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Migraine Treatment Options

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Migraine Prevention | 0 comments

 

A migraine is a debilitating condition that is not widely discussed, researched, or adequately treated. According to migraine.com, 37 million people in the United States suffer with regular migraines. This article will present conventional, as well as non-conventional, methods for treating migraines.

 

Hydration

One of the easiest and healthiest methods for relieving migraine headaches is to ensure that the body is properly hydrated. To prevent the onset of a migraine, drink several 8 ounce glasses of water throughout the day.

 

Over-the-counter Medication

Common pain killers like ibuprofen and tylenol may not be enough to treat migraines in some patients. For these cases, there are several over-the-counter medications that include ingredients like caffeine, which works to narrow the muscles that surround your brain and to relieve tension.

 

Relaxation and Controlled Breathing

Some non-conventional methods for overcoming migraine headaches include relaxation and controlled breathing techniques. For many migraine sufferers, sleep is the only way to relieve the tension and pain associated with migraines – however, laying down and taking deep breaths can help by increasing the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the brain.

 

Diet

For migraine sufferers, it’s important to consider poor diet choices as contributors to the problem. A person’s diet that includes food or drinks that are high in sugar make them much more likely to experience tension headaches and migraines – especially if they are not adequately hydrated. Additional headache-contributing foods or drinks include – alcohol, aged cheese, large doses of caffeine, and food additives or preservatives.

 

Pay Attention to YOUR BODY

As with any medical condition, it is very important to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Every method of migraine treatment will work differently for each patient, so it is important to gauge pain level, severity of need, and the various treatment options for each case. If your preferred treatment option is not working properly and if pain persists, especially if it is severe, speak to your doctor as soon as possible – as this may be an indication of a more serious, underlining issue.

Should You Drive with Migraines?

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Living with Migraines | 0 comments

Do you suffer from chronic migraines? Have you ever had a migraine last longer than 10 days in a row? Has it ever prevented you from working or being with your family? If you have ever experienced these things, you know how debilitating a migraine can be.

One question that I get rather frequently is the question about whether or not it is safe to drive with a migraine. The short answer is no. You should not be driving with migraines. This may seem a little strict, but you’ll want to consider why.

The main reason you don’t want to drive when you have a migraine is that migraines slow your reaction time. Period. This is why it makes it unsafe to drive. When you are driving, you have to be alert and ready to react to something at a moment’s notice. Maybe there is a deer in the road. Maybe a driver in front of you slammed on his breaks and you need to slam on your breaks.

I know many stories of people who have driven with migraines and regret it. I had a patient come in who told me about a time she didn’t want to wait for her husband to get home to go to the grocery store. She was having a migraine, but she didn’t know what she could do about it. She didn’t think it was a big deal. So she got in the car and drove to the grocery store. She needed to swerve at one point, and she wasn’t able to stop her car in time or get out of the way, and she ended up hitting another car.

Fortunately, no one died in this accident, but they were injured fairly severely. And the point is that someone could have easily died. My patient says that she regrets that decision and often thinks about it when she is having migraines and wants to drive.

So next time you are thinking about driving with a migraine, the simple thing to do is just don’t drive. You can take an Uber, take a taxi, take public transportation, or wait for someone to give you a ride, but you should not be driving with migraines ever.

5 Ways to Prevent Migraines

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Migraine Prevention | 0 comments

Anyone who has migraine headaches can tell you how debilitating they can be. If you suffer from migraines, I’m sure you are all too familiar with this. Luckily, for those of us who suffer from migraines, there are prevention methods that we should all employ.

1. Cardiovascular exercise and muscle strengthening. There are many reasons to hit the gym. Not only does exercising help you maintain a healthy weight and give you energy, but studies have shown that exercise can be just as effective as medication in the prevention of migraines. Increasing the amount of oxygen flowing in your body may help to prevent these severe headaches, and exercise helps you to do that. Exercise also releases endorphins or feel-good chemicals, which also helps to prevent headaches.

2. Get all of the proper nutrients and vitamins. Eating a healthy diet can really contribute to a lack of conditions such as migraine headaches. Make sure you consume all of the vitamins that you need, especially riboflavin. Also, make sure you get plenty of magnesium as many people who suffer from migraines also suffer from a magnesium deficiency.

3. Get enough high-quality sleep. Getting poor sleep can be a great trigger for migraine headaches in many people. If you are not getting good sleep, consider changing your sleep habits. For example, make sure you don’t do anything else in your bed (read, watch TV, listen to music) aside from sleeping. It also helps if you can go to bed and wake up the same time each day.

4. Try relaxation techniques and biofeedback. When you attend a biofeedback therapy session, biofeedback therapists will monitor your headaches and help you learn techniques that will help you to control your body’s reactions, including your migraines. These techniques are especially good for people who have stress migraines.

