The Migraine Relief Center Blog https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com en-us Wed, 09 Nov 2022 16:30:00 GMT 2022-11-09T16:30:00Z en-us Can Fertility Treatment Affect Migraine Frequency? https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/can-fertility-treatment-affect-migraine-frequency <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/fertility%20treatment%20migraine%20frequency.jpeg?width=2000&amp;height=1333&amp;name=fertility%20treatment%20migraine%20frequency.jpeg" alt="fertility treatment migraine frequency" width="2000" height="1333" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Migraine pain and symptoms affect 29.5 million women in the US; about one-fifth of those suffer migraines aggravated by hormonal shifts. They also most commonly suffer migraines between the ages of 20 and 45. Almost half report <a href="https://www.verywellhealth.com/migraine-and-pregnancy-5268068">experiencing a migraine before their reproductive years end</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/fertility%20treatment%20migraine%20frequency.jpeg?width=2000&amp;height=1333&amp;name=fertility%20treatment%20migraine%20frequency.jpeg" alt="fertility treatment migraine frequency" width="2000" height="1333" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Migraine pain and symptoms affect 29.5 million women in the US; about one-fifth of those suffer migraines aggravated by hormonal shifts. They also most commonly suffer migraines between the ages of 20 and 45. Almost half report <a href="https://www.verywellhealth.com/migraine-and-pregnancy-5268068">experiencing a migraine before their reproductive years end</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>In other words, many women have migraines during their prime child-bearing age and some are sensitive to hormonal shifts. Since fertility treatment often means messing with a woman’s hormones, it follows that those women might find that they suffer more migraines while under assisted reproductive care.</p> <p>Yes, fertility treatment <a href="https://www.migraineagain.com/can-fertility-treatments-make-migraine-worse/">can be linked to an increase in migraine frequency</a>. Women with a history of migraines reported an increase in frequency compared to women without a history of migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you undergo fertility treatment and you are a migraineur, coordinate between your fertility specialist, primary care physician, and headache doctor to monitor your migraines during treatment, pregnancy, and post-partum.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is good news — there is nothing to suggest migraines cause infertility, although the desire for sexual intercourse may be low due to head pain. The stress of infertility can reduce libido, too.&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Hormones and Migraines</strong></h2> <p>Fluctuating estradiol levels during menstruation can affect the frequency of your migraine attacks. Also, drops in estrogen triggers migraines in up to 60% of women. Stable hormone levels reduce migraine severity and frequency.</p> <p>Estradiol, estrogen, and progesterone are all hormones present during ovulation and pregnancy. <a href="https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/975729#vp_1">Fertility treatments often introduce higher than normal amounts</a> to ready your body for ovulating multiple eggs and your uterus for implanting a zygote.&nbsp;</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=88909401-a08d-4c06-83e8-1d3305f65574&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="ARE YOUR MIGRAINES MAKING YOU TIRED?&nbsp;&nbsp; START TRACKING THEM TODAY WITH OUR FREE MIGRAINE DIARY! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/88909401-a08d-4c06-83e8-1d3305f65574.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>An Overview of Fertility Treatment</strong></h2> <p>Fertility treatment typically begins with the least invasive procedures, however, once those fail, your specialist may ask you to consider IVF.</p> <p>IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. A particular course of treatment encourages your ovaries to produce more than one egg at a time. Once several eggs are “mature” another course of treatment readies them for release so the doctor can retrieve them.</p> <p>Your eggs are then introduced to the sperm in a petri dish (sorry, no test tubes) and allowed to fertilize and expand into a multi-celled zygote. You receive yet more medication to make your uterus ready to receive the zygote and increase the chances of implantation and one or two zygotes are introduced into your uterus.&nbsp;</p> <p>You may continue to receive additional hormones to ensure a zygote implants.&nbsp;</p> <p>Throughout the entire procedure you receive various amounts of pregnancy hormones, often in higher amounts than your body typically produces. If you are one of the women who suffer migraines most often when you ovulate, you can see why these treatments can be challenging.</p> <h2><strong>Don’t Give Up - You Have Options</strong></h2> <p>One of the biggest perks of IVF is that you know exactly when ovulation and implantation occurs. Everything is timed down to within a couple of days once you begin treatment. Having a set schedule allows you to continue acute medications as needed or for your headache specialist to put you on a short-term preventative up until implantation.</p> <p>If you take triptans, ditans, or gepants, you will be required to stop after implantation or when your doctor recommends it. Unfortunately, you might need to avoid NSAIDs because they can interfere with implantation. Make a plan with your fertility and headache doctors to reduce your migraine pain while you are prevented from taking medication. Always discuss any medication changes with your doctor first.