Posts Tagged ‘migraine remedies’
Friday, December 30th, 2011
Which migraine headache therapy do you believe is most effective for migraine prevention- exercise, relaxation, or Topamax? Well, some researchers from Sweden compared the individual effect of each of the three migraine remedies on patients, with some surprising results.
What’s your migraine trigger?
Anybody who has ever known the agonizing symptoms of a migraine is willing to try almost anything to make them go away. Throbbing, excruciating head pain, nausea, eye sensitivity, vomiting, and visual impairments plague millions of migraine sufferers around the world.
And because migraine triggers vary greatly by patient, determining the cause of your migraines can take considerable time, effort, and patience. Headache specialists have the task of isolating individual triggers from food, hormones, weather, and lifestyle habits before they can recommend the most efficient cure for migraines.
Exercise: Migraine trigger or migraine treatment?
If you suffer exercise headaches, then the last thing you want to do is hop on the treadmill. Exertional migraines are triggered by strenuous exercise, in addition to sneezing, coughing, strong bowel movements, and sexual intercourse. But for many other people afflicted with chronic illness, daily exercise can be therapeutic in relieving stress, pain symptoms, depression, and fatigue.
Scientists in Sweden began to wonder if leading an active lifestyle would benefit migraine patients, and if exercise therapy could hold up on its own against relaxation therapy and migraine drug therapy, such as Topamax (topiramate).
Scientific study on migraines and exercise
October, 2011: A study focusing on exercise, relaxation, and Topamax as migraine prevention proposed the following hypothesis:
Can exercising for 40 minutes, three times per week, relieve migraines as effectively as using guided relaxation or Topamax (up to 200 mg) every day?
- In a three-month period, ninety-one migraine headache patients were observed by researchers for migraine symptoms, quality of life, fitness levels, and oxygen resuscitation.
- Their aim was to compare any changes in migraine frequency between the first and last months of treatment.
- In the group that received exercise therapy, migraine symptoms decreased in frequency by 95%.
- Migraine patients who received relaxation therapy or Topamax treatments also saw a 95% reduction in migraine frequency.
- Conclusion: Exercise is just as effective as relaxation and Topamax medication in preventing migraines.
- Results of the University of Gothenburg study are available in Cephalalgia.
Why are these results important?
Anybody trying to wean off prescription migraine treatments should be heartened by the news that healthier, more natural alternative migraine remedies are available, and the scientific research is there to prove it.
Topamax produces harmful side effects with long-term use. Side effects of Topamax may include:
- Short-term memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Constantly being at a loss for words
- “Brain fog”
- Decreased reasoning skills
- Difficulty putting your thoughts together
Fortunately, the harmful side effects of Topamax disappear once you get the drug out of your system.
Additional natural migraine treatments
A growing body of research confirms the beneficial properties of other natural ingredients for migraines, such as vitamin supplements and herbs.
- Coenzyme Q10: This powerful nutrient is effective at providing antioxidant protection, maintaining heart health, regulating already healthy blood-sugar levels, and maintaining the body’s natural defenses.
- Butterbur: For hundreds of years, herbalists have used butterbur clippings to relieve minor pain, support healthy muscle and joint functioning, promote a healthy response to inflammation, and maintain proper immune system health.
- Magnesium: Many doctors believe that magnesium deficiency correlates with migraine attacks. In a recent study, migraine patients who received magnesium supplements experienced dramatic benefits.
- Riboflavin: In a study published by Neurology, 400 mg of vitamin B2 (riboﬂavin) administered for three months resulted in significantly more favorable results than the placebo.
Read more about migraine prevention:
8 Ways to Avoid Exercise Headaches after Working Out
Exercise as migraine prophylaxis: A randomized study using relaxation and topiramate as controls- PubMed, NCBI
Effectiveness of high-dose riboflavin in migraine prophylaxis- A randomized controlled trial-PubMed, NCBI
Exercise shots- lululemon athletica, Butterbur- amortize
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Complex migraine with aura, like the basilar migraine, causes stroke-like symptoms that literally take your words away- aphasia is one of several disturbing symptoms of migraine aura. Learn all about aphasic migraine causes and treatments.
