I take a couple of supplements that have worked well for me. The first is magnesium, which I would take regardless of the migraine prevention angle, as most of us are deficient and don't realize it. For magnesium, you want the chelated stuff that's actually absorbable. Anything labeled with a TRAACS seal is going to be what you want. Check out studies on soil magnesium levels if you want to dig deeper on the nutritional angle.
Imitrex is a serotonin agonist, so it prompts the release and uptake of serotonin, which constricts the blood vessels and counteracts the vessel dilation that causes migraines. As such, I figured a little supplementation of 5-HTP would help me. 5-HTP is about as close as you can get to supplementing serotonin, as it's a precursor our bodies use to make their own.
Hope this helps others out there!
The biggest turnaround for migraine for me: stay hydrated. My migraine triggers are sleep deprivation, dehydration and stress. After increasing my fluid intake by maybe 400% my migraines have gone from 1-2 a week to 1-2 a year.
I get the full on blindness/numbness down one side/aphasia pseudostroke types so this was a big win for me.
I get the same type of migraines. At a previous employer, they installed these terrible LED lights that had horrendous glare that triggered my migraines. Really sucked to get one at the end of the day with an hour commute home because I couldn't drive safely. Never have been bad about hydration. I'm pretty sure I regularly drink a good gallon of fluids daily when I'm not doing anything that works up a sweat, even more when I do
@skypage @Sabex I came up with that while experimenting and assuming (based on experience) that 99% of migraines are a result of dehydration which causes electrolyte deficiency. I Binged 'electrolytes' and saw what OTC supplements contained them and worked on a ratio that was effective. Ive been using this recipe for about 15 years and it works for every migraine that is not spinal pinched nerve related.
Physiologically, they're from dilation of blood vessels in the area of the brain that causes the pain and other symptoms. Sadly, they run in my family genetically and I've had the beginnings of one from dehydration once in my life. The rest have nothing to do with dehydration, so unless you also get migraines that literally blind you and make you go numb on one side, I don't know whether that solution will help me.
Low sodium salt can be a cheap and good potassium source. Typically low sodium salt has the sodium chloride partially replaced by potassium chloride. My homebrew rehydration drink uses half regular salt, half low sodium, I believe about 0.5 to 0.9% percent salt by weight, 3-4% each of glucose and maltodextrin, which have somewhat independent absorption rates.
Like I said, I'll happily try it at least once.
As I mentioned already, Imitrex is the only thing I've used so far that can stop a migraine that's already started. As a serotonin agonist, it causes a flood of serotonin to the brain and constricts the blood vessels.
Nerve function requires electrolytes, but the brain ultimately interprets the received signal from the nerves. There's a reason migraines and strokes have scarily similar symptoms.
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