Posts Tagged ‘migraine trigger’
Monday, April 16th, 2012
If you’ve tried everything else to get rid of migraine headaches- to relieve the throbbing pain, vomiting, eye sensitivity, and migraine aura symptoms- then you might just need a facelift. According to recent reports, migraine sufferers who receive reconstructive surgery, such as a forehead lift or eyelift, see at least a 60% reduction in migraine headache pain.
So, you could get rid of the migraine and the crow’s feet at the same time!
Plastic surgery for migraine headaches
The first plastic surgeon to try nerve decompression surgery for relieving migraines was Bahman Guyuron, MD of University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He noticed that migraine patients, months after receiving a forehead lift, often experienced a wonderful bonus in addition to their smoother, fresher face- a complete cessation of migraine headaches.
Twelve years later, Dr. Guyuron still practices this procedure on migraine sufferers. By focusing on muscles and nerves surrounding specific migraine trigger points on the head, Guyuron has successfully reduced migraine headaches in approximately 88% of his patients, while 30% say that their chronic headaches have completely disappeared.
As research grows, more plastic surgeons are employing this method for curing migraines. This Boston Globe article on plastic surgery for migraines describes how one migraine sufferer received permanent relief from migraine pain.
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Who’s entitled to migraine surgery?
Facelift surgery for relieving migraines is still a new concept, and has only been tested on small groups. Because more years of testing are required, very few migraine sufferers qualify for nerve decompression surgery. Furthermore, migraine surgery is only recommended as last alternative, after all other migraine treatments have failed, and only if migraine headaches are debilitating to the point of interfering with your quality of life.
What other options are available?
Opponents to migraine surgery say that patients are often not warned of potential side effects like infection, loss of blood, paralysis, skin rash, and hair loss.
Some neurologists worry that migraineurs may make the hasty decision to undergo permanent surgical procedures before trying natural ingredients and therapies for migraines, such as exercise, acupuncture, relaxation, and supplements.
Please tell us…
Would you consider having forehead lift surgery to relieve migraines? Have you exhausted all other migraine therapies?
Do you have any questions or suggestions? Please leave your comments below.
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Read more about preventing migraine headaches:
Diagnosing Constant Migraines with a Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap) – What to Expect
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Chronic Pain
Plastic Surgery Brings New Hope for Migraine Sufferers
Migraine sufferers may find relief in plastic surgery techniques
Migraine Surgery Offers Good Long-Term Outcomes, Study Finds
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.
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Disclaimer: Russel Brand was not contacted regarding this blog post. This is a review of news headlines, as referenced below.
When “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…
Coincidentally, 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:
- suffer the migraine attack in silence until 5:00,
- miss work, or
- 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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Read more about migraines at work:
Migraine Headaches Are Not an ADA Disability, Says US Court
Migraines at Work- Can my Employers Fire me from my Job?
Social Security Disability for Migraine- 5 Tips for Filing
Russell Brand Forced To Stop Show After Migraine Attack
Russell Brand Suffers Migraine Attack Onstage
Diddy Hospitalized For Extreme Migraine Headache: REPORT
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
In your daily struggle coping with the Migraine Monster, sometimes it feels like you’re on the losing team at the last count. It’s hard to believe that things can ever get better, or to imagine that things can ever get worse when you’re dealing with migraine headaches and nausea day in, day out. Here are some helpful strategies that work for coping with migraines.
6 Inspirational Truths was 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) Don’t let fear control you
When you have chronic migraines, your thoughts become riddled with fear: What if I’m getting a brain tumor…What if I’m at risk for heart attack, stroke, or seizure…What if I drive on the freeway, and I get a migraine attack? The only way to confront these fears is to arm yourself with knowledge. If you’re concerned about your safety driving, then consult in your headache specialist or neurologist. While there is a high correlation of heart disease and seizures with people who get migraines with aura, the link is not 100%. Don’t be embarrassed to express these fears with a doctor. The more solid information you collect about your migraines, the less anxiety you will feel.
