Destroy Your Migraines...Before They Destroy You! by c2632c2632


Provides great information regarding everything related to migraines, including a description of what migraines are, things that are thought to be causes of migraines and migraine triggers, different symptoms of migraines, treatment available, natural remedies for migraines, info. about medications for migraine control, migraine in children, foods to eat and those to avoid, and the newest technologies and procedures available to sufferers of chronic migraines!

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                  Written by Carrie Lee
Destroy Your Migraines…Before They Destroy You!

What is Migraine?

   The pain of a migraine headache is often described as an intense pulsing or

throbbing pain in one area of the head. However, a migraine is much more than that -

the International Headache Society diagnoses a migraine by the degree of its pain and

the number of attacks (at least 5 attacks, lasting 4-72 hours if untreated), as well as

additional symptoms including nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and/or sound.

   Migraine affects greater than 10% of people worldwide, and is three times more

common in women than in men.

   A migraine is not a just a severe headache. It involves a tremendously incapacitating

multitude of neurological indicators that usually include a severe recurring intense,

agonizing pain on one side of the head (although a number of migraine attacks affect

both sides of the head). Attacks are often associated with visual disturbance,

queasiness/nausea, vomiting, vertigo, and/or excessive sensitivity to sound, light, touch

and smell, as well as tingling or numbness in the extremities or face. Of course, everyone

is different, and symptoms fluctuate with each person and sometimes even with a single

individual’s bouts of migraine.

   Roughly one-third of those individuals who have migraines can foresee an onset of a

migraine because it is preceded by an "aura" characteristic, which comprises visual

disturbances that appear as flashing lights, zigzag lines, or a temporary loss of vision.

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What is Migraine? (continued)

   Migraine classifies as being one of the top 20 disabling medical illnesses. In addition,

regrettably, migraine is common in children as well as adults, and has reared its ugly

head even in children as young as 18 months old. There are approximately 10 percent of

school-age children who experience migraine. Half of all migraine sufferers have their

first migraine before they reach age 12. Prior to puberty, boys suffer from migraine more

often than girls. As adolescence approaches, the incidence increases more rapidly in

girls than in boys.

   Migraine often goes undiagnosed in children and adolescents, because in childhood

migraine, head pain is often less severe than other common symptoms associated with

migraine including nausea/abdominal pain, or dizziness. In addition, it is not unusual

for attacks to occur with minor to no head pain, making it difficult to identify. Motion

sickness is an initial indication of childhood migraine. In childhood, non-headache

symptoms (such as nausea or abdominal pain) are often referred to as migraine


   Even though the indicators of children and adolescents who have migraines may be

different from those characteristically acquired in adults, children are just as

incapacitated. As a result, they miss school twice as frequently as children who do not

have migraine.

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What is Migraine? (continued)

    Management of juvenile and adolescent migraine depends on the age of the youth, as

well as the rate of recurrence and acuteness of the attacks. Although there are many

medications utilized to prevent or treat migraine symptoms, none are sanctioned for use

by children. Professional skilled assistance from physicians who specialize in migraine,

or centers focusing on migraine, may be indicated for children whom it is difficult to

diagnose, or those who do not obtain relief from typical treatments.

What is migraine, and how does it differ from a headache?

…A confusing situation

              …A difficult test

                              …A long, tedious talk…

    …In situations like these, people sometimes cultivate what we call a headache. A

headache is described as pain in the head located above the eyes and the ears, behind

the head, or at the back of the upper neck.

    Regrettably, however, some people experience much, much more than just this type

of simple headache. Migraine refers to a much more painful headache. Throbbing in a

particular area in one’s head can be a sign of migraine. Migraine usually consists of one

(or more) of the following:

   Throbbing of one or both areas of the head
   Sensitivity to light (photophobia), sound (phonophobia), and smell
   Nausea and/or vomiting
   Sleep disruption
   Depression
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What is Migraine? (continued)

Having these symptoms may lead to the conclusion that one is experiencing migraine
without aura (a “common” migraine). Having a migraine attack like this can make one
feel tired and weak once the migraine has passed.

Other symptoms may include the following:

   The hands and feet may have a sweaty, cold sensation.

   There may be the presence of an odor different from the norm, usually an intolerable
    odor, which becomes associated also with pain that interferes with or becomes worse
    as one goes through his or her daily activities.

   Other people occasionally experience the sight of flashing lights, wavy images,
    hallucinations, zigzag lines, or double vision, or even temporary blindness. This type
    of migraine episode is characterized as “migraine with aura.” Also called “classic
    migraines,” this type of episode usually begins approximately 15 to 30 minutes
    before actually getting the migraine itself.

What Triggers a Migraine?