A migraine attack is not just a headache
Millions of people suffer debilitating migraine headaches, but few non-migraineurs understand that the throbbing headache, as disabling as it is, is one of many migraine symptoms. When migraine attacks strike, they often cause stomach-clenching nausea, uncontrolled vomiting, diarrhea, sharp sensitivity to lights, sounds, and scents, fatigue, and irritability. So debilitating is migraine illness that many long-time chronic migraine sufferers have difficulty keeping a job, performing daily chores, and making appointments. Depression and anxiety are common comorbidities of migraine illness.
Why do Migraines cause Nausea and Vomiting?
Migraine aura- an assault on the senses
Migraines are split into two general categories- migraines with aura (MA), and migraines without aura. An aura happens in the prodrome phase of a migraine attack- the minutes leading up to a migraine. Auras serve as a warning to the patient of the impending migraine, and usually occur about fifteen minutes before the migraine strikes. Migraine auras can cause visual hallucinations, usually described as bright flickering lights, glowing crescent-shaped forms, and rainbow zigzag images. Other migraine aura symptoms are vertigo (dizziness), olfactory hallucinations (imagined burnt scents), temporary partial paralysis, and aphasia.
Go Ask Alice: Migraine Auras in Wonderland
Aphasia- what is it?
Aphasia is defined as a communication disorder that impairs one’s ability to process language, both in written and spoken words. People with aphasia have trouble putting words together to speak or write, understanding what others are saying, and comprehending what they read. When they try to speak, words come out garbled and unintelligible. This does not mean they are unintelligent- aphasia usually results from damage to the left hemisphere of the brain. Many stroke victims suffer aphasia causing partial or complete loss of speech.
Strange but True: Migraines can Give You a British Accent
Migraines that cause aura with aphasia are usually complex basilar migraines caused by a disorder of a major artery at the brainstem or base of the brain. TV reporter Serene Branson suffered a complex migraine (also called a complicated migraine) with aura on the air while covering the Grammys. Spectators believed her to be having a stroke, so common are the symptoms of migraine aura aphasia. Other names for basilar migraines are:
- Basilar artery migraines
- Basilar migraine headache
- Basilar-type migraine
- Bickerstaff syndrome
- Brainstem migraine
- Vertebro-basilar migraine
Complex Migraine Behind CBS Reporter’s On-Air Health Scare
Symptoms of complex migraine often include pounding headache, blurred vision, temporary partial blindness, temporary partial paralysis on one side, loss of muscular strength, difficulty walking in a straight line, and garbled speech.
If you suffer any of the symptoms of aphasia- difficulty talking clearly or understanding what others are saying- contact emergency services immediately so that a stroke may be ruled out. If migraines are the cause of aphasia, then a headache specialist might prescribe preventative or abortive migraine treatments to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
Additionally, natural nutrients for migraines may significantly improve neurological health. Some excellent sources of natural migraine nutrients include coenzyme Q10, butterbur, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and magnesium.
Read more about migraine with aura:
Migraine Headaches and Dizziness- Stop the Ride, I want to get off!
Migraine Aura Video Simulations: You Tube’s Top 10
Migraine Aura and Hot Flashes- Treat that Hot Head ASAP
What’s that Smell? Migraine Sensitivity and Olfactory Auras
Basilar Artery Migraines: Causes, Symptoms, Tests, and Treatments
Aphasia symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment on MedicineNet.com
Aphasia and Migraine- In the Fringes
Migraine Chapter, Migraine With Aura, B.Todd Troost
Monday, December 12th, 2011
It occurred to me that migraines are as much a part of your life as certain family members that always manage to give you a headache without even trying. There’s one in every family. No use pretending they don’t exist. They’re as real as the migraine headache that is sure to attack next time the weather changes.
