The burden of migraines to society exceeds that of other chronic conditions, including asthma, depression , diabetes and heart disease. Although medications called triptans such as rizatriptan or sumatriptan can often halt a migraine in progress, nearly half of migraine sufferers who take those or other pain relieving drugs are still dissatisfied with their ability to function or work afterward. Over the counter medications and prescription pain relievers can paradoxically cause headaches, in essence converting sporatic migraines to chronic daily headaches. Common Culprits:
There's a better and more satisfying approach to preventing migraines, which is to find and avoid the triggers that set them off. Surprisingly, research has shown that more than three- quarters of sufferers are able to identify such triggers. Beer, red wine, chocolate, and cheese top the list for many. Hunger and odors are also cited, including perfume. Many find that bright fluorescent lights, the sun, or TV glare , computer screens can induce migraines. Tension , irritability and stress have long been linked to migraine episodes. Not all culprits can cause migraines , often it is stacked triggers, with delayed responses.
Keep a headache diary detailing the attacks and mediation response that can be viewed over time. Those diaries can help patients and doctors. Document each migraine and its connection to meals, beverages, fatigue, sleep patterns and stresses. Women note their menstrual cycle as well. For food and fragrance triggers simply avoid the offense. For light related triggers , sunglasses . keep a regular sleep schedule.Triggers such as weather cant be easily manipulated. One persons headache diary was successful learning that, food additives with MSG, nitrates, sulfates prompted many attacks.She discovered that eliminating some foods and drink
such as, wine, Chinese food, hot dogs and pizza significantly reduced her migraines. Biofeedback
helped in the stress relief as well as regular massage
reduce attacks . After 6mos. this person was headache free and 20 pounds lighter .
(Article above found in Consumer Reports Health Issue)