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ALICE IN WONDERLAND SYNDROME – HALLUCINOGENIC MIGRAINES

July 11th, 2017

Many of you who either suffer from chronic migraine headaches or have a close friend or loved one, who has them, are familiar with the visual disturbances that can occur prior to the migraine pain, known as auras.

Some symptoms of auras are bright flashing lights, zigzag line in your field of vision and areas in your field of vision that are blocked out, just to mention a few.

These auras are taken to a whole other level of intensity when migraine sufferers experience what are known as “Alice in Wonderland Syndrome” migraines. (AIWS)

Thought to be caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain which leads to irregular blood flow in parts of the brain that control vision, these “hallucinations” result in severe distortion and perception of what the sufferer is viewing.

Sufferers when viewing their own body parts may think that they look gigantic or extremely tiny. Their feet may seem to be a mile away from their knees. Rooms and walls may sway and look like they are bending and flexing.  Hallways can look much longer than they actually are and perception of both time and space can be totally disrupted.  Every day noises like the sound of a TV can sound incredibly loud. Children can complain that the blackboard in school looks very far away.

Episodes of AIWS usually occur without the pain associated with migraines.

These unusual perceptions are very similar to what Alice experienced in Wonderland when she fell into the hole and in fact may be in the story because Lewis Carroll was known to suffer with severe migraines and may have had these kinds of perception issues himself.

AIWS is most common in migraine sufferers and children.  AIWS in children even without migraine pain can indicate that the child might develop migraines as he/she ages.  The eyes are healthy upon examination and the abnormal perception is caused by brain malfunction in the areas of the brain like the occipital lobe that processes perception.

The altered visual images that sufferers perceive can also be coupled with changes in sensation, touch and hearing.  The first attack of AIWS can make sufferers think they are “losing their minds” or going crazy and can be quite upsetting and scary. These disturbances can make a person with AIWS afraid to walk or move.

Other than the fear caused by the strange perceptions caused by AIWS there is no known long-term harm caused by the condition. The episodes should be treated by whatever medical options the sufferer has found beneficial for their regular migraines. Though it is unlikely that there is anything structurally wrong with the brain, to be safe, if you do experience an episode of AIWS, getting an MRI of the brain is advisable.

Since AIWS is not very common, and occurs most frequently in children, it is not known if taking preventive medications or supplements known to prevent chronic migraines such as, prescription drugs or well-known dietary supplements like, MigreLief, will eliminate or reduce the occurrence of AIWS, though it is conceivable they might, because they do help to establish normal cerebrovascular function which goes “haywire” both during migraines and AIWS.

 

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N.  C.N.S.

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Phases of Migraine Explained ! Techniques to Outsmart Your Migraine Headache

August 9th, 2012

There are 4 distinct phases to a migraine:  Prodromal (aka Premonitory), Aura, Pain and Postdrome

It is during the first two phases (prodromal and aura) that you get hints that a migraine is coming, and recognizing these hints (symptoms) may give you the edge you need to fight back and either prevent the migraine entirely or decrease the severity and or duration of the pain phase (which is obviously the most debilitating and problematic).

The Prodrome Stage – About 65% of migraine sufferers experience the prodrome phase. In the prodrome stage, sufferers experience emotional or physical symptoms two hours to two days before the pain phase starts.

These symptoms can occur in migraineurs with and without aura.

They are:

  • Fatigue
  • Yawning
  • Appetite changes
  • Altered mood – depression
  • Muscle Stiffness – especially in the neck
  • Appetite changes
  • Digestive changes – (some sufferers vomit up food they ate quite a while ago)
  • Irritability
  • Euphoria
  • Food cravings
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Sensitivity to odors, noise and light
  • Increased urination

Physicians who specialize in migraine treatment find that only 30% of sufferers recognize that they have one or more of the “prodrome” symptoms until they are actually told what symptoms to look for. Once informed then up to 80% of sufferers report having one or more of them.

The Aura Stage – Less than half of migraine sufferers experience the aura stage. During this stage, about one-third of patients see flashing lights, wavy lines and blank spots in their field of vision (called scotoma) for a few minutes to a few hours before the pain stage begins. Some also have temporary trouble speaking or feel tingling or numbness on one side of the face or feet. (called parathesias). Others may develop a hypersensitivity to touch.

The Pain Stage – The onset of the pain stage can start within minutes or sometimes hours of the commencement of the aura stage. In addition to pain, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light (photophobia) sound (phonophobia) and movement may also be experienced.

The Postdrome Stage – During this stage of migraine, even though the pain is gone, some sufferers can feel exhausted, depressed and/or, residual neck pain.

