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Cool Down Your Migraine with Ice Therapy

July 30th, 2020

Cold therapy is one of the simplest and most accessible natural remedies to alleviate pain and discomfort. Different cooling agents have been used as complimentary migraine therapies for more than 150 years. So much so that cold therapy is, nowadays, the most common self-administered treatment for people experiencing migraine without aura and the second most common for migraineurs with aura.

What is Cold Therapy?

Ever since humans discovered how to manipulate temperature – the measure of the average kinetic energy of a substance – we have been looking for ways to use it to our advantage. One of the most obvious applications of this knowledge today is cooking, where we use various degrees of temperature to heat or cool down different foods. Another inventive way of using temperature is as a therapeutic agent by applying heat or cold to different areas of the body to reduce inflammation, ease pain, and even loosen up stiff muscles.

Treating different types of injuries or ailments calls for using different ranges of temperature. Heat therapy – which improves circulation and blood flow – is better for treating muscle pain and stiffness, but it shouldn’t be used in swollen areas or open wounds. Cold therapy, also known as ice therapy or cryotherapy in some settings, is an affordable and easy way of reducing inflammation and alleviating sharp pain.

Cold Therapy for Migraines

The first time cold was used as a treatment for migraine headaches was in 1849 when James Arnott, an English physician and cryotherapy pioneer, documented the benefits of using a mixture of ice and salt crystals to ease headache pain. Since then, numerous clinical trials have explored the effects of this technique and tested different ways of applying cold for relieving migraines.

For instance, in a 2006 pilot study, 28 female migraine patients were asked to wear a frozen gel cap for 25 minutes during migraine attacks and record the details of their headaches in a diary. Their results showed that cold therapy alone was able to mitigate 50 percent of attacks. But the mechanisms by which cold therapy reduces migraine pain remain unclear, according to the authors of the same study.

One of the most popular theories of how this mechanism may work suggests that the cold sensations induce an anesthetic reaction by slowing the transmission of pain signals from nerves to the cerebral cortex. Cold therapy has also been shown to promote vasoconstriction, i.e., to contract blood vessels, which may lower pain sensations by limiting blood flow in the targeted areas.

Cold therapy, of course, is not a miracle treatment, and some migraineurs don’t see any improvements in their pain with this method. But if you’ve only tried applying ice packs to your head during migraine attacks, you may want to try them on your neck the next time you are in pain.

A clinical trial looking at the effects of neck cooling for the treatment of migraines, 64 participants were randomly assigned into two groups. One group received a frozen neck wrap to wear during migraine attacks, and the other wore the same neck wrap at room temperature. Their findings indicated that applying a cooling agent in the neck, near the carotid artery (a major blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain), significantly reduced self-reported pain in participants with migraine headaches.

Home Made Ice Packs – Flexible and Squishy – Do It Yourself

 1. Alcohol & Water Ice Pack:

This is a simple recipe that consists of 1 part alcohol to 3 parts water as a rule of thumb. Adding alcohol to water will keep it from freezing completely. To make this method in a quart size ziploc bag, combine 1½ cups of water with a ½ cup of rubbing alcohol. Seal and put in the freezer for several hours or overnight. Sometimes you can also find a Green Colored Wintergreen Rubbing Alcohol which gives the ice pack a little bit of color.  You can adjust the recipe for use in smaller snack size zip-lock bags or larger ones by keeping the 1:3 ratio of alcohol to water.

2.  Sponge and Water:

You can make an ice pack simply with just a clean sponge and water.  The sponge will be hard and firm with no flexibility when first taken out of the freezer.  Do not force it to bend too much at first, or it will snap.  As it warms up it becomes moist and soft again, but not drippy.  You can put it in a baggie if you want, but it isn’t absolutely necessary.

3. Dish soap or Glycerine and Water Ice Pack:

The best part of a gel ice pack is its squishy, flexible nature. The time frame for this method is more important, depending on what type of ice pack you want.  It can be soft and squishy if you freeze it for a couple of hours.  The loner you leave it in the freezer, the more icy and firm it will become.  Either way, it’s a simple method that can be made in any size ziploc bag You can hold it against your head or  mold it to the body part in question (or in pain).  It holds its cold well. Just fill a plastic zip-lock bag with corn syrup or dishsoap (no need to measure) and freeze. The corn syrup or dish soap will not freeze solid making it a perfect cooling therapy.

