Posts Tagged ‘chronic pain’

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Migraineurs

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013



So, you’re looking for a present for a really great friend who gets migraines, but you’re not sure what to buy…and afraid to give the wrong thing. Or, maybe you suffer from migraines yourself, and you want to send a message to some of your close friends, before they go out and buy you that big bottle of perfume, Au de Migraine Headache.

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Migraineurs

This is why it helps to have a handy list of holiday gifts that are guaranteed to provide joy and comfort for anybody who suffers from dizziness, headaches, nausea, and fatigue from migraine disorder.

Keep in mind that many people who suffer from frequent migraines are sensitive to fragrances, so as a rule of thumb, avoid any lotions, candles, or soaps that aren’t described as unscented.

Also, many different types of food trigger migraines, so avoid buying snacks or drinks for somebody unless you know for certain that it’s not one of her “red light” items.

Finally, know that relaxation tools are always a no-fail option. If somebody suffers from chronic pain, then they will always appreciate receiving a warm blanket, fluffy pillow, or hot/cold pad- even if they already have one. Certain things, you can never have too much of, especially when migraines strike often.

So whether you’re shopping for a thoughtful gift for a friend with migraines or putting together your own migraineur’s holiday wish list, we think this Top 10 List will be just the ticket.

The following is a listing of stocking stuffer ideas and gifts that most migraineurs want.

  1. A 1-month supply of the Migravent, which provides essential vitamins, minerals, and herbs proven to help people who suffer from chronic migraines. Doctor recommended.
  2. A warm electric blanket, helpful for relaxing during a migraine attack. Also great for people who suffer from Raynaud’s syndrome, which sometimes occurs with migraine.
  3. Warm pajama set, including robe and slippers, the ultimate in comfort attire.
  4. Sound therapy,  by Conair- plays continuous environmental sounds throughout the night, to help you stay asleep, even with tinnitus ear ringing. Also helpful for relaxation and meditation exercises.
  5. The original Backnobber, which is an acupressure tool that enables you to reach tight muscles and aches on your back, neck, and shoulders; great for rubbing away the pain.
  6. Hot/cold pad- anybody who gets migraines will appreciate having an extra hot/cold pad to keep in the car or at work; excellent for relaxing tense muscles in the neck or lower back, or for stopping a migraine headache in its tracks.
  7. Spa gift certificate, good for a soothing head message, acupressure treatment, or herbal wrap.
  8. Sleep mask, because migraineurs need a nice dark room to rest in when migraines strike, especially if bright lights are a frequent migraine trigger.
  9. A Foot spa is one of those gifts that people love receiving, but wouldn’t ordinarily buy for themselves; relief in a tub of hot bubbly water- who could say no to that?
  10. When all else fails, an Amazon $25 gift card comes in every size and color, and is sure to please!

Can you think of any other great holiday gifts for people with chronic migraines? Please comment below!

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Migraine Headaches Coupled with Muscle Pain: CRPS

Thursday, June 6th, 2013



Does it seem like migraines make your arms and legs hurt, in addition to causing excruciating headaches? It’s not your imagination- migraine sufferers are three times as likely to suffer from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), according to research studies on migraine headaches with chronic muscle pain in the arms, legs, hands or feet.

Migraine Headaches Coupled with Muscle Pain: CRPS

CRPS is still a relatively-new form of chronic pain that is just beginning to attract more awareness. Still, many scientific journals have commented on complex regional pain syndrome, including this one that was published by Cephalalgia which compared CRPS in patients with migraines and people without any form of chronic headaches.

