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Hi everyone!!! Hope you are all well. I was just skimming through all of the posts, and noticed everyone using any drug they can get there hands on to treat these migraines. I've done it, too.

I just want to share a bit of information in the treatment I use, with a 100% success rate.

I've suffered with migraines since age 14, I'm now 32. Several years ago, my mother read an article discussing this treatment, and I was willing to try anything.

It's really very simple......breathe into a paper bag, for about 20 minutes. Headache is gone, and the pain doesn't return.

I know...it sounds crazy! But, as I said, I was willing to try anything. And after researching the cause and effect of migraines and their triggers, it makes since. It goes something like this.....the blood vessels spasm and contract after contact with a trigger. Minutes to hours later, they dilate, increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood flow. By breathing into the paper bag, you decrease the oxygen supply, returning the vessels to their normal size, therefore, ridding yourself of the headache.

And it works at any stage of the migraine. I will lay in bed, in a comfortable position, breathing normally, into a paper bag. At first, all you can feel is the pain and throbbing, and you get the feeling that nothing will work. If you continue breathing into the bag, you begin to relax, and the pain starts to subside slowly. When I reachthe point that I'm almost asleep, and the pain is gone, I can get out of bed, resume normal activities, and feel as though I never had a migraine. The first few times I tried it, I was afraid to get up, for fear that the pain would return....not so.

My son, at age 14, also suffers from migraines, and uses the same treatment, succesfully.

PLEASE try this alternative treatment, and let me know if you achieve the same results that I have.


Laura <tanksleyrl@home.com>
Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 11:25:35

I am a 64 year old female suffering with migraines for almost 40 years. I was always headache prone, but really started with the whoppers after childbirth. Had a total hysterectomy at age 45 and went on estrogen. The headaches got worse. Have taken imitrex for about 4 years now, which helps get rid of the pain most of the time, except that the headache returns and repeats for two to three days. I've read that migraines fade with age, but you can't prove it by me. MSG is a killer for me, I read labels like a hawk. Also chocolate and aged cheeses.

Dee <CurtisBUF@aol.com>
Friday, January 12, 2001 at 12:08:14

happy new year to all...i haven't posted in a while...i have suffered severe migraines since i was 16, yet i wasn't diagnosed correctly until age 24...since then they have gotten worse as i have aged...i'm 32 now...but a few months ago my neuro put me on lopressor...i have been relatively migraine-free until this week...this is the third day of my migraine...i have lost faith in the system...i have been on 16 different preventative medicines in my life and they have all let me down...so now i feel like the only thing i can do is just medicate myself whenever one strikes...does anyone out there feel like there really isn't an answer...i know i do...the only thing now to do is pray to God for strength and keep plugging along and hope that someone someday finds the cause to this mysterious disease that plagues so many people in so many different ways...keep praying for a cure

tracy farley-lawrence <tracee_wv@hotmail.com>
Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 20:32:57

Hi All,
I am a 17 year old girl and I get terrible mirgraines just like the rest of you. Mine have been here for about 4 years now and they keep getting worse. I've tried imitrex, zomig, everything and now the only thing that basically works is amerge. In response to the woman who wanted to know about Depakote as a preventative, yes, I do take it. And I don't even know if it has started to work yet or not. I am supposed to be going away to college next year, and how am I going to go with these migraines. My longest one has been 5 days straight. It was over christmas actually and I didn't even get out of bed once, except to go to the ER. Which, they did nothing there but put me to sleep. I just wish that a cure or something could be found for these migraines. I am extremely interested in forming a group or raising money to put more tests into these terrible ailments and make the public more aware of how they ruin your day, week, month, ect. I hate the fact that everyone I know wakes up wondering how they'll day will be and I have to wake up worrying that I won't get a headache. If anyone wants to just share experiances with me, talk about raising money, or just for support to know you're not alone with these migraines, let me know! Thanks for taking the time to read this postage! Good luck with your migraines!

Diana <Dee14322@AOL.COM>
Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 18:09:37

I cannot believe that I haven't gone to this site before.

I have been suffering with migraine headaches for quite a while (several years, but
haven't had them quite as often as now.

I have a long history with cervical disk disease, and had two more
surgeries (discotomies) on C5, and C6. I had a radiculopathy on C3 and C4
5 years ago. I had several ruptured disks and pinched nerves.

I have been out of work with my spine since Jan of 2000, and have
just started a job. I have been working about a month. I have just
started getting migraines almost every day now. I seem to notice when
I don't have a headache, instead of when I do because it is so frequent.
I don't currently take anypain killers for my neck, but do have pain pretty
much every day. I think I will just have to live with that.