4.  Salt and Water Ice Pack:

Salt changes the freezing temperature of water so that your DIY ice pack is more slushy-like. Simply combine two tablespoons of salt for every two cups of water in a ziplock bag and freeze for a few hours. A quart ziploc bag is the perfect size for combining 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of salt.  Regular table sale is fine to use.

A final word…

Whether you suffer from chronic or episodic migraines, finding a combination of treatments that work for you can take some trial and error. Using an ice pack is an affordable and effortless way of improving migraine pain at home, but you may also want to try other approaches like keeping a migraine diary, avoiding triggers, and taking daily nutritional supplements to complement your natural regime.

Ocular Migraine vs. Visual Migraine — What is the Difference?

August 20th, 2019

Not all migraine sufferers experience the head pain commonly associated with migraine attacks. Some people experience a type of silent migraine with visual disturbance but no head pain. “Ocular migraine” also known as “retinal migraine” is often confused with “visual migraine” which is a symptom of visual changes or vision loss resulting from the aura phase of the common migraine.

However, for people who experience ocular migraines the visual changes are a little different and can be very frightening as they most often include temporary vision loss that can last up to an hour. Both ocular migraines and visual migraines can occur with or without a headache.

Ocular Migraine vs. Visual Migraine

Ocular or retinal migraines happen in the eye, so only affect the vision in that eye, while visual migraines occur in the brain, so affect the vision in both eyes together.

Visual Migraine or Migraine with Aura

  • · A typical migraine accompanied by aura (a variety of visual sensations like a kaleidoscope, zig zag lines and blind spots that often warn that the pain is on the way)
  • · Visual disturbances usually affect both eyes
  • · Aura usually occurs before the migraine head pain attack
  • · Condition isn’t serious but can make it difficult to function and complete tasks


Ocular or Retinal Migraine (sometimes referred to as eye migraine or ophthalmic migraine)

  • · Typically occur in one eye and affects vision when a blood vessel in the eye spasms, resulting in a lack of blood flow.
  • · Typically include a flickering blind spot or black spot near the center of your field of vision which gradually gets bigger causing vision loss
  • · Vision loss typically lasts 30 minutes (range is 10 min to 1 hour)
  • · Usually not accompanied by a headache

Temporary Vision Loss

People experiencing ocular/retinal migraines will see a pattern of black spots called “scotomas.” These black spots gradually get bigger and cause complete loss of vision. Other people will partially lose vision in one eye. This is usually characterized by blurry, dim vision or twinkling lights called “scintillations.” Vision loss is temporary and restores in under an hour.

What causes ocular/retinal migraines? Ocular migraines occur when the blood vessels to the eyes start to constrict, or narrow. This reduces the blood flow to one of your eyes. When the migraine ends, the blood vessels relax and open up, allowing blood flow to resume and vision is restored.

Ocular migraines are believed to have the same causes or triggers as regular migraines. These triggers may include:

  • Migraine Triggers· Lack of Sleep
  • · Stress or hypertension
  • · Perfumes and strong odors
  • · Bright or flickering lights
  • · Foods containing nitrates such as hot dogs and other processed meats.
  • · Foods additives such as tyramine or MSG
  • · Caffeine
  • · Chocolate
  • · Tobacco use or cigarette smoke
  • · Artificial Sweeteners
  • · Dehydration
  • · Low blood sugar
  • · Being in higher altitudes

Migraine headaches have a genetic basis, and some studies say that up to 70 percent of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine headaches. If one parent has a migraine, there is a 50% chance of a child having it to. If both parents have migraine, a the chance of a children also experiencing migraine increases to 75%.

According to the World Health Organization, migraine headaches appear to be triggered by activation of a mechanism deep in the brain, which releases inflammatory substances around nerves and blood vessels in the head and brain. Imaging studies have shown changes in blood flow to the brain during ocular migraines and migraine auras. But why this happens and what brings about the spontaneous resolution of ocular migraines and visual migraines remain unknown.