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="READY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIGRAINES?&nbsp;&nbsp; SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MIGRAINE RELIEF CENTER »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>Post-Partum</strong></h2> <p>After the baby is born, about 30% to 40% of new mothers report a headache during the first week after delivery, including women who have never suffered migraines.</p> <p>Post-partum depression (PPD) is a bigger risk with migraineur Moms than those who don’t suffer migraines. You may be more prone to anxiety and other mental health issues, too, particularly if you suffer migraine with aura.</p> <p>PPD can occur up to a year after you give birth, although you usually notice it within the first month. It’s more than the “baby blues.” Migraineurs have a higher chance of suffering depression than the general population and that fact remains true here.</p> <p>Symptoms of PPD include:</p> <ul> <li>Feeling restless or agitated</li> <li>Feelings of sadness or anxiety</li> <li>Trouble caring for yourself or the baby</li> <li>Fatigue&nbsp;</li> <li>Lack of appetite</li> <li>Trouble sleeping</li> <li>Rapid weight changes</li> <li>Feelings of guilt or worthlessness</li> <li>Not bonding with the baby</li> <li>Thoughts of harming yourself or the baby</li> </ul> <p>If you experience these feelings, get in touch with your healthcare provider immediately since depression worsens without treatment. Ask your support system to help watch for these symptoms since you may not realize the extent of the problem.</p> <p>As a new Mom, you might neglect other self-care activities simply because you are preoccupied with the baby. Sometimes women become dehydrated (especially if breastfeeding), don’t eat well, and don’t get enough sleep.</p> <p>For some women, bottle feeding helps with migraine occurrence more than breastfeeding because your hormone levels stabilize as your milk dries up. Also, breastfeeding prevents estrogen levels from dropping so quickly after birth and the increased hormone can be a factor in migraine attacks.</p> <p>However, if you choose to breastfeed, you also need to know which medications you can’t take because they could be passed through breast milk. Talk to your doctors to determine the best course of medication for you.</p> <h2><strong>In Summary</strong></h2> <p>Many women who suffer migraines notice increased frequency and severity while they are ovulating. The same hormones that trigger their migraines are used in higher amounts during fertility treatments, creating the conditions for migraine attacks during IVF proceedings.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, you know exactly when implantation takes place, so you and your doctors can determine the best acute or short-term medication to use until that day. If you decide to breastfeed, be aware that the higher estrogen levels might trigger more migraines than if you bottle feed and check with your doctors about safe medications than won’t be passed through breast milk.</p> <p>If you have any questions or need migraine treatment support during your fertility treatment, contact the Migraine Relief Center.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="migraine diary" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=310050&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com%2Fcan-fertility-treatment-affect-migraine-frequency&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Migraine Causes Wed, 09 Nov 2022 16:30:00 GMT admin@themigrainereliefcenter.com (Migraine Relief Center) https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/can-fertility-treatment-affect-migraine-frequency 2022-11-09T16:30:00Z Can Bad Posture Cause Migraines? https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/can-bad-posture-cause-migraines <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/bad%20posture%20cause%20migraines.jpeg?width=2000&amp;height=1333&amp;name=bad%20posture%20cause%20migraines.jpeg" alt="bad posture cause migraines" width="2000" height="1333" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Can bad posture cause migraines? For people who are susceptible to them, it might. Poor posture places pressure on certain muscles and fascia (the tissue covering the muscle), which, in turn, can create an environment for a migraine to begin.</p> <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/bad%20posture%20cause%20migraines.jpeg?width=2000&amp;height=1333&amp;name=bad%20posture%20cause%20migraines.jpeg" alt="bad posture cause migraines" width="2000" height="1333" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Can bad posture cause migraines? For people who are susceptible to them, it might. Poor posture places pressure on certain muscles and fascia (the tissue covering the muscle), which, in turn, can create an environment for a migraine to begin.</p> <p>How exactly does bad posture lead to migraines, and what can you do to improve your posture so you mitigate migraines?</p> <h2><strong>Overview: Migraine</strong></h2> <p>Migraine is a head pain disorder that affects around 20% of women and 7% of men in the United States. &nbsp;Sufferers describe migraines as intense headaches with thudding or pulsing pain on one side of the head. Migraineurs may also experience a heightened sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, and vomiting.