I had my first migraine at age 11.  From that point on they were a regular part of my life.  Having young kids didn’t help and once I got one it was very hard to get rid of it.  Some months I would have 10-15 – they were that bad.  I remember often spending a week at a time laying in a room with the blinds drawn, no tv or noise hoping and praying it would go away.  They didn’t have medications like Excedrin Migraine then.  Our options for what worked were so limited.

It was so important to find the triggers for my migraines.  I kept food diaries which for me didn’t seem to show anything obvious.  I exercised when I didn’t have them in hopes that that would help.  It took me years to figure out what some of the issues were.  I can’t eat or drink any kind of artificially sweetened beverage.  I know within a minute if they server at a restaurant has given me diet soda by mistake.  It hits me after one sip.  Cigarette smoke was another.  I was rarely around it since my friends didn’t smoke, but I had family who did.  It was definitely a problem when I would visit.

Hormones seemed to be at play as well.  I could count on having a migraine a few days before and almost every day during my cycle.

The kicker – as I go through menopause I have cut the number of migraines I get to a third of what I used to.  No cycle, no migraines.

It’s a miracle to me.  Old age has it’s benefits.  Not many but I’ll take that one any day.

I still get a few and I’ve been able to really narrow down what causes them.  That has really helped me to avoid the triggers.

  • I literally hold my breath when I pass someone smoking.
  • I never touch artificial sweeteners.
  • I make sure I get enough sleep and that I sleep in a comfortable bed with my neck is in a comfortable position.
  • I exercise my shoulders daily keeping them and my neck area loose and fit.
  • Water, water water.  I have to drink enough every day.

Do you suffer with migraines?  A survey conducted by Excedrin and the National Headache Foundation made some interesting observations:

  • More than three-quarters (87%) of working Americans would give up something for an entire year to never have to go through the pain of a migraine ever again.
  • Eight in ten (83%) migraine sufferers confess that when they have a migraine, their family suffers as much as they do because of the impact it has on their ability to go about their regular routine.

Check out the Excedrin facebook page. There you can download a Migraine Diary that may help narrow down what your triggers are. Visit the Migraine Center at http://www.excedrin.com/migraine for more information on migraine relief.

Also for a $1.00 off coupon, please visit: http://bit.ly/ExcedrinCpn.

NOW THE GIVEAWAY!

One2One and Excedrin Migraine sent me a pampering relaxation basket to share my thoughts and experiences, and also are giving me 3 to give away.

Trust me I know you deserve a break!

In the basket you’ll find:

  • A therapeutic neck wrap that can be heated or frozen (I’m using mine now!)
  • Swarovski Crystal Ear Buds to listen to relaxing music
  • A soothing gel eye mask
  • $15 iTunes gift card to purchase relaxing tunes
  • $50 American Express gift card for additional stress-free needs
  • Foot massager
  • Back massager
  • Full value Excedrin coupon (up to $13.99 value)

The contest will end on December 12 and it’s so easy to enter.

MANDATORY ENTRY – leave in a comment below:
Tell me how you treat your headaches and migraines.  What tips do you have for avoiding the triggers and treating them once you get one?

EXTRA ENTRIES – put in a separate comment:
Tweet the following:   “Enter to win @Linda_Sellers  http://j.mp/rNJPgb – 3 Excedrin Migraine Relaxation Baskets #Giveaway”

I’ll draw 3 winners at random on December 13 – good luck everyone!

“This is a sponsored post.  Migraine relief and relaxation kit were provided by Novartis Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine free experience is my own.”

124 Comments on Excedrin Migraine Relaxation Gift Basket Giveaways

  1. tanya
    December 14, 2011 at 1:23 am (6 years ago)

    I don’t know how to avoid migraines but I know excedrin helps
    tanyas.junk1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. DebbyM
    December 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m still not sure what triggers my migraines…but luckily they only happen a few times a year. My key to treating them is the MOMENT I feel them coming on I take some medicine and lay down in a dark, quite room, and do some relaxation exercises and try and sleep. Best thing.

