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Avoid Common Thanksgiving Migraine Triggers

November 24, 2019 | 2:06pm

    Common Thanksgiving Migraine Triggers and How to Avoid Them It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the new year, and now we're getting ready for Thanksgiving and holiday season all over again!  Naturally, the last few months of the year should be filled with joy and happiness, with delicious food, family gatherings, and cozy weather reminding us of what's really important in life. But when you suffer from migraines, it's easy to miss out on the fun. For migraineurs, many of the things that people love the most about the holidays – comfort food, scented candles, Christmas lights, etc. – can also set off a migraine attack.  The good news is that knowing what might trigger an attack can give you an upper hand against your migraines this holiday season. There are four major migraine triggers to look out for during Thanksgiving: Stress Most migraine sufferers know that it's not uncommon to get a headache at the end of a particularly tough day.  In fact, according to the American Headache Society,...

What Are Essential Oils and Why is Everybody Using Them?

November 24, 2019 | 2:43pm

What Are Essential Oils and Why is Everybody Using Them?   Over the past few years, essential oils have taken the alternative medicine market by storm. Available at pharmacies, grocery stores, yoga studios, and everything in between – these little vials of concentrated aromas have hundreds of thousands of people sniffing their way into wellness and relaxation. But contrary to popular belief, essential oils are not a recent discovery. Humans have used distilled botanicals for a variety of purposes for thousands of years. In fact, the history of essential oils dates as far back as 5,000 years to Egypt. Ancient Egyptians used essential oils for a variety of purposes that ranged from embalming mummies to cosmetic and healing practices. The modern term “aromatherapy” was used for the first time in the early 1900s by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French cosmetic chemist known for his essential oil research. Nowadays, we know that botanical oils can help treat skin conditions, inflammation, stress, and much more. What Are Essential Oils Essential oils are highly concentrated botanical extracts. To make...

Can Weather Changes Trigger Migraines?

November 19, 2019 | 8:37am

  Maybe it's the delicious food, the joy of sharing a dinner with close friends and family, or the beautiful foliage decorating the trees, but something about fall makes it a favorite season for many. Unfortunately, for many migraineurs, seasonal changes can also mean painful migraine attacks. Can Weather Trigger Migraines? You probably know that many factors can trigger a migraine. Certain types of foods, strong smells, bright lights, and stress are among the most common migraine triggers in adults. But many people with migraines report that different weather patterns like extreme heat, cold temperatures, storms and even high winds are also frequent triggers. Several research studies have investigated the relationship between migraines and the weather, but with many of the findings contradicting one another, it has been hard for experts to determine if such connection does exist. For example, in a study published in 1980, researchers asked 75 individuals with frequent headaches to keep a daily log with their headache triggers, severity, and other factors.  After one month of data, their results suggested that...

Why Going to the Dentist May Help You Prevent Migraines

October 20, 2019 | 8:46pm

  Can you guess what’s the strongest muscle in the human body? Many muscles, including the tongue, the heart, and the gluteus maximus have been deemed the strongest muscles of the human body. But when it comes to sheer force there is one muscle that’s above all others: the masseter. The masseter is a thick, flat muscle located in the cheeks, and it is part of what we call the “jaw muscles.” When the muscles of the jaw work together, they can close your back teeth (molars) with a force of up to 200 pounds and 95 pounds on the rest of your teeth. We use the jaw muscles every day to talk and chew. But sometimes we clench our jaws involuntarily, exerting too much pressure in or around the face and temples. Bruxism is the abnormal and involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth that may occur during the day or at night while we sleep. Your dentist may diagnose you with bruxism during a regular dental check-up based on changes on your teeth....

Rebound Headaches – The Merry-Go-Round of Medication Overuse Headaches & Recurring Migraines

October 20, 2019 | 5:57pm

When a headache strikes, our first instinct is to reach for the medication cabinet. Over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen may be effective at treating headaches and generally cause fewer side effects than their prescription counterparts. But OTC pain relievers and headache medications are not without side effects. Rebound headaches are one of the biggest concerns for regular headache sufferers. A rebound headache, also called medication overuse headache, occurs as a result of misusing or taking painkillers (or migraine medications) too frequently. Experts are not sure why rebound headaches happen. However, the general consensus is that as medications wear off, the body goes through a withdrawal reaction – typically another headache – that causes the person to reach for another painkiller. Eventually, this cycle may shift receptors or pathways on the brain and alter how pain is perceived by the body. Scientists have determined that rebound headaches tend to occur as a result of medication misuse or overuse. That means that those who use medicines for longer than advised by their doctor or pharmacist...

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