NOTE: Temporary vision loss caused by ocular or retinal migraines, like migraine with aura is relatively minor however, you should always check with your doctor first to be properly diagnosed and rule out other serious health issues.
DIAGNOSIS: There are no diagnostic tests to confirm retinal migraine. Diagnosis is accomplished by reviewing the patient’s personal and family medical history, studying their symptoms, and doing an examination. Retinal migraine is then diagnosed by ruling out other causes for the symptoms. With retinal migraine, it is essential that other causes of transient blindness, such as stroke of the eye (amaurosis fugax), be fully investigated and ruled out. Seeing an ophthalmologist for a full eye exam is generally required for a good look at the back of the eyes.



Keeping a migraine journal/diary to help uncover and track your migraine triggers can help you understand and avoid those triggers. Popular triggers include, lack of sleep, dehydration, changes in weather (barometric pressure), eating certain processed foods like aged cheese, MSG containing foods, bright lights from computer screens/television, stress and even strenuous exercise. Avoiding your triggers once discovered, can go long way towards migraine prevention. (FREE MIGRAINE DIARY & TRIGGER TRACKER – Click Here)

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Ginger Tea Recipes -Tasty Beverage with Many Health Benefits

August 6th, 2013

ginger root 2Ginger is one of the most widely used herbs in the world and has many health benefits.  It is native to Asia but cultivated in the West Indies, Jamaica, and Africa.

Tea is the most gentle form of consuming ginger. Ginger tea is a healthy beverage made from by peeling and grating fresh ginger root, immersing it in boiling water, and simmering the tea for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the desired strength.

Ginger tea has a spicy, invigorating taste. It’s used as a home remedy for indigestion, nausea, and to ward off colds, flu, and sore throats.   Ginger, with all its anti-inflammatory properties, is a potent herb that is good for any type of pain or swelling of the tissues. Ginger tea for headaches is a proven remedy.   For maximum effect, it is best taken at the very onset of a migraine attack. Ginger is also a popular home remedy to stop the nausea.

Ginger contains more than 200 substances in its oils, which is why it has so many different uses. It is believed that ginger may block prostiglandins, which stimulate some muscle contractions, control inflammation and impact some hormones.  Therefore migraines may be prevented and stopped by ginger stifling the action of prostiglandins.

Benefits of Ginger

  • Multiple benefits include – Circulation booster, blood sugar reduction, increase perspiration, soothes menstrual pain, weight-loss, helps reduce sinusitis and throat soreness
  • Treating Nausea: The brew has been used in traditional Asian medicine to treat nausea. Pregnant women report relief from morning sickness after consuming small amounts of ginger root, ginger tea, and ginger ale. When given in large doses, ginger also relieves chemotherapy-related nausea.
  • Relieving Joint Pain: Ginger has been used to treat joint pain by stimulating blood circulation and has been used to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and Raynaud’s syndrome.
  • Digestive Disorders: The herb can be used to address flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea. It does this by mimicking some digestive enzymes used to process protein in the body.
  • Promoting Heart Health: As little as 5 grams of dried ginger a day has shown to slow the production of triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol in the liver.
  • Treating Colds: Drinking ginger herbal tea is sometimes recommended for relief of cold symptoms because it is said to loosen phlegm and fight chills by spreading a warm feeling throughout the body.



The secret to making a really flavorful ginger tea is to use plenty of ginger – more than you think you will need.  Everyone’s taste is different however so adjust the amount of ginger and honey to your liking.

#1 Honey Ginger Sweet TeaGinger Honey Sweet Tea


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 7 cups cold water
  • Garnish: lemon slices


  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags. Stir in honey and ginger. Pour into a 1-gal. container.


#2 Homemade Ginger Tea (Serve Hot or Cold)Ginger Tea Recipe - best


  • 4-6 thin slices raw ginger
  • 1  1/2 – 2 cups water
  • juice from 1/2 lime, or to taste (may use lemon instead of lime)
  • 1-2 tbsp honey or agave nectar, or to taste


Peel the ginger and slice thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea. Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger. Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey (or agave nectar) to taste.