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  3. clarissa
    December 13, 2011 at 1:45 am (6 years ago)

    when i get them i like a very cold rag on my forehead and back of my neck

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  4. Ashley Tucker
    December 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I take excedrin for headaches! Definitely works the best of anything else I’ve tried!

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  5. Sam Buck
    December 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I try to drink as much water as possible throughout the day, as that tends to keep headaches away for me. If one is unavoidable, though, I still drink tons of water and take a multivitamin.
    krispycrackers at aol dot com

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  6. Cori Westphal
    December 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm (6 years ago)

    As soon as I feel any sort of head pain coming on, I have to shut myself off. I usually hit the pillow for 20 minutes and I can usually chill enough to combat a good headache. A hot bath sometimes helps. Peace and quiet is key! If that doesn’t work, Excedrin kicks my headache to the curb in no time!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  7. debbi
    December 12, 2011 at 10:13 am (6 years ago)

    I try to drink lots of water, take time to relax (especially during stressful times), and carry a bottle of Excedrin Migraine in my purse. If I still get a migraine, I wrap something soft around my eyes and lie down in a quiet place.
    This basket sounds so wonderful! It is packed full of stress-relieving things that would be so helpful. Thank you for the chance!

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  8. Rebby
    December 12, 2011 at 12:29 am (6 years ago)

    Head aches are hard to avoid! I get headached when the weather and pressure change. I guess I should move! LOL Taking a hot bath with a cup of tea and some aromatherapy !

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  9. karen M
    December 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm (6 years ago)

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    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

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  10. karen M
    December 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm (6 years ago)

    i treat min with caffeine.. when I feel one coming on.. I close the curtains and make a pot strong coffee and sip away at it, until it winds down.
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

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  11. Kortney
    December 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm (6 years ago)

    The best tip that I have to avoid a migraine is to stay well nourished and HYDRATED! When I get one, usually a nap works for me, along with a scramble to find whatever medication is in the house. lol

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  12. Katrina
    December 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I usually just take tylenol. I don’t get headaches too terribly often, and that usually helps. =)

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  13. Janet F
    December 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm (6 years ago)

    When I get the occasional headache I take an Advil and lie down.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. Beth Duncan
    December 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm (6 years ago)

    I turn the lights off, take some Extra Strength Excedrin and lay down with the blanket over my head :(

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  15. Amy Bailey
    December 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Best ways to avoid migraines is regular chiropractor treatments and massage. When I go on a regular basis I almost never get them :)

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  16. sandy musick
    December 11, 2011 at 7:39 am (6 years ago)

    I get headaches quite often and have found that Excedrin Migraine is the only way to treat them. I was thrilled when they came out with this …before that it was just taking the Excedrin. Now I use cold compress on head with Excedrin for about 10 mins and slowly life becomes better. I would NEVER NOT HAVE EXCEDRIN in my house. :-)

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  17. ellen
    December 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm (6 years ago)

    I used to get alot more migraines before I went thru ‘the change’ and about the only thing that helped was a dark room and a nap. What triggered mine are hormonal changes, some times eyestrain.

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  18. Glogirl
    December 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm (6 years ago)

    To prevent a headache try to avoid certain triggers such as caffeine and reduce your salt intake. Also stay well hydrated.

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  19. clarissa dickey
    December 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm (6 years ago)

    While I don’t personally get a lot of headaches, a few people in my family do and I would like to win this for them. They often have a hard time with migraines. Best thing I do when I do get one is go to a dark place, take a pain reliever, and drink water.

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  20. Bev Schmunk
    December 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm (6 years ago)

    What a great giveaway. Not sure if I have migraines or just severe headaches

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  21. Sandra K321
    December 10, 2011 at 11:58 am (6 years ago)

    When I start getting a headache, it’s usually because I didn’t take an over the counter sinus medication. I get sinus headaches a lot that can turn into migraines if I try to ignore them. I don’t need antihistamines every day, so I only take it when I need it, which can sometimes result in the headaches.

