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Celebrating the 4th of July During Closures and Social Distancing

July 3rd, 2020

4th of July

Celebrating the 4th will look very different for many people who traditionally enjoy the beach, public bashes and live fireworks.   This year  many firework displays have been canceled and favorite public gathering spots have been closed due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.  Social distancing also discourages parties and other gatherings. You can still have fun, feel patriotic and enjoy the holiday weekend many ways.

Stream a virtual fireworks show

While some traditional Fourth of July celebrations, including fireworks and parades, have been canceled, you can still watch those colorful explosions on-screen. PBS is broadcasting its annual Capital Fourth concert — ending in fireworks — from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on July 4, from 8-9:30 p.m. eastern time.  The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook and on YouTube.  You can also tune-in to live-stream “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks”  or tune in to watch “A Boston Pops  Salute to Our Heroes”  airing Saturday at 8 PM.

Spend time with family and make it fun

This year may be more about spending time with family and close friends instead of attending big public gatherings. Nevertheless, there are a lot of ways to celebrate the 4th of July whatever mode of quarantine or social distancing you are practicing. You can still don your patriotic colors, decorate your home or backyard, and  break out the BBQ.  String up lights for a festive effect, or throw some fairy lights in mason jars for that fire fly glow effect, great for hanging or sitting on a table indoors or out.  Don’t forgot to serve healthy, fun patriotic deserts…  Summertime is berry time.

If you are not sure what the latest restrictions are for your state, click here for a list of Corona virus restrictions in every state.

Choose an outdoor activity.

The long Fourth of July weekend is a great time to get outside. With many local, state and national parks open, find a trail for a hike or bike ride.  Skip the beach and enjoy the comfort of your backyard. Buy special sprinklers or safely pick up some water balloons, squirt guns and Frisbees at the store.  If you will be having a backyard BBQ with family or small group of friends, the CDS recommends the following precautions:

CDC TIPS for hosting gatherings or cook-outs safely:

Remind guests to stay home if they are sick

  • Remind invited guests to stay home if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who has had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 should also stay home and monitor their health. Invited guests who live with those at higher risk should also consider the potential risk to their loved ones.

Encourage social distancing

  • Host your gathering outdoors, when possible. If this is not feasible, make sure the room or space is well-ventilated (for example, open a window).
  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing. People from the same household can be in groups together and don’t need to be 6 feet apart – just 6 feet away from other families.
  • If planning activities for adults and/or kids, consider those where social distancing can be maintained, like sidewalk chalk art or frisbee.
  • When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet them.

Wear cloth face coverings

  • Wear  cloth face coverings when less than 6 feet apart from people or indoors.
  • Consider providing face coverings for guests or asking them to bring their own.

Clean hands often

  • Consider providing hand sanitizer in addition to clearly marked hand washing areas.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when entering and exiting social gatherings. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Make sure there is adequate soap or hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol available in the restrooms and encourage guests not to form a line at the door. Consider also providing cleaning supplies that allow guests to wipe down surfaces before they leave.
  • Remind guests to wash their hands before serving or eating food.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.

Limit the number of people handling or serving food

  • Encourage guests to bring their own food and drinks.
  • Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen or around the grill, if possible.
  • If serving any food, consider identifying one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
  • Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items, like salad dressings, food containers, and condiments, so that multiple people are not handling the items.

Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items

  • Use touchless garbage cans or pails.
  • Use gloves when removing garbage bags or handling and disposing of trash. Wash hands after removing gloves.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.
  • If you choose to use any shared items that are reusable (e.g., seating covers, tablecloths, linen napkins), wash, clean, and sanitize them after the event.

Be creative, stay safe and enjoy the 4th.

 

Can Brain Freeze Stop a Migraine? The Upside to an “Ice Cream” Headache

June 26th, 2020

brain freeze for migraine

There is nothing like a big slushy or a double-scoop ice-cream cone on a hot summer day. But then it hits you: an excruciating headache that feels like you are being stabbed in your temples and right between the eyes – you just got brain freeze.

Brain freeze, also called ice-cream headache, occurs when something very cold comes in contact with your upper palate (aka the roof of your mouth) too fast. While painful and extremely unpleasant, it’s not a serious condition, and it goes away on its own within a few minutes or even seconds.

If you’ve ever had brain freeze before, you probably learned to avoid it at all costs. Eating and drinking cold substances slowly can help reduce your chances of getting it, and drinking some warm water can help you recover faster.

But despite their bad reputation, there may be some upsides to these dreadful headaches. Keep reading to find out how brain freeze may actually be beneficial for treating more severe headaches, and migraines.

Understanding brain freeze

Brain freeze is a common phenomenon that can affect anybody that eats or drinks very cold substances too fast, though people may also get brain freeze from inhaling cold air quickly or after diving into freezing water.  Brain freeze is known to start when the cold substance  hits the roof of the mouth or the back of the throat and stimulates blood vessels and nerves in these temperature-sensitive areas.

Much like a big gulp of iced coffee on a hot summer day, the medical term for brain freeze can be a mouthful: sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. That name means “nerve pain of the sphenopalatine ganglion,” which is a cluster of nerve cells in the parasympathetic nervous system. These nerves are located behind the boney part of the nose and are closely associated with the  trigeminal nerve, which is the main nerve that causes head pain and is involved in headache disorders.

There are several theories that explain why painful brain freeze occurs, including a cold sensation causing blood vessels to constrict (tighten) and then rapidly dilate (widen) near the palate and back of throat.  This results in a sudden feeling of pain.

Other theories look at the internal carotid artery as potentially responsible for these painful episodes. The internal carotid artery is a branch of the common carotid artery, which supplies oxygenated blood to the head and neck. The internal carotid extends upward through the neck, passes very close to the skin’s surface at the roof of your mouth, and enters the skull to supply blood to the brain’s frontal lobes.

Experts believe that consuming extremely cold substances causes the internal carotid artery to dilate and pump more blood to the brain, probably trying to counteract the cold stimulus with a blast of warm blood. This sudden widening of the internal carotid artery seems to be partly responsible for the brain freeze sensation.

