6 Steps to Prevent Migraines, Naturally


If you suffer from migraines, you’re no stranger to the often debilitating symptoms that can keep you out of work, pleasure, and life for days at a time when a migraine strikes. Many of my patients tell me that with a bad flare, they might have to crawl into bed for as long as three days and lay there in a dark, quiet room just to cope.

Women account for 75% of the of the 36 million people who experience migraines in the United States, which are three to four times more common in women than in men. In this article I’m going to walk you through migraine prevention.

Once thought to be initiated by vascular changes in the brain, more contemporary studies have shown us that migraines occur as a result of triggers changing the brain’s “migraine threshold” (which can be genetically based and then hormonally or environmentally triggered) due to temporary abnormalities in brain signaling in turn leading to a cycle of events involving the brain’s nerve circuits, neuropeptides, neutrotransmitters (including serotonin), changes in the brain’s small arteries, and the brain stem which houses our   nausea and vomiting centers, for example. They can start at any time – in childhood, our teen years, or as adults, and tend to diminish or disappear once we go through menopause, largely because one of the triggers for migraines is estrogen, explaining the large numbers of women who experience menstrual (or sometimes ovulatorty) migraines, and the overwhelming number of women migraine sufferers compared to men. Pregnancy and oral contraceptives (OCP) can each either increase, decrease, or not change migraines at all. Of note, migraines, especially with aura, suggest an increased risk of stroke for OCP users – so if you have migraines please read this before starting an OCP

Despite the known physical origins of migraine headaches, too often women feel their migraines – and the impact they are having on their lives – are underestimated by the medical community. In fact, one study of over 1200 patients seeking care for headache from a primary care provider, 94% of the 377 who turned in a headache diary met criteria for migraines, yet at least 25% did not receive a diagnosis of migraine.  This common reality is highlighted in an article in the New York Times  with the title, Women’s Emotions Do Not Cause Migraines, emphasizing this phenomenon, which is not uncommon in western medicine where many of women’s symptoms are dismissed as being emotional in origin. Further, among women who do receive treatment, only about half of patients achieve a 50% reduction in the frequency of their attacks, despite the availability of pharmaceutical options for prevention, and sadly, only 3-5% of chronic migraine sufferers receive adequate prophylaxis therapy. And half of women who have headaches, in one study, had migraines, but did not recognize them as so.

If you have migraines you know you may have had to miss school, work, and social engagements.  Some of my patients have come to me with such severe migraines that they’ve become depressed and anxious – worrying when the next will strike and having to constantly rearrange their lives to accommodate the unwelcome headache’s intrusion. Read this article (or watch the video!), to learn how I prevent migraines naturally and how you can, too.

6 Steps to Preventing Migraines, Naturally

Here are the key recommendations I give to all of my patients. I recommend incorporating all of these tips into an overall migraine prevention plan.  

Note that it can take up to several months to really make a dent in your migraine frequency and severity, so don’t give up if you don’t notice a change immediately, or even in just a couple of weeks. It doesn’t usually happen over night, but it can happen!

1. Identify migraine triggers with a migraine diary 

The first step to migraine prevention lies in identifying and removing possible underlying triggers:

The most common triggers are:

  • Caffeine
  • Red wine, alcohol
  • Aged cheese
  • Sugar
  • Nitrites (found in hot dogs and deli meats)
  • Food additives (for example, MSG)
  • Low blood sugar
  • Stress
  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Allergies leading to sinus congestion
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medications
  • Perfume odors

To keep a migraine diary:
When you get a migraine (I know you won’t feel like doing it, but do it anyway because if you wait until the headache passes, you’ll forget the important details!) to note: what you ate and drank in the last 12 hours, what you were doing (i.e., were you doing a certain kind of exercise, did you fall asleep on a plane if you travel regularly) that might have affected you, and where you were that you might have had an exposure (did you have to go to Home Depot or the supermarket and walk through the aisle with heavily scented detergents, perfumed products, or chemicals; were you at a party where a lot of people were wearing perfume or were smoking?, were you a few days away from getting your period?) Try to identify trends in when you get your headaches – notice what triggers you. Here is a super helpful headache diary from the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Center. I give this to all of my patients. You can download it and start to track your migraine patterns. Use it to monitor your progress once you get started on your headache prevention plan. Please note that just because you might be susceptible to triggers, migraines are not ‘your fault.’ And while stress may also be a trigger for you – it’s important not to blame yourself – but if there is an association, stress reduction practices like meditation, deep breathing, and biofeedback can help..