Like the arrival of a rude uncle, whenever migraines attack you put on a brave face. “Sure, come on in,” you say, cracking into a grin. All the time thinking, How long will you stay this time…? He spins around, and demands a hug. You grudgingly agree, and the whiff of his musky aftershave triggers a migraine the size of Texas.
You must come more often…
You make a show of not being disturbed by the first migraine symptoms- dull throbbing pain on one side of your head, stiff neck, while your uncle slaps you hard on the back and hollers an off-colored joke in your ear, waiting for your reaction. “Good one, uncle!” You think you might vomit.
Migraine Sufferer to World: It’s not just a Headache, People!
It seems that you’re the only one who suffers migraines. Nobody else seems bothered by the uninvited guest. Nobody notices the agony that you hope is etched onto your face. You try to excuse yourself, nonchalantly, smiling weakly and saying that you feel the beginnings of a severe migraine attack. “Can we get together another day?” you ask, thinking perhaps sometime next century… But your uncle bellows, “What’s the matter-got a headache? You don’t look sick!”
Is it just me…?
The migraine lingers, and so does your uncle. As he sinks deeper into your couch cushions, flicking on the television, your migraine headache also seems to have taken up permanent residency in your brain. The throbbing intensifies, flashes of light cause blinding pain behind your eyes, and the sound of laughter nearby echoes painfully inside your head. Your stomach sinks with nausea. No, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. And neither is your migraine.
You can do this.
The phone rings. You try to have a normal conversation, but your uncle-migraine screams in the background, making it impossible to concentrate. You grow irritable, and you hardly recognize your own voice as you cut the phone call short and hang up. You will have to apologize later for your rudeness, but now is not the time to dwell on that. Uncle Migraine wants to talk about migraine remedies…
You didn’t just say that.
“You know,” he says, “you should really smile more. That’s why you’re so unhappy- you don’t smile enough.”
“When are you going to have another child? That’s the best cure for migraines- pregnancy.” (This, from your uncle.)
“If you lost weight, your headaches would go away.”
“Did I ever tell you that I used to get migraines, too? I stopped eating tomatoes, and that did it for me. You don’t eat tomatoes, do you?”
“It could be a brain tumor, you know. Or meningitis. Better get that checked out.”
35 Things you should never tell a Chronic Migraine Sufferer
Migraine, migraine, go away, come again…never.
At long last, your migraine makes the first signs of diminishing, slowly relaxing its death grip on your skull, while your uncle stretches and excuses himself to the bathroom. A few minutes later, he reappears, makes a few more jabbing comments, and saunters haltingly to the door. You will him to leave, silently sending him thought rays, Please, please, please…
Not without another hug! This time, bone crushing, the thick musk smothers you again. You can barely breathe. Migraines go away, but their aftereffects linger like the trail of bad cologne.
Time to recuperate.
Turn off the lights, close the blinds, lie down on your bed, and most importantly, unplug the phone. (You wouldn’t put it past uncle to call you right now from his smartphone, thwarting your chances of recovery.) Empty your mind, close your eyes, put the whole experience behind you, and suffer quietly as your headache slowly ebbs away. You are back.
Until we meet again, uncle…but not if I see you first.
Read more about migraines:
The Four Phases of Migraine Headache Attacks
Helping Others Understand Migraines- 8 Communication Tips
Image credits: Michal Marcol, Ambro
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Not all chronic headaches were created equal- there are many types of headaches besides migraine headaches, such as sinus headaches, tension headaches, and rare cluster headaches. How many types of headaches are there? Learn more about constant rebound headaches, common migraine triggers, and headache relief remedies.
This is part one, which discusses migraine headaches.
Migraines- Could a headache by any other name be just as severe?