Brain freeze and migraines

Brain freeze was, until fairly recently, just an unsavory side effect of eating ice-cream and other cold treats. But over the past few years, researchers have begun to understand what happens to the brain during these episodes and how they may be related to migraines and other headache disorders.

In a small research study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) journal, 17 participants were asked to self-induce brain freeze by sipping iced water through a straw aimed at the roof of their mouths. Throughout the experiment, the volunteers were monitored with an ultrasound machine that measured changes in their cranial blood flow.

The researchers were able to identify the specific changes and activities before, during, and after an episode of brain freeze and compare them to another group of participants drinking room temperature water in a separate room.

Results showed that participants who drank iced water experienced more brain freeze pain when the anterior cerebral artery (a branch of the internal carotid artery) swelled up and blood rushed towards the brain. The pain decreased as soon as the artery constricted back to its normal diameter.

According to the authors, similar blood flow issues are at least partly responsible for other types of headaches, including migraines and headaches from traumatic brain injuries. If that is the case, new migraine treatments that control blood pressure to and from the internal carotid artery could help ease migraine pain.

There is also plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that self-inflicted brain freeze can halt migraines. Migraineurs who vouch for this method report that sucking ice chips, drinking slushies or iced water, or eating ice-cream or popsicles can significantly improve and sometimes even stop migraine symptoms altogether.

So, should you induce brain freeze to get rid of a migraine? It may be worth a try! Brain freeze, while unpleasant, is not dangerous in and of itself. And while more research is needed to understand the connection between cold stimuli and migraines, there is some scientific evidence suggesting a potential scientific link between the two.

Can Smoking Cause Headaches and Migraines?

June 21st, 2020

Can Smoking Cause Headaches?
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, according to the CDC. But aside from killing up to half of its users, smoking can also trigger headaches and migraines.

Almost every person in the world has had a headache at some point or another. Some people get them sporadically, only experiencing one or two mild episodes per year. A few others, however, are more susceptible to getting frequent headaches or migraines, which may be triggered by a wide range of factors, including smoking (tobacco, marijuana, e-cigarettes) and inhaling secondhand smoke.

The relationship between smoking and headaches is not entirely understood and is likely complex and unique for every headache sufferer.  A smoking headache or smoking migraine can happen as a result of inhaling or being exposed to cigarette smoke. People who experience frequent headaches or suffer from migraines may be more susceptible to getting a headache after smoking.  Smoke can also be a headache or migraine trigger for non-smokers who are sensitive to odors or allergic to smoke.

Both smoking and headaches are associated with psychiatric disorders, especially depression.  It is possible that the psychiatric illness is the cause of both smoking and migraines or headaches for some people.  Also, smoking may double the risk of medication overuse headaches (MOH),  a headache disorder characterized by recurring headaches or migraines due to the over use of pain medications (prescription or over-the-counter). Although a high rate of  smoking has been found among people who suffer from medication overuse headache, there  may be many factors that mediate this connection.

Keep reading to learn more about how smoking cigarettes, cigars, marijuana, and other tobacco products contribute to headaches and migraines, and what you can do to prevent them in the future.

Cigarette Smoking and Headaches

No matter which way you look at it, tobacco is harmful to your health. Each year, more than 480,000 people in the United States die from tobacco-related illnesses. That means that smoking kills more than car accidents, guns, illegal drugs, and alcohol combined.

Smoking can lead to a multitude of health complications. Lung cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and infertility are among the most alarming adverse effects. But smoking cigarettes also affects many of your body’s essential functions, like immunity and circulation.

When you smoke, you inhale more than 7,000 different chemicals. The vast majority of the substances present in cigarettes and other tobacco products are toxic or poisonous, and at least 69 of them have been shown to be carcinogenic.

Many of the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes are known to contribute significantly to headache disorders. However, carbon monoxide and nicotine are particularly detrimental for people who experience headaches often. This is how these two substances may be causing your headaches:

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, flavorless gas produced by burning fuels that contain carbon, like gasoline, coal, and cigarettes. Considered highly poisonous, high levels of carbon monoxide can kill a person in a matter of minutes, though long-term exposure to low levels can be just as dangerous.

When you inhale carbon monoxide, it enters your lungs and gets carried over to your bloodstream. There, it binds with hemoglobin, reducing your red blood cell’s ability to carry oxygen to other parts of the body. Too much carbon dioxide in the bloodstream can deprive vital organs of oxygen, damage your tissues, and may cause death. Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of too much carbon monoxide in the body.

Most people have some level of carbon monoxide in their blood. Depending on where they live, their occupation, and other factors, the normal level of carboxyhemoglobin (the combination of carbon monoxide and hemoglobin) for a nonsmoker is less than one percent. Heavy smokers, on the other hand, may have levels of as much as 20 percent.

The good news is that quitting smoking can make a drastic improvement in your health. Within just two days of giving up cigarettes, your body will eliminate most of the carbon monoxide from your blood, and levels will return to normal.

Nicotine

Nicotine is a chemical compound found in the tobacco plant. When consumed, it enters the bloodstream and travels to the brain. Once there, nicotine over-stimulates the central nervous system, elevating your blood pressure, increasing your heart rate.  Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict (narrowing)  which decreases the blood flow to your brain and the covering of the brain (the meninges). Decreased blood flow leads to depressed brain activity, which is a major component of migraines and headaches. In addition, reducing the blood flow to the meninges can induce severe pain, which may be felt in the back of the head or in the face.

It is important to note that nicotine can make it more difficult for you to get rid of your headache once it starts, because it affects your liver’s ability to break down headache medicine. The result is that the medication you’re counting on to give you pain relief won’t work as well, just when you need it most.  Nicotine is also highly addictive, and when used for an extended period, it changes the chemical balance of many brain structures. Quitting nicotine suddenly disrupts this balance, causing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms like headaches and anxiety. Fortunately, most nicotine withdrawal symptoms – including headaches and migraines – subside after a few weeks, but the positive effects of quitting cigarettes and tobacco products last forever.