For stronger ginger flavor…

Simply slice ginger into paper-thin slices, without peeling it, bring it to boil, then turn it down and let it simmer for 30 mins then cover it and let it sit overnight. It will develop a really strong ginger flavor and a lovely brown color.  The next morning, strain it and either bottle it or, add the lemon juice and serve.   You can sweeten with honey, brown or white sugar,  or artificial sweetener.   The ginger will have a strong, deep flavor and spicy, heat you simply can’t get by pouring hot water over it, or letting it steep for a short time.

Note: Keep in mind that if you are making ginger tea as a home remedy during cold and flu season, sweeteners are not recommended.


#3 Ginger Honey Green Teaginger green tea


  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 regular-size green tea bag
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Grate ginger, using the large holes of a box grater, to equal 1 Tbsp. Squeeze juice from ginger into a teacup; discard solids. Place tea bag, lemon juice, and honey in teacup; add boiling
    water. Cover and steep 3 minutes. Remove and discard tea bag, squeezing gently.


#4 Ginger Tea (1 quart)


  • Water, 4 cups
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root or 1/4 cup freshly grated ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional)
  • Thin slices of lemon or lime (garnish)

Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. For a more lemon taste, add the lemon juice and the whole squeezed lemon to the boiling water as well.    Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Instead of adding lemon to boiling water, you may also add it “to taste” after the boiling process.

Line a strainer with a thin wet cloth and strain tea into a pitcher.  Stir in honey and lemon to taste. Serve hot or chill thoroughly and serve on ice with thin slices of lemon and lime.


#5 Cranberry Ginger Teaginger cranberry tea

A tangy blend of ginger and cranberries. This tart tea recipe will make your taste buds jump for joy, and wake you up in the morning.


  • 2 tea bags
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup ginger, fresh and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • Pinch of nutmeg


Steep tea, ginger and cranberries in water for 15 minutes. Strain and add nutmeg and cranberry juice.  Serve warm.


#6 Cranberry Ginger Punch cranberry ginger


  • 1 pieces (3-inch) fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 6 slices lemon 6 slices orange

Directions Make the ginger tea: Bring the ginger and 3 1/2 cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat and steep for 2 hours. (Tea can be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated.)

Mix the punch: Strain the tea into a large pitcher and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Serve over ice.


Invent you own ginger tea concoction…

Mix your favorite ingredients into the basic ginger tea recipe, for example fresh mint leaves, a bag of chamomile and half a lime.

To make different variations of ginger tea, you can add just a few slices of ginger tea to a variety of teas. Here are some examples.

  • Ginger White Tea
  • Ginger Black Tea
  • Ginger Green Tea
  • Ginger Chamomile Tea
  • Ginger Lemon Balm Tea
  • Ginger Osmanthus Tea
  • Ginger Cinnamon Tea
  • Ginger Clove Tea


Stay healthy and enjoy!




March 14th, 2012

MIGRAINES IN MEN An article published in the 2012 March edition of the headache journal Cephalalgia, discusses a Taiwanese study that found a correlation between having erectile dysfunction (ED) and also having been diagnosed with migraines.

In over 5000 patients with ED, the odds of having also been diagnosed were 63% greater than in men without ED, and this was after adjusting for other risk factors that are associated with ED like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and alcohol abuse.

An interesting aspect of this research was that this increased risk of having been diagnosed with both migraine and ED increased from 63% to 98% in men between the ages of 30-39, an age group not usually associated with ED.

For men who suffer chronic migraines, the need to stop the pain and avoid a life of taking pain pills is enough motivation to explore options that prevent migraines. The possibility that migraines are somehow related to ED only provides another reason to explore all of the options


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

To learn more about safe, effective, non-drug migraine options please go to www.MigreLief.com

Is Taking Hormone Replacement Therapy to Manage Menopausal Symptoms Worth the Risk? What Are Your Other Options?

September 5th, 2011

As women approach menopause, some are not plagued with the well know symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, poor sleep, excitability, depression, poor concentration, fatigue, and some are to the point of distraction.

All of the symptoms are caused, at least in part, by the hormonal changes that are occurring during this phase of a woman’s life.