</p> <p>There are three main types of migraines: with aura, without aura, and silent. All of them can cause a range of symptoms, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Blind spots in your vision</li> <li>Flashing lights or zigzag patterns</li> <li>Speaking impairment</li> <li>Dizzy spells</li> <li>Tingling and numbness</li> </ul> <p>In some cases, there may not be head pain.</p> <p>Migraines can be triggered by your emotions, <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/building-a-migraine-free-diet-plan">something in your diet</a>, or an environmental element. Some medications cause migraines, while others can be caused by:</p> <ul> <li>Stress&nbsp;</li> <li>Dehydration&nbsp;</li> <li>Hypoglycemia&nbsp;</li> <li>Bright lights</li> <li>Estrogen/progesterone pill</li> </ul> <p>Body posture is another probable trigger or cause of migraines.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=85233b4b-2abd-43ea-aa8a-9495c5973e00&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="ARE YOU CONSIDERING MIGRAINE SURGERY?&nbsp;&nbsp; DOWNLOAD OUR FREE MIGRAINE SURGERY GUIDE TO LEARN MORE! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/85233b4b-2abd-43ea-aa8a-9495c5973e00.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>How Does Posture Trigger Migraines?</strong></h2> <p>Many migraineurs who suffer frequent attacks report stiffness, tenderness, and neck weakness. <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/neck-pain-and-migraines-whats-the-connection">Almost 3/4 experience neck pain.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Poor posture can lead to tension and pain due to misalignment, which contributes to shallow breathing and low energy. Today's most common problem is a head forward posture used when at a computer or driving.&nbsp;</p> <p>Forward head extension refers to how many of us slouch into our seats and jut our faces forward to get closer to the computer screen. The same thing can happen when we sit in a car. The weight of the head out front makes the upper body muscles and fascia work too hard, building up tension and tightening neck muscles.</p> <p>Besides the forward head posture, other problem postures include:</p> <ul> <li>Using a desk chair or car seat that is too high, too low, or tilted back</li> <li>Using a desk chair with armrests that are too high for your body</li> <li>Sitting with your neck and body torqued sideways</li> </ul> <p>While you perform many tasks facing forward with the arms out front (a good thing), too many of us begin to bend into a C-curve while performing the same tasks (a bad thing).</p> <p>After a while, the tension in the neck muscles creates the perfect setting for a migraine attack. The C-curve posture is a misalignment of the spine that results in holding your head forward, collapsing your chest, and rounding your back. Consider how you sit while:</p> <ul> <li>Driving&nbsp;</li> <li>Typing&nbsp;</li> <li>Reading&nbsp;</li> <li>Writing&nbsp;</li> <li>Cleaning&nbsp;</li> <li>Cooking&nbsp;</li> <li>Feeding a baby</li> <li>Playing an instrument</li> <li>Carrying a heavy backpack</li> </ul> <p>Poor posture factors into all of these tasks when you aren’t mindful of your body position.</p> <p>Emotions can also play into poor posture—people who are sad, depressed, or not confident often unconsciously round their backs and shoulders.&nbsp;</p> <p>C-curve posture contracts the shoulder, neck, and lower skull muscles and fascia. Eventually, the muscle builds up, just like a bodybuilder's, and becomes so dense the head cannot pull back over the shoulders. If you employ a C-curve long enough, you can develop a premature hump over your C6 and C7 vertebrae.</p> <h2><strong>How to Improve Your Posture</strong></h2> <p>Ideally, your ears, shoulders, and hips make a straight line toward the floor. Good posture does not mean sitting stiffly like a statue with an abnormally straight spine. Here are some guidelines on how to maintain good posture.</p> <h3>Be Aware of Your Seated Posture</h3> <p>Sit with your head and neck upright in a neutral position. Rest your feet flat on the floor or support them on a footrest. Keep your arms and elbows close to your sides, and use an armrest for support.&nbsp;</p> <p>Keep your wrists in a neutral position while sitting with your hips completely back in your chair and supporting your back with a small, rolled towel placed behind the bend in your lower back above your hips.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Use a Recovery Pose When You Feel a Migraine Start</h3> <p>Lie on your back with your knees bent, and gently clasp your hands behind your head and neck. Let your elbows relax toward the floor until you feel a slight pulling but no pain. Focus on your breathing and relax, holding the position for one to two minutes as long as you are comfortable. Lift your elbows briefly if you need a break.</p> <p>Repeat the exercise once more. If it irritates your muscles or makes the migraine worse, stop the exercise.</p> <h3>Create a Dedicated Workspace</h3> <p><a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/how-migraineurs-can-work-from-home-with-less-pain">Working from home</a> has allowed people to form some bad habits. Many attempt to work while sitting on a couch or lying in bed.</p> <p>Instead, set up a desk and chair similar to what you have at an office. Position your computer monitor or laptop at eye level or slightly below.&nbsp;</p> <p>When reading a book or using smaller electronic devices, bring the items to eye level. Consider using supports like cases or stands, and place frequently used items within easy reach.