What to try when you notice any of the symptoms in either the “prodrome” or “aura” phases.

If you haven’t realized it already, it is advantageous to experience either or both of these stages because they can both serve as a type of “advanced warning” system that a migraine is imminent.

It is to your advantage to try to address preventing your migraine as early as possible, so focus on the 13 symptoms listed in the prodromal section.

If you don’t experience any of these, but do experience the symptoms listed in the “aura” section, then that’s when you can start trying the following techniques to prevent your migraine from occurring:

TECHNIQUES TO TRY:  (None of these techniques work for everybody. You will need to experiment to see which of them help you the most.)

1-   H2O – Drink plenty of room temperature water to make sure you are well hydrated.

2-   BREATHE  – If you feel stressed, try meditating if you know how, or try these breathing exercises:

Stress Reducing-Breathing:
The depth and rate of our breathing respectively decrease and increase when we are stressed. This can deplete oxygen flow to the body and the brain. Please do this breathing exercise exactly as it is described at least 3 times a day:

Blow your breath out through your mouth and then seal your lips. Breathe in slowly through your nose for 10 seconds while expanding your chest. Hold it for 30 seconds while trying to think about “nothing”.

At the end of 30 seconds then slowly expel the breath you were holding, through your lips over a 15 second interval. Notice how your entire body relaxes throughout this breathing exercise especially during the exhalation segment.

Repeat this sequence at least 3 times in a row, working yourself up do doing it 5X in a row, three times a day.

Over time, as your body and brain relax and get used to this very effective breathing technique, you may want to increase the time you breathe in through you nose to 15 seconds, the time you hold your breath to 60 seconds and the time you exhale through your mouth to 30 seconds

Perhaps have someone massage you (if massage relaxes you.) Try taking a warm (not hot or cold) bath.

3-   ESSENTIAL OILS – Try applying either essential oils of peppermint or lavender to your temples, forehead and or neck. 2-3 drops is sufficient.  The side of the neck behind and below the ear is a good spot.

4-   IBUPROFEN – I am hesitant to suggest you consider taking any OTC or prescription medicines for pain based upon the symptoms of the prodrome phase because I don’t want people to medicate unnecessarily. (If you are pretty sure that one of the prodrome symptoms is a reliable indication that you are going to get a migraine that would be an exception).  But I do suggest trying either of these meds if you experience the symptoms of the aura phase.  I have seen just 200-400 mg of Ibuprofen help many people not only eliminate the aura but prevent the migraine too. (Of course you should confirm that it is OK taking any medication with your physician.)

5-    INCREASE MIGRELIEF DOSE – Though not clinically substantiated, anecdotal reports of MigreLief users taking an extra pill or two upon noticing any of the symptoms, have reported some benefits.  This is not totally surprising because a few studies have shown both feverfew and magnesium to not only prevent migraines but actually help to eliminate the pain of some migraines.

6-    GET OFF THE COMPUTER – Stop working on your computer.  The flickering or flashing lights of a computer screen is a trigger to some migraine sufferers.

7-   WALK –  If it’s not too hot or cold, get out and take a walk at a moderate pace for 10 minutes.

Please remember that none of the above suggestions works for everyone. You will have to experiment to see if one or more of these techniques works for you.

To learn more about successful migraine prevention, visit MigreLief.com

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

 

 

MISSION POSSIBLE – PREVENTING MIGRAINES

December 29th, 2011

For most chronic migraine sufferers, trying to control and/or eliminate their almost daily migraines seems like “Mission Impossible”.  But with MigreLief, it’s ‘mission accomplished’ for literally tens of thousands of chronic migraine sufferers.

Living a life of consistently taking pain relievers for you migraines, is tantamount to giving up on the idea of stopping your migraines before they start.  With MigreLief this is now possible, as user after user report both on our site (www.migrelief.com/testimonials) and on our Facebook page.

By correcting 3 of the major changes that occur in migraine sufferers and not in people without migraines, MigreLief maintains normal brain function that is necessary to avoid migraines from starting.

MigreLief corrects:

1-      Cellular energy deficiencies that occur in chronic migraine sufferers.

2-      Prevents excessive platelet clumping, which causes arteries to expand and trigger nerve pain.

3-      Keeps arteries from spasming.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to try MigreLief for 90 days and learn that no matter what you have tried in the past MigreLief makes taking control over your migraines…MISSION POSSIBLE.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

STOP THE MEDICINE…STOP THE PAIN? Side-Effects from Over-Use of Migraine Drugs for Pain

October 26th, 2011

WHEN THE MEDICATION YOU TURN TO FOR HELP
…TURNS ON YOU

You’ve probably heard it all before.  At least 30 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from migraine headaches;  75% are women.