5. Try unconventional methods like massage and acupuncture. Massage, acupuncture, meditation, and relaxation are all practices that can contribute to your overall sense of health and wellbeing. If your body is generally more relaxed and peaceful, you will not develop as many symptoms such as headaches.

The most important thing to remember is that everyone’s body is different, and everyone is going to respond differently to various solutions. It’s important to try different methods to see what works the best for you and your migraines.

Treating Headaches by Getting Rid of Stress: 6 Things You Can Do

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Relaxation | 0 comments

The biggest cause of headaches and migraines is stress. In today’s society, so many of us are working 40+ hours at highly stressful jobs and then we have family obligations, social commitments, and everything else that is required to have a productive adult American life. For those of us who are prone to headaches, being constantly stressed out is a sure way to make sure we will get them frequently. One of the best ways to stop the headaches is to stop the stress. Here are six things that you can try.

1. Meditation. One of the best ways to decrease your stress is to practice regular meditation. You can find free guided meditations all over the internet, you can go to a meditation class, or you can simply go outside in nature and do a walking meditation. There are a lot of resources available that will help you to determine the best kind of meditation for you. And that doesn’t mean you have to set aside an hour every day. You can fit several mini-meditation sessions in every day, even if it’s just sitting quietly at your desk and getting centered for five minutes.

2. Relaxation. Learning how to relax is one of the best ways to de-stress. Everyone has different ways to relax. For some people, taking a bubble bath with lit incense and candles is very relaxing whereas other people like to relax by sitting on the couch and watching a funny movie. Find whatever works best for you and makes you feel relaxed, and make sure to incorporate a little bit of relaxation time every day.

3. Yoga, pilates, swimming, or dancing. Exercising is a great way to de-stress. But you don’t just want to exercise. You want to find a type of exercise that will help you to get centered and feel better. For some people, it may be yoga or swimming. Others may feel like an upbeat dance class can really help them to blow off steam. The point is that you want to find the best technique for you. Try different sorts of exercise to find the best one that works for you.

4. Coloring or playing games. There are so many activities that give your mind a break and allow you to perform some task mindfully, such as adult coloring books, putting together puzzles, or playing little games on your phone. These activities can really help you to de-stress and relax your mind.

5. Listening to calming music. There are a number of relaxing and calming playlists that you can try out on websites like YouTube or on music streaming services like Spotify or Pandora. Listening to music that is calm can have a very positive effect on you and your entire body.

Getting a massage is a great way to stay relaxed and de-stressed. Often, we hold stress in our bodies in the form of muscular tension. A good massage therapist will be able to help you release all of the tension and stay relaxed.

Learning how to deal with stress is one of the best things you can learn for your health. In addition to helping you to stay healthy, it will also help you to stop getting headaches.

Should Migraine Sufferers Abstain from Alcohol?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Alcohol | 0 comments

Most people who suffer from migraines frequently understand that alcohol can in fact trigger migraines. It’s common knowledge that red wine can trigger migraines. But did you also know that other types of alcohol can bring about severe headaches? It’s also a common fact that hangovers cause headaches. But did you also know that drinking alcohol more frequently can cause headaches to occur more frequently in general?

While many people have learned to develop a healthy relationship with alcohol, it’s my opinion as a physician who has seen many different patients that everyone is better off completely abstaining from alcohol, particularly those who are prone to getting headaches.

Some will cite studies that conclude that drinking a small amount of red wine every night can lead to good heart health. However, I would argue that the benefits associated with a small amount of red wine do not outweigh the benefits from abstaining from alcohol altogether, and they certainly do not outweigh the health risks associated with drinking a heavy amount of alcohol, whether it’s wine, beer, or liquor.

If you are a sufferer of headaches or migraine headaches, you may want to try ceasing all alcohol consumption and see if it makes a difference in your headaches. I guarantee that drinking no alcoholic beverages–particularly in combination with staying well hydrated and drinking a lot of water–will help you to see vast improvements in your amount of headaches.

For many people, stopping all alcoholic beverages is a simple task. However, if you find yourself unable to stop drinking, you may be an alcoholic. If you are an alcoholic, you should seek help by attending Alcoholics Anonymous (http://www.aa.org/) meetings or perhaps even find a rehabilitation program (https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/) near you. Both of these solutions are going to help you to live a much healthier life.

So while it is not completely necessary to abstain from alcohol to stop having headaches, I believe that those who don’t drink alcohol are much less likely to get frequent headaches. If you are considering making the choice to stop drinking alcohol, I would encourage you to give it a try. What do you have to lose? Well, the answer is health risks, potential liver disease, and of course, headaches.