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If You Suffer From Headaches...

Discussion in 'Head & Neck Problems' started by Mountaineer, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer New Member

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    Just came across this marvellous link mentioned on another health site. The most comprehensive headache information I've yet come across.
    Some very useful accompanying videos too.

    Here is the link: Headache- Health911.com - Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Tension Headaches, Headache Causes, Headaches and Anxiety, Sinus Headaches, Chronic Headaches

    I used to get blinding headaches when I was younger (I found that magnesium worked for me.) so if you're a sufferer, I feel for you.
    Hope there is something in here to help you.
     
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  2. Gussie

    Gussie New Member

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    I can vouch for magnesium too, have had phases where I've been unable to function well without it, and have had great results with clients who needed it (using muscle testing for suitability). It's brilliant for all things headache / migraine and balance related and cannot be underestimated.

    For women who get hormonal headaches, eating bananas in the lead up to menstruation and through it can be brilliant also.

    This is an excellent article, thank you for sharing.
     
  3. CarolineN

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    Very useful! Thankyou.
     
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    I used to have blinding headaches and migraines but they have gone by using magnesium. However this has been due to my online research and no information has ever been given to me by the medical professsion.

    Tbh - I feel evry cross as i have spent money on physiotherapy, acupuncture and loads of therapies all which had some effect but didn't get rid of them. Just by buying magnesium could have saved me an awful lot of pain and money. My German godmother told me that in Germnay people are regularly given magnesium but that's not the case in the UK.

    Beware though - each person needs to know the correct dosage for them and some magnesium formulas are better than others to take.
     
  5. Gussie

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    So many people are suffering because of mineral deficiencies and its really disappointing. Kinesiology is a great way to check what supplements are needed and in what dosage.
    Happygirl, don't feel cross about having paid for treatments, they may well have helped you in so many ways you don't realise and may have greatly improved your wellbeing at the time. Part of living is learning and healing, if you have undergone trial and error, you've been motivated and inquisitive enough to make steps towards improving your own health and that's a great thing. Many people are so closed minded they never find the solution.. Hindsight is wonderful, but having the chance to try and to take control of your own health and wellbeing is a great thing to have.
     
  6. happygirl

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    Hi Gussie,

    Yes you're probbaly right. My frustration comes from the fact that something so simple (like taking magnesium) and helps many medical issues (from headaches, migraines, heart problems etc) is not widely available to people. I couldn't take holidays for many years as my migraines were so bad. Yet all that time I wasted I could have been travelling (something which I love). I also find it odd that in other countries this information is given to patients as part of a proactive plan to keep people healthy whereas it's not so available here in the UK - you have to find it out for yourself.
     
  7. Gussie

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    It is unfortunate that you weren't given any support in working out what was going on and it is definitely very frustrating. I've spent 3.5 years fighting with the NHS system.. My view is simple, everything tried and ruled out has to be a step closer to knowledge. Trying is better than rolling over and giving up - sharing thost experiences and helping people in their own trial and error to become healthy again is worth its weight in gold. You are right though, it's such a huge shame that simple imformation like this is leading to long term health issues being prolonged when very simple things could have turned their lives around.
     
  8. meadowsweet

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    Just what I needed... I suffer chronic headaches and the only help I've had from my GP is to prescribe me Amitryptiline. Which out of desperation I gave in and started to take. My new GP is now messing about with my dosage so may try taking some additional magnesium to prevent my medication dose being increased and may hopefully lead me to reducing and eventually stopping the medication all together. I keep challenging my GP that headaches must be caused by something, they can't just occur for the sake of occurring so this will definitely help my case.
     
  9. Mountaineer

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    Good luck with that, Meadowsweet. Yes, my advice for anyone suffering with headaches/migranes would be to try boosting their intake of magnesium rich foods and taking a magnesium supplement. It certainly worked for me and has worked for others too, so it seems to be thing most likely to produce a positive outcome.

    So many people simply don't eat enough magnesium rich foods these days and even when they do modern farming methods have depleted the soil of so much of its goodness and nutritive value.
    A high intake of milk must also be factored into the mix because there is a major imbalance in the calcium to magnesium ratio in dairy.
     
  10. tranquilcherub

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    I take Amitriptyline for Migraine also, and have used magnesium alongside this for a long time. However, I changed my diet six months ago and feel this has had the most positive affect and has decreased the attacks considerably. I have always avoided my 'triggers' and have suffered from this condition for 20 years +.

    I was told after a brain scan a few years back, that the attacks where probably due to my 'lifestyle'. To which I replied "what lifestyle" :rolleyes:.

    With metta

    TC
     
  11. Anne Mary

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    Interesting that you should mention magnesium. I suffer from malabsorption/electrolyte loss after cancer treatment, and over the years have built up a file called 'Canaries'.

