Solve your migraines in 5 easy steps. It’s not news to us as migraine sufferers that migraines are a big problem. This doesn’t just affect us personally, but migraines also affect millions of people and can cost billions of dollars in healthcare costs. They are one of the most common reasons people end up the emergency room.
Finding relief for your migraines comes down to one question: What’s causing the migraines? It not just about treating the migraines, but also discovering the underlying triggers and causes. When we delve into the cause and not just the symptoms, people sometimes find the root cause of their migraines may be from some other factors. What’s intriguing is the fact that 10 people with the exact same symptoms might have very different underlying causes. In my migraine program, we try to find your underlying causes and your triggers so you can find a permanent solution to your migraine pain.
Menopausal Women: Do This Before You Take the Meds Your Doctor Prescribed…..
Of course, listen to what your doctor says.
And also listen to what your body says.
We both know that what you eat and how you move can make a HUGE improvement in some of the symptoms of menopause. Not to mention how common it is for ladies to gain weight at this time of life. (Ugh!)
And as we both know eating better and moving more can help you stave off other issues like heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
What do I specifically recommend to help you “eat better and move more”?
Is Menopause or Peri-Menopause Increasing Your Migraines?
I was recently researching information about women and menopause-related migraines to pass on to you. From an experience standpoint, many women can tell you that around peri-menopause and during menopause it is possible migraines will increase in frequency and intensity. Conversely, for some women, once menopause either begins or ends, migraines may disappear.
However, a new study has found that migraines worsen as women approach menopause. According to Vincent Martin, M.D., a professor of internal medicine in the University of Cincinnati’s Division of General Internal Medicine and co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, “Women have been telling doctors that their migraine headaches worsen around menopause, and now we have proof they were right.” It seems that the risk for high frequency migraine, or more than 10 days with a headache per month, increased by 60 percent in middle-aged women with migraine during peri-menopause. Peri-menopause is, as you know, the transitional period into menopause marked by irregular menstrual cycles.
4 Hormone Tips to Control Cravings
I wanted to run a little scenario by you this week to help you understand how hormone balances can affect your daily lifestyle. So let’s run through a possible “Day in the Life of [Your Name].”
Today is Monday. You knew you were going to try to have healthy week, so you spent the weekend clearing out your cupboards and pantry, throwing away all of the ‘bad’ foods, doing your grocery shopping for your healthy alternatives, and then preparing your meals for the week. You are so proud of yourself because you feel really great anticipating that this is going to be a ‘good’ week. You have everything planned out, and you feel prepared. You are determine that your diet is going to work this time.
You go about your daily routine and by 10:00 a.m. everything has gone as planned and you are ready to eat your mid-morning snack, but before you know it, you are called into a meeting and as you have been summoned to be there quickly, you have to leave your healthy, natural snack on your desk. Before you know it, hunger sets. Still, what can you do? You can’t leave this important meeting — you’re stuck.
Now it’s 1:00 p.m. and you are starving. All you’ve had so far is the breakfast you ate at 7:45 a.m. It’s been over five hours since you ate. You just don’t know if you can manage to eat quickly enough, but as you think about that great salad you made, you realize you have lost the excitement you had about your beautiful homemade lunch. You are so hungry that a salad just isn’t going to get it for you. What a dilemma. Still, as hungry as you are, you decide you will just have to forego the salad and head out for the nearest cafe where you have more than you should to eat – and on top of that, not the most healthy choice. Still,with your stomach rumbling, and your intense hunger, you just have to get something “more substantial” inside you. So you justify it with the fact that you missed out on your snack and you had a stressful morning with that emergency meeting.
Talking as a female, I am sure you too sometimes feel as if you are on a hormonal merry-go-round. When your mood-improving estrogen spikes, you feel great and can “conquer the world.” On the flip side, when your levels are low, you find yourself facing imbalance to the chemical and systems of your brain, which results in migraines and headaches. Below are 5 ways to treat hormonal migraines naturally.
Can Drinking Alcohol Cause Migraines?
All of us who suffer with migraines know how very painful they can be, not to mention that they often put you out of action for quite some time. As we’ve discussed before, because of that, it is important for you to know what causes your migraines.
The most common trigger in women is hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle. These changes generally decrease after menopause. Of course, hormonal changes are not the only triggers to migraines. Other possible causes of migraine include feeling tired or tense, stress, changes in the weather or atmospheric conditions, and certain foods and drinks. Thinking about some of these possible triggers and causes, it makes sense to think that the use of alcohol may play a role in the development of migraines.