Migraines and CRPS

There seem to be no similarities between migraines, which cause severe headaches, fatigue and nausea, and CRPS, which causes debilitating muscle pain in a single arm or leg; scientists have noted some significant correlations between the two:

  • Muscle pain from CRPS and migraines are both neurological conditions.
  • Both involve chronic pain to an isolated area.
  • If you have CRPS, you are 3.6 times more likely to suffer a migraine headache than the rest of the population.
  • Also, patients who suffer CRPS muscle pain are almost twice as likely to suffer some form of chronic headaches as people without sore arm or leg muscles from CRPS.
  • CRPS, like migraines, is more common in women than in men.
  • Also like migraines, CRPS can develop in grade-school aged children.
  • Nearly 60% of the CRPS patients examined in the study experienced migraines with aura, compared to migraine headache sufferers without CRPS.
  • About 61% of CRPS-migraine patients reported getting severe headaches prior to severe muscle pain from CRPS.

What is CRPS?

Complex regional pain syndrome is a type of chronic pain that usually occurs after an injury. With CRPS, nerve pain is out of proportion with the injury, causing extreme muscle pain in the arm or leg without any signs of bone damage.

CRPS is caused by damage to the nervous system, but can also occur as part of a  neurological disorder.

3 Undeniable Truths about Chronic Pain

CRPS symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Extreme muscle pain
  • Skin rashes and discolorations
  • Unusual sweating constrained to the affected area
  • Sore, stiff joints
  • Poor muscle control
  • Difficulty walking or moving the affected limb
  • Muscle tremors

Treatments for CRPS

Medications and therapies for CRPS and/or migraines include:

  • Pain relievers, including over-the-counter NSAIDs and prescription opioids
  • Antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Steroid medications
  • Medications to prevent bone loss
  • Botox
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Topical pain relievers
  • Exercise and stretching
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Biofeedback
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Natural vitamins, minerals, and herbs that support neurological functioning, including B vitamins, coenzyme Q10, magnesium, and butterbur

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Are Migraines Really Triggered by Stress?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013



According to a recent study, long-term stress triggers migraines and other debilitating ailments, especially if you fall into a certain age group… Here are some interesting results from the 45-year study on stress and chronic pain, and some tips to help you lower your risks for frequent migraine headaches.

Are Migraines Really Triggered by Stress?

Women, stress, and headaches

There’s a lot of hype about stress being the strongest of all migraine triggers, but very little research proving the influence that stress reduction and other natural therapies can have on migraine headaches.

Now, results from a Swedish study on 1,500 middle-aged women which began in 1968 have been published, proving the undeniable link between perceived stress and ailments such as headaches, backaches, joint stiffness, and stomach pain.

Here are some of the details of that study:

•About 1,500 women participated in the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg study on migraines in middle-aged women.

•Women were asked if they suffered from anxiety, fear, nervousness, irritability, anger, or sleeplessness resulting from family or work relationships and health problems.

•In 40% of participants, long-term stress triggered chronic pain symptoms of migraine headaches, aching muscles and joints, or gastrointestinal disorders.

•Twenty percent of women suffered from constant stress during a period of at least five years.

•Stress triggered most migraines in women between the ages of 40-60, the same age range for a large number of migraine patients.

    Also read: Ease Stress, Effortlessly! 5 Migraine Management Tips

    Which pain symptoms are most predominant?

    In the study, scientists focused on three main categories of chronic pain: migraine headaches, muscle and joint pain, and gastrointestinal complaints.

    •For muscle and joint pain, 40% of middle-aged women who suffer from high stress are affected.

    •For chronic migraine headaches, 28% of participants saw a spike in migraine frequency during long-term stressful periods.

    •For gastrointestinal pains, such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea, another 28% of women saw a correlation between stress and chronic pain.

      It’s interesting to note that all three of the ailments listed are common symptoms of migraine; in addition to intense headaches, many migraine patients also suffer from stomach pain, severe nausea, uncontrollable vomiting, neck aches, eye pain, and draining fatigue.

      Read: The Earliest Symptoms of Migraine are not Headaches

      So, if you are a middle-aged woman who experiences all of these symptoms with migraine, then stress may make you nearly 100% more likely to get a migraine attack in the near future.

      Reduce migraine triggers!

      Overwhelmingly, natural preventative measures, used in conjunction with doctor-approved migraine treatments, have the most impact on migraine prevention.

