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    I posted the following on the magnesium thread, but know there are lots of fellow sufferers out there. The low carb primal diet has made a big difference in overall health including the migrianes, but magnesium made such a great difference. In the last year I have only had to resort to my heavy duty prescription maybe three tmes, when that used to be the monthly average.
    Now I take a triple magnesium from Swanson Vitamins that is a 400mg combo of oxide-citrate-aspartate which works wonderfully for my migraines. Also take calcium since they work together. I was astounded after nearly forty years of severe migraines (always carrying two different presciptions with me, +calmag now) that no doctor ever mentioned it, and I guess I was just not attending to the internet info, but for about a year now when I feel the first signs of a headache I take one of these and the magnesium nearly always stops it. This was like a miracle to me. I lived in dread of a full blown three day migraine. I think back to all that lost time lying in a quiet dark room in such pain that I would have taken a needle full of anything to get rid of, and a simple dose of magnesium would have made such a difference.
    This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
    Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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    Do you supplement regularly, or 'save' it for an attack? I've been supplementing with magnesium (chelated) and now citrate for about 6 - 8 weeks and what a difference it's made to all kinds of things, including sleep, and menstrual cramping - is Dr Emily Deans www.evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com's favourite element by all accounts :-)
    Seeking the natural way in a modern world ...

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    • #3
      I supplement regularly (lots of supplements!), but take it additionally when I feel a headache coming on, and at night before bed. I struggle with sleep, have all my life. I get less impact on my sleep, but the improvement with migraine is tremendous.

      I haven't experimented much with different types. I know I found a big difference in calcium varieties, so I am just getting around to trying a Now brand liquid cal-mag citrate, and hope that helps with sleep.
      Last edited by Digby; 04-02-2011, 09:19 AM.
      This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

      Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
      Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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      • #4
        I've been taking 350 mg daily 300 of that during the evening. If I get an sign of menstrual cramping I take another 300 dose and it magically goes away :-) just switched to the citrate form (the shop didn't have the chelated this) so it'll be interesting to see if it makes any difference.

        My daughter started on the chelated a few days back and text today to say she'd been giggling a lot, first time in many months!
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        • #5
          Here are all of my magnesium links - including magnesium/mood and magnesium/migraines:
          https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0A...dxNjdkbg&hl=en



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          • #6
            This thread couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I went PB last year, but fell off 6 months ago with shoulder surgery. Back a month ago, but my migraines kicked in about 3 months ago again and I'm getting them about 4 out of 7 days a week. Taking the hard core drugs with each migraine (insurance covers 9 pills a month - ...doesn't quite cover my needs plus the triptans kick my ass), and I get a full brain MRI and AMRI on Monday.

            Will head to Vitamin Shoppe shortly to pick up some magnesium - thanks all! Fingers crossed it helps....

            -adam

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cillakat View Post
              Here are all of my magnesium links - including magnesium/mood and magnesium/migraines:
              https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0A...dxNjdkbg&hl=en
              Wow! Thanks a lot.
              This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

              Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
              Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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              • #8
                Originally posted by adamsaysyo View Post
                This thread couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I went PB last year, but fell off 6 months ago with shoulder surgery. Back a month ago, but my migraines kicked in about 3 months ago again and I'm getting them about 4 out of 7 days a week. Taking the hard core drugs with each migraine (insurance covers 9 pills a month - ...doesn't quite cover my needs plus the triptans kick my ass), and I get a full brain MRI and AMRI on Monday.

                Will head to Vitamin Shoppe shortly to pick up some magnesium - thanks all! Fingers crossed it helps....

                -adam
                Hope you get some relief. I've found that the meds make me groggy for at least 24 hours, so it was an additional bonus of finding magnesium worked so well for me.
                This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                • #9
                  I invented the migraine. True story.
                  In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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                  • #10
                    in that case Alex, we will hunt you, tie you up, and make you watch The English Patient and Ishtar on repeat for eternity.

                    Oh - and I just got back with some Magnesium Potassium Aspartate - hope it helps!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
                      I invented the migraine. True story.
                      Then you owe me, owe me big!
                      This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                      Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                      Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                      • #12
                        I think anyone who has ever had a migraine and my husband will kill you. That helpless "I can't fix you and it's making me so sad that I can't" would probably do the trick in any case.

                        I stopped birth control pills and caffeine a couple years ago and that helped tremendously. From 1 or 2 a week, with a definite for sure 3 day monster around menstruation. It cut it down to 1 a month.

                        Once I switched to full Primal, I had one because I donated blood. But that's it. I have been doing really well since then. I've also started doing Crossfit and really heavy exertion used to set me off too. And sometimes orgasms would do it too. Since switching, no exertion or orgasm migraines. If I would have known that going primal would have fixed me, I would have switched a long time ago.

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                        • #13
                          i have nothing to add here except my heartfelt sympathies to all migraine sufferers. I used to get them when i was a kid & it was the worst thing ever. The barfing wasn't so bad compared to that pain right above my eyes. I always pictured a terrible little gnome in there, scraping away with a pickaxe.

                          They eventually went away when i was about 10. THANK GOD! It was horrible. I hope all of you who have them find a way to make them go away.

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                          • #14
                            In my entire life of migraine headaches I've never heard the mag could help stave them off... and considering I'm one of those few migraine suffers that can't use any of the new drugs (triptains/beta blockers/preventatives) I'm stuck with excedrine migraine... I'm off to get some jigsaw mag to see if it helps ward of migraines, when I'm in alignment... chriopractic care has helped me the most w/management of my migraines!
                            The most depraved type of human being is the man without a purpose. ~ Ayn Rand
                            What's your purpose? Mine is Optimal Health.

                            Converted to PB November 2010
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                            Leptin Reset Redux (1Sep 2011) SW 170lbs
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Shijin13 View Post
                              I'm off to get some jigsaw mag to see if it helps ward of migraines, when I'm in alignment... chriopractic care has helped me the most w/management of my migraines!
                              I've been to see chiropractors three times, and two times left with a raging migraine. So, as you can imagine, that soured me on chiros.
                              This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                              Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                              Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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