For those who have chronic migraines (pain 15 days a month or more), the pain can be so debilitating that just waiting for it to go away, is not an option.  So those sufferers resort to either over the counter pain medications like Excedrin Migraine or prescription medications like Imitrex, or Zomig (called Triptans).

These types of medications work to varying degrees depending upon the person.  But, even when they work, all is not rosy.  Many people become so dependent upon these types of drugs in an attempt to get some relief, that without realizing it, they start using them more and more.  In fact, they start over-using them.

Of course the question needs to be asked, “Why would a person who originally starts out using them say, once a week, get to a point where he or she is actually using them several times a week?

The answers to this question, though not obvious when you are desperate and in pain, are very simple. Either the migraines are occurring more frequently, the migraines are more painful, or the drug isn’t working as well as it originally did.

Either way, which ever answer fits your particular situation, the prognosis is not good. You now need these drugs even more because your problem is now worse…NOT better.

The responsible, occasional use of these kinds of drugs is not an issue.  They are safe and effective when used sparingly and serve a definite purpose. However, when over-used, a whole other bunch of risks come into play.

Dr. Fred Sheftell, a well known headache doctor, is upset and concerned that these medications contain no warnings on their labels. He states “There’s nothing that I know of where any of these products say anything about the genesis of rebound headaches and chronic daily headache…I’d like to see that.”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in ABCnews 20/20. It highlights just how complicated and even dangerous this dependence upon these drugs can become when people feel they have no other options to deal with their migraine pain.

A Vicious Cycle –Excerpted from ABCNews 20/20

“Here’s how experts think rebound starts. Normally, when you take a pain reliever for an occasional headache, the medicine turns off pain receptors in the brain. But in a person prone to headaches — especially migraine headaches — pain relievers taken more than two to three days a week on a regular basis can make the pain receptors more sensitive than usual.

Consequently, as soon as the medicine wears off, these hyper-sensitive receptors turn on to produce a new headache. That leads the headache sufferer to take more medicine, which, in turn, leads to more headaches — a truly vicious cycle. Before long, most rebound patients are taking headache medicine every single day.

This vicious cycle nearly killed Eric Peterson, a 26-year-old veterinary student. But what will shock you is how little medicine it took to get him in trouble. Peterson’s problems started in high school with migraine headaches that hit him a couple of times a week.

“I think I started with an ibuprofen type. I wasn’t finding a tremendous amount of relief with that. I tried Excedrin and found that controlled things nicely for me,” Peterson said.

Daily Habit Can Trigger Serious Health Problems

Initially, Peterson was able to manage his headaches by taking two Excedrin just two to three times a week, but that was enough to lead to rebound headaches. Soon, Eric was taking the pain relievers every day, which was very bad for both his head and his stomach.

Peterson’s health problems became painfully clear last summer at a Chicago Cubs game. “We were walking up the stands to find our seats and I became very dizzy and light-headed and nearly passed out,” he said.

Years of taking Excedrin had eaten away at Peterson’s stomach lining. He was sitting in the stands slowly bleeding to death. Just four hours later Eric wound up in a hospital emergency room. Doctors were able to save his life, but they told him he could no longer take over-the-counter pain killers.

This was frightening news for Peterson, who had become so reliant on the pain relievers. He was more concerned about how he was going to manage his headaches than he was about the damage to his stomach. “I didn’t know how I was going to cope from day to day without having to be able to take that medication,” he said.

Stop the Medicine, Stop the Pain?

Duane Soderquist, 25 years ago, was in a situation very similar to Peterson’s. Soderquist said, “I think I had seven free headache days in 10 years.”

It was Soderquist’s case that caught the attention of Dr. Joel Saper, a neurologist and founder of the Michigan Head-Pain Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor. A pioneer in the treatment of rebound headaches, Dr. Saper said it was Soderquist who first opened his eyes to the fact that over-the-counter medications could imprison a brain in rebound headaches.