</p> <h3>Take Short Breaks Throughout the Day</h3> <p>Schedule some timed breaks and commit to taking them. Start a timer or alarm on your smartphone to remind you to get up and stretch. Perform exercises to help with proper posture.</p> <p>Take a ten-minute walk around your neighborhood. If you do this three times, you’ll put in the recommended 30 minutes of daily activity the experts recommend for health.</p> <p>Take your full lunch hour away from work, and sometimes, just stand up for a little bit. You'll feel refreshed when you sit back down at your desk.</p> <h3>Increase Your Activity to Make Up for Sitting So Much</h3> <p><a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/reducing-migraines-with-exercise-and-movement">Find exercises</a> to strengthen your back and core muscles, which help you improve and maintain good posture. They also relieve tension and improve your sleep. Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise regimen, and start slow. You can increase your activity gradually to keep from hurting yourself.</p> <p>Try meditation, yoga, or <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/breathing-techniques-for-migraine-relief">aerobic exercise</a>. &nbsp;All of these activities can reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of your migraine attacks while helping you maintain good posture.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="READY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIGRAINES?&nbsp;&nbsp; SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MIGRAINE RELIEF CENTER »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>In Summary</strong></h2> <p>So many of us have poor posture. We slump over our desks or the wheels of our cars, with our heads out front and our backs rounded. Our neck and back become tense, which lays the groundwork for a migraine attack.</p> <p>Check your posture. Are you assuming the C-curve? Assume good posture and stop work occasionally to realign yourself until you have built a good habit.&nbsp;</p> <p>Take breaks, stretch your muscles, and find ways to relax throughout the day. Don't let lousy posture summon the migraine monster.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="migraine diary" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=310050&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com%2Fcan-bad-posture-cause-migraines&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Causes Tue, 01 Nov 2022 21:35:29 GMT admin@themigrainereliefcenter.com (Migraine Relief Center) https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/can-bad-posture-cause-migraines 2022-11-01T21:35:29Z Are Migraines Genetic? Research Says Yes https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/are-migraines-genetic-research-says-yes <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/migraines%20genetic.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=migraines%20genetic.jpeg" alt="migraines genetic" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Over <a href="https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/genetics-of-migraine/">37 million people in the US experience migraines</a>, according to the American Migraine Foundation. One in seven people have migraines, women more often than men. The migraines generally start when an individual is in their teens to early 20s, but migraines can begin anytime during your life.</p> <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/migraines%20genetic.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=migraines%20genetic.jpeg" alt="migraines genetic" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Over <a href="https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/genetics-of-migraine/">37 million people in the US experience migraines</a>, according to the American Migraine Foundation. One in seven people have migraines, women more often than men. The migraines generally start when an individual is in their teens to early 20s, but migraines can begin anytime during your life.</p> <p>If you have family members who suffer from migraines, you have an increased chance of developing them, too.</p> <p>Migraines are a medical condition, recently recognized more precisely as a disorder of the nervous system, so it isn’t surprising to find genetics plays a factor. We’re here to learn what the research says about the genetic underpinnings of migraines.</p> <h2><strong>Migraine 101</strong></h2> <p>Quickly, a migraine is not “just a headache,” although head pain is the primary feature. Migraineurs (people who suffer migraines) experience intense head pain, typically on one side. The pain can last for hours or days, and a person can have multiple migraines in a week.</p> <p>In fact, when you have more than 15 headache days a month and eight involve migraines, <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/tips-for-living-with-chronic-pain">you suffer from chronic migraines</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Migraines come in phases:</p> <ul> <li>Prodrome: a pre-headache phase occurring several hours or days before the head pain begins.</li> <li>Aura: about one-quarter of migraineurs experience aura, <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/visual-disturbances-explained">a visual disturbance</a>, just before or during a migraine.&nbsp;</li> <li>Headache: the main event, it can last three hours to three days; the pain can move around or stay in the same place.</li> <li>Postdrome: a phase occurring after the head pain dissipates; approximately 80% of migraineurs experience it for one to two days after the headache.</li> </ul> <p>Migraineurs have many more symptoms than those with a plain, vanilla headache. They may lose their sight temporarily, feel numbness or tingling in their body, experience flashing or shimmering lights or see geometric patterns.