But, I cannot function with these headaches. I seem to get them during the
day, and I am beginning to think they are because of being on the computer too
much. Or getting radiation or something from the screen..? They start with
what I call blank spots in my eyes, blurring vision and nausea. Then the headache usually
lasts for up to 2 days until I can take a combination of whatever pain killers I
can find, such as Advil, Excedrin Migrain or whatever.

I recently went to the doctor's for them and because I have high blood pressure,
(I am 41) and take anti-depressants, I can't take the new drugs on the market.
I was prescribed Fiorcet, which seems to help if I take two and go to bed. That
is quite a life - trying to work all day, and as soon as I get home, I have to go
right to bed.

So, anyone have anything to suggest? My sister thinks that these are just because
of food allergies, which maybe, but I think there is more going on then that.


lisa <l_moree@email.com>
Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 13:23:37

Melanie's question about being ashamed about having migraines is very interesting. I think most of us at one time or another feel guilty because we think we have caused a migraine by ignoring a trigger i.e. not getting enough sleep, eating the wrong thing, etc. It is important to remember that migraines are not our fault.

Clyde Lassell <classell@ix.netcom.com>
Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 09:55:15

Dear sufferers:
I have been suffering from migraines for the past 12 years or more. I have been to 3 neurologists and have had surgery on my neck removing C3 and C5 nerves, which left me with only 1/4 of the feeling left in my head. (side effect from surgery).
Anyway I would say that this surgery was a success only that it lasted 6 months. The migraines are back now, stronger than ever, I have chronic headaches 7/24, and have about 2 to 3 on average of migraines per week. I pass out with my migraines, and usually end up in hospital every couple of weeks on the drip. My doctor is at the point where he is saying there is nothing more that he can do. I have been on every pill there is known to humans, and every needle. I had a total Hysterectomy last Feb/'99 and since then the migraines have become worse than before.
If anyone out there, knows of something other than what I have taken, please email me and let me know.


Deana Armstrong <darmstro@rci.rogers.com>
Tuesday, January 9, 2001 at 10:09:53

I have been suffering from Migraines two to three times a week for about a year. I find that I feel very ashamed about being so ill. Does anyone have any suggestions for coping with these emotional issues? Thanks so much.

Melanie Morgan <artsycat@msn.com>
Monday, January 8, 2001 at 18:34:51


Just want to ask any of you migraine sufferers that perhaps live in Alberta, Canada, if the Chinooks we get here affect your migraines at all. They say they now have proof that they do cause them, and I just wondered if any of you have found they really do. It's too bad we can't always enjoy the nice chinook winds that bring warm weather because of our rotten migraines. I really sympathize with you all, but it's so great to be able to share our miseries with others that suffer.
Love to hear from any of you. God bless.

Ruth <Kockneykid@hotmail.com>
Sunday, January 7, 2001 at 22:30:26

I am a female in my forty's. I have have suffered from migranes most of my life. I have tryied both conventional and alternative medicines. What I am having the hardest dealing with besides all the medicines is the fact that I can no longer lead a normal life. I only go out on very cloudy days or if I have to go out the I were a night mask and have some one lead me around as if I am blind. Thank god for the friends and family I have. I am trying to go for work disability to see if I can be trained for somthing I can do from home, and when I am not having an migrane which is not most of the time. Any ideas we have very little money, that is why I am trying to try rehab. I don know that for me Feverfew worked the best, but I found I must have an allergy to it - I get a rash when I take it. Right now I visit the ER about every two months last years I was hospitalized for 10 days. other thatnthat I am on meds all the time I was told that ther is a product out there called petadolex that is next on my list. but it is 35.00 a bottle. Herbal so not covered by insurance. When are the insurance companies going to start helping us out. Sorry so negitive Last night was my night at the ER from 8pm til 3 am. and even though my head is better than it was it is not good. bybfn

Emma <ejcsw@yahoo.com>
Saturday, January 6, 2001 at 19:16:49

Hi everyone,

Hope all is well with you. I have a couple questions. Does anyone suffer from tension headaches along with your migraine? I had a constant dull headache for about 12 weeks. Now I get them about 5 days a week. Does anyone have pain that moves around your head. I feel pain on the right back upper part of my head then a while later I'll get the pain on the other side. This pain is bearable. It's shooting pain. I seem to get pain in my back just where my neck would meet my back. Sometimes it tingles. I have had a negative MRI and CT scan. I wish I could figure out what is causing this. Before Oct. I would only get headaches once in a while. About once a year I would get a headache which would make me sick to my stomach. I am on fiorcet. I try not to take anything but lately I've been taking this when i feel the dizziness or light bothering my eyes. It seems to ease the pains. If anyone has any of the symtoms I described please respond.


