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5 questions about your migraines: Detlef

Those who suffer from migraines or tension headaches often become experts themselves. That is why we ask an M-sense user 5 questions every month.

Here Detlef tells us his story and what he does against his migraines. If you want to answer 5 questions about your headache, write a comment or send us an email to [email protected]

Surname: Detlef
Activity:Therapist and teacher for Aikido, Taiji and Qigong
Headache type: Migraine (rare with aura), very severe headache
Frequency of attacks: At times 8 to 10 attacks per month, less often 1 to 2 months no attacks at all

When did you have your first migraine and how did it feel?

My mother had extreme migraine attacks that I had seen since childhood. When I was affected for the first time myself, I knew straight away: “Aha, that's it!” Of course, it was something completely new for me, but I wasn't unsettled or irritated because I had the feeling that I could enjoy the experience map somehow. When I told my mother about my attacks, I felt immediately understood and accepted by her. That helped me a lot to deal with the migraines.

"The pain does not belong to you, the pain belongs to your body."

Fortunately, I rarely have migraines with aura. As a teenager, I had these attacks more often. Between the ages of 30 and 40, the migraine attacks with aura have clearly subsided. With an aura, unlike attacks without an aura, seizures feel more like a serious illness. On the other hand, migraine attacks without aura feel like extreme headaches, which in turn are clearly different from normal headaches.

When I have a migraine, I feel “seriously ill”. Apart from that, the head feels as if it would burst instantly, the pain spreads over a large area in the body, mostly one-sided. My head and face are then so sensitive to pain that they can no longer be touched. Sharp pains in the eye, temple and ear accompany this condition. The pain pulls down, grips the arm, which can hardly be moved until the ability to move comes to a complete standstill. Movements are then only possible in absolute slow motion, if at all. Turning the head and body can hardly be carried out without nausea and the risk of vomiting.

I would explain the pain to a child like this: “Do you remember what it is like when you have just fallen and you have been very hurt? When you then cry in pain and all you care about is that it shouldn't hurt anymore. That's how it is when I have a headache. "

Are you doing something to prevent your migraines?

As an agile person, I've always moved a lot. And as a coach and therapist I work with relaxation exercises and meditation such as: Aikido, Taijiquan and Qigong. For me, however, meditation is the most profound method. These procedures are part of my daily practice. Healing, as we know, is an art. What we also know is: prevention is better than cure. It is best not to allow the diseases to occur in the first place. In general, I think it is more beneficial to care more about health than about illness. Because if we were to spend a lot of the time taking care of illnesses with health, then at the same time we would have developed a different, much greater awareness of the relationship between health and illness.

My personal trigger is stress (mostly homemade). I differentiate between stress due to excessive demands and too many tasks to be completed at the same time and stress that arises more in interpersonal relationships. This is another reason why relaxation is particularly important to me.

Can you get something positive out of your migraines?

Yes, every time I am affected by an attack, to me it is like someone snapping their finger and saying, “Watch out! Think about everything you do, want, think. "

"Life is a real miracle and illnesses are calls to wake us up."

An attack literally throws me back on myself. She calls me to my senses. That's when I ask myself the questions I could actually ask myself every morning after waking up. Do I want what I am currently doing? What do I get up for every morning? What would I like to do differently? What can i change? How do I imagine a happy and fulfilling life? Why haven't I changed anything so far when I know that I can change things? Do I even want to change?

So the positive benefit for me is that I am constantly being asked to reflect on and change my life. Life is a true miracle and illnesses are calls to wake us up.

How does the migraine affect your everyday life?

My understanding wife supports me as best she can and gives me the peace and quiet that I need. Most of the time I lie down because there is nothing else I can do when there is a severe attack.

My attacks are often not noticed by other people because I successfully conceal them under pressure. That is and always has been one of my biggest “stupidities” that I have to overcome. I've always forced myself to do this because I've been self-employed for most of my life. I was never on sick leave because of a migraine.

What helps you in dealing with the pain?

I drink a lot of water during the attack, even if I feel like vomiting. Taking pain medication often does not make the pain go away. I take it anyway, hopefully to be able to fall asleep quickly. For me, sleeping is the only way to relieve pain. When I wake up and the pain is still there, I have a drink and try to go back to sleep. It can go on for 24 hours. I'm good at this because I've learned that I have nothing to lose (other than my pain). Besides that, I am not able to do anything except rest. Over the years I have developed the necessary patience and know the result will be freedom from pain.