Avoid the Migraine Hangover:  Moving Beyond Medication 

Living with daily migraines is like being in a never-ending war with your own body - waking up each day to gauge the level of pain and figuring out how to push through it.

With responsibilities such as young kids, a job, and household duties, retreating to bed isn't always an option, despite the overwhelming desire to do just that. In this blog post, we’re diving into how to avoid the migraine hangover and move beyond medication and start living a life free of pain and overflowing medication cabinets.

The Medication Routine: A Temporary Fix

For years, my day-to-day existence was dictated by my migraines. The routine was always the same: wake up and immediately conduct a mental inventory of my pain levels, followed by the unenviable task of choosing which medication might provide relief that day. Over-the-counter? Or was it a "big gun" kind of day?


My medication cabinet was a testament to my struggle, filled with triptans, NSAIDs, antidepressants, and on particularly brutal nights, sleep aids. Managing and rationing these medications became a necessity, especially the triptans (my "big guns") which were doled out in such limited supply… 9 to be exact for 30 days of pain.

Moving Beyond Medication: Addressing Root Causes

But what if there was another way? What if instead of merely suppressing the symptoms, we could address the root cause of migraines? This realization hit me hard as I struggled with the long-term effects of my medication routine. The side effects were annoying at best (the migraine hangover feeling) and dangerous at worst, with the potential for developing medication overuse headaches (MOH), addiction, and even organ damage.


It was after 10 long years of this day in and day out that I encountered a different approach - an approach outside the conventional medical wisdom. Instead of focusing solely on managing symptoms through medication, this method emphasizes addressing the root causes of inflammation in the body.

A Holistic Approach to Migraine Relief

By targeting six key areas of inflammation, it's possible to significantly reduce (and even eliminate) migraine pain without resorting to a pill bottle. These strategies don't just offer a band-aid solution; they aim to restore the body's natural balance and susceptibility to migraines.

So, what steps can you take today to start on this path of healing and recovery?

Here are some foundational practices that anyone can incorporate:


  • Mindfulness Modulation: Daily mindfulness exercises can help keep you in a parasympathetic, relaxed state, reducing stress and its physical manifestations.
  • Circadian Responsivity: Ensure you get enough sleep by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.
  • Nutrition Integration: Keep your energy and blood sugar levels stable by eating regular, nutritious meals.
  • Electrolyte Symmetry: Dehydration can trigger migraines, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Movement Stabilization: Exercise not only keeps you fit, but also releases pain-blocking chemicals that help reduce migraine occurrences.
  • Toxicity Mitigation: Evaluate your environment and lifestyle for potential sources of toxins and take steps to minimize your exposure.


Remember, before making any significant changes, it's crucial to consult with a member of your healthcare team to ensure these adjustments are appropriate for your situation.

Embracing Lasting Relief

If you're tired of living a life ruled by migraine pain and medication side effects, know that there is another way - a path leading toward lasting relief and health restoration.


For more detailed guidance and support, check out the guide on flushing out migraine-causing toxins from your body, available here.


Adopting these habits doesn't only ease migraine pain and symptoms; it paves the way for a life rich in wellness, liberating you from the constant cycle of daily medication and persistent pain.

debbie waidl migraine freedom coach2


Debbie Waidl is the Owner of In The Balance Health Coaching LLC, and Founder of The Freedom From Migraines Method™   & The Migraine Freedom Protocol™ 
She supports busy moms living with Migraines. 

Debbie will uncover what is holding them back from migraine freedom so they can live their life pain and symptom free, work productively, spend the time they want with family and friends, and stop missing out on the things they enjoy.

A message from Debbie:
"I was once right where you are now.  100% believing there was NO WAY to end migraines and my only option was to learn how to live with them or find that magic pill that maybe would work for a while.  If anyone told me back then that I could end my pain once and for all, I would have called BS and popped another pill!

Skeptical times 10  was my middle name for sure because when you try it all and everyone tells you they can help you and they don’t.   You stop believing…  you lose HOPE!

I now realize I was approaching my migraines all backward.

I was trying to cover up symptoms versus trying to end my pain."

share this post

All Categories

A Journey of Freedom: Finding Hope After 50 Years of Migraines

A Journey of Freedom: Finding Hope After 50 Years of Migraines Dealing with migraines is tough. Enduring them ...
Read More

Bright Days Ahead: Your Guide to Seasonal Bliss

Bright Days Ahead: Your Guide to Seasonal Bliss Hey there, friend. I totally get how summer brings a ...
Read More

Recognizing Anxiety and Its Impact on Migraines

Recognizing Anxiety and Its Impact on Migraines I met a woman named Anna a few years back, who ...
Read More

Celebrating 55 years of life – The Last 10 Migraine-Free: My Gift of Relief to You

Celebrating 55 years of life - The Last 10 Migraine-Free: My Gift of Relief to You June, my ...
Read More

Embracing Movement: The Unlikely Ally Against Migraine

Embracing Movement: The Unlikely Ally Against Migraine Today, I'm starting this blog with something deeply personal - a ...
Read More

The Complex Relationship Between Food and Migraine Freedom

The Complex Relationship Between Food and Migraine Freedom The conversation around migraines and diet is vast and varied. ...
Read More

The information provided in this blog is designed to provide helpful information on the subjects discussed. This blog is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For diagnosis or treatment of any medical problem, consult your own physician. The publisher and author are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, action, application or preparation to any person reading or following the information in this blog. References are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any websites or other sources. Readers should be aware that the websites listed in this blog, including their content, may change at any time without notice.

Featured on:

800+ recipes designed with your migraine freedom goals in mind

Want to know more about Debbie & the Migraine Freedom Protocol™
Learn more

in the balance company logo