2. Do an Elimination Diet 

The first thing I do with all of my patients is an elimination diet diet for 3 weeks. For 21 days during remove all of the common triggers as well as gluten, dairy, and sugar, and during the elimination diet, keep your blood sugar steady with regular meals that contain good quality fats and protein – and drink enough water. Ideally, an elimination diet for migraines is about 4-6 weeks long; as you reintroduce foods, pay close attention to headaches or migraines that creep up. If a food that you add back in causes a headache, eliminate it completely, and see the 4R program for when and whether to reintroduce it.

3. Get your digestion moving.

In my clinical experience, constipation and migraines go hand in hand so if they’re not, make sure your bowels are moving every day. Increasing you daily intake of veggies to 6-10 servings, reducing flour products, pastries, and pasta, and getting a total of about 30 gm of fiber daily
(i.e., 2 TBS ground flax seed), can help tremendously. A probiotic can also be very effective. If more help is needed, you can add in 600 mg of magnesium citrate before bed, or up to b600 mg in the morning and before bed if the nighttime dose isn’t enough.Bitter herbs can also help you to ‘get a move’ on.

4. Reduce your use of common pain relieving medications.  

Most people don’t know this, but there is a phenomenon called medication overuse headache (MOH). When you take pain medications for headaches, including narcotics, Tylenol, aspirin, caffeine, and ibuprofen, on a regular basis, these medications actually start to cause headaches, and make your headache and migraine frequency and severity worse, creating a vicious cycle where you rake more and more of the meds that are making you worse! So as crazy and scary as this might seem to you to try, stop all of your pain medications for a few months. You might be surprised to find that you are actually having fewer headaches! The triptan drugs and propranolol do not fall into this category, however they have their own side effects. Instead, try these pain relieving herbs that I discuss here.

5. Take these 6 herbal & nutritional supplements known to prevent migraines.

I recommend taking Riboflavin, Magnesium, Ginger and Fish oil daily as a core set of migraine prevention supplements, and then after 4-6 weeks if more support is needed, adding in your choice of one or several additional choices. Most of these options take 4-6 weeks to begin to have a notable impact, so give them time – it’s not like a typical magic bullet. The exception is ginger, mentioned below, which can be taken daily for prevention, but can also work acutely for stopping a migraine in its tracks. These supplements are safe with your other migraine medications, though a few other cautions are noted.

Continue for 4-6 weeks even if you don’t notice improvement right away, as it can take several weeks or more, to reduce or relieve symptoms.

Start with this combination (which is also safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding as noted):

  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 400 mg/day,.An under-recognized contributor to migraines may be decreased mitochondrial function (mitochondria are the ‘energy power houses of the cell’). Riboflavin has been shown to safely prevent recurrent migraines by 50% compared to 15% for placebo – that’s a lot! It’s benefits are likely a result of increased efficiency of the mitochondria. It may take about a month to notice results, but hang in there. It’s often very effective. If you are on a beta-blocker for migraine prevention, riboflavin has been shown to enhance the benefits so it may allow you to lower your dose or get better results from the dose you are taking.  CAN BE TAKEN DURING PREGNANCY and in fact is considered a migraine prevention of choice during this time.
  • Magnesium glycinate (600-1200 mg daily): can help prevent migraines generally, and may be especially helpful in preventing migrainesassociated with your period (hallelujah sister!)  Dose 600 mg daily. It may take as long as 3 months to see results, but hang in there wit this one, too. CAN BE TAKEN DURING PREGNANCY; take care and discuss with your prescribing provider if you are on a beta-blocker or other blood pressure medication as high-dose magnesium can lower blood pressure).
  • Ginger: In a study of 100 migraine sufferers, both sumatriptan (50 mg), a common drug used to stop migraines at their onset, and ginger powder (250 mg) equally decreased the severity of attacks within 2 hours, with equal satisfaction with pain relief in both groups, and far more side-effects in the sumatripan group. Ginger is traditionally used to treat pain and inflammation, and up to 1 gm/day is considered safe even for use during pregnancy.
  • Fish Oil (1500-3000 mg daily): also effective anti-inflammatory, supplementing with fish oil (750 mg/day EPA and 500 mg/day DHA), which is anti-inflammatory, has been shown to reduce headache frequency, length, and severity. CAN BE TAKEN DURING PREGNANCY!