      These include:

      •Migraine trigger avoidance

      •Following a migraine-friendly diet

      •Keeping a migraine diary

      •Stress reduction techniques
      •Yoga or tai chi

      •Keeping a regular sleep schedule

      •Preventing dehydration headaches by drinking enough water

      •Taking essential vitamins, minerals, and herbs that impact migraine triggers resulting from vitamin deficiencies, neurological disorders, and vascular irregularities.

        The Fab Four

        For good health with migraines, experts advise taking these basic four ingredients:

        Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), magnesium, butterbur, and coenzyme Q10

        Read more here- Top 25 Natural Migraine Treatments: Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs

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        Hug a Migraine Sufferer Today: 10 Ways You can help

        Thursday, January 17th, 2013



        People who suffer from chronic migraines often get asked, “Is there anything I can do to help?” by close thoughtful friends, relatives, and colleagues. Next time, hand them a list! An excellent column pointed out 36 things people can do to help out the chronically ill, many of which are particularly helpful for migraine sufferers.

        Hug a Migraine Sufferer Today: 10 Ways You can help- Migravent

        Whether you suffer from fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, or chronic back pain, we think you’ll agree that this “wish list” for migraineurs a handy tool for enabling the people closest to you- your spouse, children, church members- to provide support without spending a lot of money.

        Here are some great tips that stand out- for the entire list, go to But You Don’t Look Sick.

        1. Buy a migraine care package, complete with unscented skin lotion, hot/cold packs, eye shades, and ear plugs.
        2. Go to the book store and pick up a blank journal, to be used as a migraine diary.
        3. Offer to do house chores that are difficult to do during a migraine attack, such as wash dishes, run a load of laundry, water the plants, or take out the garbage.
        4. How about a quick back rub or foot massage?
        5. Offer to babysit the kids, even for just one hour, or until our migraine medications have kicked in.
        6. Offer to take the dog for a walk; he’s lonely too!
        7. Bring over some home-cooked meals that can be easily frozen and heated up later. Make sure they’re migraine-friendly, and don’t contain known triggers, like cheese, tomato sauce, or dried meats.
        8. Send a friendly email; or better yet, drop by just to say hello.
        9. Keep inviting us to things, even though we’ve canceled out on you in the past.
        10. Give me a hug! <3

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        3 Undeniable Truths about Chronic Pain

        Tuesday, January 15th, 2013



        If chronic pain is triggered by emotions, then does that mean that migraines are a mental illness? Do people who suffer from fibromyalgia just need to de-stress? People have many misconceptions about chronic pain, half-truths that stem from the brain-pain connection.

        3 Undeniable Truths about Chronic Pain- Migravent

        Chronic pain is widespread. Migraines inflict millions of people with frequent, debilitating headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Out of all migraine sufferers, approximately 75% are female. Unlike common acute headaches, migraine attacks begin in the brain as a result of a neurological disorder, and are usually hereditary. Migraines become “chronic” when they occur over 15 times each month, for a period of at least 3 months.

        Chronic pain triggers. Much of chronic pain is influenced by specific “triggers” that increase your likeliness to suffer from a migraine or a fibromyalgia flare-up.  Chronic pain triggers don’t cause migraines- we’re not able to say with conviction exactly what causes chronic pain symptoms, but we do understand that certain things like emotions and thought have a huge effect on their outcome, and how we respond to medication.

        #1: Stress increases pain.

        The brain is the root of all chronic pain, as it continuously receives messages from neurotransmitters all over your body that relay information about pain…and emotions. In perceiving pain signals, the brain takes into account both physical and emotional cues at the same time.

        Overwhelmingly, pain is exacerbated by stress, anxiety, depression, panic, vulnerability, and guilt.

        Migraine Triggers in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

        #2: Pain is never just “made up.”

        The fact that emotionally-triggered pain cannot be viewed from an MRI or X-ray doesn’t make it any less real. Whether pain is caused by tense muscles, arthritis, a fractured hip, or a migraine set off by a hectic work schedule, chronic pain is in every case irrefutably real for the sufferer, even if it’s not always evident through diagnostic imaging.

