There’s Good News for the Treatment of Migraines

There’s Good News for the Treatment of Migraines

In all probability either you or a loved one suffers from the severe pain of migraines or cluster headaches. I am sure it’s very difficult for someone who has never experienced these types of headaches to imagine how debilitating they can be.

As a youngster, I had constant bouts of nausea, often leading to vomiting. I didn’t have a headache though. The doctors at the time were puzzled about my condition and no diagnosis was ever made. Decades later, it was determined that as a child I was suffering from a migraine equivalent. When I was in my late teens I started having problems with visual disturbances. All of a sudden, I would just lose a good portion of my vision. I would only be able to see half of an object. This would last for about 45 minutes. I was still not having any headaches though.

The headaches began when I was in my late 20s. That was the beginning of many visits to the family doctor and numerous specialists. They gave me every test they could think of, including brain scans. I am happy to say they didn’t find anything organically wrong with me and eventually the “migraine” diagnosis was made. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise, because my mother suffered from them most of her life.

Then began the search for an effective medication. This proved to be difficult, because I have a very reactive system and usually experience many side effects from just about all medications I take. We did find one that worked relatively well and I was taking it for about 30 years, when the manufacturer decided to take it off the market. It was replaced with Imitrex, which cost me about 100 times more than my ergot did. It also came with a host of very unpleasant side effects.

The Imitrex was successful in getting rid of my migraine. I would have relief for about 12 hours, but then the headache would return and I would have to take another pill. This cycle continued on for 3 days, when the migraine eventually stopped. When the entire episode was over, I was left feeling like I have been run over by a Mack truck and for a few days I would feel very weak, fatigued and sore all over.

I was continually searching for alternative treatments and would try various things that were recommended but it wasn’t until I recently found this wonderful little book called “The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches. How to Use Magnesium to Prevent and Relieve Migraine & Cluster Headaches Naturally” by Jay S. Cohen, MD, that I found what I had been looking for.

I was a little frustrated that the doctors that had been treating me over all these years, had never once mentioned the benefits of magnesium to me. I did realize though that they get most of their information from the pharmaceutical representatives and as magnesium is a natural product, no one can patent it, so the drug companies have no interest in it.

Magnesium is nature’s natural vascular relaxant in both animals and humans. It is not a synthetic drug with all kinds of adverse effects. It is interesting to note that in certain areas of Africa and Japan, the number of migraine sufferers are among the lowest in the world due to the fact that the dietary level of magnesium in these areas is high.

Magnesium is essential for the normal functions of the body. In fact it plays a major role in more than 300 different enzymatic reactions that take place within all of the body’s cells. It has a relaxing effect on the central nervous system and quietens the actions of the sympathetic nervous system. It is also vitally important to healing wounds, muscular function, sleep, growth and healthy pregnancy. Magnesium has been defined as the ‘king of minerals’ and has been noted as having solved more incurable and mysterious symptoms than any other mineral.

Please do not run out and buy the first bottle of magnesium that your hands fall upon. Using magnesium successfully depends on finding a product that agrees with you. Some people can actually take any magnesium product, but many have difficulty with cheap, low-quality products that are not well absorbed. You can purchase magnesium carbonate, magnesium oxide, magnesium chloride, magnesium sulfate and others. To enhance absorption some companies combine magnesium with amino acids, producing magnesium maleate, magnesium citrate, magnesium lactate or magnesium aspartate, which work well for many people.

For those who have difficulty taking pills the magnesium can also come in liquid form. Even though solutions cost more than pills, for many it is well worth it, because they are the best absorbed, best tolerated and fastest acting forms of magnesium. You might want to check out Liquid Ionic Magnesium at your local health food store.

My recommendation is that you get a copy of Dr. Cohen’s book and read it right through and also mention to your personal health care provider that you would like to try supplementing with the proper dose of magnesium. It would be a good idea to take the book along with you when you go for your appointment. There are no reliable blood tests to diagnose a deficiency. Even people with a serious deficiency will have a normal level of magnesium in the blood.

Magnesium supplementation has been the answer to relieving the migraines and cluster headaches of countless people. I do hope that if you try it, it will work just as well for you in eliminating or greatly reducing your pain.

Jan Shimano was District Manager for Health & Welfare Canada for many years. She was also self-employed as a Nutritional Consultant and a Master Herbalist. She is currently a Business and Health Coach working from her home in British Columbia. Jan invites you to drop by her website and subscribe to her free newsletters on regaining and maintaining vibrant health….you can be healthy again!