Millions of people suffer from excruciating symptoms of migraines, such as debilitating, severe headaches, extreme nausea and gagging, hypersensitivity to lights, noises, and scents, and unusual visual and olfactory hallucinations. But migraine sufferers aren’t alone in their frequent headache pain; other chronic headache patients experience everyday headaches that don’t classify as “migraine headaches.”
How long will my Migraine Headache Last? A Migraine Symptom Chart
What causes migraines?
It is unproven exactly what causes migraine attacks, but scientists understand that it has to do with blood vessel contractions, various fluctuations in the brain, and inherited brain defects. With migraine headaches, pain occurs on one side of the head, and is often so agonizing that sufferers are unable to work, drive a car, or do much of anything until the pain subsides, which could take anywhere from a couple of hours…to a couple of days.
What are the Signs of Migraine Attack? 30 Migraine Symptoms
How many types of migraines are there?
There are many kinds of migraine headaches, but most generally fall into two categories- migraines with aura, and migraines without aura. An aura is a phenomenon that occurs minutes before a migraine attacks. It serves as a 15-minute warning of an approaching migraine, but doesn’t allow much time to prepare. Occasionally, an aura may occur 24 hours in advance, but that much rarer.
4 Headaches that Require Emergency Intervention
What is a migraine aura?
Symptoms of migraine aura include visual hallucinations described as bright fairy lights, zigzag rainbow squiggles, sparkly “fireflies,” crescent-shaped glowing figures, tunnel vision, and voids- dark blind spots on the edge of one’s field of vision, sometimes causing temporary partial blindness. Other signs of a migraine aura are stroke-like in nature- muscular feebleness, sudden garbled speech behavior, loss of consciousness, and numbness or paralysis on one side of the body. It is important to note that migraines with auras don’t always lead to head pain.
Go Ask Alice: Migraine Auras in Wonderland
Migraine treatments- prescription and natural remedies
Currently, medications for migraine headaches include a variety of treatment types, sometimes prescribed in combinations. Migraine remedies include triptans, which halt an attack, abortive drugs that prevent migraine attacks, narcotic pain relievers, and anti-nausea medications. However, many of these prescription migraine drugs come with adverse side effects.
Improve your Memory while taking Topamax for Migraines
Natural ingredients and exercises for migraines include magnesium, butterbur herbs, riboflavin, acupuncture, aromatherapy, biofeedback, and exercises such as yoga and tai chi. These alternative approaches cause no side effects, and treat the body as a whole.
Read more about migraines and other types of headaches:
6 Migraine Myth-conceptions
Can Anxiety Attacks cause Migraines?
Relieve Your Headaches With Yoga: Try These Moves!
5 Types of Headaches- Health.com
Headaches – different types of headaches – WebMD
Migraine: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
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Alex E. Proimos, mislav-m, dream designs, Salvatore Vuono, en:Peter Newell, Ambro
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Migraine triggers are everywhere; over 100 migraine headache triggers identified by researchers trigger symptoms of migraines like severe headaches and nausea, in addition to neck pain and sensitivity to things like food, hormones, work environment, stress, and the weather. What’s a person to do when migraine headaches are always around the bend? Find out how to detect common headache causes, and how to keep headache triggers at bay.
Be a migraine headache detective
One helpful tool for identifying your migraine triggers is keeping a migraine diary. Log into your headache journal every day, and keep track of important data for the day, such as what you ate, how you were feeling, what the weather was, what medication you took, how well you slept the previous night, and any other clues that you think might be relevant to your migraine symptoms. Here are some tips to get you started- 10 Clues your should Include in your Headache Diary Today
Common migraine triggers, and how to avoid them
A common misconception is that one migraine trigger alone can cause severe headaches. Actually, migraine triggers are not lone culprits; it’s a combination of stimuli such as food, weather, and stress that together create the environment for a migraine attack when you least suspect it. The more migraine triggers you manage to control in your environment, the better your chances of living the rest of your life without migraines, or at least with significantly fewer and less severe headaches.