        #3: Positive reinforcement works.

        Accepting that emotions like anxiety and depression can trigger migraines or other types of chronic pain, the next logical conclusion is that the power of thought can also be used to decrease or prevent pain. This is true to a certain extent.

        Consider the placebo effect- if you believe that a certain medication will work, you increase your own odds of recovery. This has been proven in countless studies, where sufferers of chronic pain who were optimistic not only responded well to treatment, but they also learned how to cope better with their pain symptoms on a daily basis than people with the same ailments who help a more negative view.

        Much of chronic pain recovery relies on your mood, which you can manage effectively by repeating positive affirmations.

        Instead of, “I hope I don’t get a migraine attack,” switch to, “If a migraine happens, I will deal with it.”

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        Migraine Sufferers, this is where your Pain Pills are going

        Monday, May 14th, 2012



        According to recent reports, the US accounts for 80% of the world’s
        usage of prescription painkillers.  Why, then, is it so hard for migraine sufferers in the States to get pain relief when they need it?


        Here are some key notes from the White House report, Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis

        Painkillers are gaining appeal among teenagers

        “While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.”

        The 80s had cocaine…today’s teen gateway drugs are narcotic pain relievers, which are more readily available and, what’s more, legal.

        Most drug abusers get their pills from friends

        “The same survey found that over 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives, while approximately 5 percent got them from a drug dealer or from the Internet.”

        Instead of experimenting with street drugs like marijuana, more young adults are getting their first high from a friend’s unsuspecting mom or grandpa’s medicine cabinet.  Very few, only 5%, get prescription painkillers from illegal drug trafficking.

        Drug consumption skyrockets

        “From 1997 to 2007, the milligram per person use of prescription opioids in the U.S. increased from 74 milligrams to 369 milligrams, an increase of 402 percent.”

        Ask yourself: Do fibromyalgia patients and migraine sufferers require 402% more painkillers, gram for gram, than they did 10 years ago?

        A recent report by the World Health Organization indicates that nearly half of chronic headache sufferers don’t seek medical attention for pain symptoms, and rely on over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers instead.  How, then, can one explain for a sudden 400% rise in prescription pain medicine?

        Who are doctor shoppers?

        “…enhancement and increased utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs will help to identify “doctor shoppers” and detect therapeutic duplication and drug-drug interactions.”

        Who are doctor shoppers? ER docs and nurses refer to them as “drug seekers,” people who use prescription painkillers for non-medical purposes, and usually obtain them through trickery and theft.

        Doctor shoppers are addicts who feign illness so that they can obtain narcotics, often hopping from one ER clinic to another, using false identifications and made-up medical histories.

        Drug seekers use up valuable, limited medical resources meant for people suffering from chronic pain- debilitating migraines and degenerative diseases.

        A case of mistaken identity

        MIGRAINE SUFFERERS, THIS IS WHERE YOUR PAIN PILLS ARE GOINGOne problem facing many migraine patients and other chronic pain sufferers today is that hospital staff and pharmacists often mistake them for drug seekers.

        In an emergency room, a harried doctor has seconds to ascertain if somebody is really in the midst of a severe migraine attack, or if she is just faking it to get drugs.  More likely than not, he makes the decision to hold back pain relief from the very patients for whom he was meant to provide treatment.

        Will PDMPs help?

        The White House proposes “prescription drug monitoring programs” to help prevent prescription painkillers from falling into the hands of drug seekers, while preventing prescription drug deaths.  Theoretically, these should take some of the burden of proof away from the doctors and pharmacists. Hopefully, these programs won’t have the reverse effect, making it even harder for people with invisible illnesses to get the pain relief they need.

        Whether this will be an effective way of reducing un-medical usage of pain pills, only time will tell.  Not all states have adopted these programs, and they are still in an early, experimental phase.

        What are your thoughts?

        Have you ever resolved to go to ER for a severe migraine, and been accused of drug seeking?

        Do you believe prescription drug monitoring programs will help?