Then add in one of more of the following if needed;

  • Melatonin (3 mg): Results from a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial showed that 3 mg of melatonin was more effective than placebo and had efficacy similar to that of 25 mg of amitriptyline, was safer, and better tolerated. It was associated with lower rates of daytime sleepiness and no weight gain. It is likely working through the pineal gland, the circadian rhythm, and improving sleep quality. I have no safety data on melatonin during pregnancy but safe during breastfeeding. It may take a few weeks of daily use to really have an impact.
  • 5HTP (200 mg/day) has been shown to be helpful in preventing migraines in several studies with better effects than pharmaceuticals. It probably works by regulating serotonin levels and increases endorphin (a natural pain reliever produced in the body) levels. It is safe for use while breastfeeding. Take for at least 6 months for best results. I have no safety data on melatonin during pregnancy but safe during breastfeeding
  • Co-Enzyme Q 10 (50-200 mg/day in the form of ubiquinol):  this supplement has helped many women overcome chronic migraines – it’s primary activity also being to enhance mitochondrial function. Safe for use in pregnancy.
  • Feverfew (25 mg daily): Feverfew is an herb that acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. It reduces migraine frequency and severity, as well as lessening migraine-associated symptoms. Dose: 25 mg daily. If you are on blood thinners, feverfew is not for you – it can interfere with your medication and increase bleeding. NOT FOR USE IN PREGNANCY.
  • Butterbur (also called Petasites, (purchase the “PA-free: type only!): is also anti-inflammatory and has been shown to lead to a significantreduction in headache frequency. The dose is 75 mg twice daily. It may take several months before you notice major improvement, but give it a whirl. Because it also helps with symptoms of allergic rhinitis, this is an especially useful herb if you have allergy-associated headaches. NOT FOR USE IN PREGNANCY.

  • These supplements are generally safe for most women; even if you are on other medications, however, talk with your doctor before starting feverfew if you are on blood thinners. Feverfew and butterbur are not appropriate for use in pregnancy, but can be taken while breastfeeding.

 

6: Follow an anti-inflammatory diet and keep your blood sugar balanced.

Reducing the pro-inflammatory foods in your diet, particularly sugar, red meat and poultry, and processed foods, while adding antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables and good quality oils can reduce your headache frequency. Oils I recommend include olive oil, walnut oil, and coconut oil, all of which can be eaten raw or cooked. Also, avoid low blood sugar by eating healthy meals at regular times, and eating healthful snacks such as vegetables with hummus, a small handful of nuts or seeds, or an apple with almond butter. If you struggle with inflammation or blood sugar problems read my book, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution to help you learn to cool down the heat and keep your sugar steady and stay tuned for the next 28 Day Gut Reset  program which walks you through the Elimination Diet and teaches you how to follow a low inflammation diet and balance blood sugar. .

I have seen these migraine prevention tips work for so many patients! If you have suggestions for things you have found helpful in migraine prevention, please let me know – I’d love to know what methods work for you! And if you have success with any of these suggestions, please be sure to drop me a comment!

Wishing you speedy and complete migraine prevention!

AJR-Sig

P.S If you live and want to live you life as pharmaceutical-free as possible, grab my free gift for you:  25 Ways to Detox Your Medicine Cabinet right here! 