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before the migraine, they can be irritable, sensitive to light and sound, and experience other symptoms. Afterward, they can have trouble concentrating and experience fatigue, euphoria, or dizziness, among other symptoms.&nbsp;</p> <p>Overall, not a fun time.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=85233b4b-2abd-43ea-aa8a-9495c5973e00&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="ARE YOU CONSIDERING MIGRAINE SURGERY?&nbsp;&nbsp; DOWNLOAD OUR FREE MIGRAINE SURGERY GUIDE TO LEARN MORE! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/85233b4b-2abd-43ea-aa8a-9495c5973e00.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>Current Research on Hereditary Migraines</strong></h2> <p>Both genetic and environmental factors can lead to migraine. Gene variations and mutations inherited from your parent(s) can lead you to develop migraines.</p> <p>A person with one migraineur parent has a 50% chance of developing migraines. If both parents have migraines, the chances increase to 75%. Over half of people with migraines report having at least one relative who also experiences migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p>A study in 2018&nbsp;found <a href="https://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(18)30322-2">more than 40 gene locations where mutations can contribute to migraine development</a>. A particular cluster of genes may have primary responsibility. Researchers analyzed 1,589 families with migraine and found they had an increased number of migraine-causing variations than the general population.</p> <p>Some migraine traits may also be linked to a strong family history of migraines, including:</p> <ul> <li>Migraines beginning at a young age</li> <li>Frequent migraine episodes</li> <li>Migraines with aura</li> <li>Migraine headaches requiring medication over a longer period</li> </ul> <p>Research is ongoing. The Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) has helped researchers identify specific genes that might be involved in migraine development or propensity. It compares DNA from individuals with migraines to those without migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p>When the study finds a DNA sequence more prevalent in the migraine group than in the control, the results indicate that gene or location may be involved or associated with a higher incidence of migraine in the individual.</p> <h2><strong>Genetic Links to Migraine Types</strong></h2> <p>One genetic disorder strongly links to migraines - Familial Hemiplegic Migraine or FHM. An individual can inherit a form of FHM as an autosomal dominant, which means inheriting just one copy of this mutated gene can significantly increase that person’s chances of migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p>FHM comes in four types, memorably labeled type 1, type 2, type 3, and type 4.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Type 1 is the most common; it’s caused by mutations in the CACNA1A gene.&nbsp;</li> <li>In type 2, the mutation is found in the ATP1A2 gene, which may also cause seizures.&nbsp;</li> <li>Type 3 is due to an SCN1A gene mutation and&nbsp;</li> <li>Doctors diagnose type 4 when they can’t find the gene causing your FHM.</li> </ul> <p>Up to 60% of the reason people get migraine can be blamed on genetics. Genetic inheritance can make them more sensitive to environmental factors and triggers, and while most single gene defects are unlikely to cause migraines on their own, the environment can tip someone over the edge into migraine-land.</p> <p>Genetic factors are considered either associational or causal.&nbsp;</p> <p>Association factors are seen in the more common migraine types, and the sufferer shows no clear inheritance of a specific gene leading to migraines. Usually, the individual has multiple genes creating susceptibility.&nbsp;</p> <p>Causal genetics means migraines are caused by mutations in specific genes. Unfortunately, you will be susceptible to a specific type of migraine if you inherit the gene. A causal gene doesn't guarantee you will develop migraines, but if you do, you will develop a particular type.</p> <p>For example, the FHM mentioned above is caused by mutations in the genes influencing ion channel function and causing an impact on nerve activity. The variation occurs in the calcium ion channel gene, ATPase, or the sodium ion channel gene.</p> <p>Those with the mutation in one of these channels can develop migraine disorder and <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/supporting-your-child-with-migraines-during-back-to-school-season">pass it on to their kids</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="READY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIGRAINES?&nbsp;&nbsp; SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MIGRAINE RELIEF CENTER »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>In Summary</strong></h2> <p>Genes can create a susceptibility to migraines. Specific gene mutations can even cause particular types of migraines.</p> <p>Just because you inherit a mutated gene doesn't mean you will develop migraines. Still, your chances increase substantially, especially if both your parents suffer migraines.</p> <p>More research is needed on the genetics of migraine development so we can find better ways to treat or perhaps prevent migraines due to inheritance. In the meantime, <a href="https://info.themigrainereliefcenter.com/schedule-an-appointment">please contact the Migraine Relief Center</a> if you or any family member suffer from migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p>We can help you identify the potential causes of your migraines and come up with the best treatment for your lifestyle and migraine experience.