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Signs that Tell You a Migraine is Approaching- Nip it in the Bud!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013



Once a migraine attack is in full swing, it can be very difficult to stop. Sometimes, headaches and nausea can last for days, especially if you have a chronic migraine condition. With practice, you can learn how to recognize that tell you a migraine is on its way, and head it off at the pass. Here are some tips to help you intercept a migraine attack and prevent hours of torture.

Signs that Tell You a Migraine is Approaching- Nip it in the Bud!

The Prodrome Stage

All migraineurs experience a prodrome phase hours before a migraine strikes, but it can sometimes go unnoticed. The signs of an impending migraine can be slight, or they can hit you like a ton of bricks; it’s different for everybody.

Don’t confuse the prodrome phase with the aura phase; a migraine aura (visual disturbances, hallucinatory scents, speech problems) happens minutes before a migraine attack, while prodrome symptoms (fatigue, exhilaration, cravings) can take place hours before the first signs of headache or stomach pain.

For more explanation, read Migraine Aura and Prodrome- What’s the Difference?

Signs of Prodrome

More than half of all migraine sufferers notice the following symptoms just hours before getting a migraine attack:

  • Crushing fatigue
  • Food cravings for unusual tastes
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Brain fog, disorientation
  • Constant need to urinate
  • Neck pain
  • Excessive yawning
  • Unusual mood swings, depression or elation

More about prodrome symptoms can be found here: The Earliest Symptoms of Migraine are not Headaches

Catch the Migraine and Stop it

An aura may not give you enough time to stop a migraine without abortive medications, but recognizing the signs of the prodrome phase can afford you time to employ natural preventive measures to halt an approaching migraine headache.

The moment you notice yourself feeling any of the symptoms of prodrome as described above, get yourself to a quiet spot as soon as possible (after work, during lunch break, or whenever you can get home).

Natural Measures that Help

Don’t feel compelled to run to the medicine cabinet just because you think a migraine may be brewing; often, overmedication of painkillers only guarantee a subsequent rebound headache. Instead, try experimenting with the following natural methods, and see which helps the most.

  • Use the hot and cold method: place one hand in very hot (not scalding) water, and place your other hand in cold water. The same can be done with an ice pack or hot compress applied to the head and feet, alternatively.
  • Apply acupressure on the soft part of your skull, the anterior fontanelle, a small spot which is directly on top of your head.
  • Relax and meditate.
  • Practice deep breathing.
  • As a daily measure, take vitamins, minerals, and herbs that specifically benefit migraine patients; these include magnesium, butterbur root, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

Please tell us…

Do you always know when you’re about to get a migraine, or does it always take you by surprise? What methods do you use to prevent migraine headaches?

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Migraine and CoenzymeQ10 (CoQ10)

Thursday, June 11th, 2009



Coenzyme Q10 (also known as ubiquinone, ubidecarenone, coenzyme Q, CoQ10, CoQ, Q10, or simply Q) is an oil-soluble vitamin-like substance that is naturally present in most eukaryotic cells, primarily in the mitochondria. It is a component of the electron transport chain and participates in aerobic cellular respiration.

Coenzyme Q10 provides powerful antioxidant protection which many believe significantly supports neurological health in patients with migraines and/or tinnitus.

Migraine can be a disabling disorder and migraine preventives have been shown to not only reduce headache frequency, intensity and duration but also improve quality of life.

An article in the April, 2002, issue of the Journal of the International Headache Society, Cephalalgia, reported a study concerning migraines with relation to the compound CoQ10.

At present there are very few effective migraine preventives, and even fewer without significant side-effects. For that reason, there has been a trend towards the development of natural ingredients that can be safely taken by all who suffer with a disease regardless of age and past medical history.

Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring substance and essential element of the mitochondrial electron transport chain. It has been the most extensively studied agent for the treatment of mitochondrial disorders and has been shown to have almost no identifiable side-effects in humans.

In an oft-cited study on CoQ10 and its benefits for migraine patients, test participants took 150 mg of coenzyme Q10 daily, preferably using gel-caps as a method of administration, as Q-10 is believed to absorb better in liquid form. The results were significantly more promising with the coenzyme Q10, versus the placebo. Coenzyme Q10 is extremely well tolerated by most individuals.

As with most Migraine preventives, it takes time to achieve optimum results. Data from the study suggest that it takes five to 12 weeks to achieve maximum health benefits.

This study suggest that including coenzyme Q10 in your dietary and migraine-care regimes is extremely beneficial.

Those suffering from migraines should consider using Migravent, a dietary supplement that helps maintain neurological health when migraines occur.