Marijuana and Headaches – The Weed Hangover

Few substances are more controversial in the medical world than marijuana. Over the past few decades, the availability of medical and recreational marijuana has increased, and new evidence has shown that cannabis may be helpful for some conditions like certain forms of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. But the research on medicinal marijuana is still in its early stages, and many questions still remain.

Little is known about the effects of marijuana, or weed, on migraines. In theory, marijuana has natural compounds called cannabinoids that bind to certain receptors in your brain and ease pain signals. But despite what many people think, it’s also possible to get a headache from smoking marijuana. Some call it a ‘weed hangover;’ these are symptoms that show up a few hours or up to a day after using marijuana and usually go away on their own. While there is not enough research surrounding weed hangovers, anecdotal reports suggest that some people experience headaches, nausea, fatigue, and other symptoms after using cannabis.

Common symptoms of ‘weed hangover’ include:

  • fatigue
  • lethargy
  • brain fog
  • dry eyes and mouth
  • headaches
  • mild nausea

Marijuana Withdrawal Headaches
Weed headaches may also be caused by weed withdrawal. Although cannabis is much less addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, or drugs like cocaine and opioids, it can produce  withdrawal symptoms when regular consumers stop suddenly. Weed withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • headaches
  • nausea and loss of appetite
  • increased anxiety
  • insomnia and restlessness
  • decreased sex drive

Smoking Headache Relief

If there is not an underlying cause of a migraine or headache, avoiding situations or places where smoking is permitted, or by quitting smoking, many people can reduce the onset of migraines and headaches.  Quitting smoking or reducing exposure to secondhand smoke is especially helpful for those with cluster headaches ( a series of relatively short but extremely painful headaches every day for weeks or months at a time).  It is very important for smokers to stay well hydrated so the body can detoxify from all of the  chemicals smoking exposes you to.  Dehydration is also a headache trigger so drinking plenty of water can help avoid headaches.  Stress and smoking go hand and hand for many people.  Stress causes the muscles in your neck and shoulders to tighten and restrict blood to your brain.  A relaxation regimen is key whether it means finding your happy place and going there, massaging the muscles in your neck and  just under the  base of your skull, deep breathing, taking a long bath, drinking tea or coffee or lying quietly in the dark.  Consider taking dietary supplements known to reduce the symptoms and effects of stress on the body.  Less stress in your life can mean less smoking as well.

If you are getting headaches regularly, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor.  If you smoke more than 10  cigarettes a day, you should also consult your doctor if you decide to quit smoking to discuss ways to manage your withdrawal symptoms.  They can monitor your health, and may be able to provide you with access to prescription medication, tips to quit smoking  or information about support groups in your community.

If you don’t smoke very much and you want to stop cold turkey,

  • Choose a specific date to stop smoking.
  • Make a list of your personal reasons for quitting including all of the health benefits
  • Remind yourself that the withdrawal symptoms are only temporary.
  • Reach out to friends and family for support.
  • Join a support group.

Nutritional Support for Neurological Comfort
Magnesium, plus the herbs Feverfew, Boswellia and Ginger are well known ingredients for providing fast-acting nutritional support to migraine and headaches sufferers.  Consider trying one supplement that contains all four of these ingredients:  MigreLief-NOW

What You Should Know About Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke combines smoke from a burning cigarette and smoke exhaled by a smoker. The smoke that burns off the end of a cigarette or cigar actually contains more harmful substances than the smoke inhaled by the smoker, as there is no filter it must pass through.This means people who are around smokers might have a higher risk of smoking-related disorders. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and even short-term exposure can cause health problems and  potentially increase  the risk of heart attacks. There are two types of secondhand smoke; side stream smoke comes directly from the burning tobacco product, and mainstream smoke is the smoke that the smoker inhales.

If you are a non-smoker but are exposed to secondhand smoke on a regular basis, your body will still absorb nicotine and other harmful substances.  These dangerous substances linger in the air for approximately 4 hours and breathing in these particles for only minutes can harm you.  Secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,330 deat hs from lung cancer and 33,950 deaths from heart disease each year. Not only does secondhand smoke contains hundreds of chemicals that can cause headaches, it contains chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic ammonia and hydrogen cyanide.

It’s important to note that there are a number of studies that do not support the association between migraines or other headaches and smoking. These conflicting results tell us that the relationship between smoking and headaches is still not understood and is likely complex and unique for every headache sufferer.

Regardless, smoking does increase a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. It’s also linked to a number of other cancers like bladder, cervical, esophageal, pancreatic, and colon cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does smoking cause headaches?
Yes, smoking can cause headaches. Smoking increases carbon monoxide in your blood, which is a known headache trigger.

Can smoking trigger migraines?
Yes, smoking can trigger migraines. In addition to increasing carbon monoxide levels in your blood, many migraine sufferers find the smell of cigarettes and other tobacco products triggering. Nicotine causes decreased blood flow leading to depressed brain activity, which is a major component of migraines and headaches.

Will quitting smoking cure my headaches?
If you have a headache disorder, quitting smoking will not cure your headaches. However, when you stop smoking, your body eliminates carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals from your bloodstream, your nicotine levels get depleted, and your circulation improves. Quitting smoking may or may not stop your headaches, but their may be an improvement in symptoms, depending on the type of headache.  On the other hand, the nicotine from smoking interferes with many drugs, and can keep your medications from working.  This is why doctors often prescribe higher doses of medications for smokers.  Any change in smoking habits can alter the effectiveness of drugs and should be discussed with your doctor.

Can e-cigarettes cause headaches?
Yes, e-cigarettes or vapers can cause headaches. Vapers contain strong chemicals (including nicotine) and artificial flavoring agents that can give you a vaping headache. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, two base ingredients of vape or e-juice, are known to cause dehydration, which is a known headache and migraine trigger.

Can smoking marijuana cause a headache or migraine?  
Yes. If you are prone to Migraines, then smoking marijuana may trigger the attack of a migraine and associated headache with it.  However, the severity of the pain varies from individual to individuals and this depends upon the person general health conditions and the amount of marijuana intake.