        Have you tried using natural ingredients for migraines?

        Do you have any questions or suggestions?  Please leave your comments below.

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        Over-the-Counter Migraine Drugs? Better be nice to your Pharmacist

        Wednesday, March 28th, 2012



        Coming soon to a pharmacy near you- migraine medications that can be purchased without a prescription.  Over-the-counter (OTC) migraine drugs are on a list of other prescription medications included in the FDA’s newest proposal regarding nonprescription drugs.


        What’s on the table?

        According to research presented by the FDA, approximately 20% of all patients (migraine headache and other chronic headache patients, for example) never get their prescriptions filled.  Either they don’t have the money to get their meds, or they don’t have insurance coverage.  Time required to visit a doctor is another factor that prevents many people from getting migraine treatments.

        The FDA is proposing a plan to make it easier for chronic pain patients to get the medicine they so badly need.  By switching the status of certain migraine drugs from prescription-only to OTC, the FDA hopes to make it easier and cheaper for people to manage their migraines.


        Which medicines are included?

        Drugs that may become available over the counter include medications for migraines, hypertension, asthma, and high cholesterol.  Also under consideration are birth control pills.

        While some migraine drugs will make a direct transition to OTC, other medications may require an initial doctor’s prescription, with the option of refilling at any pharmacy thereafter.

        “What we are asking is, should there be more flexibility in the concept of nonprescription drugs? Can we broaden the assistance a consumers gets and increase the types of medicines that might be available over-the-counter.” – Janet Woodcock, M.D., director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research


        Aren’t pharmacists overworked already?

        This new proposal will take patient-care responsibilities away from your headache specialist’s office and directly into the lap of your nearest pharmacist.

        Here are some important points to consider:

        • Currently, only medicines for conditions that can be self-diagnosed easily are available without prescription.  Cold medicines, headache pain relievers, and antacids are among items that are available over the counter.
        • The FDA wants to expand its list of OTC medicines to include migraine drugs that require monitoring.  The only difference is that pharmacists will be placed in the position of assisting you, the migraine patient, with your drug purchases.
        • Certain migraine medications may be available only after speaking to your pharmacist.  Does that mean that a pharmacist will have the power to refuse certain painkillers?
        • The FDA is suggesting implementing modern-day technologies like pharmacy kiosks and online questionnaires in helping migraine drug users select the right item for their symptoms.  Who will be responsible for helping you make those choices, and ensuring that you understand all drug warnings and restrictions?  Your pharmacist.
        • For millions of chronic migraine, asthma, cholesterol, and hypertension patients, this new FDA proposal will result in less time under the care of a qualified physician, and more time being waited on by a drugstore pharmacist.

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        5 Anger Styles that Trigger Migraines

        Monday, March 26th, 2012



        Anger is a destructive, negative emotion that triggers migraines, in addition to harming your physical and mental health.  Hypertension, heart disease, and depression are all side effects of unresolved anger.  In managing your migraine triggers and reducing your number of migraine headaches, it is important to be able to recognize your anger style and nip it in the bud.


        1- Chronic Anger

        If you’re addicted to anger, you never miss an opportunity to provoke a fight.  You love the “high” you get from a good emotional roller coaster, and anger is your drug of choice.  You are offended easily and might explode into a tantrum at the drop of a hat.  For the most part, you may be triggering your own migraines, so it’s essential that you ask yourself before you get all riled up, ”Is this worth the migraine it’ll cost me?”

        Help! Migraines are ruining my Relationships

        2- Behavioral anger

        Do you act out your anger?  People who let anger rule their behavior are often aggressive, and subject to fits of rage- sometimes resulting in physical abuse.  If migraines ever make you angry enough to lash out with friends or family, then it’s important to identify this style and anger and seek professional help.


        3- Verbal anger

        How do you express your anger…do you make sharp, cutting remarks, or yell obscenities?  Even if you would never raise your fist in anger, remember that verbal punches can hurt, too.  Next time you’re in the throes of a throbbing migraine headache that’s lasted for days, and somebody says or does something that really gets your goat, try to hold back your temper and your words, lest you ruin a valued relationship.