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Wendy

Dear Aviva, Thanks for this post today. The timing was perfect for me. I had the migraine to beat all prior migraines last week. Looking at your list of triggers, mine seems to have been a perfect storm of deadline stress, allergies, low blood sugar AND -- you didn't mention this, but how about first day of one's period? My left eye stopped tracking and I had severe dizziness. My primary care doc (whom I phoned) said go to the ER---where I had a CT scan, EKG and blood taken. All came out normal except also anemic. Ta dah. I guess I have some amending to do. I do read your posts with interest. Thanks again.

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Shasta

Hi! Would these tips be the same for a man? My husband has debilitating migraines and we've never found the exact cause. Neck tension, lack of sleep, stress, and missing a meal are triggers. Thanks for the great information. Shasta

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Shasta, This is Megan from Dr. Aviva's team. I'm sorry to hear that your husband get migraines, not only is it hard on him, but I'm sure it's hard for you too! Yes, the suggestions that Aviva makes in the article will work for both men and women. Best of luck and I hope he finds some relief! Megan- Dr. Aviva Romm Nutritionist

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    Shelley

    Thanks! I wanted to know this too about men, since my son gets migraines and this last one (he thinks by being a passenger in a car that had 3 smelly air fresheners hanging in it) was a bad one. Could a person who gets migraines from odor and being exposed to chemicals possibly be overloaded with toxins and need some kind of detox?

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      Aviva Romm

      Sometimes chemical sensitivity is related to toxin overload. Many people however, are just naturally sensitive to the odor of toxic chemicals - in other words, what should make us all sick makes them feel sick - which is a healthy protective mechanism! Unfortunately, so many chemicals are so hard to avoid. Sometimes extra support for detoxification pathways (in the liver with) and for parts of the cells called mitochondria (coQ10, ribose, riboflavin can support these) can help.

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Paula Kaspor-Lazzell

Hi Aviva! Thanks for the great article on migraines. I've been suffering with these for 25 years. I do know certain triggers for me (especially alcohol), but have recently been paying more attention to other food triggers. When I eat a clean diet, the migraines subside. This article couldn't have been timed better! I'm going to start a food journal. My sister (who has chronic migraines) met with a neurologist who has her taking butterbur, B2 and magnesium and is getting relief! Can't wait to start these. I want to get one of your herbal books - do I go online and which one do you suggest? Kelsie's good friend just moved to Boston - she needs to contact your family when she is out there!!! Hope you are all well. :) Thanks for the good information!!!

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Beth Benta

Ithank you for the migraine prevention protocol. Buterbur is new to me. I will add it into the group of supplementa now. Thanks for sharing so openly, what you have learned.

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Beth, This is Megan from Dr. Aviva's team. I just wanted to say thank you for you note!! It is music to Dr. Aviva's ears when she reads that you are learning about something new. <3 Megan- Dr. Aviva Romm Nutritionist

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      Shameen Iqbal

      Yes it is new in uk...ive had all them issues amd especially chornic constipation I had migraines everyday yes everyday for past seven years and all doctors here give you is anti depressants! And loads of high drugs so you cant work be in depression and cant look after your own kids...I am.now under a nutrition who has trained in america..even tho after yr and half of different herbs and supplements and turmeric oil my migraines hsve claimed down alot but stil get pain on left side of head dont know if coz of chronic constipation. ..I am on magnesium citrate just now but only 80mg so will try taking more im off diary gluten and even nuts no starch on sibo diet but constipation for days then lead to my migraine any advice would be kindly appreciated. .oh n prebiotics too...ur articals r great we dont have that here in uk no health prac send emails and docs defo dont give u no alternative advice..its a joke..keep up ur gud work and god bless

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Corinna

Thank you for sharing your information! I have had amazing results with fish oil. I have been taking fish oil for at least 10 years now, however recently when I have felt headache or brain fog issues start to creep in, I have bolstered with fish oil and what used to be so debilitating nos goes away within an hour! (sounds crazy I know) Occasionally I will have a Tylenol PM to sleep with bad headache, but I have not tried the Magnesium evening supplement yet so maybe that would help alleviate instead. Again, thank you!!