To deal with these problems many women’s physicians suggest going on hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
It is well known that HRT increases the risk of blood clots, strokes, and various cancers like breast, ovarian and uterine. Therefore, there is little to lose and much to gain by first trying natural alternatives that are supported by clinical evidence, before running the risks associated with HRT.

The natural medicines that seem to work best for many women are:

Black Cohosh 20 mg twice per day
Chaste Tree Extract 400 mg/day
Fermented Soy Foods – i.e. Tempeh, Miso, Natto. ( I am not in favor of soymilk, soy protein, or pill forms of soy isoflavones) *
Vitamin E succinate 800 IU per day
Maca – 2000 mg/day

Best of Health,


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

*Read about the possible dangers of consuming non-fermented soy products – Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story

NOTE:  “Headaches in women, particularly migraines, have been related to changes in the levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone before, during and after a woman’s menstrual cycle.




Lifetime Television “The Balancing Act” Interviews Curt Hendrix, Creator of MigreLief, Regarding Migraine Headache Relief

June 25th, 2011

Curt Hendrix, creator of MigreLief, is interviewed on Lifetime’s Balancing Act.

Mr. Hendrix discusses causes and treatment of migraines, especially as related to women who suffer from migraine headaches.

More than 30 million people in the US suffer from migraines, and more than three-quarters are women. The key is not to treat the symptoms, but prevent the severe headaches from ever forming. We’ll show you how to do it naturally.  Watch The Balancing Act interview below.



June 21st, 2011

Could there possibly be benefits to getting migraines?

We don’t know if this will help you to feel better during your next migraine, but migraine sufferers are much less susceptible to breast cancer. A study published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention- in 2009, found that migraine sufferers are 26% less likely to get breast cancer.

What we do know will make you feel better is not getting migraines in the first place. For those of you new to the MigreLief community, remember, MigreLief is all about PREVENTION.   We believe in stopping the pain before it starts!

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

Famous People with Migraine Headaches

April 25th, 2011

Can you imagine the stress and pressure Kate Middleton and Prince William are under as they approach their Royal Wedding day?

Not limited to commoners, Kings, Queens, Princesses and Celebrities, all suffer from migraines. Queen Elizabeth I and II, King Henry the VIII, Princess Margret and some of the richest, most powerful and most famous, were plagued by the life disrupting phenomenon of MIGRAINES.  They could have been helped, find out how.


The World Headache Alliance published the following article that you may find interesting:

“Some of the world’s most famous and influential people—statesmen, military leaders, writers, painters, psychologists, philosophers, actors, musicians and sports stars—have suffered from migraine.

The Politicians

Roman dictator Julius Caesar and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte suffered from migraine, as did U.S. president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson. Both Robert E. Lee, Commander-in-Chief of Confederate armies during the American Civil War, and Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who overcame Lee’s troops and went on to become U.S. president also suffered from migraine.

The Writers

Migraine has influenced the work of many writers, among them Lewis Carroll, Virginia Woolf, and Miguel de Cervantes. Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found  may have been drawn from the feelings of bodily distortion and light sensitivity experienced by some people with migraine.

Virginia Woolf’s works include A Room of One’s Own, Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse. Cervantes is best known for his satirical masterpiece Don Quixote.

The Painters

Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh is reputed to have suffered from severe migraines. Some speculate that his strokes of pure color were inspired by visual disturbances from migraine auras. Van Gogh’s works include some of the most acclaimed paintings ever created – Sunflowers, Irises and The Night Café.

The “Seurat effect,” a term used to describe the visual phenomenon of a scintillating aura, takes its name from another Impressionist artist, Georges Seurat. Seurat pioneered the pointillist technique of building up images from small dots of color.

The Thinkers

Sigmund Freud, the “Father of Psychoanalysis,” is thought to have suffered from migraine. Freud’s radical views challenged 20th century society’s view of itself and the world with his provocative theories on the psychology of human sexuality and dream interpretation.

The German philosopher and poet Friedrich Nietzsche was also plagued by migraines. Nietzsche, considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 19th century, produced many works during his short career. These include The Birth of Tragedy, Daybreak, The Gay Science, Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morals, The Antichrist and The Will to Power.

