Migraine statistics are eye-opening. Globally, over one billion people are living with migraine. Overwhelmingly, those with migraine have not been properly diagnosed or treated. This leaves most people searching for effective relief with little to no negative side effects. Maybe you are looking to avoid taking a prescribed medication? Or, you might be frustrated that you aren’t getting enough relief from your current prescription or over-the-counter remedy? Can melatonin treat and prevent migraine? Could melatonin be the answer for you?
Tinnitus is the perception of hearing noise in your ears when no external sound is present. Tinnitus is a symptom of another condition like Migraine, Meniere’s Disease, noise exposure or injury. In many cases an exact cause is never found. It’s often described as ringing, but it can also sound like hissing, buzzing, clicking, whooshing, roaring and other sounds. Tinnitus pitch and volume often fluctuates. It can be present all the time or it may come and go. There is a migraine tinnitus link although researchers are uncertain why. It may be the result of abnormal neural activity that happens before, during and after migraine attacks.
Reviewing a weather forecast could be more accurately described as reviewing a potential migraine forecast. When so many different types of weather can be responsible for triggering a migraine attack, checking this migraine forecast can help you plan for what the day might bring. Weather-related migraine triggers are wide and varied. Most people aren’t affected by all of them, but there are usually a couple of situations that will trigger those that are sensitive to weather.
Ginger for migraine has become a much talked about topic within the migraine community. And with good reason! A few studies have shown that it is effective in the treatment of acute migraine attacks. For chronic migraine patients, having another option to reach for besides our potentially rebound triggering medications is invaluable.
When it comes to migraine, we are so focused on figuring out our bedeviling culprits. Food triggers are often tricky and can turn into an obsession for some. So, the recent study about fish oil and migraine was welcomed news as the focus shifted in a wonderful way. Instead of telling us about what foods we should avoid, it informed us about what we probably should eat to help minimize the frequency and intensity of migraine episodes.
Sometimes what we see can trigger dizziness and vertigo. If you have a vestibular disorder or disease, chances are you’ve experienced visual vertigo or visually induced dizziness. It’s a disorienting and frightening symptom that is common in those with vestibular (or ocular) disorders like vestibular migraine, Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis and more.
Alice in Wonderland syndrome, - is what the neuro-otologist said to me about the experiences I finally shared with him. It sounded scary, weird and made me question reality because of its terrifying symptoms during vestibular migraine attacks which were already unpleasant and debilitating.
A stiff, painful neck is common when it comes to migraine. I have had neck pain along with migraine for as long as I can remember. It took me a long time to realize, and believe, that the stiff, painful neck was actually a symptom related to migraine. It was not a separate underlying condition for me. However, cervical neck dysfunction can co-occur with migraine which can make the diagnosis more difficult.
If you are reading this, then you are likely curious about whether or not the ketogenic diet can help you find migraine relief. As a registered dietitian schooled in the low-fat era, I thought "Eww, gross!" about low-carb and keto. I wish I had been more open-minded sooner. Keto is not at all what I thought it would be like. It helped reduce my attacks and improved my overall wellness while being delicious. There is scientific evidence to support the keto diet for migraine as well reports from neurologists and other practitioners.
Vitamin D has been getting a lot of attention over the past few years. This is because much of the general public is low in this important nutrient. But what about those of us with primary headache disorders? Can low Vitamin D cause headaches (tension-type headaches)? We all know that migraine is more than a headache. But what evidence is there about the relationship between Vitamin D and migraine? According to an observational study, approximately 42% of people with chronic migraine were considered deficient in Vitamin D. What's also eye-opening was that the longer the person was chronic, the more likely they were to be low.