Is secondhand smoke dangerous?
Yes. Dangerous substances linger in the air for approximately 4 hours and breathing in these particles for only minutes can harm you, cause headaches and increase your risk of heart disease, and cancer.

 

Finding Migraine Relief with Acupuncture

June 3rd, 2020

Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic practice based on traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that originated in Asia thousands of years ago. Archeological evidence has revealed clues about how people in the Stone Age – a period that began about 2.6 million years ago and lasted until about 3300 BCE – used sharp stones and other tools to puncture and drain abscesses to relieve pain. But it wasn’t until the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), that the foundations of modern acupuncture were recorded for the first time.

acupuncture

The theory behind TCM is that a person’s qi or vital energy has to flow freely through the body to achieve physical and mental balance. According to TCM, an imbalanced qi can cause disease. The goal of acupuncture is to trigger specific points on the skin with needles to access and influence different nerves, tissues, glands, and organs in the body to help rebalance the qi.

Western interest in acupuncture began to gain traction in the 1970s after President Nixon’s visit to China. Nowadays, acupuncture is one of the most researched traditional medicine systems, and results from a growing number of studies have shown that this practice may help ease some types of chronic pain like osteoarthritis, neck pain, and migraine headaches. Western medical acupuncture borrows from some of the same principles of TCM – like the use of needles and the trigger points suggested by traditional acupuncturists – but uses a more scientific approach to study the biological effects that this practice has on the body.

Acupuncture and Migraines

Most of the studies that have been conducted to date on migraine headaches and acupuncture have looked at the preventive rather than the palliative effects of this therapeutic approach. In 2016, an updated systematic review looking at 22 clinical trials with a total of nearly 5,000 participants was published in the Cochrane Library.

 Studying the effects of acupuncture in migraine patients is not always easy. To make sure that results are not biased, researchers do something called “double-blinding” where they assign participants to random groups and compare the treatment cohort to a placebo group. In double-blind studies, neither the participant nor the researcher knows who is receiving which intervention. In most trials, investigators use sugar pills or inactive substances to act as placebos, but it can be harder to find a placebo that mimics the sensations of acupuncture.

For the systematic review, the authors included three types of testing criteria: comparison with no acupuncture, comparison with sham acupuncture, and comparison with a treatment to prevent migraines. Sham acupuncture is a research method where needles are inserted less deeply or in areas of the body away from traditional acupuncture trigger points. The goal of sham acupuncture is that the participants feel that they are receiving the treatment without actually getting the effects of real acupuncture.

The results of the review suggest that acupuncture reduces the frequency of episodic migraine headaches and is at least as effective as prophylactic medications at preventing migraine headaches. Acupuncture was associated with a reduction in headache frequency in comparison to both no acupuncture and sham acupuncture. It also reduced migraine frequency more than preventative treatments, but these results were sometimes not sustained over time.

However, other studies have yielded mixed results, prompting many to believe that the positive response to acupuncture may be due to a placebo effect. One three-group randomized controlled trial conducted between April 2002 and January 2003 in Germany found that acupuncture was no more effective than sham or simulated acupuncture at reducing the frequency or severity of migraine headaches.

In another clinical trial published in The Lancet Neurology, investigators assigned patients to three random groups as well: verum (true) acupuncture, sham acupuncture, and classic migraine therapy. Their results showed that patient’s outcomes were no different between groups, hinting at a potential placebo effect across groups.

Even though more research is needed to clarify whether or not there is a confounding placebo effect, evidence suggests that acupuncture can be a useful addition to a migraineur’s toolkit looking to reduce the frequency of his or her attacks. So, while acupuncture is not a miracle treatment, when used in combination with other therapies such as dietary supplements, a healthy diet, trigger diaries, and abortive medications, this minimally-invasive procedure can help control your migraine symptoms and keep attacks at bay.

 

Vestibular Migraine – Migraine with Vestibular Symptoms

May 15th, 2020

What are vestibular migraines?

The term “vestibular migraine” is not a real medical classification. A more accurate description would be a migraine with vestibular symptoms.

The vestibular system in the inner ear, is one that maintains balance and equilibrium. Therefore vestibular symptoms are dizziness, vertigo (a sense of spinning or motion when at rest), or loss of balance and disequilibrium.

Basilar migraines can also present with vertigo and tinnitus. Menieres disease (a condition with similar symptoms) is often diagnosed when in fact the patient my be experiencing migraines with symptoms of vestibular disorder. It is known that people with migraines are more apt to experience Menieres and vice versa.

Up to 40 percent of migraine sufferers experience vestibular symptoms, a migraine ‘side effect’ that can make you feel like the room is spinning around you or cause severe dizzy spells that may leave you unable to get up from your bed.

Almost everybody has had a headache before, but when they happen too frequently, it can be a sign of a bigger disorder. One of the most common types of headache disorder is migraine, which affects over 12 percent of the population regardless of their age, gender, or ethnicity.

Migraine headaches are characterized by severe pain (usually in one side of the head), but many people experience other symptoms like an upset stomach, light and sound sensitivity, fatigue, and more. There are also several subtypes of migraines, sometimes called syndromes, which may have their own set of signs and symptoms that often need to be treated separately.

Vestibular migraines are a migraine subtype that causes episodes of vertigo, dizziness, light-headedness, and more. While this syndrome seems to be fairly common among migraineurs – some experts estimate that up to 40 percent of migraine sufferers have vestibular symptoms – it is significantly underdiagnosed. In fact, one research study conducted at a Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders in Switzerland found that even though doctors had initially suspected vestibular migraines in only 1.8% of their young patients, 20% of patients were eventually diagnosed with this type of migraine.

What causes vestibular migraines?

Experts aren’t completely sure what causes vestibular migraines. Like most headache disorders, vestibular migraines seem to run in families, though that’s not always the case. Many of the same risk factors that trigger migraines can also set off a vestibular migraine, including:

  • Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Hormonal changes
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Certain foods and drinks like caffeine, red wine, aged cheese, monosodium glutamate (MSG), etc.

