A migraine can come on unexpectedly, without warning and for no reason. It can leave an individual out of commission for days at a time. For many chronic migraine sufferers, prescription pain relievers such as Triptans and preventive medications such as verapamil provide the best results. There are, however, other non-conventional treatments that could be just as effective for treating serious headaches. Here are five of the most eccentric tips we’ve come across online:
1. Have sex.
The last thing most people tend think about when they feel a migraine coming on is sex. If the migraine sufferer is you and you feel the pounding in your head getting worse, you may want to think again. According to a German study published earlier this year in the International Headache Society’s journal Cephalalgia, having sex while experiencing a severe headache could significantly relieve symptoms. That was the case at least for 60 percent of the 800 people participating in the study. No one to have sex with when a migraine strikes? Not to worry. A researcher associated with the study suggests that any kind of orgasm will do – even one that’s, umm…self-inflicted.
2. Ask someone to pull your hair.
While scanning headache forums and communities for advice on getting rid of the big one, we came across the same hair-pulling suggestion more than once. According to the posts we read, to get short-term relief from a migraine, you should:
- Have someone grab a fistful of hair starting with the part of your head closest to your neck.
- Then have them tug on the hair gently for a few seconds and release.
- Repeat this action, slowly moving up the head towards the forehead, pulling and releasing batches of hair every few seconds.
Though it might not make sense to combat a migraine by pulling the hair on your head where your headache is, the technique apparently releases tension. We don’t know if it works, but it’s worth a shot.
3. Take two Advil Liquid Gelcaps with Coke Zero.
Last but not least, for one of the more random migraine-relief tips we came across during our search, we turn to iamnotthebabysitter.com. This mom’s secret for getting rid of bad headaches includes a very specific combination: Advil Liquid Gelcaps with a can of Coke Zero (or Diet Coke – but none of that regular stuff). And, yes, it has to be Advil brand. They have to be gelcaps. And you have to drink the Coke out of a can. Next time your head is throbbing, give this migraine remedy a try and let us know if it works.
What unusual migraine remedies have you tried at home?
This article was republished with permission from Medulous.com.