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How I Fight Back a Migraine Attack

Nothing ruins a day like a migraine attack. If you have never experienced a migraine headache then be thankful. It’s not just a bad headache. A migraine forces you to the point that you want to pluck your head off and throw it away.

You can’t rub your head to make it feel better, either. Migraines hide in a part of your head that mortal fingers can’t reach.

All you can do is try not to move, or see light, or sometimes even breathe – all with the hope that the pain will soon subside.

Most of my life I was plagued by migraines. I never had more than a couple each month, which may not seem like much but is when you have searing, blinding pain shooting through your skull.

Several years ago, I did some research on dehydration and discover that a lack of salt can be the top reason to get dehydrated AND dehydration is often the top reason for triggering a migraine.

“What if salt would stop a migraine?” I only asked myself in a joking manner because surely if salt would help someone would have told me that in all of my years of suffering. Of course, throughout all of my pregnancies I suffered from dehydration and I never once had someone suggest that I make sure to get salt.

So, I decided to give it a try.

The next time I felt a migraine trying to slither through my brain, I grabbed one of those salt packets you get in the drive-thru. I dabbed a little with my finger, put that little bit on my tongue, and washed it down with some water. I continued the process until all of the salt from that one packet was gone.

And the migraine never took off. I had defeated the migraine attack with a salt packet.

It could have been a coincidence. Not all migraines that try end up gaining a footing.

I tried the next few times, and for the most part, the migraines would never show. The ones that did were not so painful that I would have to shelter in a dark corner away from all sound until they went away. I could take some over the counter pain medication and within an hour or so I would be good to go.

My sons picked up the habit. If they felt a headache coming on or a migraine attack began, they would get a dab of salt and keep going.

About two years ago, I started dealing with Menopause symptoms and desperately wanted an answer to make them go away. After some research, I tried a supplement that included Dong Quai root and Black Cohosh.

For the next six months, I went without any headaches or migraines. I didn’t take any pain medication at all.

Could it be a coincidence?

I’m not a doctor and I don’t even play one on the television and I also didn’t sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night. All I can tell you for certain is that my body responded to the choices I made.

Here’s the true secret.

Your body is unique. You can learn from what others say and what others do but you have to find what will work for you. It may be that salt (or salt and lemon as I recently read or supplements are your answer. It may be they are part of your answer. It may be that they lead you to your answer.

Learn. Test. Ask. Test. Listen. Test.

Your body is unique to you and only you can determine what is right or wrong for your body. Be bold enough to learn your body so you can stand up for what it needs.

What are some unique tips you’ve discovered?

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    1. Hey Carrie, thanks for stopping by.

      I was surprised to read that salt could help and even more surprised when it did. It’s amazing how many natural things are out there that we have forgotten or never known.

      Have a blessed weekend!

  1. I usually drink a big sports drink when I feel a migraine coming on. If that doesn’t stop it from getting worse, I take excedrin migraine and 5mg of melatonin, grab an hour nap and I’m good to go! I’ll have to try salt if I’m in a “pinch”!

    1. Hey Kelly,
      Thanks for dropping by. Naps are always a good thing 😀 so nap away. And finding what works for you is the most important. I’ve never been a big sports drink person, but I may have to give that a try.

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