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Initial post: Jul 20, 2012 9:15:38 AM PDT
What a way to wake up in the morning, with a squeezing painful head. Usually the headache fades away after an hour or two but sometimes it morphs into a super intense migraine.

Any ideas what's going on?

It isn't a sinus thing and I've had a recent dental check.

I also have tried different pillows, different sleep positions, tried getting up earlier, sleeping with a fan on, none of that matters, it seems to happen if I'm prone for more than three hours no matter what.

Any ideas headache sufferers?

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 10:06:54 AM PDT
I have this every morning too.....

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 10:09:38 AM PDT
Paula - well, I hope someone happens along with a solution or at least some ideas that point me in the right direction. My doctor just wants to give me more pills and a push out the door.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 10:17:55 AM PDT
I deal with this too although it seems to go in stages and no one knows why. I do this more in the summer during thunder storm weather too, which makes them even more of a mystery.

What has helped is regular exercise, and never eating sugar before bed. Eating protein in the morning seems to help some. So has drinking Moringa tea (which I read about somewhere here on this forum awhile back. It seems to work as an anti-inflamatory. It is non addictive and easy on the stomach.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 10:22:03 AM PDT
Exercise, as long as it isn't right before bed, has decreased my morning headaches too.

I'll look into the Moringa tea.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 10:31:32 AM PDT
The Moringa tea has almost eliminated that post headache dullness almost completely. So the duration has shortened considerably. I drink it twice a day, once in the morning, again in the late afternoon. If I'm busy, I skip the drink without any repercussions headache wise.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 10:45:53 AM PDT
Jen says:
Do you drink plenty of water throughout the day and refrain from really salty foods? I notice that if I don't drink enough water, eat foods with a high salt content, or drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, I wake up with headaches because I'm going to bed dehydrated, then not drinking any fluids for an additional 6-8 hours while I sleep. It could also be hormonal. Good Luck!

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 11:28:30 AM PDT
I will try to up the water intake, I might be running a bit low.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 11:51:36 AM PDT
heyjude09 says:
Jennifer L. Rinehart says:
What a way to wake up in the morning, with a squeezing painful head. Usually the headache fades away after an hour or two but sometimes it morphs into a super intense migraine.

Any ideas what's going on?

It isn't a sinus thing and I've had a recent dental check.

I also have tried different pillows, different sleep positions, tried getting up earlier, sleeping with a fan on, none of that matters, it seems to happen if I'm prone for more than three hours no matter what.

Any ideas headache sufferers?

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The possible causes of headaches (=HA) are numerous, ranging in severity from something as easily remedied, such as drinking too much caffeine, sinus congestion, or teeth grinding, to potentially dangerous and debilitating problems like sleep apnea or even (RARE) an aneurysm. YOU have to do your own detective work if you ever hope to resolve this problem. With my 25+ year background in healthcare (LPN > RN > PA), plus years of suffering from migraines, I can tell you from experience that few doctors are helpful at pinpointing a cause. Women tend to suffer from HAs more than males (maybe From living around them, LOL?) and as you've already found out, male doctors tend to treat female complaints like headaches with little sympathy. We are just hysterical and it's most likely "all in our heads" anyway. What RX are you taking?

There is one particular kind of HA that I must warn you about. If you ever experience one that you can honestly say, "this is THE WORST headache I've EVER HAD IN MY LIFE... you must get to an emergency room ASAP! This particular HA could mean an aneurysm and this can easily kill you.

The best place to start is a basic online search for 'morning headaches'. (avoiding the WrongDiagnosis.com site which will only make you paranoid and/or they cater to neurotics). With a quick look, I found this search on LiveStrong.com. It's a good place to start.
http://www.livestrong.com/search/?mode=standard&search=Morning+Headache

As you begin the search for your HA triggers, keep in mind one fact about headache sufferers: they most often suffer from more than one type of headache. You demonstrated this fact when you described how some mornings they simply ease up in time, but other days will keep going into a full-blown migraine. This could mean you have two triggers.

If you really are dealing with migraines, there is a lot to learn about your personal triggers and what will work for you as far as treatment. The first mistake many of us make is staying in 'Denial' too long. Rather than attacking it right away on the assumption that it IS a migraine, we tend to blame many other things: stress (esp. if the HA comes with neck pain), sleeping crooked, sinuses. By the time we accept it's a migraine, we've taken a wide array of medications that have done nothing to help and by then we can really be sick. The major causes for migraines include your menstrual cycle, food triggers, including processed foods containing MSG and/or nitrites. It is helpful to keep track of what you are eating to see if they are triggers you should avoid. Some find it helpful to keep a food diary. And you will have to always read the labels on the food you buy! You would be amazed at how many things contain MSG: all canned soups, processed foods, and watch out for this in mixed seasonings like meat tenderizers and seasoning salt.

Over the years I've needed to ask patients specifically if they had a history of headaches. It always puzzled me to hear so many older women reply, "Not since I went thru the change!" And you know what? They were absolutely right! When I went thru menopause the migraines stopped completely! No more having my life dictated to me by my darn menstrual cycle-- Thank God!

I hope this helps.

Judy

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 12:10:58 PM PDT
Judy

All good points.

I've been super cautious about MSG, even found it in my fave brand of chicken broth, which I used to make 'homemade' chicken noodle soup, I now make my own broth from my own roasted chicken, much tastier too.

I went to the neuro two years ago and got an MRI, just to rule out anything life threatening. My MRI was clear.

I've been trying to keep a detailed log, not only of what I eat, but when and what type of exercise I get, my menstrual cycle and how much water I drink.