The term ‘vestibular’ stems from the word vestibule, which is the central part of the bonny labyrinth in the inner ear. Together with a structure called the semicircular canal, the vestibular system helps control your sense of balance and eye movements. Non-migraine related vestibular disorders can happen as a result of infections, head trauma, aging, and genetic or environmental factors.

Vestibular migraine symptoms

Vestibular symptoms can happen before, during, or after a migraine, though most migraineurs report experiencing these types of symptoms without headaches. The main symptoms of vestibular migraines are vertigo – a sensation of spinning or losing your balance even if you are not moving – and dizziness that lasts more than a few seconds.

Other symptoms of vestibular migraines include feelings of disorientation, confusion, motion sickness when you move your head, eyes or body, light-headedness, and nausea or vomiting. If you have a vestibular episode during a migraine attack, you may also experience classic migraine symptoms like throbbing or pulsating pain in one side of your head, blurry vision, photosensitivity, neck pain, etc.

How are vestibular migraines diagnosed?

Currently, there are no laboratory or imaging tests that can diagnose vestibular migraine. The International Headache Society (IHS), in collaboration with other medical associations, developed a set of diagnostic criteria to help clinicians diagnose and treat this type of migraine. Among other factors, the criteria are based on the patient’s migraine history as well as the frequency and duration of vestibular symptoms.

Before diagnosing you with vestibular migraine, your doctor may want to rule out other vestibular disorders, like:

  • Benning paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular neuritis (labyrinthitis)
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Acoustic neuroma

How are vestibular migraines treated?

Because there is no specific medication that can treat vestibular migraines, doctors usually recommend a combination of abortive migraine medications and drugs used to treat vertigo and other vestibular disorders.

You can reduce the frequency and intensity of your vestibular migraines by eating a healthy diet, keeping good sleeping hygiene, tracking and avoiding your triggers, and managing your stress. For the best nutritional support beneficial to migraine sufferers, try the dietary supplement  Migrelief available in daily and as-need formulas for adults and children age 2+.

 

Can’t Sleep? Simple Carbs May Be to Blame

May 15th, 2020

If you’ve ever spent hours tossing and turning without being able to fall asleep, you know how frustrating it can be. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), about one in three people have at least mild insomnia, and about 70 percent of American adults report not sleeping enough at night. So, what’s keeping so many people up at night?

Simple carbs and insomnia

There are hundreds of answers to that question, from common behaviors like drinking coffee too late in the day to unusual sleeping disorders like somnambulism. And now, a recent study has added another factor to the list: refined carbohydrates or simple carbohydrates.

What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrate is one of the three macronutrients in food that provide fuel for the body to function properly. The other two are protein and fat. During digestion, all three are broken down into the elements the body can use for energy: Protein is reduced to amino acids and fat is reduced to fatty acids, both of which are then stored for future use.  Carbohydrates, on the other hand, are broken down into glucose (sugar) which get processed in the liver before entering the bloodstream and is immediately available to be used by cells for energy. This is why eating carbs can affect blood sugar levels so quickly and dramatically.

What is the difference between simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates?

There are two types of carbohydrates with each impacting blood glucose levels differently.   Simple carbs are like quick-burning fuels. They break down fast into sugar in your system.  It takes your body longer to break down complex carbs into sugar.  Simple carbs are found in everything from table sugar (sucrose) to fruit. Complex carbs, or starches, occur in foods such as whole grains and starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, pumpkin and squash. Other good sources of complex carbs are beans. Kidney, white, black, pinto, or garbanzo beans also have lots of fiber.

Carbohydrates and Sleep Study
A study, conducted by researchers from Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, looked at the relationships between the glycemic index (GI) of different types of carbohydrates and insomnia. Data from the food diaries of more than 50,000 post-menopausal women were gathered to determine if women who ate foods with higher GIs were more likely to develop insomnia.

The glycemic index of a food is a measure that assigns a value to carbohydrates based on how fast or slow they raise your blood sugar levels. Generally speaking, “complex ccarbohydrates” have a low GI value, and are digested, absorbed, and metabolized slower, making your body release glucose in a slow, controlled way.

Simple carbohydrates are high GI foods, that are digested quickly, causing a rapid spike in your blood sugar and insulin levels right after you eat. Eating foods with high GI values has been liked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, overeating, and now, insomnia.

The results of the study showed that, after a three-year follow-up, women who regularly ate higher GI foods – especially those who ate lots of added sugars and processed grains like white bread – were more likely to experience insomnia. In contrast, participants who ate a more balanced diet with lower GI foods (like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) had less trouble sleeping at night.

Because the study only looked at data of women between the ages of 50 and 79, more research is needed to determine if these findings hold true in the general population. If that’s the case, the authors of the study believe that “(…) dietary intervention[s] focused on increasing the consumption of whole foods and complex carbohydrates could be used to prevent and treat insomnia.”

Sleep Aide – Small Complex Carb Snack Before Bedtime
Many people who wake during the night do so because they experience a drop in blood sugar.  If you have trouble sleeping through the night, trying eating a small amount of  slow burning “COMPLEX CARBS” like a couple spoonfuls of beans (pinto, kidney, garbanzo, black beans etc.) or whole grain crackers.  This may help you avoid waking from a drop in blood sugar.

If you need extra help, don’t forget Akeso’s comprehensive natural sleep aide, “SLEEP ALL NIGHT” formulated to reestablish healthy sleep patterns or download our Free Sleep-Ebook & Insomnia White Paper 

 

Try These 5 Easy Stretches to Ease Migraine Pain

May 12th, 2020

If you’ve ever had a migraine before, you know that nothing can ruin a perfect day faster than a surprise attack. Nobody knows exactly why some people get migraines and others don’t; experts believe that these debilitating headaches are caused by a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors.

Vigorous exercise is one of those factors thought to trigger migraines in some people. However, a regular exercising and stretching routine can, ironically, also lower the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks.

