Category Archives: Migraines

Can CBD Oil Treat a Migraine?

With the laws governing the legal use of medical marijuana beginning to loosen up, there’s quite a bit of focus on the use of CBD oil—a component of the marijuana plant—for treating everything from arthritis to chronic pain, including migraines. But what is CBD oil, and does it really work to relieve migraine headaches? Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of over 100 different substances found in the the Cannabis sativa plant. The portion of the cannabis plant that produces a high […]

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Anti-CGRP Drugs for Migraine Prevention

According to the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) Study, approximately 40 percent of Americans suffering from migraines would benefit from a migraine preventive drug. Less than one-third of these migraine preventive candidates (about 16 million people) are taking one. A primary reason for this under-utilization of preventive therapies is that traditional oral therapies, like Topamax (topiramate) or Elavil (amitriptyline), are wrought with side effects and take months before a benefit may be achieved. With the remarkable […]

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How Migraines Are Treated

There are a number of effective migraine headache treatments. These treatments are often referred to as abortive treatments because they are intended to stop a migraine once symptoms have already started. Abortive treatments include over-the-counter and prescription medications, but lifestyle factors and home remedies can have a big impact as well—especially when used along with migraine medication. Abortive migraine treatment is different than preventative or prophylactic treatments, which are used on a regular schedule to prevent migraines […]

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An Overview of Serotonin Syndrome

The buildup of the chemical serotonin in the body can cause a potentially fatal (albeit rare) disease known as serotonin syndrome. This syndrome mostly occurs when you take a cocktail of medications that increase serotonin, such as a triptan for your migraines and an antidepressant for your depression, both of which act to increase levels of serotonin in the brain. It’s unclear why some people develop serotonin syndrome and others do not when taking the same combination […]

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How Your Diet Can Trigger Migraines

Dietary migraine triggers are very common. Some people notice migraines within a few minutes or up to several hours after consuming certain foods or drinks. While you may not have migraines in response to every single one of the known dietary migraine triggers, it is a good idea to become familiar with the most common migraine-inducing foods and to be on the lookout for migraine symptoms after eating them. Illustration by JR Bee, Tips For Healthy Living […]

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Genes and Your Migraine Headaches

Migraines often run in families, and it has long been believed that there may be a genetic component to migraine predisposition. Research into the association between genes and migraines has yielded some links, but there is still a long way to go in terms of understanding the significance and the exact role heredity plays when it comes to these painful and often debilitating headaches. Migraine Heredity While it is possible to develop migraines without a family history […]

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Causes and Risk Factors of Migraine

The causes of migraines are primarily neurologic, but also involve genetic factors. Symptoms, including premonitory symptoms, aura, headache, and postdrome phase, involve dysfunction in several parts of the brain, pain pathways, and brain chemicals. There are also many exacerbating factors that are associated with the triggering of migraines. Common Causes You suddenly feel tingling in your face and start seeing strange shapes in your field of vision. If you have experienced this before, you know that you […]

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10 Common Migraine Triggers

There are a number of well-recognized triggers that can precipitate migraine episodes. While you might not have a problem with all of them, it is a good idea to be aware of the possibilities and try to pinpoint which may apply to you. Avoiding the factors that contribute to your migraines can reduce the number of attacks you have and reduce your need for medication. Many of these 10 migraine triggers may already be familiar, as they […]

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Migraine Inheritance Facts and Headache-Related Genes

 If you suffer from incapacitating migraines, there is a good chance that your sister, cousin, or mother does as well. This is because your genes make you more or less susceptible to developing migraines. Let’s explore the genetics of migraines and what this means for you and your family. The Interaction Between Genes and Environment in Headaches The majority of headaches are the result of multiple genetic and environmental factors interacting in a complicated web. While many […]

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6 Common Migraine Triggers to Avoid

Headache triggers vary widely, and no one person experiences headaches the same way as another. There are common triggers, however, and learning to anticipate problems before they start is a great way to prevent headaches. For now, consider if any of the following triggers could be causing your headaches. Stress at Home and at Work It’s not just your boss, although he may be a large part of it. Your job itself can be the problem. It’s […]

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Alcohol: A Trigger for Headaches and Migraines

Alcohol can trigger headaches, including migraines, cluster headaches, and tension-type headaches. In fact, around 30 percent of people who experience recurrent migraines report alcohol as a trigger. About half of those with less common headache disorders, such as cluster headaches, paroxysmal hemicrania, hemicrania continua, and familial hemiplegic migraine, also notice that alcohol precipitates their headaches. If you have chronic headaches, identifying and avoiding your triggers can substantially improve your quality of life. To determine if drinking is […]

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Office Lighting Can Cause Migraines

If you find that you have more migraines when you spend time at work in an indoor setting like an office, the lighting may be to blame. People who are prone to migraines tend to be highly sensitive to light, including bright light, flickering light, high-wavelength light (red), and low-wavelength light (blue). Three main types of office light are common migraine triggers: The glow of a computer screen, the glare from overhead incandescent lighting, and the flicker […]

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