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Post  NooNah on Thu May 06, 2010 6:32 am

OK - thought I would share this with other migraine sufferers as it's helped me so much. I read an article about a study done by a university on migraine sufferers, when they had tests done most of them had one thing in common - a vitimin b deficiency. On being given vitamin b supplement all the women in the test groups said migraines had reduced and 70% of men reported the same.
I thought i'd give it a go and for the last 5 weeks have taken it every day. I've been loads better, ok I still get headaches but nothing like as bad as they were. Fuzzy headed feelings have gone and lights reduced. Still get numb feelings in my face and arm, but less frequent and not as strong or long lasting.
It's loads cheaper than any migraine medication and your putting something good into your body rather than some of the weird stuff i've been put on over the years!
Good luck all - hope it works for you too.


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Post  pen on Thu May 06, 2010 7:10 am

Hi Noonah this is interesting as my neuro put B vits on my letter to my GP.
The one thing he didnt put is which B vit, or multi and in what quantity.

What have you been taking and how much please?

I am sure I would be deficient and also in Vit. D

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Post  NooNah on Thu May 06, 2010 7:23 am

I looked into vitamin B after this and ended up with one which is a multi-Vit B .... which is all the vitamin B's in. From my reading I found that some forms of vitamin B, your body only uses IF it has adequate supplies of the other kinds of vitamin B. So one with all the B's in it seemed the only one to go for as I didn't know which B I might be deficient in.
I also found one that is gastro-resistant ... which means it stays in your stomach longer and slowly releases the vitamin all day. Which is supposed to stop the big bounce of energy you get after taking a vitamin, which then leads to a drop again. They are a bit more expensive and I may have been suckered in with the lable but it made sense to me. I thought having the vitamin steadly feeding your body sounded a good idea.
Still - it's helped me a lot and I generally have more energy. Don't know where you are located, but Boots (UK) sell these for £6 for 3 months worth.
I'm not sure if the vitamin has worked or I just feel more like facing life without feeling like my head is caving in most days.

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Post  pen on Thu May 06, 2010 7:27 am

Thanks so much, I think I am off to Boots.
Are they Boots own brand?

PS: I am 30 miles north of London Noonah

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Post  NooNah on Thu May 06, 2010 7:30 am

Yes - Boots own brand.

Hope it helps - sometimes the simple things are the best!

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Post  pen on Thu May 06, 2010 8:23 am

Indeed they are Noonah.

So look for Boots B complex 180 capsules...£6.49.
Is that right...found them on the web page.

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Post  estre004 on Thu May 06, 2010 8:48 am

This is the kind of stuff I like to hear. I will try this also. I have no idea how I could have a Vit. B deficiency but maybe some of us need more than others.

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Post  pen on Thu May 06, 2010 9:22 am

Linda, Apparently most menstruating women are deficient in some B vitamins.
I don't know about post, but no harm in trying I figure.
Neuro said to try them as a preventative....them or Butterbur
might as well start with the vits. But remember to take in morning cos they energise I am told.

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Post  estre004 on Thu May 06, 2010 9:26 am

I can always use more energy!! Smile I like things that can solve more than one problem.

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Post  pen on Thu May 06, 2010 10:14 am

B vits help to support our adrenals. This is good to me because i have had adrenal exhaustion before and borderline hypothyroid.
Other that that, I cant recall. Have to look it up.

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Post  Brent on Thu May 06, 2010 10:39 am

Vit B's should always be taken together, they are synergistic and need each other. Every system in your body needs them and they are water soluble so we lose them because we don't store them.

Too many B-Complex supplements are made from coal tar extract. So make sure they are natural food derived extracts. Those cost a bit more then using hazardous waste from coal plants.

B-12 is a highly needed vitamin for our nervous system, brain and oxidant scavenger. But it's needs to be injected or in the form of methylcobolamin. B-12 (cyanocobolamin) just does not get absorbed very well so the methylated form is already pre-digested.

It's important to read up a little before you take vitamin or mineral supplements. Not that they're dangerous usually but to make sure you are getting optimal benefit from them. There is just too much crap being sold in the stores that is worthless.

Then people take the cheapest vitamins, don't get any results and then indict all vitamins as not needed.

I do not take any time release suplemements. The farther along in GI tract the less they dissolve. It's far more effective to take a regular small dose several times a day.

With B-vits it's easy to tell when you are getting an adequate amount. When your pee becomes a florescent yellow gold color then your body is excreting the excess. I take the same amount every day but there are days my body does not dump any, usually the high stress ones.

And remember RDA means the minimum amount needed to keep you alive. It is far from an optimal beneficial amount.

Any info the FDA publishes about vitamins, minerals and herbs is either wrong or horribly twisted around. Do your own research.


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Post  estre004 on Thu May 06, 2010 10:42 am

Good information Brent. I have heard of people getting Vitamin B shots for migraines. I might check into that.

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Post  pen on Thu May 06, 2010 11:16 am

I have had B12 shots Linda, but they didnt help one bit Im afraid.

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Post  estre004 on Thu May 06, 2010 11:24 am

I'm wondering if the supplements would be just as worthless?

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Post  Brent on Thu May 06, 2010 11:33 am

Even if the B complex vits don't help migs there are hundreds of other benefits from taking them. If B-12 injections work you could do methylated B-12 instead of needles and doctors also. And keep in mind the injectable B-12 is synthetic.
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Post  milo on Thu May 06, 2010 11:44 am

My headache specialist put me on high doses of B2. Not B12. So I take B2 four tabs a day.
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Post  tecky on Thu May 06, 2010 1:39 pm

I think vitamins and supplements are helpful, if not for the migraines themselves, for the body as a whole. Our bodies are under such stress dealing with chronic migraine pain and the other things each of us deals with. Ensuring our bodies are in optimum health helps them defend all the bad things out there, e.g., stress, viruses, illness, etc. flower
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Post  estre004 on Thu May 06, 2010 2:07 pm

I agree with tecky about keeping healthy. I'm not a good vitamin taker (always forget) but keep trying. I do eat a very good diet though, especially by todays standards. I have to admit I have not had a cold or been sick for so many years I can't remember. Too bad it isn't working for the migraines. Sad

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