People who are affected by migraines tend to have repeat attacks triggered by a number
of diverse characteristics, including:

     Stress
     Anxiety
     Hormonal changes
     Bright or flashing lights
     Lack of food, water, or sleep
     Dietary substances
     Migraine in some women may relate to changes in hormones and hormonal levels
      during their menstrual cycle

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What Triggers a Migraine? (continued)

   For many years, scientists believed migraines were linked to the dilation and
constriction of blood vessels in the head. It is now believed that migraine has a genetic

   Causes of migraine may include functional changes in the nervous system
(trigeminal), which is a substantial pain road in your nervous system. C0-chemical
imbalances in the brain (including serotonin), which plays an important role for pain
messages going through this specific pathway, is also another cause of migraine. If
experiencing a headache, one’s serotonin level will drop. In line with this, the trigeminal
nerve releases a substance called neuropeptides, that travels to the brain's outer
covering (meninges), which in turn causes blood vessels to be inflamed and dilated.

Is there any treatment available? What can I do?
   There is no absolute cure for migraine, since its pathophysiology has yet to be fully
understood. There are two ways to approach the treatment of migraine headaches:

Attacks may be prevented, or symptoms relieved during attacks, with the following:

        Medications - Drugs originally developed for epilepsy, depression, or high
         blood pressure to prevent future attacks have been shown to be extremely
         effective in treating migraine. OnabotulinumtoxinA (brand name – Botox
         Cosmetic) has been shown to be effective in prevention of chronic migraine.

        Behavioral changes - Stress management approaches such as exercise,
         relaxation techniques, biofeedback mechanisms, aromatherapy, and other
         therapies designed to limit daily discomfort may reduce the number and severity
         of migraine attacks.

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Is there any treatment available? What can I do? (continued)

     Making a log / headache journal of personal triggers of migraine can provide
      very useful information for analyzing your migraine patterns and attempting to
      make trigger-avoiding lifestyle changes including dietary considerations, eating
      regularly    scheduled   meals   with       adequate   hydration,   stopping   certain
      medications, and establishing a consistent sleep schedule. Once you have
      identified your particular triggers, do anything you can to circumvent them.

     Changes in diet - Although most people turn to medications for relief, a healthy
      diet may very well be your answer. Think a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, and a
      diet that is rich in vitamin B and magnesium.

     Drinking a lot of water in order to stay hydrated is of the utmost importance,
      as in many instances dehydration is a very common trigger for migraines.

     A weight loss program is recommended for obese individuals with migraine.
      An increase in body mass index (BMI) can result in greater occurrence of

     Regularly exercising helps to increase cardiovascular capacity. Improper
      blood flow is linked to recurrent migraines. Try to participate only in low-impact
      exercise to curtail pounding movements, such as use of stationary bicycles,
      treadmills, and isometric or band exercises.

     Hormone therapy may help some women whose migraines seem to be linked
      to their menstrual cycle.

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Is there any treatment available? What can I do? (continued)

      Other therapies to consider:

        Hypnotherapy
        Acupuncture
        Stress management/relaxation techniques such as breathing, Tai Chi,
         meditation, visualization, or Yoga.
        Massage therapy
        Biofeedback (a technique that uses monitoring instruments to measure and
         provide “feedback” information about muscle tension, heart rate, sweat
         responses, skin temperature, and/or brain activity)
        Cognitive therapy
        I also have a link to a special offer available for you. Click here if you are

      Other changes to evaluate:
       Change your lighting. Very bright lights can often trigger severe migraines. You
       may want to consider using softer, filmy types of light bulbs or lamps instead of
       overhead lights. You may want to stop using (or even being around) fluorescent
       lighting, if that is an option. If you spend a lot of time at a computer, take
       frequent breaks and get as far away from the pulsating light waves of the monitor
       as possible.

       Quit smoking: There are more reasons to give up smoking than you can count,
       but avoiding migraines is another reason to put smoking cessation on your list.

       Use body wash rather than perfume or cologne. Strong odors and aromas can be
       primary causes of the onset of migraines.
Additional Information Regarding Medications:

   Because of the heightened intensity of migraine headaches, they may not be relieved
by simple pain killers such as the following:
      paracetamol (acetaminophen)
      Diclofenac (brand names - Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Voltaren-XR, and Zipsor)
      Ibuprofen
      Codeine
      Aspirin
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Additional Information Regarding Medications: (continued)

   The medications listed above can temporarily relieve pain, but are not strong enough
to successfully stop a migraine. Some may experience relief. However, using these pain
killers may often lead to immunity to the effects of the particular drug, resulting in
long-term usage and increased tolerance to the drug.

   Side effects can also be experienced while taking such medications. Nausea,
drowsiness, constipation, and indigestion are some examples of side effects.

   Medications taken during a migraine attack, such as Zolmitriptan (Zomig) and
Sumatriptan (Imigran), regulate the arteries and serotonin activity in the brain. Even if
these medications end the migraine itself, they are not recommended for long-term use
and can produce side effects including bradycardia (slow heartbeat), drowsiness, and/or
dry mouth.

Relief of migraine symptoms, or acute treatments, during attacks can include:

      Sumatriptan (brand names - Imitrex, Imitrex nasal)

      Ergotamine (brand name – Ergomar)

      Analgesics such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

The sooner these treatments are administered, the more effective they are.

