Wednesday, April 1, 2009

achey-brakey head?

The boys picked flowers for me today.


I mostly laid around today with yet another headache. I'm at my wits end with these. Anyone have some good remedies that don't involve copious amounts of medicine?

14 comments:

Alison said...

Drink lots of water. Do you think it's migraines?

Kelly said...

Absolutely, and I'm trying. :)

Lisa said...

Are you still drinking coffee? I know you are a big coffee lover, but you might want to stop one day and see if that might be it?

Alexis said...

Strangely enough, coca-cola helps my headaches. Hope you feel better soon!

Kayleen said...

Have you tried pressure points as well? I rub between my thumb and pointer finger real hard and it usually provides at least temporary relief

amy @ switz~art said...

Alison is right...water does the trick. I also use straight peppermint oil and rub into my temples and take a nap.
BUT, usually, I give into a good ol' Liqui-Gel Advil.

Bridget said...

Caffeine!

I went through about a year where I had migraines frequently. I don't know if the same thing happens to you, but right before I would have a migraine, I would see flashy stuff in my peripheral vision (if that makes sense). So as soon as I started seeing "spots" or like a lightning streak type thing when I closed my eyes, I'd take 2 Tylenol right away. That worked for me about 99% of the time as long as I did it right away at the first sign of "flashies."

Hope that helps.

annemcd said...

Hey Bridget-- those flashie things are caused by a migrane! I spoke with an eye dr about that-- I got those when I was preg with James. Migranes don't always hurt, and they are also caused by major hormonal changes, in this case, going from first to second trimester. How old is Jamie? Is your body "coming back" from being pregnant? Also, how is your bed/pillow? I'm having trouble wtih mine right now. We have a select comfort bed, and while its more comfortable to sleep with a squishy mattress, I wake up with a headache. Ditto for the pillow. A stiff pillow helps my head not to hurt, but its tough to get used to, so I don't sleep well. I'm so sorry you're going through this, Kelly! It stinks when you can't figure it out, and you are trying to relieve the headaches naturally!!!

oonaballoona said...

hey there-- i use essential oils for just about everything. if you've got some good lavender oil, use that on your temples, and with gentle pressure on your hand between the thumb and index finger-- and, if you've got some food grade peppermint oil, put a drop or two in a glass of water and chug. it's also good to rub a drop of whatever oil you're using on the soles of your feet. best oils i've found are "young living", but if there's a whole foods near you just ask for their best.

my god... to give up coffee... THE HORROR...

Lisa said...

I had those flashing light migranes too!
After I had Maddie I had 3 episodes of seeing these flashing lights in my peripheral vision. Turns out after going to see 3 different Doctors that they were painless migranes. I paid way to much money to find this out though! I even had to have an MRI because the neurologist thought it could be MS.

I suggested giving up coffee for awhile because Erin was getting bad headaches after she had Malichai from coffee and red wine. I don't think it's a permanent thing. I just think some women bodies just need a little time to balance out after having a baby.

Kelly said...

Thank you everyone for your advise. Caffiene seems to play a role in some of the headaches - sometimes it makes it worse and sometimes it helps. So I think (sip) I'm going to cut back a little (sip) and see if what happens.
Amy and Oona, I'm totally going to try the essential oils.
Anne, I think you might be onto something with the sleep thing. I often fall asleep in very weird postition as I'm nursing Jamie at night and I think this could be the cause of some headaches. Our guest bed is much firmer than our bed, I wonder if I could convince Dan to camp with me in the guest room for a bit to see if that helps. Actually, getting some sleep might help too.

Renee Therese (Towler) Clayton said...

Oh yeah, I get tension headaches from funny (baby-induced) sleep positions too. I use a menthol based natural icey-hot on my neck (can't remember the name Bio...something)...Lavender/peppermint, yep, that helps.

I thought caffiene was known to help headaches, that's why it is in excedrin. Don't give up the coffee. Unless you drink copious amounts more than 3 cups of caffinated beverages a day, then that's bad.

If you think it is hormonal, Optimox vitamins are designed to help balance a woman's hormones. It is low dose, so you can tailor the amount you take for your needs.

Of course, there are a whole list of foods to avoids during times when you experience a lot of migraines.

If I didn't catch the migraine right away with some tylenol extra-strength, I usually just head straight for a warming neck pillow, ice pack for the head and a nap, because there is now amount of medicine that will help me if I don't get it at the first sign.

earthycrunchy said...

Could they be associated with allergies? I had a splitting headache the other day and it was allergies. My husband gets migraines and he has a homeopathic that he uses. I will find out and let you know.

Bridget said...

The thing about my flashy lights in my vision was that it was WAY before I had kids! But I do think that sleep is always a good idea.