Migraine Headaches – Migraine Relief & Migraine Treatment

MIgraine HeadachesMigraine Headaches can occur with or without AURA. Diagnosis is often difficult and can refer pain to areas that would otherwise not be suspect. I have read extensively about Migraine Headaches or the migraine condition. I have yet to find a single concise definition of Migraine Headaches. Many believe they have Migraines, but really don’t. Migraine is actually just a label for a condition, the bottom line is there are many causes of Headache and whether you have a true Migraine condition or not is only relevant if there is an appropriate treatment which stops your own pain. Migraines are difficult to diagnose, but treatment is available.

Migraine Headache Relief – Recommended Reading

Johns Hopkins neurologist details a three-step system designed to allow headache sufferers take control of their lives and headaches: step one avoids quick fixes; step two eliminates headache triggers, especially dietary ones; and step three raises the headache threshold.

Title: Heal your Headache

ISBN 0-7611-2798-4 HC
ISBN 07611-2566-3 Paper Workman Publishing Company, NY, NY 10003-9555

Note: We have no relationship with Dr. Bucholz nor are we compensated for publishing this information. I have read this book in it’s entirety and found it to be worth the time. I do not agree with all Dr. Bucholz’s assertions, but he does present a very valid approach to migraine treatment.

Migraines: Headache Treatment & Cures?

There are often no easy answers for cures to Migraine headaches. This page is not an attempt to cure anything. Please read the above book as it is probably the best of it’s kind. When I was checking Amazon’s referral page for “Heal Your Headache: there were over 116 reader recommendations, nearly all 5 Star including recommendations by other Physicians. Please keep an open mind to dietary restrictions and their role in Migraine headaches. The more research read the more you will find Migraines are a difficult beast to tame and they may or may not present with pain or Aura.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) for Migraine Headache Relief

Supplementing with relatively small amounts of riboflavin (vitamin B2) may reduce the severity and frequency of migraines in chronic sufferers, reports a study in Headache. Previous studies showing that riboflavin can prevent migraines used 400 mg per day, which is at least 200 times the amount in a typical diet. In the new study, 25 mg per day appeared to be an effective migraine treatment.

Riboflavin was originally considered for migraine prevention because researchers observed that migraine sufferers tend to have impaired energy production in brain cells, which riboflavin has the potential to enhance as it is a component of a key substance involved in the body’s energy production. Magnesium, another nutrient important for producing energy, has already been shown to reduce migraine recurrence. In earlier studies with riboflavin, a very high dose was chosen, presumably to give the vitamin the best chance of working. While riboflavin does not appear to cause any significant adverse effects even at high doses, it is possible that taking large amounts of any single nutrient might cause subtle imbalances in body chemistry. For that reason, if lower doses are equally effective, they are preferable to higher amounts.

Fifty-two people suffering from recurrent migraines participated in the three-month study. They were randomly assigned to receive either a daily combination of riboflavin (400 mg), magnesium (300 mg), and the herb feverfew (100 mg), or 25 mg of riboflavin per day. Each of the three components of the combination product has been shown in earlier research to reduce the recurrence rate of migraines. A positive response was defined as a reduction in the frequency of migraines by 50% or more. Forty-two percent of participants responded to combination therapy and forty-four percent responded to low-dose riboflavin. In addition, the average headache severity and the number of days with tension headaches decreased significantly in the low-dose-riboflavin group, but not in the group receiving combination therapy.

Because there was no control group in the new study, one cannot rule out the possibility that the beneficial effects of low-dose riboflavin were due to a placebo effect. However, the researchers considered that possibility unlikely, because the effects of riboflavin were greater than those found with a placebo in previous migraine studies.

In addition to riboflavin, magnesium, and feverfew, coenzyme Q10 has been found in one preliminary trial to reduce the recurrence rate offering many complete migraine relief.

Dietary factors also appear to be important migraine triggers in susceptible people. For some, tyramine-containing foods such as certain wines and aged cheeses are the main offenders. For others, allergic reactions to common foods such as wheat, oranges, egg, coffee, tea, and beef seem to be the main triggers. Determining your triggers through the process of elimination is an effective method which may ultimately result in migraine relief.

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Possible Dietary Connection: Foods to Avoid if you have Migraine Headaches

This list is not exclusive nor conclusive but it is generally recommended you avoid these foods:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Dairy including Milk, Cheese, Yogurt. Some soft cheeses may be permissible but it’s best to avoid ALL Dairy until you figure out your own Migraine Triggers.
  3. Alcohol
  4. MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) – this insidious neurotoxin is disguised under many many names including “Natural Flavoring”, “Soy Protein”, and many others. This is FDA Approved, but it’s still poison. If you eat canned foods, soups, snack cracker, etc. you no doubt consume this. Eat FRESH unprocessed foods only! Even health foods like Vegetable Burgers are contaminated.
  5. Nuts and nut butters – all varieties.
  6. Processed meats and fish – smoked, canned, marinated, cured, etc. Eat only FRESH grass fed free range meats or wild fish.
  7. Vinegar
  8. Citrus Fruits, dried fruits, bananas and avocados.
  9. Onions
  10. Baked goods – while it is a pretty good idea to avoid these in general fresh baked yeast based bakery goods are a potential trigger for Migraines.
  11. All artificial sweeteners – there is no such thing as a SAFE artificial sweetener. The body does not like artificial foods.

You may be able to reintroduce some of the above items AFTER you determine your real dietary triggers and get a firm grasp on the cause of your Migraines. It goes without saying that many of the above should never be consumed under any circumstances. Migraine headache relief may be impossible if you are unwilling to eliminate the above.

A Cardiologist Visit the Possible Migraine Headache Cures?

If you have migraines, you must see a cardiologist. They must perform a TEE on you. It is a camera down your throat, 20 minutes, you wake up, no fuss. If it detects a hole in your heart that doesn’t close after birth you may be able to be fixed of migraines. My fix was an overnight in a hospital after non-invasive surgery to put a plug on the hole, no open heart surgery. My daughter had migraine symptoms, she did the TEE, same problem, she got hers fixed too, she now has no migraines. My granddaughter has the problem also, she is 3 and has to wait for her fix also. I understand that blood gets filtered by the lungs, the hole bypasses some of the filtering and a clot, even small can go to the brain. The only medicine I am on now is one enteric baby aspirin, and vitamin E. I had all the chemical symptoms for 40 years, caffeine, cheeses, MSG, flashing lights, etc. No problem now, I do stay away from MSG and caffeine as I believe that certain foods or additives can promote small clots. Bottom line, I am fixed, no migraines. God is Good! -Bill Republished as a service to Migraine Sufferers from healingwell.com forums.

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