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#1 of 18 Old 01-22-2008, 06:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm getting some killer headaches and don't really know what to do about them. How are you mamas coping with yours?

Thanks for all the great advice. I feel like I am constantly asking for (and getting) help!

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I've been having migraines off and on since I got pregnant - the kind that last for days on end. Since I can't take my regular medication, I'm using tylenol (sparingly), ice packs, dark rooms, baths and if it gets really bad a small glass of caffinated soda. Good luck!
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Grant you that I'm not having migraines, but I've noticed that if I eat a handfull of dark chocolate covered almonds, that makes a noticeable difference. The caffeine maybe?

Hoping you feel better very soon.
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I've noted that cola helps, but I'm already drinking quite a bit of it...

I may break down and bust out the Tylenol next time a bad one hits.

Thanks, mamas.

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Not taking anything, but try closing my eye and resting for a while.

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Tylenol, nux vomica, eat more protein, drink more water (like LOTS of water) all work for me

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Lot's and lot's of water! It could be dehydration.

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You should not be eating or drinking caffine. It dehyydrates you more. Bulk up on water and understand you'll have caffine withdrawls for a few days. Stick it out. Get some extra virgin olive oil, maybe a tablespoon or so, and some pure pepppermint oil extract. Add 3-5 drops of the peppermint oil to the olive oil and rub on your temples, forehead, bridge of your nose, neck, shoulders and base of your skull. You know, all those places where you feel pain and pressure when a heachace hits. It's important that you use it only on your head/neck area. Peppermint can cause uterine contractions but only if you rub it across your stomach. The idea is, just keep it as far away from the uterus as possible and you'll be just fine.
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Thanks for the peppermint idea! I've got all the ingredients right here!

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I get migraines but have also had sinus headaches with this pregnancy. I try and treat the sinus issues first - saline spray, boil water on the stove to increase humidity, eat something and drink more water. If that doesn't work then I try a bag of frozen peas on my head (and alternate to my neck), warming my hands up in warm/hot water, same thing for my feet.

If it is horrible I'll take tylenol and drink a soda. Most of the time those work. If they don't then I know it is a true migraine and I then just try and stay as comfortable as I can until it goes away. Rest, dark room, not a lot of movements, that kind of stuff.

The one good thing is that with my first pregnancy my headaches went away after my first trimester and didn't come back until labor (that part sucked but the six months without headaches was a dream).
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Had a killer headache today and after around 12 hrs broke done a took a tylenol.

Lets just say right now I am thanking the universe for such pain relief. I am hoping I can avoid any such headaches again.

I think it may have been triggered from two nights of dd waking up and me feeling the lack of sleep.

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Oh my I was so afraid since someone gave me some peppermint oil that I had done something horrible and gosh if didn't work so well! I was bummed I wouldn't be able to use it. This is on my shopping list thank you! I get the most horrible migraines, medications/hospital trips and all! Am so glad this is ok to still take!

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Get some extra virgin olive oil, maybe a tablespoon or so, and some pure pepppermint oil extract. Add 3-5 drops of the peppermint oil to the olive oil and rub on your temples, forehead, bridge of your nose, neck, shoulders and base of your skull. You know, all those places where you feel pain and pressure when a heachace hits. It's important that you use it only on your head/neck area. Peppermint can cause uterine contractions but only if you rub it across your stomach. The idea is, just keep it as far away from the uterus as possible and you'll be just fine.

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I have had terrible headaches during previous pregnancies (not yet with this one) and have used the following, depending on the severity of the pain: drinking lots of water, lying down in a dark room, hot baths, caffeine, tylenol, and yes, for migraines, vicodin. I'm hoping not to have to resort to drugs during this pregnancy but if I get migraines, I will. Otherwise, I cannot function and care for my other children.
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Rosemary oil on the temples and Fiorecet if absolute unreleting migraines.

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I have been getting really really bad headaches. So bad I can hardly move my head. I have tried: drinking lots of water as a first resort, soaking for up to 2 hours in a warm bath, a couple of tylenol (as reccomended by my dr.), and a small cup of coffee when all that fails. Even then I end up being bedridden and soaking for a couple of hours in a bath 2 or 3 times a day.

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Tylenol and lots and lots and lots of water!

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I would try the peppermint oil as suggested above. I've been on imitrex and relpax in the past - just to name a few and I was amazed at how quickly the peppermint oil worked. I've had to deal with migraines for close to 20 years now and had I known that was all it took ... wow I'm so grateful to have finally found something that works! And annoyed that regular doctors don't recommend something so simple and non-invasive... who knows what all that crap drugs have done to me!

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Tylenol (they make a rapid release gel pill now that actually DOES work faster IMO) and laying down with an ice pack tucked inside my pillow. I have had migraines my entire life and the hormones in pregnancy in the first trimester can really exacerbate them. Taking a nap helps... if your sleep's been disturbed lately (getting up to pee, insomnia, etc.) that will contribute as well.
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