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="migraine diary" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=310050&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com%2Fare-migraines-genetic-research-says-yes&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Migraine Causes Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:30:35 GMT admin@themigrainereliefcenter.com (Migraine Relief Center) https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/are-migraines-genetic-research-says-yes 2022-09-29T17:30:35Z Which is Better for Migraine Pain Relief: Heat or Ice? https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/which-is-better-for-migraine-pain-relief-heat-or-ice <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/migraine%20pain%20heat%20ice.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=migraine%20pain%20heat%20ice.jpeg" alt="migraine pain heat ice" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Heat and cold are inexpensive DIY treatments you can use to reduce migraine pain. They are convenient and easy to use, plus heat and cold treatment pair well with other natural remedies or acute medications without causing an adverse reaction.</p> <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/migraine%20pain%20heat%20ice.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=migraine%20pain%20heat%20ice.jpeg" alt="migraine pain heat ice" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Heat and cold are inexpensive DIY treatments you can use to reduce migraine pain. They are convenient and easy to use, plus heat and cold treatment pair well with other natural remedies or acute medications without causing an adverse reaction.</p> <p>Cryotherapy is the technical term for cold therapy. Thermotherapy is the term used for heat. Both heat and cold cause changes in your blood vessels that can relieve migraine pain, but how do you know which to use?</p> <h2><strong>The Effects of Heat and Cold</strong></h2> <p>Heat causes blood vessels to dilate or become larger, which is a migraine trigger for many. So far, no clinical research studies show heat as a beneficial pain reducer in migraine. It can, however, help tense muscles relax. <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/tips-for-living-with-chronic-pain">Tense muscles can also trigger migraines</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cold causes blood vessels to contract or become narrower. As the blood flow slows, <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/does-inflammation-cause-migraines">inflammation may decrease</a>. Your metabolic activity slows, too. Cold can reduce or eliminate nerve conduction, inhibiting pain signal transmission.</p> <p>The short answer about which is better for migraine pain is: <em><span style="font-weight: bold;">it depends</span></em>. Warm compresses can relieve pain, while cold ones reduce inflammation.</p> <p>Since cold therapy tends to be more beneficial, let’s talk about that first.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=751816bb-7b4f-4432-8102-15b07eafd9e6&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MIGRAINE SURGERY?&nbsp;&nbsp; DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE TO MIGRAINE SURGERY! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/751816bb-7b4f-4432-8102-15b07eafd9e6.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>The History of Cold Therapy</strong></h2> <p>Cold therapy has broad scientific support and has been used for over 150 years (that we know of). The first documented use occurred in 1849.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3727573/" style="font-style: normal;">According to a 2013 Hawai'i Journal of Medicine article</a>,<span style="color: #fb0407;">&nbsp;</span>“cold therapy has long been the number one self-care treatment employed for migraine without aura and the second most common for migraine with aura.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2006/321640/" style="font-style: normal;">In a 2006 Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine study</a>, migraine patients who wore cold gel caps for two migraine attacks reported pain relief along with other benefits.</p> <ul> <li>About 50% reported increased comfort after wearing the caps for 25 minutes</li> <li>Around 8% to 11% reported complete relief</li> <li>40% to 50% required pain medication because cold alone didn’t provide enough relief</li> <li>77% of those who responded well during the first trial also experienced relief in the second</li> </ul> <p>Unfortunately, 60% of those reporting no relief with cold therapy during the first trial had none in the second, suggesting cold therapy is only helpful for some migraine patients.</p> <h2><strong>Types of Cold Therapy</strong></h2> <p>Gel caps are an easy way to get cold therapy. Gel caps that cover the head are placed in the refrigerator or freezer and then placed on the head. You can make an adjustable neck wrap to hold ice packs against your carotid arteries running up the sides of your neck. Some patients have had success with nasal cooling.</p> <p>Here are some <a href="https://www.migrainestrong.com/hot-or-cold-for-migraine/">DIY cold packs</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Combine 2 cups water with 1 cup of 70% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Pour into a quart or gallon-sized zip-top bag and remove all air before sealing. Place it inside another bag to protect against leakage and freeze for at least one hour. Wrap it in a towel before placing it on your skin to avoid frostbite.