Does your chronic daily headache treatment look like failure after failure? Do you remember what it’s like NOT to have a migraine? If not, this page just might hold your solution.
I am no doctor, but here are some things worth trying that might just become your miracle.
I've recently discovered some things about proper hydration and I am having remarkable results.
The "I must share with you" kind.
But first ... this is from one of my readers who wanted to share her pain management strategy with you.
We've been discussing her chronic daily headache treatment that she has finally found success with. YAY!
I've been working with an integrative neurologist to get a handle on my headaches, which seem to act like chronic daily tension headaches (she said they weren't classically migraine or classically tension), but they seem more tension to me, and are pretty much there all the time.
It meant I had to stop work, and that was a financial disaster. One I do not care to repeat.
Suggestions she had:
- increase the dose of CoQ10, which I was already taking, to 200 mg
- up magnesium to 1,200 mg (or tolerance)
- try Migrastil that has: Magnesium, Taurine, Feverfew, Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- try butterbur (PA-free) - i.e. petadolex (seems to help migraines especially)
- try white willow bark for pain and go off of ibuprofen - use Tylenol instead for breakthrough pain
- dietary changes - quit caffeine, try to quit gluten, quit nuts, quit dairy, avoid all potential triggers
- incorporate daily meditation
The biggest helps seem to be (just for me personally):
- taking magnesium
- doing stress reduction/meditation
- taking White Willow
- Perhaps caffeine reduction (and that also helps with other issues)
- on my own I also added Theanine, which seems to help
- a device called "cranial cradle" that takes the pressure off my neck
A lot of these take 4-6 weeks to really have an effect (except for White Willow, which usually kicks in after a few hours).
And of course it's important to check with your doctor to make sure there are no interactions, etc. with whatever meds you may be taking.
I have been pain free for two months now. It has been a God send, but I am living in fear of going back there.
I know you know that feeling. Like a constant low grade anxiety. Thanks for your support.
Your miracle will come from experimenting and knowledge. Like staying hydrated is not just about water. Did you know that? I didn't.
I though just drinking enough water (2 liters or 8 glasses day) was enough to stay hydrated. But it turns out it's not according to Angela Stanton, PhD.
In her book Fighting the Migraine Epidemic she uncovers the delicate balance us migraine sufferers need to maintain in order to be migraine free.
There is hope to stop constant attacks and daily headaches. But it's not an overnight thing. You will need to learn to balance and maintain your electrolytes and ... well I can't give away the secrets, can I!
According to the review on Amazon, and the thousands of people in Stanton's Facebook group, she has had good to amazing results. Here are the four things you need to do:
1. Buy the book or ebook, it has all the links you will need. Oh and read it ... yes!
2. Join her Facebook group.
3. Talk with her directly. She has a list of questions for you and will help you find your way.
4. Track all your food with Paleo Track or any other free website that will help you balance your potassium and sodium. Remember, this is not an instant cure, there is a huge learning curve involved. But wait til you see all the success stories on her Facebook page.
I was overwhelmed at first, but everyone was so helpful. I had my first stretch of seven days with no migraine. That is a record for me.
And I've managed to stop the last three attacks from happening. YAY!
It gives me energy to keep going. Stanton focuses on what our brains need. It will take a little time to figure of what you need to eat to balance things out, but when you do ....
Drop me an email to let me know if you add this to your chronic daily headache treatment plan. I'd love to hear your results.
Poor digestion can cause chronic daily headaches.
If you get heartburn often or undigested food in your stool, you may want to talk to your health care professional and see if any of these supplements below might be a good option for you.
Your stomach needs HCL (Hydrochloric Acid) to process your food. Many people think they need to reduce it, but in fact many of us need to increase it. I take Betaine and some enzymes before each meal.
I also take Biogest that also has HCL with ox bile. This is good if you have gallbladder problems.
These broke up my long ten day migraines into three or four days. Not gone, but I gained a day off.