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  22. Kathy Eyre
    December 10, 2011 at 10:15 am (6 years ago)

    I’m careful about what I eat and when I get one (rare) I turn out the lights and make sure everyone is quiet

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  23. JLJMommy
    December 10, 2011 at 2:28 am (6 years ago)

    I take excedrin at the first sign of a migraine and if I can, turn off all noise and take a nap in a quiet dark room. Haven’t found anyway to avoid them but thanks for your advice.

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  24. Michelle Plummer
    December 10, 2011 at 2:07 am (6 years ago)

    Quiet, dark room and an excedrin washed down with a Diet Pepsi.

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  25. Sara Phillips
    December 10, 2011 at 12:24 am (6 years ago)

    I use Excedrin Back and Body. It’s very hard to avoid the triggers – my trigger is when my kids fight! :D

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  26. Tawnya S
    December 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I love Excedrin. I think drinking plenty of water is helps!

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  27. Julie L
    December 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I have a friend who gets awful migraines…she finally found relief in a prescrption drug…she ends up being in a dark room and vomiting

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  28. Sara Broers
    December 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm (6 years ago)

    Stay hydrated and Excedrin to the rescue!

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  29. Megan Sutliff
    December 9, 2011 at 10:41 am (6 years ago)

    I always take Excedrin when i have a headache, it’s the only thing that works for me! I try to avoid dim lighting and take Excedrin as soon as I get a headache or it turns into a migrane! Thanks for this giveaway, I really hope I win! :)

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  30. Leslie Guenther
    December 9, 2011 at 2:17 am (6 years ago)

    The only way I know to beat mine is to go to sleep. Sucks but if I stay up it is worse.

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  31. Eugenie
    December 9, 2011 at 1:43 am (6 years ago)

    I try to lie down and relax when I have a headache.

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  32. Vicki Wurgler
    December 8, 2011 at 11:44 am (6 years ago)

    I do use Excedrin but have not tried the Excedrin Migraine and I do not know how to avoid my headaches

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  33. lala r
    December 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm (6 years ago)

    i drink excedrin immediately. i stop what i am doing and just rest.
    amramazon280 at yahoo dot com

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  34. priscilla
    December 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I have never had a migraine but I have suffered from severe headaches. I do take Exedrin, drink a lot water, and take a nap. Triggered by stress and dehydration.

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  35. Tracie Trump
    December 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm (6 years ago)

    My fav way to relieve migraines is a heated eye gel pack! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  36. Anash
    December 6, 2011 at 8:36 am (6 years ago)

    To treat migraines, I gulp water…it works! Thanks for this splendid giveaway

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  37. judy gardner
    December 6, 2011 at 5:46 am (6 years ago)

    as soon as my headaches hit, i take excedrin and start drinking water. i usually lay down in a dark room

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  38. Lauren
    December 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm (6 years ago)

    once you have them, i think sitting with your eyes closed in a dark room is good. and having someone massage your temples if you can.

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  39. Laura @ Family Spice
    December 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm (6 years ago)

    My mom suffers from migraines. I didn’t get my migraines until I had my second child. It occurred at the movie theater, which has triggers many a migraine. I’ve avoided movie theaters since. But now I get migraines with my period. I guess I can pray that as I age, the migraines will disappear. Excedrin has been a wonder-pill for me!

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  40. Barbara M
    December 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I rarely get a migraine but when I do I give myself an imitrex shot.
    This works great for me.
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  41. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles
    December 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve had two migraines in my life and never, ever want to get one again. It was horrible. Thankfully there is medicine like Excedrin to help!

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  42. aubreylaine
    December 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm (6 years ago)

    I try to drink lots of water so I don’t get them. When I get them, I take Excedrin and go to a dark room.
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  43. kimberly
    December 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Only thing that works is going to a dark quiet room and taking some excedrin.