I've found a lot of triggers for my migraines from the bizarre, talking to my mother, to the predictable, cigarette smoke and perfume.
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My husband made me a chart to track them over a three month span and I found a cluster around my period and then others sprinkled throughout the month with no discernible pattern and my logs weren't helpful, hence my trying to be even more detailed.

I'm taking Relpax and it does help, but I only get 12 pills a month (and the side effects are concerning) so I really have to ration the pills and it seems like there has got to be a way to, if not eliminate the headaches, then at least lessen the frequency.

Well, now menopause will be something to look forward to, but based on my mother and grandma's start dates, I've got almost a decade to go.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 2:35:10 PM PDT
A++ for all the comments.

I'm a human barometer, and I know some others. Weather changes can trigger a headache for me. Not that you can do anything about the weather, but you could track that too, and if it applies, you may be able to manage the pain a little better.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 3:07:51 PM PDT
Okay, so here's what I'm hoping to track

Water intake
Food
Exercise - minutes and miles (I bike and treadmill)
Menstrual Cycle
Weather - guess I'll just say sunny, cloudy with humidity or rain, etc.
Seasons
Environmental irritants - cigarette smoke, perfumes, stinky candles, etc.
Any meds or supplements
caffeine
carbohydrates and protein

Anything I'm missing?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 5:28:53 PM PDT
It might be due to dehydration. It might make you need to use the bathroom during the night but make sure you are well-hydrated before bedtime.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 5:31:54 PM PDT
I take Topamax daily as a prophylactic for migraines. I am not crazy about taking the daily med but it is the only thing that has helped keep them at bay. The frequency has decreased from weekly with pain requiring narcotics to quarterly with an annual ER visit to treat pain.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 9:42:40 AM PDT
I took Topamax too, but the side effects were too much for me, I'd rather be in pain, which is really saying something. But it does work at staving off the headaches, I went an entire month without a migraine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 2:34:01 PM PDT
Sleep habits

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 2:46:15 PM PDT
aha, good one

this is a lot to track, think I'll ask hubby to help me create a spreadsheet and maybe graphs.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 3:44:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 3:44:27 PM PDT
user30 says:
I use the moringa I drink about 1/2 a gallon per day (im not kidding) I drink 67 oz every few hours. Besides the think faster, talk faster, more energy and sleep best I have had in 15 years.. it does get rid of hedaches fast!
+ uti infections as well. good stuff! i'll drink it rest of my life..

+ 0 side effects from lots of consumption :)
and I drink a lot! 0 problems infarct I feel better after I drink it. well at first anyway.
now I just use it to get rid of my constipation problem.
so far so good! works great!

it has anti-inflammatory compounds so it reduces swelling (like headaches)
to make tea put 1 tea bag in 60-80 oz of cold water and let it sit
takes 5 mints - 3 hours to make water yellow "each bag is different" on speed. some fast some slow
it can taste "bitter" if its not fresh so drink all of it! expect to pee it out in a short period of time.
this is normal as it helps the body to detox "like crazy"

and it has a lot of nutrition worlds best mutl-vitamin, all 92 of them.
and since its from food for your body it works. As its not synthetic.

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Liquid Multivitamins, Fruit Punch Flavor, 30 Ounce
you can try this to I drink it and it does perk me up in the morning really gets me going.
just mix 1 cap full in water and drink
then I go back to the tea :) and drink



https://leafpower.wordpress.com/moringa-benefits/

this shows what else it can do. too much to post here.

Moringa Tea - 100% Pure Moringa Oleifera Tea Bags 24 count - As Seen on Dr Oz!

here is the one I get good stuff!

and remember if you think faster, talk faster, sleep better, go to the bathroom quicker all of this stuff is normal.
have lower blood pressure etc. this is normal it does this.

Best wishes,
User30

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 3:52:11 PM PDT
Pampeliska says:
I used to get migraines a lot as a teenager and the usual triggers were:
: not getting enough sleep
: reading without glasses
: also eating cheese (espec. rich ones like Camembert)
: sometimes also eating chocolate

What helped a lot was finding a person who did reflexology face massage specific for migraines. I had to go through 8 sessions over several weeks period, and it made a lot of difference (it was a very long time ago, so I wouldn't be able to trace her unfortunately).

After the migraines stopped, I was good for quite a few years till I started smoking cigarettes... came back with a vengeance and made me finally quit. Once I did, migraines stopped as well.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 4:04:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 4:05:24 PM PDT
Pampeliska says:
You can also check these products right here on Amazon. Even if you don't want to buy any of them, just reading the reviews, even if a bit time consuming, might give you some extra tips and insights.

Migrelief Original Formula, Triple Therapy with Puracol, 60-Caplets (Pack of 2)

Hyland's Migraine Headache Relief, Tablets, 60 Tablets (Pack of 4)

Migraine Relief 60 Tablets

Or just a simple "Migraine Relief" search will bring lot more products worth at least looking into.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 4:45:44 PM PDT
I think your earlier post is the one that influenced me to buy the tea. I followed the link and bought the tea. You helped me so much. It works so well. And I want to stress here that it's non-addictive. I can skip it without concern.

thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 4:58:11 PM PDT
GrimeyGal says:
Sleep apnea. My morning headaches are gone when I use my xPap and are guaranteed every time I don't use my machine. Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 8:31:15 PM PDT
TN says:
I'm not a sufferer of headache. Never. But my wife is.

She has to drink coffee in the morning. The (decaf) coffee dilates some blood vessels in the brain and relieves her headache. It may work for some people.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 9:29:08 PM PDT
Captain says:
You say your doctor just wants to give you more pills. What are you taking now for this? What else does your doctor want to prescribe?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 1:45:06 PM PDT
I guess I am fortunate - the side effects that I have had are very mild.
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