Foods that trigger
When discussing dietary migraine triggers with your neurologist, it’s important to note that foods that cause headache symptoms in others, such as chocolate, might be fine for you to enjoy. Similarly, you might be the only person you know who ever gets chronic migraine symptoms from eating nuts or milk products. Following a restrictive migraine diet is the only way to track your reaction to certain food triggers.
The most common food triggers for migraines are:
- Caffeinated beverages
- Dried or smoked meats, such as lox, smoked salmon, anchovies, salami, hot dogs, and sausages
- Alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer
- Ripened fruits, such as figs, raisins, bananas, red plums, and avocados
- Foods that have been fermented, marinated, or pickled, including olives, sauerkraut, tofu, and dill pickles
- Yeasted breads and cakes
- Dairy products
- Foods with monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Chocolate for Curing Migraines- 10 Astonishing Cocoa Facts
Change- not such a good thing after all
Have you ever taken a catnap in the middle of the day, and woken up to a monstrous migraine? If you suffer chronic migraines, then you’ve probably noticed that you fare best with consistency- going to sleep at the same time every night, waking up at the same time each morning, and eating regularly scheduled meals. You thrive on routine. That is because change of any kind usually provokes a migraine attack.
- Avoid changing your sleep patterns. Don’t alter your routine, even during long weekends or vacations. Don’t sleep late, and avoid taking naps.
- Don’t skip meals, and don’t let more than four hours go by without having a bite to eat.
- Women, be aware of hormonal changes, such as menstruation, pregnancy, nursing, starting new birth control, menopause, and perimenopause
- Weather changes cause migraines, too. Weather fluctuations, such as temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure are typical migraine triggers. You can’t avoid the weather, but isolating environmental migraine triggers from other headache causes will help you learn how to manage your migraines better.
Moody migraine triggers
Stress is one of the most influential migraine triggers. Overwhelmingly, stress is the cause of most headaches, in addition to life-threatening ailments such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and morbid obesity.
- It’s important to understand that “good stress” and “bad stress” alike may cause migraine symptoms. So, landing that perfect job or getting a holiday cash bonus might provide financial relief, but it won’t necessarily provide migraine relief.
- Depression is a common symptom of migraines that also creates stress, thus causing a vicious migraine circle. Antidepressants might provide relief from depression and anxiety, but you should discuss any possible drug interactions with a headache expert, such as a neurologist.
- Practice stress-relieving exercises such as yoga and meditation.
- Take natural headache ingredients, such as magnesium for migraines
- If necessary, seek counseling for stress reduction.
Read more about migraine triggers:
Migraine Weather Triggers- Seasonal Migraines in the Fall
13 Reasons your Migraines Hate the Summer Season
Sinus Headache Remedies from the Kitchen- Eat This, Not That
Perfumes and Migraines: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Stinky
What’s Really Triggering Migraine Pain? – Health News Story – WDIV Detroit
Migraine Triggers- University of California, Berkeley PDF
Cure Together- Avoidance of Triggers is Best for Migraine: Results of Patient Study Comparing 180 Treatments
How to avoid a migraine? Migraine.com
Migraine Causes- Mayo Clinic
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photostock, happykanppy, Robert Cochrane, Suat Eman, Carlos Porto, winnond
Friday, November 4th, 2011
Migraine headaches are not just about throbbing head pain; sufferers of migraine have strong sensitivity to smells, resulting in olfactory aura- an indicator of an approaching migraine attack. Migraine odors usually include unpleasant imagined smells such as burnt food, cigarette smoke, or rotten garbage.
What causes migraine headaches?
Millions of people suffer from migraine symptoms, such as severe headaches, nausea, and dizziness, but nobody has come up with a universal migraine cure. However, by determining migraine triggers and experimenting with various migraine remedies many- if not all- migraine suffers are able to find a measure of relief from their debilitating migraine symptoms.
