Migraines can be debilitating causing you to have to stop your day and rest. This can be challenging when you work full time. Therefore learn what can help you prevent migraines.
A new study has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can help people who suffer from migraines. This nutrient may help to decrease the frequency and duration of these horrible headaches.
Migraines are a neurological condition that are commonly characterized by intense, debilitating headache. Symptoms include nasusea, vomiting, difficulty speaking, numbness or tingling, and sensitivity to light and sound. Researchers have not yet identified a definitive cause of migraines, but new research may shed light on why women are more likely to experience migraines than men. There are however plenty of advancements in the treatment of migraines, such as at-home remedies and different supplements. Along with the research we discuss below, there are also other studies, like this Magnesium for Migraines Study: Helps Lessen the Pain by 40% which discusses how magnesium can help with migraines, that can provide you with beneficial information on how to manage your migraines, so it would be worth reading those too if you are struggling to manage your migraines.
Research very recently presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 conference focused on NHE1, a proton exchanger that helps to interpret pain. When levels are low, the pain signals in the brain increase, which can lead to migraines. To figure this out, scientists examined male and female rats that showed that the male rats has a level of NHE1 four times higher than females.
High estrogen levels were also found to be connected to low NHE1 levels, which the study reports, might explain why many women experience migraines when their menstrual cycle begins, which is when estrogen levels begin to rise. Unfortunately, low levels of the protein also seem to make migraine medications less effective.
Emily Galloway, an undergraduate research assistant at the University of Arizona and presenter of the study reports, “Based on our findings, we think women are more susceptible to migraines because the larger magnitude sex hormone fluctuations lead to changes in NHE1 expression, which may leave the brain vulnerable to ion dysregulation and pain activation.”
Is a Vitamin Deficiency One Cause of Migraines?
Preliminary research presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society in 2016 revealed that a significant portion of kids, teens and young adults who suffer from migraines were mildly deficient in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10.
Researchers examined baseline blood samples from a database of 7,420 patients at the hospital’s headache center and analyzed them for levels of vitamin D, riboflavin, coenzyme Q10 and folate – all nutrients that have been linked to migraine risk in past research. While folate results were suggestive, “about 51% of patients were just at or below average levels of coenzyme Q10, 16% had less than average levels of riboflavin, and 31% had less than average levels of Vitamin D.” Also noted, female patients were more likely to have deficiencies in coenzyme Q10. Male patients were more likely to have deficiencies in vitamin D. Those with chronic migraines were more likely to be deficient in both coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin.
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Sensitivity to noise, nausea, even fainting and blacking out are common symptoms for those who suffer from migraines. Migraines are is different from other headaches. Migraine headaches are a neurological disorder, like epilepsy. They come along with severe and debilitating pain that’s far worse than your average headache, generally manifesting as intense throbbing on one side of the head. Migraines occur more frequently in women and may run in families, but children are susceptible to them as well. Some migraine sufferers experience intense nausea, vomiting, severe sensitivity to light and sound, and extreme dizziness during an attack, which can last anywhere from four hours to three days.
A Migraine Device to Prevent Migraines?
The FDA has released a new device that’s said to prevent migraines all together. Wait … Prevent? It sounds too good to be true for migraine sufferers. The device is called Cefaly, and it works by stimulating the nerves beneath your forehead. The Cefaly is shaped like a tiara and sits across the head. This battery-powered device has an electrode that’s positioned just above the patients’ eyes. Electric currents are delivered through battery power, giving a tingling sensation to the person wearing it.
A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology last month focused on a group of 67 people who suffer from chronic migraine attacks. The numbers showed that 38% of those studied saw a significant reduction of outbreaks when they wore the Cefaly – almost 50% fewer migraines than those who didn’t wear it!
Patients are cautioned to wear the device for no more than 20 minutes per day. In contrast to migraine medications, Cefaly has no known side effects and can be combined with other prescription and OTC drugs. The manufacturer of the device is STX-Med, a company based in Belgium. The Cefaly is already being sold in Canada, where it costs $250. So far, it hasn’t been released in the United States. However, when it does it store shelves in the US, the Cefaly is very likely to benefit many of the nearly 28 million people who suffer from migraines in the country.
*Update (March 2017) – Cefaly is availble at www.cegaly.us/en and has been approved by the FDA for use under prescription.
According to their website, patients satisfaction is 81%, migraine attacks in users is down 54%, medication intake is down 75%, and responders rate is 75%.