Dawn <deboltpat@yahoo.com>
Friday, January 5, 2001 at 21:06:06

Hello everyone.
I am a 43 year old male and i have been suffering from migraines
for 40 years.At the age of 3 or 4 years old, they would appear
as dizzy spells with pressure between the eyes, stomach crumps
followed by extreme nausia,sensitivity to cetrain smells especially
cigarette smoke,bright sunshine.
I saw numerous doctors and none of them could explain my symptoms.
Everything was returning negative so my mother stopped looking for
more answers.(i wasn't in Canada at the time).
From the age of about 6 and on i would have one attack a week.
The onset was always the same for me, right before an attack i
feel sleepy with heaviness behind my eyes with some dizziness for
about 2 hours and then the pain begins mild at first but quickly
progressing to unbearable levels accompanied by nausia.
Although still not having been diagnosed as suffering from migraine
i new this is not how normal people feel every week but i kept
on having to plan every part of my life around the headaches that
rendered me totally incapacitated for 1-2 days at a time.Ordinary
pain killers would prove useless to the dibilitating pain.
My main trigers seem to be sudden changes of the weather usually
to bright sunshine,alcohol,peanuts...etc.
From the age of about 27 to today the migraines have become
progressively worst to the point that i am having 2-3 attacks
a week with only 1 or sometimes 2 days headache free between
attacks that last no less than 2 days at a time.3 years ago
i started medication like "IMITREX" for accute attacks,it seems
to be working reasonably well but almost always i have to follow
up with a second dose after 12-14 hours when the headache returns.
IMITREX gave me some of my life back but using it so frequently worries
me a little.Today my doctor prescribed me ZOMIG for the attacks
as well as CALCIUM CHANELL BLOCKERS for prevention.

The sad part is that people don't seem to be aware of what migraine
sufferers are going through,the unpredictability of the disease
plays havock with our lives.Social life is almost non existant.
I go to sleep at night feeling like my head is ready to explode
trying to convince myself that life is still worth living.

When i discovered this site(having only recently connected to the
INTERNET) I felt compelled to convey my sympathy to all of you
migraine sufferers out there.Being a migraine veteran myself i
know what you are going through and my message to you is:

May God keep you well.

Bbird1150 <bbird1150@hotmail.com>
Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 23:01:38

Hi everyone, hope your holidays were "migraine free"! I have had them for 20 years now and they run very strong in my family. My father had them and both my brothers have them. Mom is the only lucky one who doesn't. Anyway up until the past year I have been lucky enough to not be sensitive to light and sound but that has changed a lot. And lately they are getting much, much worse. I get an average of 2-3 a week now which is lousy. I have taken Corgard for a long time to help but it no longer seems to be working. At least at the level I take and taking more puts me in the bathroom all day. When I get them I do take Zomig though and it works terrific for me!!! 90% of the time one pill kicks it. Sometimes it takes a Vicodin also but generally it works good. But the HMO I work for only carrys Immetrix which gives me a bounce back 75% of the time. So they write me a presctiption and I go pay $92 for 6 pills at Walgreens which is rough. Anyway I am going to the doctor Friday to say I want off the Corgard and onto a new preventive. What do people suggest? Has anyone taken Depakote? I have heard good things about it but still worry. Well got to go back to work but wanted to see if anyone had any input. Hang in there everyone, some day they HAVE to find a cure for these:-)


Cassandra Miller <miller.cassandra@ghc.org>
Tuesday, January 2, 2001 at 16:49:04

In regards to Charlie's entry: Nobody is saying that MSG is not safe to eat, but I fear that your doctor is wrong when they told you that it is not a trigger when it comes to migraines. There are many different forms of migraine, and different foods may trigger different migraines. I have been allergic to MSG my entire life, and can assure you that it is a definite trigger. You might want to consult a neurologist in regards to your migraines, as many "G/P" physicians are quite ingnorant in the treatment of migraines. Nobody who is allergic to MSG should consume it--hastening migraines can be very dangerous.

Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 23:14:29

I have found that KFC chicken has actually helped my migraines. I first noticed this when I started a new job that was very busy. I had little time for lunch and found the quick and delicious food at KFC the most convenient lunch break. Of course I had heard the runours that MSG brings on migraines, but my Medical Doctor assured me that this was false and numerous studies by the FDA have proven that MSG is safe for human consumption.

I'm a big eater and usually choose the three piece original recipe plate. It fills me up, is reasonably priced and I notice that I suffer less migraines when I eat KFC on a daily basis. I think the extra pretein and blend of herbs and spices may help. Maybe one of the secret herbs and spices is an anti-migraine herb (Ho Ho Ho--only joking).

Good luck to you all and remember to treat yourself good--eat outmore!!!


Charles Johnson <chickenlover@foodislove.com>
Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 16:19:47

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