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Diet and Foods:

Foods that may help:                               Herbal teas / herbs that may help:

   Baked potatoes                                    Feverfew
   Watermelon                                        Black or green tea
   Coffee (in moderation)                            Peppermin
   Spinach                                           Valerian
   Sesame seeds                                      Vervain
   Yogurt                                            Lime blossom
   Spicy salsa                                       Coriander seed
   Almonds                                           Wood betony
   Whole-grain toast
   Cucumber juice

Top offenders that are known to trigger migraines include:
       Cheese (except cottage, farmer's, ricotta and cream)
       Alcohol (red wine is the worst)
       Food flavorings (i.e., vanilla), which may contain alcohol
       Caffeine (particularly if you raise or lower your intake)
       Chocolate
       Cold cuts of meat (salami, etc.)
       Products with meat and hydrolyzed protein (gravy, soup mixes)
       Soy beans, Italian green beans, and broad bean pods
       MSG
       Nuts (particularly peanuts)
       Yeast (particularly in homemade bread and sourdough)
       Sauerkraut
       Other foods that have been “aged.”
       Foods that have tyramine or “tannins.”

    Avoid sudden drastic changes in your diet, such as suddenly cutting out all caffeine

    or suddenly eating large amounts of peppermint. Whatever it may be, ease into it

    and eat a well-balanced diet!

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Diet and Foods: (continued)

Eat (but with caution):
      Salad dressing                                 Ripe avocado
      Rennet tablets                                 Ripe banana
      Dried fruits (raisins)                         Yogurt
      Imitation crab                                 Buttermilk
      Licorice                                       Fresh raspberries
      Mushrooms                                      Red plums
      Snails                                         Onions
      Salty foods                                    Worcestershire sauce
      Rhubarb                                        Teriyaki sauce
      Citrus fruits
      Wheat can also be a possible trigger

Eat in moderation: Everything!

What Research is Being Done?...What New Technologies Are Being Discovered?
There are some recent breakthroughs in the treatment of migraines. These

      "The Reed Procedure" (StimPath Migraine Procedure) recently
       developed by Dr. Ken Reed, founder of Reed Migraine Center, in partnership
       with Neuro Stim Technologies, involves implanting four neurostimulator wires
       right under the skin of the head with a small battery implanted in the hip, which
       generates a very mild electromagnetic field that produces a "soothing, tingling
       sensation," according to recipients of this procedure, with subsequent resolution
       of migraines, sometimes for years. This has an 80-90% success rate in
       controlling severe pain associated with migraines. The cost of this procedure is
       costly, approximately $49,000.00. However, most major insurance companies
       are willing to pay for this procedure due the procedure providing a result of
       greatly decreased doctor visits, medication use, etc.

       Click here to go directly to Dr. Reed's website for additional information. This
       link is not provided for any type of personal gain. Rather, I have included it in
       this eBook because I stumbled upon it while doing research and it sounds very
       promising for chronic migraine sufferers such as yourself!

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What Research is Being Done?...What New Technologies Are Being Discovered?

   Other recent breakthroughs include the following, which you may wish
    to research:

       Plastic surgery such as brow lifts. Here is a link to a recent story - Click Here!

       Nerve decompression surgery. Here is another link to a recent story - Click Here!

       Botox has also recently been found to be successful in curing migraines for some!

    Researchers believe that migraine is the result of fundamental neurological
abnormalities caused by genetic mutations at work in the brain.

    Other therapies currently being tested for their effectiveness in treating migraine
include magnesium, coenzyme Q10, vitamin B12, riboflavin, fever-few, and butterbur.

    New models are aiding scientists in studying the basic science involved in the
biological cascade, genetic components and mechanisms of migraine. Understanding
the causes of migraine as well as the events that affect them will give researchers the
opportunity to develop and test drugs that could be more targeted to preventing or
interrupting attacks entirely.

    In 2010, a team of researchers found a common mutation in the gene TRESK which
contains instructions for a certain potassium ion channel. Potassium channels are
important for keeping a nerve cell at rest and mutations in them can lead to overactive
cells that respond to much lower levels of pain. Large genetic analyses similar to the one
used to identify TRESK will most likely lead to the identification of a number of other
genes linked to migraine.

What is the prognosis?

    Responsive       prevention      and    treatment      of   migraine      is   incredibly
important. Evidence shows an increased sensitivity after each successive attack can
possibly eventually lead to persistent daily migraine in some individuals.

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What is the prognosis? (continued)

   With proper diet, possibly with a combination of medications for prevention and
treatment of migraine attacks, most individuals can overcome much of the discomfort
from this debilitating disorder.

   Women whose migraine attacks occur in association with their menstrual cycle are
likely to have fewer migraine attacks and milder symptoms after menopause.

For an effective, natural alternative for both male and female migraine
sufferers, please feel free to click here!

Thank you so much for downloading and reading my eBook!

I sincerely hope you have found at least one item in here that will help you
with your migraines!


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