I started a new treatment regimen several months back, and recently realized (thanks to several readers’ emails) that I neglected to update the blog with my experiences. So, here goes:
In February, I began taking magnesium and coenzyme Q-10 supplements for migraine prevention/relief. In addition to my standard multi-vitamin (which includes 200 mg of magnesium), I take 100 mg of CoQ10 three times per day, and 250 mg of magnesium once per day. (The recommended dosage in “The Migraine Brain” was 400 mg of magnesium daily, but I was unable to find 100 mg tablets.) I also recently added a 100 mg B2 supplement.
So far, I haven’t experienced any reduction in the frequency of my migraine attacks, but I have noticed a decline in the pain associated with my attacks. What used to be a standard 5 to 7, is now a 3 or 4 on a normal day. Some days are worse, of course, and I still get my sharp stabs of intense (7 to 9) pain, but the overall pain levels are down. This is good news.
As a chronic migraineur, I’ll take what help I can get, where I can get it. If I’m going to keep getting the attacks, at least they’re less painful. And, all in all, this is pretty much the same improvement I experienced on Topamax – without the mood changes, weight loss, and forgetfulness.
I’m interested to learn what the rest of you have experienced. Have you taken magnesium or coenzyme Q-10 for migraine prevention? What happened?