        4- Shame-Based Anger

        Over time, constant migraine headaches trigger depression, despair, and anguish in its sufferers.  Because chronic migraines interfere with your ability to work productively, socialize, or carry out basic tasks, you sometimes feel “broken” or worthless.  Feelings of guilt or inadequacy over cancelled appointments and missed birthdays because of migraine attacks may cause intense anger.  If you suspect that poor self-image is at the root of your anger issues, then own up to it.  Find out how other migraine patients cope with their chronic pain, and try to establish a healthier attitude towards yourself.

        5- Unpredictable anger

        Do you alternate from hot to cold, or have days when you are down in the dumps and others when you feel like you’re on top of the world?  Sometimes, anger erupts without following any pattern, fluctuating between mild annoyances to outright rage, depending on your mood.  Unpredictable anger and mood changes are sometimes comorbid conditions with migraine headaches.  Living with somebody who is a thunderstorm-waiting-to-happen can be stressful, even traumatic, so it’s important that you seek counseling.  By visiting a family or marital counselor and learning how to control your anger, you may save your relationships and your peace of mind while also preventing migraine attacks.


        Please tell us…

        Do you recognize any of the anger styles listed?  All in all, there are close to a dozen different anger styles that may trigger migraines.  Do you suffer from anger, and if so, how do you cope?

        Do you have any questions or suggestions?  Please leave your comments below.

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        Working with Migraines is no Laughing Matter, Comedian Russell Brand Agrees

        Friday, February 24th, 2012



        “I’m worried this might be the early stages of a migraine.  I get this light disruption thing.” Those were the words of Russell Brand a few weeks ago, echoing the concerns of millions of other migraine headache sufferers around the world. Only instead of retreating to a quiet shade-drawn bedroom to stave off the coming migraine attack, he continued his 90-minute comedy act under a bright Hollywood spotlight, migraine, nausea, and all.


        Migraines are equal-opportunity destroyers

        Disclaimer: Russel Brand was not contacted regarding this blog post. This is a review of news headlines, as referenced below.

        MIGRAINES ARE NO LAUGHING MATTER, COMEDIAN RUSSELL BRAND AGREES, MIGRAVENTWhen “Get him to the Greek” star Russell Brand had an on-stage migraine attack recently, his audience got a taste of what it’s like to be struck suddenly with crippling migraines.

        First came the light sensitivity; he apologized to his audience for the delay as he halted his routine for a moment, explaining that the bright lights of the stage were probably triggering his migraines.

        Next, he revealed that he had terrible pain, and needed painkillers.  “I feel nauseous now,” he said.  “I feel sick.  Sorry about this.”

        A stagehand brought him some migraine painkillers, and Russell continued his show, still apologetic.

        “I think I’m such a professional showman this is beyond ridiculous stopping to take medication.”

        For most migraineurs, getting on-the-spot medical attention for a migraines is like squeezing sugar from a lemon; it’s a long, nasty process with fruitless results.

        Why the apologies?

        We’ve all been there, yet it’s still hard to watch.  When people suffer from chronic pain, they shouldn’t have to apologize for it.  Yet that’s exactly what Russell Brand did for his audience when he felt the first symptoms of a migraine attack striking while he was performing onstage, fresh after signing divorce papers for his estranged ex-wife, Katy Perry.


        Such is the dilemma for all people who get frequent migraines, celebrities included; once you feel the telltale signs of an approaching migraine, your only thought is to escape by whatever means possible.  Locate your nearest exit, retreat, and apologize profusely along the way.  (Except when you can’t.)

        By the way…

        MIGRAINES ARE NO LAUGHING MATTER, COMEDIAN RUSSELL BRAND AGREES, MIGRAVENTCoincidentally, rapper Diddy was recently hospitalized for a migraine attack that occurred after a post-Grammy party at the Playboy Mansion.

