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Bad News For Migraine Pain – Migraine Drugs Do Not Work!

Migraine Drugs Fail To Relieve Migraine Pain

Migraine Drugs Fail To Relieve Migraine Pain

Your Doctor Probably Does Not Know…

“Why Drugs DO NOT WORK On Migraine Headaches!”

I was shocked when I learned that the very assumptions on which migraine drugs work is all WRONG. But I started this research after meeting Dr. Irina Kossovskaia and Dr. David Gawain and speaking with former migraine sufferers they had helped. So I want to share with you now some of my findings about migraine headaches and how to get migraine pain relief.

Over 300 million people worldwide suffers from migraine headaches. To me, that’s an epidemic! And yet migraines are among the least understood and most poorly treated of truly debilitating afflictions. If you are a migraine sufferer, you know what I mean!

Conventional “wisdom” was that migraines were VASCULAR. It was thought that pain signals were sent after an initial blood vessel restriction, which was followed by dilation and stretching. But recent research shows migraines are NEUROLOGICAL. They are related to a wave of nerve cell activity that sweeps across the brain.

A little while back, I remember reading Dr. Joseph Mercola’s explanations (mercola.com), and here’s what struck me so much that I put it in my personal notes. It seems that the trigeminal nerve system acts as the primary pain pathway in the network of nerve cells in the brain. These nerves are believed to be set off by either:

(a) a wave release of neurotransmitters across the cortex, or
(b) a malfunction of 3 clusters of cells in the brain stem itself – so the neurons “fire at will” even without signals from blood vessels or the brain membrane.

Now you know why a migraine causes you great sensitivity to light, sound, and odors, and why migraine medications aren’t very successful.

Think about the widely prescribed Triptans – They work by binding to serotonin receptors, causing cranial blood vessels to constrict. But since migraine pain is NOT due to dilated blood vessels, constricting them does little good.

If you like the majority of migraine sufferers, nothing you’ve tried really works for you – or at best, it certainly fails you when you need it most. And your doctor is probably like most doctors, too – saying that you just have to experiment with the drugs to find the right one.

If you’ve been there, you know this trial and error… and error… and failure… just leaves you deep in pain and hopeless, helpless despair. Sadly, Big Pharma has convinced the medical community to just overlook the awful side effects for even the limited benefit… sometimes dangerous side effects.  Never mind that you feel:

* Stinging with Botox™ (same dangerous nerve toxin)
* Mentally foggy and disjointed with Topamax™
* Wiped out, very fatigued by Betablockers
* Aching, painful joints with Triptans
* Retching with Imitrex™
* Rebound headaches from absorption drugs
* Dizziness and nausea from other migraine drugs
* Falling asleep at the wheel…

Even with all that, the drugs still don’t work! You are simply left to suffer with some or all of your pain, in addition to horrid side effects of the drugs. You’ve been caught up in a Catch-22! You get medication overuse headaches if you take too much of a headache drug – But when you taper off, you get rebound headaches that may be even worse!

How often do you suffer the searing pain, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light and sound during a migraine headache? Utter debilitation sometimes to the point that you just want to curl up in a dark place and die?

* 1 – 2 days every month, like the average migraine sufferer?
* Weekly, like 10% of migraine victims?
* Every 2-3 days, like 20% of sufferers?
* Half the month (15 days or more), like a hapless 14%?

Dr. Irina and Dr. David showed me how to erase migraine pain in MINUTES… and at the same time stimulate healing on the way to making them a thing of the past. (I also learned from them about the hand-held laser that arrived just in time to save my life – a crisis situation described best in the exclamation of a retired cardiologist: “You were a dead woman! You were a dead woman!” But that’s another story for another day.)

You can read about their awesome hand-held (yes, you can use it yourself) equipment at Migraine Pain Relief. This highly effective, safe equipment is used around the world in hospitals, clinics, even homes (like mine now!), with highly sophisticated, computerized settings – wavelength and frequency combinations – that work on far more than just migraines and inflammations and other pain relief… Such as the superior ratings in trials for treating carpal tunnel and for osteoarthritis of the wrist, better than any drugs (per FDA trials). So we’re not talking about just a single-purpose piece of equipment by any stretch of the imagination, but an essential component of your “21st Century Medicine Cabinet”… Although what you want NOW is something from which large numbers of migraine sufferers reported complete relief in mere minutes (if treated at onset). You want deliverance from migraines, period… and fast!