Stretching is an important – yet often overlooked – form of physical activity. Most people think of stretching as something that you do before and after exercising, but a set of daily stretches can do more for your health than you think.

Taking the time to stretch every day keeps your muscles flexible and strong. This is important because flexibility is essential for performing your day to day activities with ease and without pain. Research shows that those who are less flexible are at a greater risk of losing their balance and falling.

Stretching also helps you increase your range of motion, improves blood flow to your muscles, helps you relax, and can even relieve tension headaches and migraines. In fact, research suggests that stretching exercises like yoga can be beneficial in reducing the duration, severity, and frequency of migraines as well as related psychological parameters like anxiety and depression scores.

Even though tension headaches and migraines – which can sometimes be hard to tell apart – are two different conditions, they share a major trigger: stress. We know that emotional stress doesn’t just affect the mind; when we are stressed, the body triggers an avalanche of responses designed to protect us against injury and pain. One of those responses is tensing up the muscles, which happens almost immediately after we start feeling stressed out. Chronic stress causes the muscles to stay contracted for long periods of time, which can, in turn, trigger stress-related disorders like migraine and tension headaches.

These 5 upper-body stretches are designed to relieve tension in the neck and shoulders, help you ease migraine pain and tension headaches, and to help you relax and unwind after a long day:

Chin Tucks

Chin tucks are one of the most recommended exercises for neck pain and headaches. The purpose is to align the head with the spine, correcting poor posture and strengthening the neck and upper back muscles. Chin tucks can be performed either standing up or in a seated position, making them perfect for repeating throughout the day.

To perform this exercise, sit or stand looking straight ahead with your back straight and your shoulders back, making sure your ears are aligned directly above your shoulders. Place two fingers on your chin and gently bend your head forwards until you feel a stretch on the base of your neck and you have a “double chin.” Hold this position for 20-30 seconds and release. Repeat three times.

Lateral Flexion Stretch

Relieve tension in the neck and shoulder by performing this simple stretch in the morning after you wake up and before going to bed at night. Lateral flexion stretches, also known as the ear to shoulder stretch, increase the angle between your shoulder and neck, and lengthen the spine.

Stand up straight and gently bend your neck to the right side as if you were trying to touch your shoulder with your right ear. Stop as soon as you begin feeling the stretch on the left side of your neck – you shouldn’t feel any pain doing this exercise. Hold for 30 seconds and change sides. Repeat 2 or 3 times on each side.

Cervical Extensor Stretch

The splenius capitis and the splenius cervicis are two pairs of deep (intrinsic) muscles on the back of the neck that are involved in movements such a shacking the head. Stretching these muscles can improve the range of motion of the neck and help elongate your spine.

To stretch the extensors on your neck, sit or stand up looking straight ahead. Gently tilt your head forward and turn your neck 20 to 30 degrees to one side until you feel a slight stretch. Don’t bend your heat too much and try not to move your shoulders – the purpose of this stretch is not to touch your shoulder with your ear. If you turned to the right, use your left hand to gently push your head forward. Hold this position for 30 seconds and change sides. Repeat 2 or 3 times throughout the day.

Shoulder Rolls

Shoulder rolls are the perfect stretch for releasing built-up stress in your neck and shoulders, and you can do it while sitting on your desk at work or when you are standing in line at the grocery store.

Start by properly aligning your head, neck, and shoulders. If you are sitting, keep your feet flat on the floor and avoid crossing your legs or ankles. If you are standing, keep your shoulders back, pull your stomach in and let your arms fall comfortably to the sides.

Now, gently roll your shoulders up and back in one continuous motion. Repeat 5 times and reverse it, rolling your shoulders down and up this time. Repeat a couple of times on each side.

Neck Rotations

Neck rotations are ideal for improving range of motion and relaxing your neck when it’s feeling tight. Start this exercise by sitting or standing tall and turn your neck to look at your right side, keeping your head and your body straight. Hold this position for 10 seconds keeping your chin lifted. Repeat 5 times on each side.

Unusual Migraine Symptoms

May 12th, 2020


What does your typical migraine feel like? Every migraineur experiences attacks differently, though head pain, nausea, and light sensitivity are the most commonly reported symptoms. But what about those weird or unusual symptoms that you sometimes get before or during a migraine that nobody talks about? Are they a product of your headache, or could they be something else?

“Unusual” migraine symptoms are more common than you think

When you’ve suffered from migraine for a long time, you get to know your headaches pretty well. For example, maybe know precisely when an attack is coming because you get the same signs – aka auras – every time. Or perhaps you know that you always feel pain on the same side of your head no matter how intense your headache is. But when other symptoms that don’t fit the description of the “classic migraine symptoms” show up, it can be hard to find an explanation.

We don’t know exactly what causes migraine disease. Experts believe that many factors, including genetic predispositions, environmental triggers, and abnormalities in the brain’s structure may contribute to these debilitating headaches. Nerve over-activity and chemical imbalances are also thought to play a role in migraine development. What scientists know for sure is that there is not one single factor that causes them.

Because migraine is such a complex disease and we know so little of it, experts haven’t had a chance to study every potential migraine symptom. Head pain, nausea and vomiting, as well as sound and light sensitivity, are the hallmark symptoms of this condition because they are the most frequent, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t others.

One unusual yet frequent symptom that people don’t associate with migraine is ear pain. There isn’t a lot of research looking at the relationship between migraines and the inner ear. However, one small study of 26 patients found that 92 percent of migraine patients with ear pain saw improvements after receiving a migraine treatment.

During the prodromal phase – i.e., a few hours or days before the onset of the attack – many migraineurs also report feeling clumsy or having trouble with coordination. However, people rarely realize that maybe they keep dropping their keys because a migraine is approaching. An unexplained toothache that won’t go away can also be directly or indirectly related to migraine headaches, particularly because a great deal of migraine sufferers also clench their jaws or grind their teeth.

