Thursday, March 5, 2020

Unique Cures for Migraines


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Pain is both a curse, and a reminder just how fragile and complicated our bodies are. So much could be said about pain, but since we are all humans here not much needs to be stated.

Migraines are my bane, since they have been with me from age four. Cures and treatments have been many, but science is incredible. Botox, CBD, recognizing when to fight (Ha!) or when to flee. We are so lucky.

Treatment options were creative and horrific in centuries ago. Here we go:

Wear a goat headband which is made by the skin of a virgin goat. After processing it, cut and make a headband. It would be tightened until pain is just as bad inside as the outside. Important: Virgin goat?


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Bind a clay crocodile holding grain
in it mouth on the head of the patient
using a strip of linen. It bore the
names of gods Egyptians believed
could cure their ailments. This is from a papyrus 1550 BC. unique treatment for headaches

Run a warm, sweet bath. One of the few cures from ancient times that actually has some efficacy. 

Add some electric eels to the bath. Ruins a good bath. water and electricity

Trepanation  Drill a hole in the skull, releasing the pressure on the brain. This has been around since caveman times. Skulls from ancient times have confirmed this. Stayed in fashion until the 1600s  where it was believed to release demons.

Drug soaked poultices developed by a nun in 1100 AD. Place a linen soaked in opium and vinegar solution on the head of the sufferer. It make have had some effect. The vinegar opens the pores of the head, allowing opium to be absorbed.  history of headache treatments

Tie a mole on the head. Ancient practitioner said this after his treatments failed. "We might as well tie a mole over the pain." This was, of course, said in frustration. But, hey, try anything at that point.




Burn the head and skull A lot of latitude here, since the physician holds the scalpel and glowing red bar of metal. Shaves head first and then cauterizes area , down to the bone. More actions are to happen, but are too distressing to write here. Bizarre treatments

If pain still persists, there are other treatments. 

May God help you if you pursue questionable treatments.



Side note here. When someone is in severe pain, that person will desperately try different cures. Trust me. I know.


39 comments:

  1. Earl, is that a mole tied to your head?
    The opium one might have worked somewhat. Get so high you feel no pain.

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    1. Oh, so true. No moles in our area, that I know of.

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  2. Migraines are a truly vicious beast aren't they? I can remember the pain escalating to the point that I was helplessly vomiting. I am so grateful that they are a rarity for me now, and I feel for you.

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    1. Vomiting hits me when the pain hits level 8 (1=okay, 8=bad, 10=go to a dr.

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  3. wow. how does one find out if a goat is a virgin? These are wild. Glad I never had migraines.

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    1. Right! That would take some examinations.

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    2. New-born kid. Bad luck for the sufferer if there aren't any available.

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  4. These were amazingly weird remedies. Like you said, I can see trying about anything for some relief. As a former sufferer, I use to have 4 day migraines every few months for about 10 years. Thank God for menopause. I feel your pain and can only hope you outgrow yours like I did.

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    1. I wish that were so! Mine are familial related (Thanks, Dad!) so they are part of my life. But, God has enriched me to seek other talents.

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  5. Sorry to hear about your migraines. My wife gets them. They are no joke

    Happily, we hand gotten past drilling holes in people’s heads

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    1. I have told one doctor that sometimes I feel like I should take an electric drill and give it a shot. He was confused.

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  6. And here I was ready to drill a hole in my head, can't let the demons out though. And yeah, when pain hits, you'll try anything, within reason.

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    1. Yes. I have been using CBD oil on my temples and it helps to a degree. No demons emerging, though.

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  7. Yikes, we'll all skip the bath with the eel part!

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    1. How the electric eel can give relief is beyond me.

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  8. Tie a mole to your head? I can dig it...

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  9. I call them my three-day headaches. (I'm currently on a day 3.) Not fun. My mother found a great pill that helps stave them off. These are the only things that have worked for me.

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    1. I am also on day 3. I cannot take those pills, affect my heart. Your mother gets relief is so wonderful!

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  10. I would not trade the pain I do have for a migraine.

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    1. Thanks, Joanne!

      My order for towels came on Thursday. They are so beautiful.

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  11. I get severe headaches when I am deprived caffeine. Pour me a cup of coffee and within a half hour, my headache is gone. I feel for you and think if only everyone's headache could be cured so easily as mine.

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    1. Caffeine was fine for me when I was a young woman, when I was immortal. Now neurologist forbids it.

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear you have suffered since age four. My own migraines are usually hayfever related or some other allergy, occasionally they are from dehydration, after a day or two of not drinking enough water. I'm glad we don't live in those dark ages where holes were drilled into skulls. Since I retired I've only had one, work was a major cause for me because of the flowers on sale, the oriental lilies in particular.

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    1. When walking through the garden section of Lowes, I have to steer clear of those lilies.

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  13. Whatever be cause for headache, the pain can be very difficult to bear. Migraine particularly so.
    Some home remedies might sound bizarre, but it might work. Also, what works for one person, need not necessarily work for another person, because the body constitution of each person is different.

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  14. Thank God I have never had a migraine. Simple head aches at times are enough to TRY to understand the PAIN. I'm reminded of when My BIL told me he has untreatable Cancer. I looked up cures. The write ups sounded so honest with testimonials, I could imagine a person sending in $50 for the money back cures listed on the web.
    I believe you when you say with terrible pain you will try a lot of things.
    But I hate to think of the pain, we have a neice that is plagued with these.
    Love you, Interesting read. THANKS for the education.
    Sherry & jack

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    1. I am sorry about your friend. That pain is unfathomable.

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  15. I am SO glad medications have improved!

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  16. My headaches are of different levels. Sometimes medication and going to bed are all I can do.

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    1. Yesterday I was having a "dark room day". Today I am functioning. I am sorry that you have to deal with it also.

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  17. Oh boy, yes we are certainly lucky. I had migraines on and off for years... when I got an emergency hysterectomy they never returned. Hurrah!

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    1. Hallelujah! Those dang hormones are really pesky when they've been around for awhile.

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  18. Pain leads to desperation which can lead to some odd stuff. Did the Chinese herbalists have anything, i wonder.

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    1. I would think they would. Acupuncture and herbs have proven to be helpful.

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    1. Tylenol can sometimes stop a migraine if it is caught early. Personally, I am voting for clay crocodile.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!