But there is a real problem out there, with general resistance to any “alternative medicine” or “integrative medicine” by the mainstream, Big Pharma trained, general medical community. There are some very smart, very caring, well trained medical professionals – but they are handicapped in treating your migraines effectively. It stems in large part from what we discussed above – that migraines are among the most poorly understood and mistreated of all disorders – as well as blinders to alternative treatments.

The fact remains – Their drug treatments are sadly lacking. Don’t just take my word for it. According to Scientific American, July 2008, very few drugs can prevent migraines. In fact, the truth is,

* Migraine drugs were developed for other diseases, such as hypertension, depression, epilepsy…and
* They only work in about 50% of patients…and
* Even then, they only work about 50% of the time
* With a wide range of potentially serious side effects.

New techniques are being tested, such as drugs that work by preventing the gap junction from opening (ion channels), halting the flow of calcium between brain cells. But is this healthy? Interrupting normal body function? Wouldn’t you rather stop these awful headaches at the source? And according to its qualifying trial data, even the most promising new migraine pain drug, ExcedrinR™, reports a long 6 hours for 79% of test subjects to achieve little or no pain.

What? – 6 Hours for the best drug? – That’s too long! By then, that day at the beach is gone, the romantic dinner is long past, and forget enjoying the happiest day of your daughter’s life, her wedding, or your anniversary, or your child’s sports competition…

I think it’s time to get your life back. That’s why I’ve started this new blog with migraine information. Many more health issues and family issues will follow. For now, let’s clear your head of pain and your eyes from glazing over from migraines so you can even pay attention to anything else!

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Is Migraine Risk Related To Waistline?

Migraine headache risk and waistline

Migraines seem to get worse now you’ve gained some weight?  New study linking migraine headache risk to abdominal obesity suggests losing weight in the stomach area may help younger people with migraine, especially women. The study of 22,211 people will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 61st Annual Meeting, Seattle (April 25 – May 2, 2009).

The study concludes that overweight people aged 20 – 55 may have a higher risk of migraine headaches. It finds that age, gender, and the way that body fat is distributed affected the risk of migraine.

For example, in the study, about 20 percent of men aged 20 – 55 and with abdominal obesity reported migraine headaches, compared to 16 percent of those without abdominal obesity.

Numbers were higher for women. Migraines were reported by 37 percent of women aged 20–55 who had excess fat around the belly, compared to 29 percent without excess belly fat. And in these same women with excess belly fat, the odds of migraine more than doubled – going up 1.3 times – after adjusting for heart disease risk factors and for total body obesity.

For whatever reason, after the age of 55, total body obesity had no correlation with migraines in either men or women.

How can we use these findings?

Lose weight in the stomach area.  If you’re under 55, it could help your migraines.  If you’re over 55, it will help your confidence and sense of well-being!

“These results, while still in the early stages, suggest that losing weight in the stomach area may be beneficial for younger people who experience migraine and especially so for women,” according to the study’s author, B. Lee Peterlin, DO. Dr. Peterlin is with the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Peterlin continues: “Men and women have body tissue distributed in different ways. After puberty women show more fatty tissue deposits in the hip and thigh area while men predominantly have more fatty tissue in the belly region. After menopause, women show more fatty tissue in the belly area as well. For some diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, excess fat around the waistline appears to be a stronger risk factor than total body obesity.”

Now a new “disease” is added to that list.  It appears that excess waistline fat is also a risk factor for migraine headaches! Wouldn’t it be nice to reduce your migraine risk simply through diet – to look better and feel better at the same time?

What Are Your Migraine Headache Triggers?

Migraine Headache Trigger - Computer Glare

All of a sudden, you are blindsided by another migraine headache… without warning…

Crippling, knocking you off your feet for hours and days at a time… Much more than a “headache”…

And with the intense migraine pain comes incredible light and sound sensitivity… nausea or vomiting… throbbing temples and whole head, worsening with every move you make … and the worst side effect of all, rebound headaches!

“Why, why?” you ask in misery.

So much is not known about such headaches. Theories abound with all kinds of scientific reasoning, but too much is only partially understood, if at all. And too much that is known is still misconstrued and mistreated. There’s even disagreement regarding the different types of migraines.

Migraine myths abound… for example, such absurd (disproven) beliefs that:

  • It’s only women who get true migraines.
  • Sex always hurts the head. (Hey, what about the bally-hooed therapeutic effects of orgasms?)

But what are YOUR REAL migraine triggers?

Some of the more commonly discussed triggers include these: (Do you recognize any of them as your own?)

  • Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Digestion problems
  • Hormones or Sex
  • Injury – especially back or neck
  • Fluorescent lights – the flickering glare in the office
  • Computer screen glare
  • Weather and barometric change

We’ll be bringing forth expert commentary on causes of migraine headaches and what you can do to eliminate or reduce the effect of these triggers. There’s been much research on natural ways to ease or alter the impact of would-be migraine triggers, and know people using these successfully.

And we’ll also be bringing forth migraine treatments that actually work – naturally, drug-free, effectively, and quickly! You don’t have to give up your life.

A lot of people are doing a lot of work to give you migraine relief and even cure, once and for all, from migraine misery.  So stick with us over the next posts and on-going.  We’re here for you … and for your freedom from migraines!

How Do Your Enzymes Affect Migraine Pain?

Migraine headache from enzymes

Did you know that migraine headaches and other inflammation can result from insufficient metabolic enzymes?  It’s true, and your dietary habits can be a culprit.

In short, raw foods contain the digestive enzymes necessary for … you guessed it … digestion! But cooking your food destroys these digestive enzymes.

So where can your body get them?  It diverts metabolic enzymes away from their critical functions of regulating heart, brain, other organs and hormones, and converts them into digestive enzymes.

That’s where the trouble comes in. You see, not only does inflammation result (which in the head causes headaches!)… but your food digests poorly.  And so toxins in your digestive track get absorbed into the bloodstream and cause, among other things … headaches!

See why diet and the resulting enzyme action are so important?

What can you do to reduce your risk from particular cause of migraine headaches?  Eat more raw foods, and eat organic foods.  Organic food contains more concentrated enzymes than conventional foods, and they avoid most of the extremely damaging poisons caused by pesticides and food processes.

Sandra Feder offers help here with information on the “5 Areas Of Balance That Will Keep You Migraine-Free” and with a free e-course: “6 Nuggets Of Migraine Help.” Both are offered on her helpful Squidoo lens -Migraine Help Is As Close As Your Enzymes.

So let’s reduce your your risk of migraines and their severety while we explore even more options to cure migraine headaches once and for all!

Migraine Headache Pain – How Severe Is Your Migraine?

Excruciating Migraine Headache Pain

Migraine headaches can be excruciating, blinding, nauseating, crippling…

Are you one of the 300 million people worldwide who suffers from them?  If so, you’ll welcome the migraine headache relief (some call it a “cure for migraine headaches”) which we will expose in this series of articles, the first on our new transformational health and wealth blog.

Take heart.  We’re here to help.  Migraine relief is on the way!

Fully 6% to 7% of all men are severe migraine sufferers, and 15-18% of women.  Yet migraines are one of the least understood and most poorly treated disorders.  We’ll get into some treatments, why most don’t work, and what will (from experience).

Tell us about your migraines.  We will get poll modules up soon (this blog is all very new, and I’m not a “techie”), but in the meantime, please at least leave comments for us and send your migraine suffering friends.  We want to be able to address your specific circumstances… How often?  How severe?  What do you use?  How does it work?  Side effects?

For example, the average migraine sufferer has a migraine headache 1-2 days every month. But many of you suffer much more often:

  • 10% of migraine sufferers have migraines weekly.
  • 20% of migraine sufferers have the headaches every 2 to 3 days.
  • 14% of migraine sufferers have them half the time, about 15 days each month!

That’s no way to spend you life … and you don’t have to. We have friends who used to suffer for days but now nip them in the bud … and can go on to lead quality lives.

Get it? You can get your life back!

And the ultimate cost of migraines is prodigous. Here we are with the most dire economic distress since “The Great Depression” and we are adding to it unnecessarily with the financial side-effects of debilitating migraines – the high cost of lost time at work, disability payments, and health care expenses … in addition to the much higher intangible costs of “lost lives!”  The cost to the economy from migraine headaches is estimated to be $17 billion annually.

So tell us about your migraines, and in return, we’ll share research and testimonies that should help you.  Remember, you are not alone.  And we don’t want you to suffer.

To your good health and migraine headache free, vibrant life!

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