</li> <li>Place liquid dish soap in a zip-top freezer bag and remove all the air. Place inside another bag to avoid leakage and freeze for one hour. Wrap in a towel before placing it on your skin. You can refreeze it as needed.</li> <li>Frozen bags of peas, a refillable ice bag, and a cold canned beverage from the refrigerator also work well.</li> </ul> <p>Whether you decide to buy an ice pack or make your own, try cold therapy during your next migraine attack to see if it helps reduce pain.</p> <h2><strong>Heat Therapy Options</strong></h2> <p>You can use a couple of different methods of delivering heat to your body. One is a microwavable rice-filled pack.</p> <p>Simply place uncooked rice in a sock and tie or sew the end closed. Heat it in the microwave for 90 to 120 seconds, testing to ensure it doesn’t become too hot. Place it on your sore neck or back muscles for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.</p> <p>A hot towel can serve the same purpose. Wet a towel or dishcloth and place it in a microwave-safe zip closure bag, leaving the zipper open. Microwave for two minutes — CAUTION: it will be hot.&nbsp;</p> <p>Remove the bagged towel from the microwave and wrap it in another towel, placing it on the sore spots for 15 to 20 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hot towels are an excellent solution for migraines and sore muscles when you travel, but you can always do it old-school with a hot water bottle.&nbsp;</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="READY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIGRAINES?&nbsp;&nbsp; SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MIGRAINE RELIEF CENTER »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>How to Use Cold and Heat Therapy for Your Migraine</strong></h2> <p>Experiment with heat and cold to determine which works best for you. When using cold therapy, don't leave the pack on for more than 20 minutes to reduce the risk of frostbite. If you're using single-use instant cold packs, don't try to refreeze them as it is unsafe and chemically impossible.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apply a cold or warm moist cloth to your temples, forehead, neck, or base of the head (nape of the neck) to quickly see if the therapy helps. Alternatively, you can use ice packs or a heating pad. If heat works, try a warm shower or bath.</p> <p>For heat and cold therapy, ensure the temperature isn't too extreme, and keep a towel between your skin and the cold or heat source. Keep an eye out for burns, numbness, blistering, or redness that signals potential burn or frostbite damage.</p> <p>Never apply cold or heat to an open wound or irritated skin, and don't apply it for more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time.</p> <p>Create a chart or take notes to find a pattern of what works best for you.</p> <p>When considering heat therapy, check with your doctor first if you have:</p> <ul> <li>Heat disease</li> <li>Circulatory problems</li> <li>Diabetes&nbsp;</li> <li>Skin conditions&nbsp;</li> <li>Open wounds</li> <li>Bleeding disorders</li> <li>Deceased sensation in the skin</li> </ul> <p>If you experience severe numbness after heat or cold therapy, call your doctor.</p> <h2><strong>In Summary</strong></h2> <p>So, is heat or cold better for migraine relief? It really depends on the person. Many patients find cold or heat therapy beneficial for reducing migraine pain, and some find relief from both. Cold seems to be better at pain relief, while warmth relaxes tight muscles that could be causing your migraine.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can use several everyday household products to make your own heat and cold packs. Avoid extreme temperatures to avoid burns and frostbite, and keep notes to help determine what works best.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have questions, contact the Migraine Relief Center.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="migraine diary" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=310050&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com%2Fwhich-is-better-for-migraine-pain-relief-heat-or-ice&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Treatment Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:01:00 GMT admin@themigrainereliefcenter.com (Migraine Relief Center) https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/which-is-better-for-migraine-pain-relief-heat-or-ice 2022-09-27T17:01:00Z Retinal Migraine: What Is It? https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/retinal-migraine-what-is-it <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/retinal%20migraine.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=retinal%20migraine.jpeg" alt="retinal migraine" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Retinal migraines <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1316155/">affect perhaps 1 in 200 migraine sufferers</a>. It’s rare and shouldn’t be confused with migraine with aura or <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/healing-ocular-migraines-a-guide">ocular migraines</a>.</p> <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/retinal%20migraine.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=retinal%20migraine.jpeg" alt="retinal migraine" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Retinal migraines <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1316155/">affect perhaps 1 in 200 migraine sufferers</a>. It’s rare and shouldn’t be confused with migraine with aura or <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/healing-ocular-migraines-a-guide">ocular migraines</a>.