Some of my migraines stem from neck issues. Specifically between the C1, C2 disks in my neck and the base of my skull. Poor posture, injury and scar tissue can cause these to cause more tension and pain that radiates into your head. I’ve started some physical therapy for those headaches/migraines. I slash headaches/migraines because some of the time I get headaches that start in the back of my neck, however if I strain my neck I will get a migraine that lasts for a minimum of 4 days. Until recently when I went to my neurologist she just gave me Imitrex and I was on my way. Until I really started taking detailed notes about my migraines and headaches did I notice that some of the worst migraines stem from the back of my neck and last for days, usually after I’ve done something dumb. You know not wanting to make more than 2 trips out to the car for groceries so I tried carrying most of them in one hand so the other was free to open the door! Some not so dumb, I have a 3 1/2-year-old that weighs close to 40 pounds and I tend to carry her on one side all the time! She gave me a prescription for Zanaflex, which does help, but when I’m having a multi-day migraine I have to take them every day. I can’t really do anything but sleep when I’ve taken one.
So this week I started physical therapy. They told me to switch my pillow to a down pillow. If you suffer from migraines, you too could probably call yourself a pillow collector! I have so many because I’m always searching for the right one! The therapist told me for my neck I should get a down pillow because they are easier to mold under your C1 and C2 spinal disks. Here’s where they are:
The therapist had me simply take my chin and touch it to my chest and asked me how it felt. It felt super tight but I could tell it was helping to relax the muscles in my shoulders and neck.
He told me to buy a lumbar support for my back for my chair at work and practice sitting up. I’m supposed to be doing an exercise for about 3 minutes every couple of hours, and I need to check my posture every 10 minutes to make sure I have a neutral spine. I found this video online that seems to be as close as I can find to show you what exercise you may want to try if your migraines stem from the back of your neck!
Unfortunately, I had to try OnZetra Xsail yesterday. Unfortunate because that meant I had a migraine! Here is a brief review of it from only 1 usage, please keep that in mind.
The packaging was a pain to open but it could have been worse. It was very easy to use, unlike the Imitrex STATdose pen. One end goes into your mouth and the other end goes up your nose, then you blow out your mouth and essentially blow the medicine up your nose. I kind of felt like I was doing cocaine…never actually done it, but I would imagine this is how you kind of do it! The theory behind this is, if you have a headache, why are you treating it with something that goes in your stomach, why not directly to the source of the pain. Makes perfect sense! I was told that people had reported it working within 20 minutes but it could still take up to 2 hours.
After 20 minutes no relief, but now on top of a migraine I had a sore throat because the medicine was draining down my throat. Yuck! The dosage is much smaller than I’m used to taking when it comes to the Imitrex pill. I’m prescribed 100 MG of Imitrex and can take up to 2 of those in 24 hours. I usually cut them in half because if I can get away with less, why wouldn’t I?
After 2 hours I still had NO RELIEF. I had taken an Imitrex pill at midnight because I felt it coming on then. I figured if I woke up and it wasn’t better I would finally try this medicine. Well at 6 a.m. I still had a migraine and I tried it. It didn’t work so I was bedridden the rest of the day. Not fun!!
So, I cannot recommend this for myself. Let me know if it has worked for you!!! I’d love to hear back from other people who have used this!!!!
Here are some articles saying that thyroid issues CAN also cause migraines.
This Mighty article is awesome and on point with being a mom with migraines. Please check it out here:
Excellent article about headaches and migraine frequency not being low enough. I have about 5-7 migraines a month and about 3 to 4 headaches a week. Which isn’t enough for most conventional and non-conventional treatments to be given to me. I only suffer most of the month with either 5-7 migraines and on average 3 headaches (roughly 15-18 a month NOT counting the migraines). So sorry, out of luck for insurance covering anything else for me!