essential Oils
Peppermint and Stress Away are still my go-to oils for head pain. I did order M-Grain, which is a special blend for migraines. I use it but, I like the peppermint better.
I also ordered Valor to use for TMJ and clenching of my teeth. I really like this oil. I use it at night. And I use it when I start to get a headache. In fact, the thing that has worked best in using the oils for head pain is to use several of them at once. Stress Away on my shoulders and neck. Valor on my jaws and back of neck. Peppermint and/or M-Grain behind ears, on temples and at base of skull. And then reapply frequently.
4. Taking vitamins daily
I’m still doing this. Nothing new or miraculous here.
5. Magnesium oil cream
I started by making a magnesium oil spray. That was messy, because it sprayed everywhere, not just on me.
I’ve since tweaked this by making a magnesium oil cream instead. I apply this to my feet and legs at night before bed.
- 1/2 cup magnesium flakes
- 3 Tbs. boiling water
- about 1/2 cup coconut oil
- Lavender essential oil
- In a metal or glass bowl, whisk boiling water and magnesium flakes together until the flakes dissolve.
- Whisk in coconut oil. Keep whisking until it blends together to form a white cream. This will take several minutes.
- Stir in several drops of lavender oil.
The magnesium cream is much neater than the spray. It tingles and burns a little more too when I apply, which means I’m getting more magnesium. I’ve heard that it will tingle/burn if you’re low on magnesium. As your levels come up, that will stop. I have no real reference to site for this though, so I don’t know if that’s true or not.
6. No sweets until after dinner
I’m still abiding by this personal rule. At least most days. There have been a couple of exceptions, but not many.
Update – the day after originally writing this post
That headache I told you I was battling? I lost. Big time. I ended up with a doozy of a migraine that wouldn’t respond to my meds. I think I waited too long in hopes that the oils would work. Lesson learned.
And I felt stupid that I wrote this post about how “it’s working” and then immediately ended up with a killer migraine.
But I do think it’s working. I’m learning what works and what doesn’t. It’s going to take time. I’m not ready to give up on all of this yet.
In hopes of another pain-free week in the future…Onward…
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