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#2) Don’t hold in anger
Anger causes stress, and stress triggers migraines. Yes, it’s angering when people make rude comments about your need for medications or time off. It’s unfair that you should suffer from debilitating migraines, while others never get a headache strong enough to keep them from work. That fact that a situation is angering doesn’t mean you have to respond with anger, nor should you. Think of anger as a cancer that drains all energy from your body, causing fatigue, illness, and depression. You can’t change the fact that you were born with migraine disorder, and you can’t control other people’s ignorance of migraines, but you can control your feelings about them. If necessary, seek psychiatric counseling, but do not allow cancerous anger to consume your life.
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#3) Don’t try to be Superman…or Supermom
You’re having a hard time putting your life back in order- migraine attacks have completely ravaged your home life, and you’re left putting back the pieces, one by one. You sense that certain people have given up on ever seeing you in daylight again, and in the back of your mind, you worry that your children will never forgive you being absent, mentally and physically, every time a migraine headache courses through your system. There’s no use feeling guilty about it- if you had superhuman powers, then you could manage migraines and the dishes at the same time. But you don’t, and feeling guilty about it only creates negative emotions.
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#4) You don’t have to share
People ask you how you’re doing all the time. “How’re those migraines treating you? What kind of migraine drugs are you taking?” They might try to cajole a response from you because they’re curious, or because they really want to help. In any case, you don’t have to answer if you don’t feel like talking about your migraines, or feel like being identified as “the migraine sufferer.”
The polite response is, “I really appreciate your asking, but I don’t feel like discussing migraines right now. If I do feel like talking about it later, then I hope you will be there for me.”
#5) Don’t rush it
Recognize that migraines are a serious disorder, and treat your body accordingly. Don’t feel that you have to march to the same beat as other people who don’t have migraines. Give yourself more time to complete errands than you have been, and take breaks.
#6) Don’t be the social butterfly
Don’t feel guilty about declining social outings. The fact is that overstimulation is as much of a migraine trigger for some as eating a chili cheeseburger is for others. If milling around a buffet table chatting up acquaintances with music blaring in the background gives you migraines, then by all means, excuse yourself from your cousin’s 25th anniversary gala, and suggest meeting for drinks another time in a quieter setting.
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!
Read more about migraine prevention:
Coping with Migraines, Part I: 6 Inspirational Truths
Top 20 Simple Lifestyle Modifications to Prevent Migraines
The Emotional Pain of Migraines: Coping with Frustration and Guilt
Coping With Migraines and Headaches
Friday, June 17th, 2011
Many food triggers cause migraine attacks, but did you know that not drinking enough water is also a sure-fire way to invite migraine headaches? Chronic dehydration is a common migraine trigger. Even if you drink plenty of water, you stand a chance of suffering from severe dehydration. Some symptoms of chronic dehydration are dry, cracked lips, flaky skin, and reduced skin elasticity.
If you drink 64 ounces of water each day and still dehydrate easily, then you need to consume more electrolytes. There are many popular sports drinks and other electrolyte supplements in the stores, but you can make your own version of Gatorade with the handy recipe included at the end of this article.
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Listed below are 15 tips for getting your recommended dose of H20 every day:
- Good morning, now drink! Keep a water bottle handy next to your bed, and you’re more likely to remember to have that first morning gulp as soon as you wake up.
- Don’t even think about it. Make a ritual of having a drink of water every time you sit down to work, walk into the kitchen to fix something to eat, or answer the telephone. If you associate everyday actions with drinking a glassful of water, then you are going to get your daily supply of H20 without even trying.
- Just a spoonful of lemon…Can’t tolerate the taste of sink water? Add a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice to make it more palatable. In a pinch, you can substitute a few teaspoons of bottled lemon juice.
- Kick the caffeine habit. Caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and colas don’t hydrate you. Rather, they make you lose more water every time you urinate. Instead, have a cup of caffeine-free herbal tea, or even just a steaming mug of hot water with lemon and fresh mint leaves. You’ll be trading in a bad habit for a better one, and boosting your daily water intake at the same time! Talk about a win-win scenario.
