An Anti-Migraine Alphabet

It’s a widely accepted fact that no one person’s migraine is exactly like another’s. They may be similar; a chronic migraine with aura may have many of the same elements in one person as in another, but they won’t be quite the same – the exact triggers, the length of the attack, and other features are going to vary.

Given this, it’s fairly reasonable to assume that what works to alleviate one sufferer’s migraines may not work quite as well for someone else. One sufferer’s miracle cure may do nothing at all for someone else. So with this in mind we’ve tried to come up with a different migraine tip for every letter of the alphabet in the hope that every sufferer who reads this might find at least one of the following helpful.

An Anti-Migraine Alphabet

A – Almonds – Eating just a few almonds, between 10 and 12 a day, has really helped to reduce some sufferer’s migraine pain.

B – Butterbur – A natural plant extract available in many different forms. There is research to suggest that could help aid in the treatment of migraines. In a 2004 study 48% of participants taking butterbur reported fewer migraines. [ MM CONTENT JUNE REF 19]

C – Caffeine – Can boost painkiller efficiency and can also relieve pain on its own. Beware though, too much can have a negative effect and for some people caffeine is a migraine trigger. [ MM CONTENT JUNE REF 20]  

D – Diary – Keeping a migraine diary will help you to identify what might be common triggers for your migraines. Note down your sleeping patterns, menstrual cycle, any stressful occurrences, and what you eat and drink. Are there any patterns?

E – Exercise – While intense or sudden exercise can initiate a headache in some migrainers, routine and moderate exercise can reduce the frequency of headaches! This is because it releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. [ MM CONTENT JUNE REF 21]

F – Feverfew – Another natural extract, and has traditionally been used to help with migraines. However, steer clear of this one if you are breast-feeding, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.   

G – Ginger – Research suggests that this is especially good for helping to alleviate nausea, which is a common symptom of migraine. Try nibbling on a dry ginger biscuit during an attack to relieve queasiness.  (  

H – Hugs – Scientifically proven to lower stress levels.

I – Ibuprofen – Available from pretty much every pharmacy there is.

J – Jaw – Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can lead to migraines. If you think you do this unconsciously as you sleep then talk to your dentist and he should be able to help.

K –  Kool and soothe – A cold pack or a cool flannel on your forehead is a real help for some sufferers.

L – Light – If possible avoid migraine-triggering fluorescent bulbs and make sure that you are not working so that you have to squint against bright lights (e.g. directly in front of a window).

M – Magnesium – Eating foods that are rich in magnesium such as green vegetables, bananas and whole grains helps because magnesium helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system.

N – Nuts – Full of lots of the key vitamins and minerals that help to reduce migraines.

O – Opiods – They’re not for everyone,  but if all else has failed then they are a form of pain medication you could try.

P – Paracetamol – As with ibuprofen, another staple method of migraine pain relief.

Q – Q10 (Coenzyme) – Studies have shown that Q10, found in oily fish such as tuna, organ meats like liver, and whole grains, can sometimes help to prevent and treat migraines in some patients, since it is involved in internal processes such as muscle contraction and protein production. [ MM CONTENT JUNE REF 22] (other source:

R – Riboflavin (or vitamin B2) – In high doses Riboflavin has been identified as a vitamin that helps some migraine sufferers. It’s in eggs, milk, almonds, poultry and a host of other lovely foods. [ MM CONTENT JUNE REF 23]

S – Support – Don’t suffer by yourself. If you’re struggling to cope and you can feel a migraine coming on don’t keep going until you just physically can’t anymore. Ask for help. It’s allowed.

T- Tea – Great! It keeps us hydrated, relaxed, and we love it. Green tea and chamomile tea are especially good.

U – Unwind – Stress is a major trigger of migraines. If you’re having a tough day then remember that for the sake of your health you need to take some time out to unwind!

V- Valerian – An extract from this plant’s roots can sometimes help with anxiety, insomnia and chest pain, and, in some sufferers, reduces migraines.

W- Watercress – High in Riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A,C,E and K, which can help ease migraines. This is a super food when it comes to vital minerals.

X – X-Rays – X-Rays will not help you identify if you suffer from migraines… (A bit of a cheat but X is a really tough letter!)

Y – Yogurt – High in Riboflavin, potassium and other helpful essential nutrients.

Z – ZZZ – And finally, get enough sleep. Fatigue, like stress, is one of the top triggers of migraine.

DISCLAIMER – When using any medication, always read the label and make sure you keep all medicines out of reach of children. The information supplied within this online resource is brought to you by Imigran Recovery Tablets (contains sumatriptan) for migraine relief, from a variety of author sources including health care professionals, lifestyle experts and the general public. None of the published authors endorse any brands.

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