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  44. Jennifer Marie
    December 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I try to avoid getting a headache by making sure I get adequate sleep. If I do get a headache I go to a dark room-this helps me.

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  45. Janice Cooper
    December 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm (6 years ago)

    Fortunately I don’t get migraines but my hubby does. One thing he does that helps is put a freezing ice cold towel around his neck. This helps relieve the tension. To avoid migraines or headaches, we try to take something (pain reliever) medicine to catch it before it catches us. Also avoid drinking lots of pop or caffeine. This helps prevents them too.

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  46. Annie McAlhany
    December 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm (6 years ago)

    i drink a large glass of water and maybe a OTC drug

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  47. Elena
    December 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm (6 years ago)

    When I get headaches I take Excedrin and lay down in bed with my eyes closed. It works for me.

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  48. Ashley H.
    December 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm (6 years ago)

    I go to a quiet place and turn off all of the lights and try to relax.

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  49. Charity S
    December 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I treat them with OTC medicines. Anything can trigger a headache for me.

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  50. Amanda Sakovitz
    December 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm (6 years ago)

    black coffee helps me and I also use earplugs to block out noise.

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  51. Sylvia White
    December 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I take Excedrine migrane with some diet coke at the first twinge. Haven’t found a way to avoid them yet

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  52. Amber
    December 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Migraines usually render me useless for the day. I usually take a pain killer, and then lay down in a dark room without any sounds. Usually sleep is a must, because most times I’ll wake up feeling better.

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  53. Shana D
    December 4, 2011 at 11:41 am (6 years ago)

    Excedrin migraine is the ONLY thing that works for me. So when a migraine pops up I take those along with massaging my temples (gently or it makes it worse) and wear my sunglasses every where. I try for quiet spaces but have three young kids that not always easy.

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  54. Mami2jcn
    December 4, 2011 at 11:11 am (6 years ago)

    tweet–https://twitter.com/#!/mami2jcn/status/143346382818914304

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  55. Mami2jcn
    December 4, 2011 at 11:11 am (6 years ago)

    My husband gets really bad headaches and he always goes to lay down in a dark room and closes his eyes until they’re gone.

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  56. Sharon
    December 4, 2011 at 10:30 am (6 years ago)

    I lay down in a dark room when I feel a migraine coming on. My sister gets them much more frequently than I do and she tried taking Maxalt, but it knocked her out. Just recently she’s started taking Fioricet and it does the trick!

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  57. Erica Mueller
    December 4, 2011 at 10:29 am (6 years ago)

    I’m seeing a chiropractor ever other week now (a lot more often at first) which has helped tremendously. I know my migraines are caused by a neck injury, so keeping my neck properly aligned helps to keep the headaches at bay.

    Before the chiro, and in between when I need something, I use ice packs on my neck, a Migra-Stick (roller ball with lavender and peppermint oils) on my temples, and ibuprofen.

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  58. leslier rottner
    December 4, 2011 at 10:16 am (6 years ago)

    Linda,
    I had my first migraine in college and have had them ever since. I don’t know what the triggers are but the worst is when I wake up with one because by that time nothing really helps and I have to wait it out. I live in hot showers when they are bad because the heat really does help. Putting a heat pack over my eyes and lying down helps also.

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  59. Jenn
    December 4, 2011 at 9:53 am (6 years ago)

    I suffer from migraines monthly and have found that most of the time laying down or just really relaxing is the only way to get past it. Of course I’m not always in a possession to do that when they hit.

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  60. Janine
    December 4, 2011 at 9:51 am (6 years ago)

    I don’t have migraines but my husband does. For some reason he’s never tried Excedrin so this would be the perfect thing to get him to try. His triggers seem to be lack of sleep and stress. The relaxation kit would be put to good use around here!

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  61. Becki moorr
    December 4, 2011 at 9:46 am (6 years ago)

    Linda, I have suffered with migraines since I hour out out of h.s. My big triggers are hormones and weather. I take daily medicine to try to avoid the migraines but I still suffer with several a month sometimes. The worst are right before a cycle. I am hoping that now that I have gotten older they will reduce as I hit menopause. I just try ice packs, dark rooms and my meds. Your other advice was great thanks!