What is a migraine aura?
A migraine aura appears during the migraine prodrome stage- generally, just a few minutes before the migraine attack strikes. Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is one example of a migraine aura that includes distorted body image, auditory hallucinations, loss of spatial awareness, and temporary jumbled, confused speech patterns. Typical migraine auras are bright lights and voids, such as blue-green zigzagging lines, eclipses, and blind spots.
Sometimes, migraine patients report smelling weird, unusual odors before a migraine attack- odors that don’t actually exists, save for them. Thes olfactory auras are called parosmia. The majority of migraine patients describe imagined smells as putrid, smoky odors. Common descriptions are:
- burning wood
- toxic-smelling aromas
- sewer-like stenches
- decomposed garbage.
Read more about migraine illness:
Night Terrors, Migraines, and Insomnia- 7 Nightmare Headaches
Perfumes and Migraines: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Stinky
Imagined smells can precede migraines
Olfactory hallucinations in primary headache disorders: Case series and literature review
Olfactory aura symptoms- Migraine Aura Foundation
Migraine Symptoms: Olfactory Hallucinations
Image credits, from top:
andertoons, John Kasawa, Grant Cochrane
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Throughout the years, scientists have conducted many studies linking chronic migraines with anxiety attacks and panic disorder; other symptoms associated with migraine headaches include phobias, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Anxiety and migraine illness occur together
In a 2009 study, scientists Gregory E. Ratcliffe B.Sc. and Jitender Sareen M.D., F.R.C.P.C. observed the correlation between chronic headaches and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
According to researchers, certain people are more susceptible to mood disorders such as anxiety disorder and depression than others are- and those people are also more likely to experience chronic migraine than people who don’t suffer from anxiety attacks.
Clinical study links migraines with mental disorders
The study, published by General Hospital Psychiatry, focused on over four thousand test subjects from an earlier study on migraines- the German National Health Interview and Examination Survey.
About Eleven percent of German migraine patients suffered from migraine headaches in addition to at least one of several mental disorders, including:
- Chronic depression
- General anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Panic attacks
- Panic disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance abuse disorders
- General phobias
“Together, migraine and mental disorders cause more impairment than alone,” says lead study author Gregory Ratcliffe, University of Manitoba, Canada. “Patients who have one condition should be assessed for the other so they can be treated holistically. Although it is important to know that both are present, treating one will have an effect on the other.”
Migraines are a recurring nightmare
Scientists also discovered that migraine patients who suffer from anxiety are 40% more likely to suffer from severe depression, as well. Researchers have observed a cyclic relationship between depression, anxiety, and migraine attacks. Depressed individuals begin to experience symptoms of anxiety, which include heart palpitations, nervousness, feelings of despair, and uncontrolled thought patterns. The aftermath of anxiety attacks often includes migraine; among the many symptoms of chronic migraines, depression is one of the most common, and so the cycle continues.
Dealing with anxiety and migraines
Migraine headache specialists recommend the following tips for preventing migraines and anxiety:
- Acknowledge the reality of the situation by doing your research. The more you learn about your brain and migraine illness, the sooner you will come to realize that there are perfectly reasonable, scientifically proven explanations for all the symptoms of anxiety you are experiencing.
- Keep track of migraine triggers by keeping a headache journal.
- Practice guided meditation, relaxation techniques, and exercises such as yoga or Tai Chi, all of which focus on quieting the mind.
- Stay regular. Migraines sufferers are very sensitive to fluctuations, so sleep regular hours, eat at regular intervals, and prepare yourself for hormonal changes such as menopause, menstruation, pregnancy, and perimenopause.
- Seek out natural migraine ingredients, such as butterbur, magnesium, and riboflavin.
