Dropping Estrogen Levels
Most women experience steep decline in estrogen levels before menstruating. This appears to spark migraines, says Andrew Blumenfield, MD director of Headache Center of Sothern California. In these circumstances, low-dose estrogen contraceptives can help.
If you get frequent migraine attacks, it’s certain that some stimuli may bring them on. So track your headaches on a calendar and look for patterns and potential catalysts.
If you experience a “hangover” after just one drink, you may actually be experiencing a migraine attacks. So try to avoid alcohol that gives you headache within 6-8 hours of consumption. “The great news is that this cause tends to be specific,” Dr. Blumenfield observers. “People may tolerate vodka well rather than beer, for instance.
If you’re used to drinking many cups of caffeine a day, you may end up with withdrawal headaches, which may sometimes stimulate your brains migraine center, sparking migraine attacks. Limit your caffeine intake to 250 mg a day-that’s roughly one 8-ounce cup of coffee.
Fluctuation in blood sugar may sometimes cause a cascade of escalating pain that may set up your migraine response, avoid going without food longer than 4 hours. Include liberal amount of lean protein in your diet to keep your glucose levels steady, Dr Loghart says.
A 2007 study found that many sleep-deprived rats experienced rapid changes in some key migraine-related proteins. So be regular in when you go to bed and get up and take adequate sleep.
In a study carried out in 2014 in Chicago, patients who took 450 mg of riboflavin (vitamin B12) daily experienced fewer migraine symptoms after 4 months. CoQ10, another supplement, also proved its efficacy in preventing migraine attacks in a separate clinical study.
It’s best to go for cold rather than heat to stop your migraine pain. “Actually ice has anti-inflammatory properties,” say Agatha Bernstein, MD, clinical director of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Comprehensive Headache Center situated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Gentle massage can ease shoulder and neck spasms, while tai chi improve body awareness, making it super easy to detect and treat any kind of oncoming headache. Yoga that specifically focuses on mindfulness, such as restorative and hatha yoga, may also help.
Many studies have found that acupuncture offers long-term results without any side effects usually associated with drugs.
Botox got FDA approval in 2010. Its injections have been clinically proven their efficacy in preventing migraines. A treatment involves around 31 shots, given about every 11-12 weeks. Their side effects are rare.
According to recommendations of American Academy of Neurology, the herb butterbur can be helpful in preventing migraines, possibly because it enhances blood flow to brain. You can also take dry-leaf capsules of feverfew to reduce migraine frequency, though strong clinical evidence is still inconclusive.