  • Soderquist had seen 20 doctors for his excruciating daily headaches. At that time, no one realized that his headaches were a result of the hyper-sensitive pain receptors in his brain turned on by the handfuls of over-the-counter medication he was taking every single day. Soderquist said he was taking about 50 tablets a day.
  • Dr. Saper hospitalized Soderquist, taking him off the medication. “I thought I was gonna die for three days,” Soderquist said. But then an amazing thing happened. Once the medication had cleared from Soderquist’s system, his headaches stopped — for the first time in 10 years. Dr. Saper said, “That’s when I learned the power and the potency of the rebound effect and the need to take people off those medicines.”
  • Today, Soderquist is virtually headache-free and enormously grateful to Dr. Saper. “The day I left and went home after not having a headache — there at the hospital, the last day — it was just like somebody took a house off my back,” Soderquist said.
  • Nearly 90 percent of the patients at Dr. Saper’s headache clinic are diagnosed with rebound headaches and each one takes the same first step: Stop the medicine.
  • Eric Peterson was actually able to detox at home, but he admits it was brutal. “For probably about three days I just had intolerable headaches. … It was probably the most miserable three days of my life,” he said.
  • But the payoff was worth it!  Eric is finally free from daily rebound headaches and he’s managing his occasional migraines with preventive medications and newer treatments like biofeedback.

Can You Get Hooked?

  • So, do these cases mean you could get hooked on the over-the-counter pain medicines you’re taking? It’s important to remember that if you’re taking these medicines for other problems, like arthritis, it’s usually OK. Rebound headaches can be triggered by the overuse of a wide variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • But if you’re starting to take medicines more frequently for headaches be careful. Also remember that migraines are the kind of headache most likely to lead to rebound.
  • Dr. Saper said it’s most important that frequent headache sufferers consult a physician. “If you’re using this medication more than two or three days per week on a regular basis,” Dr. Saper said, “talk to your doctor about the possibility of rebound headache.”

The Caffeine Connection

It is infuriating to think that products like Excedrin Migraine contain caffeine.  It is well known that caffeine is addictive.  People trying to wean off caffeine go through major symptoms of drug withdrawal, including more headaches.   Dr. Alex Mauskop director of the New York Headache Clinic stated that “Getting off caffeine is one of the best things that migraine sufferers can do to reduce the frequency of their headaches.”

Yet this is much easier said than done and the makers of these products know it!

If any of the following signs apply to you, you are probably experiencing Rebound/Medication Overuse Headaches and have probably realized by now, that spending the rest of  your life taking pain medications is NOT the answer.

•You suffer from headaches daily or every other day.

•Your pain intensifies about three hours after your last dose of medication.

•Your pain medications don’t work as well as they used to.

•You take more medication, but your headaches are worse.

•You rely on more pills, and you take them more often.

•You take medication even for mild headaches, and you often try to ward off a headache by using a medication.

•You take pain relievers three to four days a week, and you average more than three tablets per day. (This depends on the kind of medication you’re taking, so you’ll need your doctor’s advice.)

•Your pain runs the gamut from mild to moderate to horrible. Usually, the pain is a dull ache that you feel on both sides of your forehead and, sometimes, on the top or back of your head.

•Your headaches occur much more frequently.

To get your life back, it may be time to stop the insanity, take yourself off auto-pilot, break the cycle of misery and opt for prevention.  It is clearly the most logical and safest approach.   When I created the natural migraine preventive supplement, MigreLief, it was my firm belief that  preventing migraines before they start, is preferable to spending a lifetime treating the symptoms and risking undesirable or even dangerous side-effects.

To the Best of Health,

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

WHEN MIGRAINES GET OUT OF CONTROL

October 10th, 2011

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 3 million Americans went to emergency rooms trying to get relief for headaches or migraines. 81,000 of these people were admitted into the hospital.  1/3 of the emergency room patients and 2/3’s of the hospitalizations were due to migraines.

Women made up 75% of both the emergency room visits and hospitalizations. (To me this indicates a hormonal component to the headaches, and I suspect that the 1/3 of the emergency room visits believed to be migraines, is a very low percentage and that in reality, the percentage was probably much higher.)  Migraines were about 4 times more common in women than men.

Going by age, the most likely to make an emergency room visit were in the 18-44 year old range.

Geographically, – The Midwest and South had the highest emergency department visit rates for headache, 1,158 and 1,131 per 100,000 people. The Northeast showed 809 visits per 100,000 people and the West had 744 visits per 100,000 people. (People in the West either have fewer migraines or they just couldn’t get to the emergency room because of the traffic!)

We believe, that for most migraine sufferers, the answer to controlling your migraines and staying out of emergency rooms and hospitals, is prevention.   Visit www.migrelief.com to learn more about our #1 doctor recommended natural migraine supplement created to correct the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances common to many migraine sufferers.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

Still Suffering Migraines? This Story Will Give You Hope!