Read more about preventing migraines:
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Thursday, October 27th, 2011
An amazing connection exists between fibromyalgia and migraine illness- the majority of fibromyalgia patients also suffer from migraine headaches. Moreover, some natural ingredients (like magnesium) are equally beneficial for migraine and fibromyalgia patients.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease that causes muscular pain, joint aches, and tactile sensitivity. Fibromyalgia patients experience sharp pain while doing things that don’t normally cause pain to others, and without any visible sign of injury or inflammation. Scientists haven’t found an exact cause for fibromyalgia, nor have they discovered a cure, but there are some therapies and natural ingredients that benefit fibromyalgia patients.
10 Golden Food Rules for Chronic Pain Sufferers
Migraines are a comorbid condition of fibromyalgia
People who suffer from chronic migraine symptoms- debilitating head pain, nausea, stomach cramps, migraine aura, and migraine triggers- have a strong chance of also receiving a diagnosis of chronic fibromyalgia. Likewise, a high percentage of fibromyalgia sufferers are likely to get diagnosed migraine attacks. That doesn’t mean that one illness causes the other, only that they often appear side by side in a patient’s medical history.
Migraines and fibromyalgia both respond well to similar medications
Several prescription chronic pain remedies are available as double-duty fibromyalgia-migraine treatments. Drugs such as Cymbalta, Savella, and Lyrica, “officially” prescribed for fibromyalgia symptoms, are also helpful for easing migraines, depression, and anxiety. While these fibromyalgia drugs are not approved by the FDA specifically for migraines, it is a commonly accepted practice for headache experts and neurologists to prescribe them for patients who exhibit symptoms of both fibromyalgia and migraine headaches.
Magnesium deficiency is prevalent among migraineurs and fibro sufferers
Magnesium increases stamina, builds and strengthens joint cartilage, regulates and balances healthy metabolic function, and alleviates tension . For migraineurs or fibro patients seeking natural nutrients for pain, magnesium supplements are the best choice. That is because scientists have noted a high incidence of magnesium deficiency in patients of migraine and fibromyalgia.
Some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are:
- Low levels of Adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP), a chemical your body needs for quick bursts of energy, and for all exercises requiring physical exertion. Fibromyalgia and migraine patients alike often experience severe pain after a workout, or even after minimal physical exercise.
- Hyper-stimulation of the nervous system is a common sign of magnesium deficiency, in addition to fibromyalgia and chronic migraines. Migraine patients and fibromyalgia sufferers experience a strong overreaction to outside stimuli such as noise, scents, sounds, weather changes, and air pressure, resulting in excruciating throbbing pain.
- Magnesium deficiency causes an increase in substance P, a chemical that your body makes to help perceive pain signals. The more substance P you have in your system, the more frequently- and intensely- you will experience pain. Sufferers of migraine illness and fibromyalgia have significantly higher levels of substance P than non-chronic pain sufferers.
- People who have digestive problems are likely to suffer from malnourishment, including deficiency in vitamins and minerals. Migraine sufferers often experience nausea, stomach cramping, and the urge to vomit. Fibromyalgia symptoms may include Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gluten intolerance, and other gastrointestinal issues. Therefore, it’s not surprising that magnesium deficiency would play a strong role in their pain symptoms.
Talk to your headache specialist
If you suffer from migraine illness, and you suspect that you might also have some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, then you should speak to your physician. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia might lead to finding a successful cure for your chronic pain, either in the form of a prescribed fibromyalgia drug or natural magnesium supplements.
Read more about preventing migraines:
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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Natural migraine headache ingredients maintain neurological health, even in the occurrence of migraine symptoms. Listed are 30 natural herbs for headaches.
Conventional migraine pain relief
Migraines- throbbing head pain, nausea, fatigue, and stomach cramps- plague millions of citizens each day. Sadly, there is no universal “cure” for migraine headaches, but modern medicine has succeeded in delivering headache relief to migraine sufferers through conventional medications, such as Maxalt, Imitrex and a series of other pain relievers and preventative medicines.
