I mentioned a few months ago that I’d been having migraines for months that had severely harmed my life. I was having migraines from 7 or 8 to 12 days per menstrual cycle, and they were very strongly tied to days of my cycle, so caused hormonally. Two days before my period I’d get one that was so bad I could not get out of bed for two days. I’d get another one right after I ovulated that would last for about five days usually.
I have not had headaches before perimenopause. If I got one I could drink a glass of water, take a nap, and it would be gone when I woke up. So to go to these all-consuming headaches that radiated from the back of my head up around the top and back down my entire back out of nowhere was really demoralizing. Like a lot of other aspects of perimenopause. I’d started taking some supplements that helped with other symptoms of perimenopause (anxiety flares, irritability, constant rage, joint aches, insomnia, brain fog) but they weren’t doing anything for the migraines.
I was so desperate for the migraines to stop that back in the fall I decided to do 6 weeks of hardcore whatever I could think of to eliminate them. I went on the AutoImmune Protocol (I don’t think migraines are an autoimmune disease but this seemed like the eating plan that eliminated the largest number of likely trigger foods), I got rigorous about 100+ ounces a day of water, and I started following the Migraine Protocol with my FaceBlaster from the Ashley Black FasciaBlaster site. (The FasciaBlaster is a tool that helps loosen tight and adhered fascia. The FaceBlaster is a smaller version with smaller claws to use on the face. I’d started using the FaceBlaster on my feet and calves to alleviate my plantar fasciitis and found that if I blasted my calves and feet twice a week my PF was unnoticable. So when I read that people were having good results aleviating migraines with the blasting routine for migraines, I thought it couldn’t hurt and was worth trying.) I blasted every three days.
My migraines went away immediately. I was migraine-free for a few weeks, until one day I skipped blasting on the third day and woke up the next morning with a migraine. I blasted and it went away within a few hours. Over the next few weeks what I discovered was that if I did the migraine protocol with the FaceBlaster, I had a lot of wiggle room with what I ate and would still not get a migraine. If I kept strictly to the diet but didn’t blast, I’d get a migraine.
I went off the AutoImmune Protocol before Christmas, but have remained largely migraine-free (I get a twinge maybe twice a month now and have to blast to get it to go away) as long as I don’t go on huge multi-day binges of my trigger foods and blast every 3 days.
I can’t confirm that it’ll work for everyone, but for me it has been amazing and has given me my life back. The dowside is that the FaceBlaster costs $65, but it was a one-time cost. The other downside is that I have to allow an extra fifteen minutes twice a week to do the blasting routine (I do it in the shower), and it’s boring. Here’s the link to the migraine protocol. (Ignore the sexy lady at the top of the page, and read about how inflamed fascia is a big key to migraines). You can buy the FaceBlaster here on the official site, or pay one penny less and get free Prime shipping on Amazon (and I get a little kickback because of Amazon Associates). There’s a bigger FasciaBlaster, but I really think the smaller one is better for head and arms.
The only side effect of the migraine protocol blasting routine is that my skin is flushed for maybe an hour after I do the routine.
If you’re playing along at home and wondering what my entire supplement and whatever routine is to try to keep myself intact during perimenopause, here it is. I’m not prescribing or recommending anything to anyone, just telling you what I do:
- FaceBlast the migraine routine and plantar fasciitis routine twice a week.
- Take DIM (Diindolyl-Methane) 200 mg every day to alleviate my symptoms of estrogen dominance (rage, irritability, insomnia, cyclical anxiety flares, fat around the abdomen, generalized puffiness and joint aches, brain fog, and fatigue). Everyone who starts this gets a headache for the first three days but then it goes away.
- Take BrainFlo (1 a day) for mood and focus. This has alleviated my depression in a shocking way. I haven’t felt this not depressed in ever, and it’s been weird to get used to just being able to do things and not have to pump myself up for hours to do them. The only side effect I’ve had from this is heartburn.
- I also take Juice Plus instead of a multivitamin and notice a difference in energy and skin tone when I’m not taking it. I get mine from a friend at this link.
- I drink as close to 100 ounces a day of water as I can. When I’m not, my skin looks horrible, and when I am, I have more energy and my skin looks and feels better.
- When I’m being smart, I exercise for 30 minutes a day 6 days a week. When I’m not being smart, I tell myself it doesn’t matter, but I also feel tired and wan.
- I make a specific, intentional effort to be really kind to my kids, my friends, my family, and everyone I encounter in my daily life. Even if it doesn’t affect them, it affects me and is helping me manage the generalized irritability of perimenopause and keep liking myself.
That’s it. I hope that if nothing else, you’ve realized you aren’t the only one dealing with some of this. And if you try the FaceBlaster for migraines and it helps, please let me know.