A Fix For Migraines

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Funny cartoon about migraine headaches

Straightforward solution for migraine


Neitzche, Monet, Van Gogh, Julius Ceasar, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon. They got migraines.

Well I thought I would name famous people who also got migraines. Maybe it’ll cheer you up. Not that it will.  So let’s get on with it.

I have something but, first,  let get caught up on migraines, okay?


Migraine headaches are throbbing one sided (usually) headaches that have additional stuff going on. Some  start with an “aura” which, if that’s all there was to a migraine, could be kind of interesting. Flickering or glowing lights, sounds, smells,  tingling. There are all sorts of auras – a subject in itself.

Well that’s not the whole deal. I wish it was.

After the aura, the headache comes. Once the headache hits, the world goes away. There’s just you and the headache.  Sometimes just the headache. If  it’s bad, the headache takes over. You ride it out. There’s no choice. A “classic migraine” can make it hard to talk or move. Even think.

To add to your pleasure, you may also experience nausea, vomiting, or heightened sensitivity to light, sounds, or other stuff. When the headache finally does let go, you’re too messed up to do anything. It takes time to  recover. That’s the “postdrom”. I love medical science. If you can’t fix it, name it.

From the 19th century on,  it was thought that migraines occurred when arteries in the head dilated. It does seem there’s something going on with the arteries but the latest  thinking is that the actual migraine is a “neurological spreading depression”  across the surface of part of the brain. Nerve activity is depressed over the cortex. When the attack is over this stuff stops and the brain starts to function normally again.

Several medicines can be prescribed for migraines. The trick is timing. If you catch the thing early enough, you have your best chance.

But those pills aren’t cheap. You think “Is that really a migraine? Maybe it’s sinus. Maybe I’m imagining it. I don’t think I should waste a pill.”

If you hesitate,  all is lost. The horse is  out of the barn. You’re in for it!!!

A dilemma,  right?

That’s what I have for you. A way out of this dilemma.


A study from the Cochrane Foundation found that taking a single dose of 1000 mg of aspirin – maybe with an antiemetic for the nausea – had roughly the same effect as the prescription meds.  It takes a little longer to kick in. But less side effects. This info, by the way, is from Cochrane Summaries and the article is by  Kirthi V, Derry S, and Moore R.

Nobody’s saying you shouldn’t follow doctor’s orders. But if you’re not sure? And you’re thinking “It’ll pass?” According to this study, you could chug some aspirin. That way, you won’t delay. And that’s important, right?

Even though it’s just one dose, 1000 mg is a big dose. Some people take zantac with aspirin products to make sure they don’t have stomach problems.

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The cartoon? That’s mine.

Note: MISTER ScienceAintSoBad is a good guy. He cares about your well being. But he isn’t a doctor. At best, he’s a biomedical engineer. Don’t rely on me when it comes to medicine. I’m not giving advice and I hope you won’t take it that way. Do your own research and do check with your doctor.

4 Responses to “A Fix For Migraines”

  1. POOH & Me

    just plain ole aspirin !?
    I may need that today.


  2. MISTER Science Ain't So Bad

    Dear POOH & Me.

    According to the research I mention, aspirin might work almost as well as the prescription stuff with fewer side effect. But it might not. If it doesn’t within the four hour time frame mentioned, the prescription medication might be the obvious and immediate choice. A couple of points: 1) If it were my head, I wouldn’t be messing around with aspirin if I thought there was any real chance it was a migraine. I would take my regular meds. 2) The article I cite is a review from 2010. It hasn’t been updated and I haven’t vetted it to see if it’s such great science (number of participants, quality of research, peer reviewed journal, etc.). If you try the aspirin trick once and it doesn’t work for you? Maybe that’s telling you something.


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