This post on digestion problems covers the basics of digestion and has a lot of information on what else that might look like for you like flatulence or bloating.
What time of day do your headaches start? Do you wake up with it, or do you get your headache after eating?
Getting one after you eat might mean you have a histamine intolerance (HIT).
I know that sounds like an allergy, but it's not. It is a food sensitivity, but just as important in my opinion. Perhaps not enough to send you to the emergency room, but enough to complicate your health in many ways.
"Because it travels throughout your bloodstream, histamine can affect your gut, lungs, skin, brain, and entire cardiovascular system, contributing to a wide range of problems often making it difficult to pinpoint and diagnose." (Myer)
Other histamine reactions besides headache and migraine look like: abdominal cramps, sneezing or wheezing, flushing, hives, fatigue, anxiety, low blood pressure and dizziness, just to name a few.
If you experience constant daily headaches, this supplement called Diamine oxidase (DAO) might be worth trying. Don’t develop a fear of eating on top of the daily headaches! Find a way to create a chronic daily headache treatment plan with your doctor that stops them.
Your histamine level can be checked with a simple blood test. But my doctor said that result might not reflect the whole story.
You can react to eating high histamine foods, or to the histamine your body releases to aid digestion. Some foods contain higher levels of histamines than others. I have 2 lists at the bottom of this page you can print out.
Whenever you eat anything, histamine is released as part of your digestion process. "It is a component of stomach acid, which is what helps you break down food in your stomach." (Myers)
An enzyme called Diamine oxidase (DAO) is needed to process it. Without the enzyme, you can’t fully process the amount of histamine released.
When we can’t process the amount of histamine being released, it can become a migraine trigger. There are a few supplements on the market with DAO, so check with your doctor to see what their results have been in the past.
Amazon has a supplement called Histamine Blocker and Histame that you can take 10 minutes before you eat. Histame is a smaller dose than the Histamine Block. The complete details are on this post: Get A Headache After Eating? Could Be Histamine Intolerance.
So it's easy to get but work with your doctor to build a tailored chronic daily headache treatment plan in case these things make no difference! Options equal choices remember.
Here is what you can do now to start your chronic daily headache treatment plan. Now is good.
1. Book an appointment with your doctor to get the right diagnosis, or get the referral you need to see the right specialist. This is always my number one. Find out what the constant headaches are from, if you can. The right treatment will depend on the right diagnosis.
2. While you are waiting to see the doc, keep track of what you eat in a food diary to help determine if there is a pattern with high histamine foods.
3. If you or your doctor think the headaches might be structural, seek professional help from a physiotherapist that specializes with headaches. Don't just see any physio, call around to some pain specialists and see who they recommend. Surely getting a name could be free! Not here, but no harm in trying.
4. You can get a histamine blood test done with your primary care physician. And then, if s/he says go - you can trial the DAO supplements to see if they work for you. Your doctor can tell you what dose to start with.
5. You can buy the Fighting the Migraine Epidemic e-book for under $5 US, or so, on kindle and experiment with proper hydration within minutes of downloading it.
6. You can experiment: with a low histamine diet, different doses of DAO and some stomach digestive enzymes and HCL.
7. It can take some time to get it right, and it helps to keep notes on pills and food - use my medication tracker.
8. Keep track in a journal and make sure you show your doctor to find any common patterns to develop your chronic daily headache treatment plan.
Until next time, be well and be pain free.
Chronic Daily Headache Treatment Important Links and Resources:
1. My doctors Rx Histamine Diet PDF form for you to print out.
2. The Histamine and Tyramine Restricted Diet PDF by Janice Vickerstaff Joneja, PhD., R.D. (2012)
3. Read the DAO for migraine prevention study.
4. How to Treat a Migraine with Ice and Heat.
5. Keep A Migraine Diary and Keep Your Sanity.
6. Myers, Dr. A. Everything You Need To Know About Histamine Intolerance (MBG, 2013)
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