September 3rd, 2011

Every day more and more migraine sufferers are discovering MigreLief as their natural preventive alternative to a life time of suffering migraine symptoms and pain.  Our efforts to reach sufferers and health care professionals world wide are fueled by heartfelt letters of gratitude and appreciation from our fans.  We’d like to thank you all for your wonderful feedback and support.  For those of you who have not tried MigreLief and are still running the gambit of prescription drugs and other treatments unsuccessfully…the letter below from a new MigreLief fan will give you hope.

~ Curt Hendrix and The MigreLief Team.

Tanya’s Story

I took a huge chance when I bought MigreLief.  Suffering from migraines (Daily Chronic Headache) for over 11 years, I have gone through three neurologists, attended one of the best headache clinics in the country, taken so many different types of medication, I can\’t remember half of them, and most recently tried Botox twice (it worsened my migraines), I was, of course leery…very leery.

However, on the other side, I thought, with no side effects, what could it hurt to give it a try. I will freely admit, I wasn\’t hopeful.

I have been taking MigreLief+M for about 2 months, and if I could, I would shout from the rooftops how incredible this product is! I would be your spokesperson in a heartbeat! It is nothing short of a miracle, and I am so ecstatic about how I am feeling.

I have been keeping track of my migraines for months, and I am watching them decrease again and again. Particularly, for over 5 weeks I have not once had 2 migraines in a row. This, for me, is absolutely incredible.

There are times when I suffer 7-10 days in a row, using all of my relief medicine, but with the thought in the back of my mind on how it may be effecting my body, and knowing that I am probably causing rebound headaches.

Your product is simply amazing, and I know that there are probably thousands of people who come to your site and think it won\’t work for them, or think it\’s just some silly scam product. Honestly, I did the same thing for over a year before I took the plunge.

I thank God above that I finally decided to give MigreLief a chance, and I pray that you do not stop offering this product.  I only wish that more doctors would tell their patients about it instead of trying to give us chemical-filled medication that takes away a couple of headaches but in return gives us horrible side effects.

There is no way for me to thank you enough. You have no idea how your product is changing my life – yes, my life. I can\’t remember the last time that I didn\’t think \”will I have a migraine today\”? I have actually stopped worrying about that. I have had 4 migraines in the past 4 weeks. This compares to an average of 15 I typically get in a month (up to 21). Thank you thank you thank you!!!! Bless you!!

Tanya Bowser

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Tim’s Migraine Story – Inspiring!

May 26th, 2011

We consistently receive many wonderful testimonials from MigreLief fans; online, by email, phone calls and “Thank You” letters via the old fashioned U.S. Postal Service.

The positive feedback and touching stories encourage everyone of us, on the MigreLief team at Akeso Health Sciences, to strive harder towards our goal of making a difference and restoring quality of life to migraine sufferers world-wide.

With permission we would like to share a recent testimonial given by the wife of a long-time migraine sufferer.

“TIM’S STORY”

~ My husband has suffered from chronic headache and migraines weekly since he was 18.  Trying anything and everything we could think of he has eliminated smoking, alcohol, dairy and caffeine, tried regulating sleep and eating patterns, tried a bite splint, acupuncture and taken drugs such as Topamax, Zomig, Zonisamide, Imitrex, and Maxalt.  He has seen Neurologists, Chiropractors and Acupuncturists.  Thinking that it might be the root cause he has had Septoplasty, turbinate reduction and a cervical fusion.  Nothing worked.

At Christmas time, he had 2 migraines that were worse than usual.  He started more research and found MigreLief.  Within a week his headaches were actually gone.

We held our breaths and it is now mid-May and he is doing beautifully.  He would tell you it has changed his life.  He no longer lives his life surrounded by pain. He’s had a few headaches but nothing Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen couldn’t take care of.

Now if you could just find a cure for Tinnitus (ringing in his ears)

You have made a HUGE difference in our family’s life.  Thank you.
 

Tim and his family

Fishers, Indiana

 

Can Migraines Affect the Cognitive Performance of Your Child?

May 26th, 2011

 
The cognitive performance of 30 children between the ages of 8-12 years old, with migraines, was compared to the cognitive performance of 30 similarly aged children, without migraines, using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children.

The  study, which was conducted at the department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil, found that despite the fact that both groups exhibited normal cognitive performance, the children with migraines had much lower scores in the areas of arithmetic, vocabulary, perceptual organization and resistance to distraction and processing speed.

Future studies, aimed to see if preventing migraines in these children would raise their cognitive performance levels in these areas where they were low, would be of significant interest.

 

To learn about gentle, safe and effective options for children suffering with chronic migraines, visit: Children’s Migrelief