        Imagine anybody else calling 911 and explaining that he was hung over from a giant Hollywood bash, and was suffering from a killer migraine, and could somebody please take him to the hospital; or strolling into ER, wanting attention for a migraine headache that was triggered by too much partying.

        For most migraineurs, getting on-the-spot medical attention for a migraine is like squeezing sugar from a lemon; it’s a long, nasty process with fruitless results.

        Migraines are disabling

        Fortunately, Russell Brand only had to endure 90 minutes of work time before being allowed to go home and wait out the migraine storm.  And most likely, his job prospects are still good.  Not to begrudge him his well-deserved fame, but for millions of blue-collar migraine patients, that is not the reality.

        Most migraine patients have only three options regarding migraines and work:

        1. suffer the migraine attack in silence until 5:00,
        2. miss work, or
        3. miss work while trying for months or years to qualify for disability insurance, which is always a gamble.


        Please share your thoughts…

        • Do you think media attention on migraines will bring us closer to getting a cure?
        • Have you been denied disability, even though your migraines keep you from working?
        • What migraine treatments do you currently use, and how satisfied are you with their results?
        • As always, we welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions!

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        Coping with Migraines, Part I: 6 Inspirational Truths

        Monday, February 13th, 2012



        Do you have migraines, or do migraines have you?  Coping with Migraines is difficult, as migraine attacks can significantly reduce your quality of life, leaving you feeling crippled (only without the wheelchair to prove it).  As a result, migraine sufferers feel depressed because of their inability to lead the kind of lifestyle they once had, or wish they had.  It’s hard to come to terms with chronic pain, but the following tips on coping with migraines should make it a bit easier.

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        6 Inspirational Truths is Part I of Coping with Migraines.   Part II, 6 Things NOT to do, discusses unhealthy habits that should be avoided in trying to cope with migraines.

        #1) You can maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

        COPING WITH MIGRAINES: 12 INSPIRATIONAL TRUTHS, MIGRAVENTWhat’s the first thing you notice in the image above? Is it the black dot?  What about all the whiteness surrounding the black dot- did you notice that?

        Recognizing that there is a vast amount of light (or positive energy) that surrounds darkness (migraines) is a crucial step in achieving a positive mental attitude.  It’s easier said than done, and it might take years of practice.  But it’s worth it- studies prove that people with chronic pain illnesses who think positive, pray, and refuse to give up hope are statistically more likely to cope, reduce stress, and reduce their pain symptoms.

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        #2) You can talk about it…

        Sometimes, sorting out your feelings about migraine illness feels a bit like trying to rake leaves during a storm. If you feel like it, you can talk about how migraine headaches affect your life with friends, family, migraine support groups, or even anybody who will listen.

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        #3) There’s strength in numbers

        Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself, and try to avoid toxic relationships at all costs. Join a support group for migraine patients online, in person, or on Facebook, and seek out new friendships as determinedly as you would seek out a spouse.

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        #4) Inspiration is everywhere

        Seeing is believing- Gain strength from others who have successfully managed their migraines. Like looking at a before and after picture for weight loss, you’ll see that controlling your migraines is no dream, but a possibility. (This is especially easy to do if you have joined a support group for migraineurs.)

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        #5) Winding down is key

        Practice relaxation and stress reduction techniques. If you have a hard time meditating quietly, then put on some soothing music.  If tinnitus with migraines makes it hard to concentrate, then try playing environmental white noise.

        #6) Alternative medicine is beneficial

        Managing migraines should be a multi-pronged strategy that doesn’t rely on prescription migraine treatments alone. Rather, it should incorporate healthy lifestyle choices like exercise, relaxation, diet, and natural ingredients for migraines. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up prescribed painkillers in order to benefit.  Many migraine patients are able to improve their body’s natural response to inflammation while using natural ingredients for migraines. In studies, the most valuable dietary nutrients for promoting health with migraines are magnesium, butterbur (PA-free), riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10.

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        Please tell us…

        If you could offer one piece of advice on coping with migraines, what would it be?  Please share by providing your comments!

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