2. Aspirin can be an effective pain reliever and it reduces inflammation by preventing the production of prostaglandins. It also reduces blood platelet aggregation, meaning they can't stick together, which needs to happen in order to stop bleeding.
3. Some people think chiropractic treatment can help migraines, but the US Headache Guidelines Consortium does not endorse chiropractic for migraines.
5. Beta blockers, which are often prescribed for cardiovascular disease, have helped prevent migraines. In fact, I take a beta blocker for that exact reason. Beta blockers reduce the tendency of blood vessels to over-dilate. These medications take about six weeks to be effective as migraine prevention. Lately, mine hasn't been helping much with prevention.
6. Migraines occur more often in women than men.
8. Tyramine, which is found naturally in many foods, can elevate blood pressure if eaten in high amounts. This has been linked to migraines. Click the link to see foods that are acceptable on a reduced tyramine diet.
9. Nitrates, which can be found in many processed meats such as hot dogs and bologna and even in some red wines, can cause blood vessels to dilate leading to headaches.
11. Migraines can cause visual disturbances such as sensitivity to light, flashes, size distortions, jagged lines, the halo effect, tunnel vision, and even loss of vision.
12. Triptans such as Zomig, which I take once every month or so depending on the severity of my headaches, are a class of medication often used to treat acute migraines (not for prevention). Triptans have many side effects and should be used with caution.
13. Vitamins and nutritional supplements have not been proven to help migraines.
Talk to your doctor if you are having migraines like I do. And here is an online source for information!
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