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Corinna, This is Megan from Dr. Aviva's team. Thank you for sharing your experience! I am sure others who suffer from migraines will find hope when they read your comment. Aviva knows how inspiring it feels when you are able to take control of your health, especially migraines. Thanks again! Megan- Dr. Aviva Romm Nutritionist

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Melissa

I would like to suggest an addition (I am not a doctor so this is just another thought based on my experience)... If your migraines are related to your menstrual cycle, your copper might be high. Take zinc to counteract the copper toxicity. I had this issue and my naturopath found my copper was high...the zinc helped within a matter of a week!! So, not an instant cure but a long term solution. Thanks for the other great suggestions!!

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    Kirsty

    Hey Melissa, Great addition to this post (excellent post too Aviva!) I've found that assessing Copper levels and supplementing with Zinc has helped greatly in the majority of cases where people have approached us with persistent migraines. I'd also recommend supplementing with Ginger too as this can be particularly effective. Drinking Coffee is also one that can help greatly but seems to be a 'horses for courses' type affair. Some people find it works brilliantly, others it exacerbates the issue so its not for everyone. Hope this helps, Kirsty x

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    Cora

    Melissa, Thanks for this! I get menstrual migraines and had a dream that I had "metals" in my body. I didn't know what that meant exactly but now I do! Zinc to the rescue :) thank you Gracias grazie mercí !!!

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Laura

I used to suffer chronic migraines and finally found real relief when I started eating a low carb, high fat ketogenic diet. I also take the supplements listed in your article to attack from all angles. I also think taurine helps.

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Heidi

What brands of the supplements above do you recommend? I know some are more naturally made than others. Thanks for this information! So excited to find a natural plan to help with my headaches.

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Mel Sinclair

Dr. Aviva, What are your thoughts on tinted glasses? I have heard they can be a great natural relief for migraines but as long as you get FL41 ones....(source: https://www.axonoptics.com/migraine-causes/). Do you recommend this route or know of any success stories with them? Thanks (and I am going to try ramping up my fish oil intake now!)

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Sissy

Hi! I was interested in something that was in the email about this post: "For restless leg syndrome: 600-1200 mg magnesium glycinate before bed" My mom may suffer from restless leg and she's interested in trying this. Do you recommend any particular brand(s) of supplement for this? Thank you!

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Sissy, You will find the answer to your question in Aviva's recent blog/podcast on magnesium! Warm wishes, Megan

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Sissy

Hi! Can you please recommend vendors of magnesium glycinate? I would like to purchase some but I know the supplement industry can be tricky to navigate. Thank you!

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Nikki

This was a very interesting article, thank you. Looking at previous comments, I see you list the herbal supplements as safe for women and men. What about preteen girls? My 12 year old daughter is going through a really rough bout of debilitating migraines, and I am searching for any relief. Have these herbs proven safe with children? Thank you.

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    aviva

    Yes - I absolutely do use these with pre-teens in my practice!

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Denise

Hi Aviva, I just started having migraines around my period the last two months. I went to buy feverfew, but all of the doses at the wellness store that I went to were 250 instead of 25 mg. Is there a problem with taking that much?

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Scarlette

I have been in a migraine for 133 days - most all of them extremely severe, and I have lost over 5 months entirely this time. My eyeballs are constantly searing and feel like all the muscles are pulled and in spasm around them. Also bad sinus congestion. I have tried what is possible from your list -- I can not use Fish Oil or Feverfew (or other anti-inflammatory herbs, etc) because I have a bleeding disorder. I know some of my migraine triggers, but I think neck spasms may be one of the worst - at least right now. My neck is rigid on x-ray and I am developing a lot of trigger points in the back and sides of my neck. I also have huge trigger points in my right trapezius to the point it has felt like a bone jutting out to doctors (or a bone from neck to shoulder) for many years. Is there any recommendation for this?

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    Scarlette

    I did have a positive celiac test about six months ago, and have eliminated gluten. I read your article on herbs for pain, and hope I can find something safe for me - Curcumin, Ginger, and Bromelain thin the blood and are dangerous to me. My stomach can not handle Boswellia. Great article! Any suggestions appreciated!