- Start spreading the news. Tell your friends about your new 64-ounce-per-day water challenge. Maybe they’ll want to join in with you? Taking on a new habit is easier when you do it with friends and family.
- Fly with it. Take a cue from the Fly Lady, and purchase a good sturdy water bottle that will meet all your needs. Don’t have time to shop around? She’s already done the work for you. Her stainless steel water bottle fits in standard car cup holders, has a wide mouth for adding ice cubes, doesn’t sweat all over the place, has interchangeable carrying straps, and is top-rack dishwater safe. Functional, durable, ecological, and for $12.95, it won’t break your wallet
- Take it with you. Now that you’ve purchased your own personal water jug, don’t leave home without it! Do you live in a two-story house? Don’t leave your water bottle behind. Make a point of carrying it with you before you go up or down the stairs.
- Take baby sips. Do you have a hard time swallowing big gulps of water? Purchase a package of straws, and slip one into a nice tall glass of water. Ask any kid- straws make drinks taste better!
- Have a water sandwich. That is, sandwich meals and snacks between sips of water. Take a drink before and after each bite, or at least before and after each meal. Not only will it encourage you to drink more water, but you’ll also feel full quicker and eat less!
- Pure and simple does it. Do you live in a hard-water area? Don’t waste money on bottled water. Install a water filter for healthy, clean-tasting water every time you turn on the tap.
- Fill ‘er up! Any time you pass by a water fountain while you’re out and about, grab your water bottle, and help yourself to a refill.
- Have a drink with that shake. Every time you sweat, you lose bodily fluids, and that could lead to severe dehydration. Remember to replenish your water supply before and after workouts.
- When the heat is on, turn up the volume. During the hot summer months of July and August, aim to drink more water than usual, especially if you live in an area that is prone to heat waves. The summer season usually sees a spike in hospital visits resulting from dehydration, so avoid becoming a victim at all costs.
- Feeling nauseous? One of the symptoms of chronic migraines is the frequent need to vomit. If you suffer from extreme nausea, or any other condition that causes vomiting, remember to replenish your body with fluids in order to avoid dehydration. A cup of hot water seeped with fresh ginger might even quell that sick-to-the-stomach feeling.
- Gator-who? Save money and cut back on food coloring: make your own sports drink. It’s easy! This recipe includes a natural form of potassium chloride, orange juice.
- First, mix ¼ cup of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of salt with ¼ cup of hot water to dissolve.
- Add ¼ cup of orange juice, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 3 ½ cups of ice-cold water.
- That’s it! Eight ounces of this electrolyte sports drink has 50 calories and 110 mg of sodium.
More good reads:
6 Safe Migraine Treatments for Pregnant Moms
Best 10 Hospitals in the USA for Chronic Migraine Patients
Chronic dehydration as migraine trigger
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9 Tips: How to Drink More Water
12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
Proper management of migraines includes migraine prevention. For some people, the easiest way to prevent a migraine is to keep track of things that set it off, commonly referred to as triggers.
Keeping a diary of common triggers can help a person prevent future migraines, according to Dr. E. A. MacGregor. (The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health; http://rsh.sagepub.com; February, 1992).
The triggers consist of various foods and activities that have been known to bring on migraines.
The following is a list of the most common triggers according to Dr. E. A. MacGregor:
- Foods: cheese, chocolate, citrus fruits
- Drinks: alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks
- lack of sleep
- hormonal changes in women
- neck and back pain
- environmental disruptions – loud noises, bright lights and strong stenches
- long trips
- general stress
According to Dr. E. A. MacGregor, his patients have claimed that sometimes a specific trigger will cause a migraine to occur, and sometimes this same one will not. Frequently, a multitude of triggers will trigger a migraine in one person, but an individual trigger will not. The “attack threshold” is defined as the point at which a combination of triggers will create a migraine. Obviously, this attack threshold is not the same for everyone.
People who are prone to migraines are advised keep a daily diary. In addition to keeping a log of the individual triggers, he/she should also pay close attention to when the migraine took place and its severity. Doing so may enable a person to manage the migraines without the aid of drugs.