There could be dozens or even hundreds of signs and symptoms caused by migraines that we don’t know about. Unexplained neck aches, gastrointestinal problems, and even some respiratory issues can sometimes be triggered by migraines, but without more research, it’s hard to be certain. These are other lesser-known migraine symptoms that are more common than you think:

 

  • Cold hands/feet
  • Puffy eyelids/eye irritation
  • Hearing loss or decreased hearing
  • Blacking out
  • Night sweats
  • Toothaches/sensitivity
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Stuffed nose
  • Hyperventilation
  • Aphasia (trouble remembering words)
  • Olfactory hallucinations
  • Frequent urination
  • Nightmares

The good news is that if you experience strange or uncommon symptoms before, during, or after a migraine attack you are not alone – a large number of migraine sufferers also experience so-called unusual symptoms. And more importantly, knowing the source of your unexplained symptoms can relieve a lot of the stress and anxiety that comes with them.

Dehydration – Signs, Symptoms and Prevention

April 8th, 2020

A vast majority of people are chronically dehydrated as they opt for more flavorful drink alternatives.  Unknowingly they become more dehydrated by drinking alcohol, sugary beverages, and caffeinated drinks in place of water which can lead to long term health conditions over time.   Many of these non-water drinks act like diuretics and cause the body to expel water it needs to rid itself of  cellular waste products and harmful inflammatory by-products, further compounding health issues.  Proper hydration is essential for your body to function properly and protect itself.

Dehydration happens when a person loses more fluid than they take in, either through natural processes like sweating and urination, when you have a fever or after a vomiting or diarrhea bout. Dehydration is more likely to occur when the weather is warm or during periods of profuse sweating, like during exercise. Drinking water frequently is key, whether you are working out at the gym, sitting on the couch or at the office,  water helps the body compensate for the liquids that are constantly being lost throughout the day.

Dehydration is much more than just not drinking enough water.   You probably know that drinking water is essential for surviving, but have you ever wondered why? Water is all around us and  inside of us. Scientists know that water, which covers 71 percent of the planet, is one of the things that makes living on earth possible. And living organisms not only depend on water, but most of them are also made of it too.

Around 60 percent of the adult human body is water (water makes up 75 percent of a newborn’s body weight!), and many of our organs, including the heart, the brain, and the lungs, are composed of 70 to 85 percent water. Even seemingly hard and dry bones have massive amounts of water in them; 31 percent, to be exact. Water also makes up a large percentage of blood which brings oxygen and nutrients to our cells and supports vital bodily processes such as our immune system throughout the body.  Without water, the blood becomes thicker, cells shrink, and blood pressure rises to make up for the lack of liquids.

Lymphatic fluids, part of our immune system, make up four times the volume of blood and are designed to remove waste products from our body.  Our essential bodily systems need a continuous supply of water or they can become impaired.  Dehydration also leads to inflammation throughout the body which can cause many health issues such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, asthma, obesity, pain disorders, arthritis, depression and even cancer to name a few.  All of these conditions can be linked to a chronic state of dehydration as well.

Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.

Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration

It’s normal to lose water by sweating, urinating, and even breathing. But replacing those liquids can be quickly achieved by drinking plenty of water and eating foods with high water content (like fruits and vegetables). But when you don’t drink enough water, you may start experiencing symptoms of mild dehydration. Mild dehydration is not immediately life-threatening and can be solved by drinking more fluids. However, severe dehydration is considered a medical emergency that can cause serious brain, kidney, and heart damage if not treated in time.

These are some signs and symptoms of mild and severe dehydration:

Mild

· Thirst and hunger

· Dark yellow/amber urine

· Dry mouth

· Dry skin

· Muscle cramps

· Dizziness

· Fatigue

· Cold hands

· Headache

Severe

· Flaky skin

· Rapid heartbeat/weak pulse

· Brain fog/disorientation

· Seizures

· Fainting

· Rapid breathing

· Sunken eyes

 

Can Dehydration Trigger a Migraine?

Many migraineurs find themselves particularly susceptible to migraines when summer rolls in. High temperatures, humidity, and barometric pressure changes are all known migraine triggers. But dehydration, which is extremely common during the summertime, is an often-overlooked trigger that can be easily avoided.

There is significant clinical and anecdotal evidence of dehydration as a migraine trigger. However, few research studies have been conducted to confirm or deny the claim. One research study published by the medical journal Neurology analyzed data from 7,054 patients who had been admitted to the emergency department with a headache. Their results showed that the risk of getting a migraine increases almost eight percent for every nine-degree rise in temperature. The researchers didn’t name dehydration as a trigger, but it is a well-known fact that hot temperature frequently leads to it.

Another study published by the European Journal of Neurology randomly assigned migraine patients to two groups. The first group was asked to drink 1.5 liters of water (around six cups) a day for two weeks, and the second group was given a placebo medicine. Results suggested that, on average, the group that drank more water experienced 21 fewer hours of headaches than the placebo group during the study.

How to Prevent Dehydration

Fortunately, dehydration is easy to prevent and treat. Most guidelines recommend healthy adults to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day (aka the “8×8 rule”), which adds up to half a gallon or two liters of water daily. The 8×8 rule is a good starting point because it is easy to remember, but the fact of the matter is that the amount of water your body needs depends on many factors, including your age, degree of physical activity, the weather, season, and more.

One of the best ways to find out how much water you need is to experiment for a couple of days with your water intake. If you work out a lot or have a physically demanding job, you will most likely need more than 8 glasses of water.

On the other hand, if you are not as active or spend lots of time indoors, two liters might be more than enough. A good rule of thumb is never to wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Thirst is one of the early signs of dehydration, so while you are not likely to be severely dehydrated the minute you feel a little thirsty, it’s always best to sip a little water throughout the day.

Because staying hydrated is not easy for everybody, here are some practical tips that might help:

· Get a few water bottles and leave them where you spend the most time – at home, at the office, in your gym bag. Having a water bottle with you will help you remember that you need to drink water, save money, and cut down on single-use plastics.

· Add flavor to your water. If you don’t enjoy the taste – or lack thereof – of water, add a few fruits or veggie slices to the glass or pitcher. Lemon, cucumber, strawberries, ginger, blueberries and raspberries are all tasty additions packed with healthy vitamins and minerals.