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Scarlette, I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this. Aviva recommends working with either an integrative or functional medicine Dr. to truly get to the root of what is going on for you. Sending healing thoughts your way. Warm wishes, Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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    Aimee

    I couldn't use feverfew due to heavy periods as well. I tried butterbur, and had success. Went from 2-3 migraines a month down to one, and it wasn't unbearable. Eventually though, the butterbur stopped working for me. I should probably try it again, since it's been awhile...perhaps I needed a break?

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Beth

I have had chronic daily constant headaches for a while now. Would this be worth trying for me? Tylenol and Advil don't even provide relief. I've always been too nervous to try strong meds.

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Beth, Indeed! Take some time and read through the article and pick a few steps that sound inspiring! Warm wishes, Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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Tylor Keller

Thanks for sharing. Your post inspired me a lot. I am a chemist engaged in chemicals research in a wide range of applications. http://www.alfa-chemistry.com/

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Tania

Hello Aviva! Thank you so much for this helpful article. I'm wondering if you have any experience treating people with vestibular migraine specifically, and if you have any suggestions in addition to these. A dear friend has developed this condition, and it's been agonizing and disabling. She is following the standard migraine-prevention steps, and trying various medications shown to help some people with the condition, but she's dealing with lots of side effects -- and still dealing with vertigo and migraines. It's heartbreaking.

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    Aviva Romm

    Hi Tania, I have experience with vestibular problems leading to vertigo - so awful - but not migraines. For the former, there's some research on B12 being helpful, using regular Epley maneuver for prevention. I'd definitely try the latter and get tested for B12 and if it's below 800 supplement to see if it helps. I'd also consider supporting mitochondrial function - co!10, riboflavin, ribose; and one woman mentioned 2 decades of migraine success with 5-HTP. I've personally had vertigo before- one of the worst experiences. I totally sypmathize! Can't imagine adding the mirgraine headache to it. BTW I've had very good success for pain with the herbs in my blog on that topic - in case she's having to go down the narcotics route - which can be so dangerous. I hope she has a good practitioner.

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Carrie

Thank you for posting this important article. It's so exciting to see a medical doctor educated about this topic, as it took decades for my migraines (primarily aura) to be correctly diagnosed. I've had them since early childhood, and they are daily. A few additions to your supplements: coQ10 was recommended by my headache specialist and has made a big difference for me in combatting the fatigue. I think switching to methylated folate (I am homozygous for the MTHFR mutation) was also really helpful. The neck and shoulder pain and congestion can actually be symptoms of the migraine itself rather than a causative factor. When I start to feel neck and shoulder pain and tension it tells me I'm headed down that road.

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    Aviva Romm

    thank you! yes - i use co-Q-10 too and just mentioned it in another comments! I'm always careful not to overload articles with info - but have been thinking of adding it in. and thank you for mentioning your other tips - great help and I agree!

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Melanie

Thanks so much for this post. My daughter has suffered from headaches for years (she's only 17). Some would result in vomiting. Her MD suggested seeing a neurologist but first an ophthalmologist who shared he would get migraines that lasted three days until he stopped caffeine. We tried that and she has not had one of those really bad migraines since. She still gets milder headaches from time to time, but cutting out the caffeine was the trick for her. We will add in your other suggestions. Thank you!

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Michelle

Thanks Dr. Aviva! Would these recommendations be valid for men as well? I have never had a migraine but my poor hubby gets them.

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    Aviva Romm

    yes, in fact they are (though obviously not related to menstrual hormones!) :)

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Melanie

Thank you for this article! I recently found that getting cranial-sacral therapy by a massage therapist has eliminated my migraines. I was getting migraines with aura about every 4-6 weeks (or twice in a day). I could not pinpoint a consistent trigger, but they do not seem to be related to my cycle. I got them while pregnant just as frequently. In the fall, I received one session of cranial-sacral therapy and I have not had a migraine in over 4 months! Just wanted to share for all of the migraine sufferers out there.

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migraine

People sometimes suffer from migraines for up to 4 days, during which they will not be able to leave their bed or carry out the things they normally do. There are however also instances where people suffer from migraine for just a few hours with a relapse tendency.Migraine therefore easily interferes with the life of people, while destroying their day. Treatment of migraine through natural way for curing migraine can help to get immediate relief or reduce the intensity of the migraine while it lasts.

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