    When I have a headache on the right hand side, it means that either I don't get enough magnesium, or I get too much calcium.

    When it is a pincer headache, it is definitely too much calcium.

    When it is a 'normal' one, it can be lack of vitamin B1 (due to too much sulfites or nitrites).

    So my canaries always warn me before the problem gets too bad - they don't even have to die for it like in the mines!
     
  12. meadowsweet

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    I had bad migraines as a teen and went through the whole elimination diet, that identified a number of trigger foods which I stopped eating, During my late teens my headaches seemed to go, but returned in my early twenties briefly and were dealt with by reflexology. Now in my thirties they have returned again.

    I certainly think my lifestyle doesn't help as I am stuck at a laptop for 8-12 hours a day and don't get enough exercise. I think its time I shook myself into another elimination diet see if there are any additional trigger foods I need to stop eating and schedule in some more breaks where I go stand outside for 15minutes. Walk up to the post box daily will no doubt help. I am starting the extra magnesium from today see what happens. :)
     
  13. Anne Mary

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    Well done Meadowsweet, it is not easy to take yourself in hand and change your habits! Work these days is getting more and more stressful, and stress actually increases your need for magnesium.
    But make sure you don't go overboard with the supplements: too much is as bad as too little. Start with the minimum amount and see what that does.
    Try also to look at your diet: fresh leafy greens all have magnesium. As well as peas/beans, nuts, seafood, seeds, broccoli and whole cereals. And you never can have too much of those.
    Love, A.
     
  14. Always Trying

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    Marvellous magnesium - another route to try..

    So interesting to read of how people have tackled - and often won - their battles against debilitating headaches/migraine. A short while ago I posted re my daughter who was about to embark on acupuncture, almost as a kind of 'last resort' after years of headache pain. Not sure yet of any results as she only had her second one yesterday.

    I have heard and read before that magnesium can be very helpful - and would be grateful if anyone has tried and/or can recommend a good supplement of magnesium. It doesn't seem to be readily available (except for on-line ordering) But which to go
    for?? Have heard that magnesium citrate is best absorbed?

    Many thanks
    A.T x
     
  15. Anne Mary

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    Yes, I always use citrate. I expect anything you buy in a 'decent' health food shop is ok.
    I get mine online from Lamberts: it is called Magasorb.
    Always start with only one, or two halves, a day! Then you can experiment to find the best amount for you.
     
  16. CarolineN

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    The standard magnesium oxide is only 10% absorbed so costs a lot per unit!
    The cheapest is magnesium sulphate (mag sulph) but can cause loose bowels if you take too much - Andrew's Liver Salts is available everywhere and makes into a fizzy drink. Start with a quarter of teaspoon and work up over the next 3 weeks to 1 teaspoon or to tolerance. My OH swears by it.
    Magnesium ascorbate combined with a form of vitamin C is good, as are the citrate, malate, succinateand fumarate forms which are well absorbed and tolerated.

    Generally it is best to get it in a balanced formula so it doesn't interfere with the balance and absorption of other minerals - so a multivit/min plus extra magnesium is a good way to go.

    Magnesium is found naturally in kelp, green vegetables, nuts (almonds, cashews), brewers yeast, wheatgerm, buckwheat, molasses, reducing amounts in other foods.

    Low stomach acid, alcohol, tea, coffee and smoking may reduce absorption
     
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    Anyone interested in supplementing with Magnesium, might want to search " Transdermal Magnesium Therapy "

    A brief intro to transdermal usage is given on the ancient minerals website. There's plenty more info available if you do some research. The form is Magnesium Chloride....
     
  18. Always Trying

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    Thanks so much for your replies: lots of valuable information there, The transdermal Magnesium products are definitely worth looking into, as I know my daughter has a very sensitive bowel and gets cramping. She is grateful to everyone passing on thoughts/advice. May be back to fire further questions at everyone in a few days!! x
     
  19. happygirl

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    I'd just like to add that magnesium ending in "ate" is better to take e.g. citrate, malate etc. Saying that, citrate is the one of the cheapest to take but causes the worst "runs" :eek: so others are better. I get mine online as health food shops are rubbish for buying the correct/sufficient magnesium.

    I did see a migraine specialist privately. I did mention that mine weren't caused by eating certain foods (like cheese, chocolate etc) and how much easier my life would be if this were the case (as I could avoid these foods). She told me that eating certain foods do NOT cause migraines (it's just a fallacy perpetuated by the media and non migraine specialists) - the craving for these foods is actually the start of a chemical reaction in the body that is the start of the migraine - so basically there is a chemical reaction in the body that makes you crave chocolate, you eat it and then erroneously blame the chocolate for the migraine when in fact the chemical reaction is your migraine starting.
     
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  20. Anne Mary

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    And that craving could well be for magnesium! In my case it usually is, though I'm sure it can be different for other people.
     

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