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Migraines

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Does it feel like a demolition site in your head? That’s just your run-of-the-mill migraine for ya. Yeah, ouch. Migraines are typically incredibly painful, to the point of being debilitating. For many people, they also bring on nausea, light sensitivity, and vision problems. Some people experience an aura before (or during) a migraine. The aura is often visual, meaning you might see flashes of light, bright spots, or shapes. Sometimes there is temporary vision loss. Others experience auras as a pins and needles feeling, weakness or numbness, or they may have trouble speaking. You should discuss headaches with a practitioner, since migraines can be a standalone diagnosis, but headaches can also be the byproduct of Lyme (which triggers nervous system inflammation), mold illness, or pretty much any other chronic condition. Diagnosis is typically made based on your history, symptoms, and physical exam. Complex cases may require imaging studies. Keeping a headache diary can help your practitioner zero in on the cause (and ultimately, what provides relief!). What helps? Avoiding your triggers! Migraine triggers may include stress, certain foods, certain drinks, bright lights or glare, loud sounds, lack of sleep, weather changes, and more. Eliminating foods and ingredients that might set off your pain is a start (caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and chemical preservatives can all be triggers). There are also some supplements and vitamins that might help give you some relief from migraines, including magnesium, butterbur, feverfew, coenzyme Q10, riboflavin, and alpha-lipoic acid. Blue-light-blocking glasses also help combat and prevent migraines for some people, as can treatments like Botox. Acupuncture, biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral therapy may help relieve pain or change how you perceive it. There are also many medications that can act as preventives and rescue treatments, so talk to your practitioner about what might work for your symptoms. There are a lot of options out there, but you might have to cycle through a few to find something that makes a difference for you. Above all, when you’re down with a migraine, always remember: you are not alone. Migraine is a super common condition, and 39 million other Americans are in this with you—not to mention, a lot of people in your WanaFam! Migraines can be isolating, so don’t be afraid to reach out for support.

Videos about Migraines

Books about Migraines

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The Migraine Miracle: A Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Ancestral Diet to Reduce Inflammation and Relieve Your Headaches for Good

If you suffer from migraines, you know from experience that prescription medication can only do so much to help relieve your suffering. You also know that your next headache could still strike at any time, and as a result, you may lead a life of fear and trepidation, never knowing when the responsibilities of work and family will once again fall victim to your throbbing skull. Unfortunately, despite the many advances in medicine, there is still no real cure for the migraine headache. In The Migraine Miracle, a neurologist with a personal history of migraines offers readers the revolutionary dietary cure that has worked for him and continues to work for his patients: a diet low in wheat, sugar, and processed foods, and high in organic, protein-rich animal products. The book also explores the link between inflammation, diet, and migraines, and contains a 21-day meal plan to help readers change the way they eat. By following this easy meal plan, millions of sufferers will discover a life free from symptoms—once and for all. The book includes comprehensive, research-based information that explains what the brain goes through during a migraine headache, the phases of the migraine, and how a diagnosis is made. It also explores the risks and benefits of migraine medication, natural remedies for migraines, dietary migraine triggers, and detailed, specific instructions for a migraine-free eating plan. If you have tried migraine medicine but have not found real relief, it’s time to try something new. By changing the way you eat, and understanding what foods can trigger your migraine, you can start feeling better longer, without the threat of a migraine always looming over everything you do.

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The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health

A comprehensive book that explains how to cope with migraines by an esteemed neurologist. You know that your migraine isn't just a headache. But you may not know that migraine actually is a neurological disease. Affecting one in five women, one in twenty men, and one in twenty children, it's a debilitating, complex, and chronic condition that manifests in a combination of symptoms that can include excruciating head pain as well as other distinctive physical and emotional effects. Yet it's also a disease that you can get control of, improve, and manage, as Dr. Carolyn Bernstein has discovered in her seventeen years as a Harvard Medical School faculty member and practicing neurologist. Praised for her excellence and compassion, the founder of the Women's Headache Center near Boston, and a migraine sufferer herself, Dr. Bernstein has helped hundreds of her patients get better. Now, with The Migraine Brain, the most comprehensive, up-to-the-minute book on migraines ever written, you will be able to do the same—reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraines, learn how to prevent and curtail them and how to recover from them more quickly, and mitigate migraine's effects on every aspect of your life: in the workplace and at home and during sex and travel. Every migraine is different because everyone who gets a migraine has a distinctive “Migraine Brain” with its own sensitivities and triggers. That's why it's so important for you to develop a personalized wellness plan to radically reduce the number and severity of your migraines. Dr. Bernstein also explains why migraines happen, why they are so often misdiagnosed, and why so few people get the right treatment for them. She reveals the latest research that shows that Migraine Brains share a hypersensitivity to stimuli—the Migraine Brain can actually look different from others on a brain scan—and is more likely to experience a cascade of neurological reactions that give rise to the common clusters of migraine symptoms. This breakthrough medical knowledge makes treatment and recovery possible with new migraine-specific drugs as well as with complementary treatments such as yoga, biofeedback, and an exercise regimen. With the extraordinarily thorough recommendations of The Migraine Brain in your hands, you will be fully equipped with all the latest information you need to understand migraines and to help your family and co-workers understand that migraine isn't just a headache: it's a serious, yet treatable disease.

Podcasts about Migraines

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Couch Talk: How Essential Oils Can Help Reduce Chronic Stress, Migraines & More! w/ Dr. Mariza Snyder

We all know what it feels like to be rundown, stressed, and on the brink of burnout. My guest, Dr. Mariza Snyder, a specialist in using essential oils for hormone health, shares today how and why you should be including them in your health care routine, including as a way to reduce stress. Like so many natural practitioners, Dr. Mariza had a youth plagued with headaches, weight issues, and hormonal imbalances she attributes to family legacy, or a “woman’s plight.” She knew that something had to change, so set out on a quest fuelled by nutritious food and daily exercise. When a friend recommended she try an essential oil blend to help protect her against illness, Dr. Mariza’s life changed. Learn what the magic blend was that kept Dr. Mariza from getting ill for 3 and a half years, after getting sick 5-7 times per year. See how prioritizing self-care and daily defense can have a positive impact on your hormonal health. And then discover how different essential oils can help with different aspects of your life: sleep problems, energy depletion, headaches, and menstrual migraines. Do you have too much stress in your life and not enough stress reduction techniques? Do you know how to implement natural remedies to help with common hormonal problems? How do you make time for you? In This Episode: How to learn to put yourself first How bringing self-care and establishing good boundaries affects your relationships How you can use essential oils to help you ground down How essential oils can help you manage your stress levels What instant energy is and how this oil blend will boost your mood How to figure out what oils you need at any given time What the best essential oils for sleep are What the “Menstrual Migraine” is and how essential oils can help with this Quotes: “As a Latina woman, I felt that my worth was predicated by how much I did for others. I had to really wrestle with that belief.(2:30) “Letting go of what’s not serving you, removing yourself or putting some hard lines between those healthy relationships, creating those boundaries really does free you up to be your best self and to have better-nourished relationships.” (4:45) “I always tell people that the orange blossom or the sweet orange or the wild orange - I dare you to stay mad after breathing that oil. Try! Try to stay upset, try to stay frustrated. That oil will shift you so quickly from a state of distress to a state of happiness like that!” (13:49)

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