· Use an app to track your progress. Logging your water intake into an app makes drinking water a little more exciting and will help you get a sense of how much water you are really drinking.

· Drink a full glass of water before each meal and after every bathroom break.

· Eat more fruits with high water content: lettuce, cucumber, celery, watermelon, cantaloupe, and cabbage are all more than 90 percent water.

For good health and longevity, make water a big part of your daily routine.

Fibromyalgia and Sleep

April 8th, 2020

Sleep – or the lack thereof – is one of the most challenging aspects of fibromyalgia. On the one hand, research suggests that good quality sleep can improve fibromyalgia symptoms. But on the other hand, staying asleep throughout the night and feeling rested in the morning is extremely difficult when you have a pain condition.

What Is Fibromyalgia Anyway?

Before we delve into the specifics of how fibromyalgia affects sleep and talk about some strategies for managing sleep deprivation when you have a pain condition, it’s important to understand what fibromyalgia is.

Fibromyalgia is a medical syndrome characterized by widespread physical pain. This condition affects between 2 and 6 percent of the population, and women tend to be more likely to develop it than men. Even though fibromyalgia can occur to anyone of any age, it’s more common during early adulthood and middle age.

Not so long ago, medical professionals were still debating the existence of not just fibromyalgia but dozens of other pain conditions as well. The 16th century was the first time, as far as we know, that the medical community started thinking of pain as a condition instead of a symptom. In 1592, a French doctor named Guillaume de Baillou coined the term “rheumatism” to describe physical pain that didn’t stem from an injury. The name stuck for hundreds of years until physicians in the 19th century introduced more specific names.

In the early 1820s, a group of doctors discovered that non-injury-related widespread pain was somehow connected to inflammation in certain nodes and nodules throughout the connective tissues of the body. These nodules later became the famous “tender points” that doctors used, until very recently, to diagnose fibromyalgia. The word “neuralgia” was created to describe the pain that irradiated from these tender points and traveled along the nervous system.

But the discovery and classification of fibromyalgia as a medical condition didn’t follow the same path of other diseases. Even though the criteria used to diagnose conditions varies widely, the information required to make an accurate medical diagnosis is usually a combination of the patient’s history and the results of one or more diagnostic or screening procedures. Diagnostic procedures can be lab or imaging tests, exploratory surgeries, and more.

In the case of fibromyalgia, however, experts are still trying to understand how and why it happens. The limited knowledge that we have of this condition means that physicians haven’t been able to develop a diagnostic test or procedure that can accurately identify the presence of this disease. In some cases, people are diagnosed with fibromyalgia when rheumatologists are unable to find another reason for their pain. Physicians also diagnose fibromyalgia by looking at the patient’s clinical history and by administering a questionnaire about symptoms.

The lack of diagnostic procedures and the fact that fibromyalgia shares many symptoms with other poorly understood conditions like depression, led many to believe that this was not a real condition. Contestants of fibromyalgia claimed that the chronic pain and other symptoms associated with this syndrome are a response to anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorders.

It wasn’t until 1976 that the name fibromyalgia and a more accurate description of the disease and its symptoms came about. Then, in 1990, the American College of Rheumatology established the official fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria, finally recognizing this debilitating syndrome as a real medical condition. In 2007, the FDA approved Lyrica, the first pharmaceutical drug to treat fibromyalgia.

Nowadays, we know that there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and several autoimmune conditions and syndromes – like fibromyalgia – that cause unexplained and sometimes debilitating widespread pain.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Even though widespread physical pain is the hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia, it is not the only one. People with this condition may also experience:

· Extreme sensitivity to touch

· Tenderness in or around the joints

· Joint stiffness

· Brain fog

· Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

· Migraines

· Tingling, burning or prickling sensations in hands or feet

· Anxiety

· Depression

And in the vast majority of cases, fibromyalgia also affects sleep.

Fibromyalgia and Sleep

The vast majority of fibromyalgia sufferers report poor sleep quality, restlessness, and fatigue. In fact, a 2011 research study published by the British Journal of Health Psychology with 104 women with fibromyalgia and 86 healthy controls showed that 98 percent of women with fibromyalgia had significant sleep problems in contrast with 38 percent of healthy controls.

For decades, healthcare professionals have theorized about the relationship between poor sleep and pain conditions. In the same study, researchers found poor sleep quality was also associated with increased pain, worst levels of self-efficacy and independence, anxiety, and depression. But it is not just that not sleeping enough can worsen the pain. Most fibromyalgia sufferers say that widespread pain is the number one reason why they cannot sleep through the night.

Fibromyalgia sufferers are also more likely to have other sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA happens when the muscles that line the airway relax too much, narrowing the throat and blocking air from reaching the lungs. One research study published by the American Journal of Medicine found OSA present in 44 percent of male fibromyalgia patients and in 22 percent of female patients.

But it’s not all bad news for people with fibromyalgia. Research suggests that lifestyle changes and some dietary supplements may help improve sleep quality and duration for people with pain disorders like fibromyalgia. These are some clinically proven drug-free tips and treatments for sleeping better when you have fibromyalgia.

Vitamin D – a research study published in 2018 found that a vitamin D supplement can improve sleep quality of life of people with fibromyalgia and reduce morning stiffness. It is estimated that more than half of fibromyalgia patients have deficient or insufficient vitamin D levels, which is also associated with depression and anxiety.

Mindfulness Meditationa 2007 analysis published by the American College of Rheumatology found that a type of mindfulness meditation called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to be more effective than the standard treatment for depressive symptoms – including poor quality of sleep – among women with fibromyalgia.

Melatonin – melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone made by the pineal gland that works with the circadian rhythm to signal the body when it is time to sleep. Preliminary research on the effects of melatonin on pain syndromes showed that people with fibromyalgia had lower night-time levels of fibromyalgia than other people. However, other studies have revealed mixed results.

Nonetheless, even when patients don’t have lower levels of melatonin, evidence suggests that melatonin supplements may help ease fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms, including depression and sleep deprivation.

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