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  62. Jessica T.
    December 4, 2011 at 9:36 am (6 years ago)

    I try to lie down as soon as I feel a headache coming on. I try to avoid them by making sure I’m not reading in a poorly lit area.

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  63. Wendy Sellers
    December 4, 2011 at 8:49 am (6 years ago)

    I get mine the week before my period. I live for the excedrine migraine this time of the month! Sometimes I will take advil the night before and then take the excedrine during the day.

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  64. Sharon Rooney
    December 4, 2011 at 8:13 am (6 years ago)

    I do not have any tips on how to avoid getting a headache or migraine but when they do occur I start with Excedrine. Depending on how severe sometimes a hot shower helps but laying down in a dark quite room with a cold washcloth on my head helps the most .

    jerseygirl137(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  65. Kimberly B.
    December 4, 2011 at 7:19 am (6 years ago)

    I usually take Ibuprofen. I don’t have any tips to avoid them other than when I get a headache, I take the ibuproen right away, instead of waiting.

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  66. Elizabeth_N
    December 4, 2011 at 3:27 am (6 years ago)

    I use heat to help with my headaches. I think my biggest trigger is dehydration!

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  67. Marin
    December 4, 2011 at 2:57 am (6 years ago)

    Judicious daily caffeine is the only preventative I’ve found. And when I get a migraine, cool cloth, low light and Excedrin Migraine is the fastest way I’ve found to get rid of it.

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  68. Rajean
    December 4, 2011 at 2:48 am (6 years ago)

    I come from a family of migraine sufferers. Thankfully, I only get them about once per quarter, but other headaches a bit more frequently. I have come to rely on Excedrin extra strength and Excedrin Migraine when needed. Nothing else really helps. But I do lie in a dark room with a calming candle. I haven’t found specific triggers. That would be nice to know, but I fear it would be something I’d hate to avoid (chocolate, wine, computer time, etc.)

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  69. kristen
    December 4, 2011 at 2:11 am (6 years ago)

    I treat mine with prescription Fiorecet and a chaser of Excedin Migraine. I also apply ice.

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  70. BreAnna Schumacher
    December 4, 2011 at 2:08 am (6 years ago)

    I, too, get migraines from artificial sweeteners. Just knowing that has helped me avoid many migraines. When I do get severe headaches or migraines I try to relax in a dark room…it seems near impossible, though. It’s times like those that Excedrin is more valuable than gold to me!

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  71. Launi Lewis
    December 4, 2011 at 2:03 am (6 years ago)

    I also take excedrin. my migrains have are less since menopause as well. Hot flashes are another matter. cutting fake sugar and msg helps reduse migrains

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  72. Busy Mom
    December 4, 2011 at 2:02 am (6 years ago)

    I try to do something (take medicine, eat something, rest) about headaches at the first sign rather than “waiting to see” (often stupidly) what will happen.

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  73. ConnieFoggles
    December 4, 2011 at 1:54 am (6 years ago)

    I try the dark room with no noise first. I keep water near me to keep myself hydrated and use deep breathing. If that doesn’t work, I have to take migraine medication. No tips about avoiding them. I don’t know what triggers them.

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  74. dina
    December 4, 2011 at 1:50 am (6 years ago)

    I also live for Excedrin Migraine – primarily at that time of the month when the headache just slams me down and I can’t think. It’s like my head is in a fuzz machine. Tips? Well, my tip is to take Excedrin Migraine. Hahaha. Beyond that, I don’t have much to impart.

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  75. amber shaffer
    December 4, 2011 at 1:48 am (6 years ago)

    I usually take Excedrin..no way to really avoid them

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  76. Cassie
    December 4, 2011 at 1:41 am (6 years ago)

    I live on Excedrin! The tiny bit of caffeine combined with pain relief? Bliss.

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