1% Thursday: Think 3D

"I’ve tried everything!"

No, actually, you haven’t.

All right, I understand the frustration of those who have tried one thing after another for years with no relief.  Many of you have even been told by a doctor that there’s nothing left to try.  But the truth is, you would have to live a very very long time indeed to really try everything for migraine or chronic headache.

The list gets even longer when you start to think "3D".  You see, many people (if not most) that I talk to who have found relief haven’t found it in just one thing.  They use a combination of things.  All right, so vitamin B2 didn’t make a big difference on its own.  But along with a preventative medication, it makes aa difference.

Or, how about biofeedback and an occasional abortive medication.  Or a combination of three supplements.  Or changing your diet and taking a preventative.

To really get serious about getting rid of your symptoms, you need to start thinking 3D.  This can be a challenge – the combinations are almost endless, and sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s working and what isn’t.  But that’s why websites like this one are here – to bring to your attention some of the latest research and best results.

This week, shift your thinking – don’t be afraid to look at combinations.  Maybe each thing alone makes a 1% difference – but together it could be much more.

What is 1% Thursday?

1% Thursday

Every Thursday at Headache and Migraine News (weather permitting) we’ll talk about one measurable, practical thing we can do to make our lives just 1% better.  Usually it will be something very easy, sometimes it will be a challenge.  Let us know if you try it, or share an idea of your own – and maybe a year from now we’ll see that things have really changed for the better!

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  • Renaissance Guy Aug 27, 2010

    It is easy to get discouraged and frustrated when one treatment after another seems not to help. You are right to encourage people not to give up.

    I have gotten the most relief by discovering triggers (a long, slow process) and avoiding them. I take an anti-inflammatory drug at the first sign of aura, which often prevents a fullblown attack. If I am hit with a fullblown episode, I usually have success in aborting it with sumatriptan.

    It took a long time and effort to figure all this out. I have had the help of three really good doctors, two of whom are fellow migraineurs.

  • susan-jillian smith Jan 4, 2011

    Thanks for the great articles… I would add that we are pretty tired for the most part. The pain, the meds the trips to the doctor, the trying to rise above the pain… leaves us pretty tired. So if we miss something – we can be forgiven. I am pretty sure I’ve tried everything – the fact that I still live with this pain is due to a failure on the part of our medical community that would rather plough millions of dollars into things like Viagra – rather than help get us out of pain.
    Best combination is any one of our meds, with a hot coffee. Makes everything work faster.
    Keep up the good work by representing us. Thank you again!

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