The Entertainers

Musical legend Elvis Presley, actress and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, British royal family member Princess Margaret, Denver Broncos player Terrel Davis, and actress Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady of Brady Bunch fame) are just some of the 20th century’s famous migraine sufferers.

Needless to say, if you suffer from migraine, you’re in good company.

Many migraines sufferers have tried many, many things to control this life disrupting phenomenon. Millions abuse pain pills in an attempt to get some relief.  But a lifetime of taking pills for pain is not a pleasant thought.

Preventing migraines by helping your body to cure itself, is an option that is not a dream but a reality. To learn more please go to www.migrelief.com.  You don’t have to be royalty or rich and famous to get the best information available and take back control of your life.

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

The Royal Wedding: A Royal Headache?

April 25th, 2011

Royals get migraines too!  Can you imagine the stress and pressure of being Kate Middleton who is about to marry Prince William in the Royal event of the decade? The enormous amounts of planning, meetings, decisions, paparazzi, reporters, wardrobe choices can easily cause a migraine and history teaches us that the wealth and power of being a royal is not enough to make one immune to these incredibly painful headaches.

King Henry the eighth, Queen Elizabeth I and II, all suffered with migraines.  Royalty is no more immune to these debilitating attacks, than are we commoners.

After having what promises to be, one of the most extravagant and fairytale weddings of all time, its hard to imagine a migraine causing the honeymoon night something less than fantasy perfect. Somehow, “not tonight, dear, I have a migraine” just doesn’t seem like an option.

Well there is some interesting research that Kate and all of you other women who may experience a migraine on a special night, should know about.

The often quoted saying “Not tonight dear, I have a headache”, implies that sex makes the pain worse.

Well, a Dr. James Couch, a professor of neurology at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, reports that several women patients have reported that sex actually helps decrease the pain of their migraines or makes them go away completely, in many cases.

 So Couch asked 84 other female migraines if they ever had sex during a migraine? 2 out of 3 patients reported that they did and 61% reported that they experienced some sort of relief.  This is pretty impressive since the prescription medicines known as triptans and sold as Immitrex or Zomig, achieve some benefit between 60-80% of the time.

What was even more intriguing was that more than 20% of the women reported that sex stopped their migraines completely!

Couch could only guess as to why sex had this favorable effect on some female migraine sufferers and also laughingly said, “I haven’t really figured out how to follow this information up with a more formal study.”

On the other side of things, professor Randolph Evan of the Baylor College of Medicine says that sex can trigger migraines in 10% of female migraine sufferers.

From the male perspective, 1% of men can actually develop a headaches that is known as “coital cephalalgia” (a fancy way of saying headaches induced by sex) but its uncommon and usually goes away.

But a much more common and real problem is the headache that can be caused by erectile dysfunction pills that men take, like Viagra and Cialis.

The bottom line is that sex may help certain migraine sufferers and it may cause migraines to occur in others.

Evans joking states, since migraines happen randomly and unexpectedly, using sex as a treatment certainly has its limitations, one just cannot grab someone in the office and tell them, “Hey, it’s a medical emergency.”

The real goal of chronic migraine sufferers should be to stop the migraines from occurring, not to spend a lifetime taking pain killers.  This may sound like a dream but in fact, it is reality for hundreds of thousands of women. Women, who had tried everything to take back control of their lives, only to be disappointed. If you suffer from chronic migraines, go to www.migrelief.com.  It will change your life forever.

Curt Hendrix

The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder & Migraines?

February 12th, 2011

Researchers have found that between 51-82% of Bipolar II patients also suffer from migraines.

Conversely, patients with migraine had a higher frequency of affective disorder (47% versus 22% in patients without migraine) (affective disorders are emotional disorders like depression that occur with no visible abnormality of the brain) and a higher number of anxiety disorders. They were more likely to have panic disorder (51% versus 24%) and agoraphobia (58% versus 27%) than the patients without migraine.

Magnesium has been shown to help calm the mania of some bipolar patients.  Magnesium as it is found in MigreLief, has also been shown to help prevent migraine headaches.

For migraine sufferers who also suffer from bipolar disorders and for bipolar patients who are also experiencing chronic migraines, a safe and effective, magnesium containing, supplement like MigreLief may provide benefits for both conditions.

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