I remember a friend came to me one day and said, “I’ve had a migraine all day!”  I quickly responded, “No you haven’t!”  They said, “Why?” I quickly responded again, “Because you are able to talk to me!!”

If you have ever had a migraine, you know that it is more than just a bad headache.  It’s what I refer to as living hell on earth.  In fact, those who know me really well know that if I say the Langoliers were coming for me, that means I’m about to have a migraine.  If you are not familiar with Stephen King’s Langoliers, check out this clip.  A migraine is like the creatures coming after this guy in this clip (warning: a little bloody) as he tries to run and screams for mercy.  But just like in the clip, there is no mercy:

It only takes one time experiencing a migraine to know that it’s something you wish you never experienced or wish you never experience again!  Until last year, I hadn’t had one since 1996.  Since then, I’ve spent a good amount of time trying to understand the triggers and patterns leading up to this dreaded event.  Personally, I have noticed the following:

  • Dehydration
  • Eating a food containing MSG
  • Lack of sleep
  • Sugar binge
  • Salt binge

The greatest prevention is to try to avoid those with all your heart, soul, power, and might.  But when life happens, and I recognize the the onset coming, I’ve used the following to abort or slow the blazing mist:

  • Drink a minimum 1 liter of water
  • Juice or eat 5 to 8 branches of celery
  • Close eyes and breath slow and deep
  • Pray for the mercy of God

I’ve also read about migraine sufferers being deficient in magnesium, serotonin, vitamin D, and the B vitamins.  I make every attempt to make sure I get a daily dose of these.  But just like last year, I did everything right and got caught eating food at a popular restaurant that had MSG two nights in a row.  None of my ‘remedies’ worked and I ended up in the emergency room.  I’ll accept a 17 year migraine free streak and I’ll go for another!

Enjoy a brief explanation of migraines from SciShow: