More than 12 million Americans and millions more around the world lead a miserable life due to migraines. These headaches can occur from just once or twice a year to four to five times a week. They can also last from hours to even days. Most of them are associated with light, aura, nausea, sensitivity, severe throbbing pain, and vomiting. In fact, some migraines are even associated with stroke-like symptoms and paralysis in some cases.
So the cost of our society is enormous. These beastly headaches add $22 billion to $26 billion to our healthcare costs each year. These costs include emergency room visits, medications, physician services (primary care specialty), hospitalization, laboratory and diagnostic services, and managing various side effects of the treatment.
So this problem is HUGE-to both sufferers and the society as a whole.
Worse, most migraines are very hard to treat with conventional approaches. There are many preventive drugs on the market-bheta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, and more-most of which work poorly. Most of them also generate many side effects. Many doctors now recommend Botox to successfully paralyze neck muscles in a hope to somehow ease migraine pain.
Many new class of medications called Triptans (like Zomig, Maxalt, and Imitrex) can stop migraine once it sets on, but have many side effects, including strokes, and are also expensive. Still other treatments may lead to dependence or addiction.
In today’s post I’m going to explain ways to get lasting migraine relief. You will learn of measures to overcome your attacks. I will also give you tips that will help you identify and treat real causes of headaches.
Dozens of Patients, Dozens of Different Migraine Cures
Migraines are like any other disease. It’s a name given to a set of symptoms that might be visible in people living across the globe. You don’t get much insight with this name about the cause of the symptoms, which may vary depending upon the person. In fact, there can be more than 25 causes of these migraine headaches!
I want to help you on that journey, and am listing the most common causes of migraines, the associated symptoms and tests to help identify issues, and treatments which you can start using today.
Finding and Curing the Causes of Your Migraines
Main culprit is processed food diet including MSG (monosodium glutamate), aspartame, sulfites (found in died fruit, wine, and food from salad bars), and nitrates (in deli meats). Tyramine-containing foods such as cheese and chocolate are also triggers.
Get rid of all sweeteners, additives, proceed foods and sulfites. It’s best to food rich in phytonutrients.
Bowel and Gut Imbalances/Food Allergy
Brain fog, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, irritable bowel syndrome, sinus congestion, postnasal drip, and more.
Check a celiac panel and IgG food allergy (vii) panel because gluten and wheat (viii) are among the biggest causes of migraines and headaches. Urine testing and stool testing for bacterial or yeast imbalances that come from the gut can also be helpful.
The best approach is elimination diet-getting rid of diary, gluten, yeast and eggs. It’s a good way to start. Sometimes corn can be a common problem. Getting your gut healthy with enzymes, ometa-3 fats and probiotics is also important.
Fluid retention, premenstrual syndrome with bloating, irritability, carvings, menstrual cramps, breast tenderness; hormone replacement therapy or use of an oral contraceptive pill; or just being pre-menopausal, which leads to high estrogen levels and not enough progesterone because of changes in ovulation.
Saliva or blood hormone testing to look for high estrogen levels or menopausal changes.
Eat high-phytonutrient diet with soy, flax, cruciferous vegetables, and whole-foods. Use herbs like VItex, along with B6 and Magnesium. Avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates. Stress reduction and exercise also helps.
Muscle aches, fatigue, and brain fog, although sometimes you may experience just migraines without any of these symptoms.
Get urinary organic acids checked to assess the function of mitochondria and overall energy production.
Take just 100-350 mg of coenzyme Q10 a day ad 400 mg of riboflavin (B2) twice a day to get relief.
You might feel crampy or tight like constipation, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, sensitivity to loud noises, irritability, twitching or muscle cramps, and palpitations.
Get your blood cell magnesium levels checked. They can be normal in face of total body deficiency, so based on symptoms treatment with magnesium is the best choice.
Magnesium citrate, glycinate, or aspartate in doses that can relieve symptoms or until you are able to get loose bowls. If you’ve some kidney disease, do so only with your doctor’s supervision.
Keep in mind that sometimes it’s to try combination of treatments. Other treatment options can work in selected cases, such as acupuncture, herbal therapies (like butterbur and feverfew), homeopathy, osteopathic treatment to fix structural issues, and massage.
So try to get to the bottom of your migraine symptoms — and get ready for migraine relief. It’s the best possible way to move toward a lifelong vibrant health.
Now I’d like to hear your opinion…
Do you suffer from migraine attacks?
What treatment have you tried and how are they working?
Have you found some connection between the causes I’ve mentioned and your migraine headaches?
What all steps have you taken to treat them?
Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
To your good health!