However, many of these migraine treatments come with a price tag- Topamax, an anti-seizure drug, causes mental disorientation, and memory loss, and many triptan pain relievers cause dizziness and muscular weakness.
Natural nutrients for migraines
Some alternative medicines are gaining popularity, as more migraine sufferers find that the side effects of prescribed medications are sometimes almost as unbearable as the migraine symptoms themselves. Other migraine patients have found health benefits by supplementing with traditionalChinese medicine, such as acupuncture, reflexology, or herbs.
Remember, always consult with a medical practitioner before trying any new migraine treatment. Even natural herbs can cause a negative reaction if taken incorrectly.
For migraine management, experts in naturopathic medicine prescribe the following herbal tinctures, teas, and supplements:
- Ginkgo biloba
- Pine Bark
- Indian Lilac
- Chebulic Myrobalan
- Sacred Basil
- False Daisy
- Dong Quai
- Kava kava
- Jamaican dogwood
- Black willow
- Black horehound
- St. John’s wort
- Caraway seed
- Lemon balm
- Chinese Herbal Tonic:
Combine 9 grams (.30 ounces) of each of the following herbs, and grind into a powder using a mortar and pestle or clean coffee grinder. Inhale small amounts of this tincture a few times per day.
- Polygala root
- Trichosanthes root
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Herbal Medicine for Migraine
Migraine: Treatments and drugs – MayoClinic.com
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Do you keep a migraine journal? If not, you should. The amount of seemingly unrelated headache triggers that cause migraine headache attacks sometimes seems endless. The only way to prevent migraines is to nab your culprit by thinking like a detective. Jotting down notes in a headache diary is the most efficient, scientific method for tracking down your headache triggers and terminating them for good.
11 Headache Triggers you Never Thought Of
Here are the 7 most important clues you should log into your migraine relief diary:
1) Time and date: No detective worth his salt would forget to take down the exact time and date of the attack.
2) Severity of head pain: On a scale of one to ten, how bad was your discomfort?
3) Duration of migraine symptoms: Did your headache last for 30 minutes, 2 hours or 2 days?
4) Possible associations: This is where you really need to put on your thinking cap. Possible links are weather, strong scents, oversleeping, not sleeping enough, bright lights and long hours in front of the TV. Migraines Caused by Eye Strain? Tinted Glasses can Help
5) Nausea: Did you experience feelings of nausea, stomach cramps or the need to vomit? These are important clues, because they could signal migraines with aura, which have been linked with strokes.
6) Medications: Which kind of pain medications did you use? What drugs did you take after? If you take serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) antidepressants, then you should avoid certain pain relievers, like Advil, aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Read more: New Study Warns against Taking these Painkillers with Antidepressants
7) Diet: Food triggers are the most talked-about causes of migraines. A lot of ex-headache sufferers claim to have found migraine relief by sticking to a gluten-free diet. The most common foods which are notorious for producing migraine headaches are aged delicacies (wine, cheese, dried salami), nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers), caffeinated beverages, sugarless sodas, preservatives (MSG) and dairy products. 10 Golden Food Rules for Chronic Pain Sufferers
8) Exercise: Did you get any light exercise today? One of the most difficult challenges facing migraineurs is to get out of the darkened bedroom, get some sunshine and go out for a quick walk. Easier said than done, but even small doses of aerobic exercise contribute to your well being. Relieve Your Headaches With Yoga: Try These Moves!
9) Menstrual cycle: Menstrual migraines are nothing new, but sometimes it takes looking through your headache journal to put two and two together. Go back to your log entries from three months earlier. Do you see a connection? Other hormonal fluctuations which should be noted are pregnancy, menopause and perimenopause.
10) Stress level: Stress is the number one contributor to headaches, accounting for 80% of all chronic head pain. Anxiety, nervousness and depression cause the ”fight-or-flight” reaction, muscle soreness, high blood pressure and low community, all of which create head pain, stomach upset and nausea.
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