</p> <p>However, if you suffer from retinal migraines, you know the symptoms can be disturbing. Fortunately, the frequency of attacks is limited to about one every few months, and the visual disturbance typically lasts five minutes to an hour. Some sufferers don't even get head pain.</p> <p>While retinal migraines are not often seen, and other diseases and conditions can cause their symptoms, let's unpack what we know about them, including diagnosis and treatment.</p> <h2><strong>Retinal Migraines Defined</strong></h2> <p>As mentioned above, retinal migraines are not common. The defining symptom is one of visual disturbances limited to one eye. If the visual problem affects both eyes, it is not a retinal migraine.</p> <p>The sufferer may experience twinkling lights, flashes, or temporary vision loss in the affected eye. While permanent sight loss is extremely rare, there is a slight risk that reduced blood flow could damage the retina's thin layer at the back of the eye. The blood vessels may also be damaged.&nbsp;</p> <p>Retinal migraines are of short duration, and an individual may experience one every few months, although it varies. Again, these effects are rare, making the risk relatively small. According to <a href="https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/retinal-migraine">one study</a>,&nbsp;about half of the subjects with retinal migraines had a total loss of vision in one eye. At the same time, about 20% reported blurry vision.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=751816bb-7b4f-4432-8102-15b07eafd9e6&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MIGRAINE SURGERY?&nbsp;&nbsp; DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE TO MIGRAINE SURGERY! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/751816bb-7b4f-4432-8102-15b07eafd9e6.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>Signs and Symptoms</strong></h2> <p>A retinal migraine attack begins with a visual disturbance in one eye, which may include:</p> <ul> <li>Scintillations - twinkling lights</li> <li>Scotoma - areas of decreased or lost vision, “black spots”</li> <li>Temporary blindness - partial or total loss of vision in one eye lasting 10 to 20 minutes before vision gradually returns as the blood flow increases</li> </ul> <p>The patient doesn’t have abnormalities in the affected eye. At the onset, vision may slowly dim or blur, or the individual experiences scintillations. Some sufferers see a mosaic of blank spots (scotomas) that enlarge to cause total vision loss in the eye.</p> <p>Vision loss may last five minutes to one hour. Over time, the symptoms of retinal migraine may increase. The head pain can occur before, during, or after the visual disturbance. However, it typically begins about an hour after the visual disturbance. The pain can last for hours or days.&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>The Causes of Retinal Migraines</strong></h2> <p>There is no definite or known cause of retinal migraines and no way to predict who might develop them. They do have many of the same triggers as other migraines:</p> <ul> <li>Stress&nbsp;</li> <li>High blood pressure</li> <li>Smoking&nbsp;</li> <li>Taking birth control pills</li> <li>Dehydration&nbsp;</li> <li>Low blood glucose</li> <li>Exercise&nbsp;</li> <li>High altitude&nbsp;</li> <li>Bending over</li> <li>Excessive heat</li> <li>Caffeine withdrawal</li> </ul> <p>Certain foods and beverages that trigger other types of migraines might cause a retinal migraine.</p> <ul> <li>Foods with nitrates like processed meat&nbsp;</li> <li>Foods with tyramine, like cured meat, smoked fish, or some soy products</li> <li>MSG in foods like snack chips, soups, seasonings, or broths</li> <li>Beverages and foods containing caffeine</li> <li>Alcoholic drinks, including certain beers or red wine</li> </ul> <p>It may be difficult to determine the trigger since retinal migraines don’t occur often.</p> <h2><strong>Retinal Migraine vs. Migraine with Aura</strong></h2> <p>How can you distinguish between a retinal migraine and <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-migraine-aura">a migraine with aura</a>?</p> <p>As mentioned above, a retinal migraine affects one eye, not both. If you can close the affected eye, you will not see the disturbance, and the unaffected eye retains normal vision.&nbsp;</p> <p>Migraine with aura causes visual symptoms in both eyes that are still present with your eyes closed. You may experience one or more typical visual aura sensations, including zigzag lines moving across your visual field, C-shaped shimmering lights, tunnel vision, or loss of half your vision split down the middle. You may even experience simultaneous vision loss from both eyes.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="READY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIGRAINES?&nbsp;&nbsp; SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MIGRAINE RELIEF CENTER »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>Diagnosing Retinal Migraines</strong></h2> <p>Like most migraines, there is no definitive test for retinal migraines. Your healthcare provider or migraine specialist rules out other conditions that are primary headache causes or cause visual disturbances in a single eye, like stroke or eye disease.</p> <p>Your doctor will review your symptoms and family medical history. You are assessed for other conditions such as stroke that can affect the blood flow to one eye. Also, the physician rules out other conditions such as transient vision loss.</p> <p>If you happen to be suffering from a retinal migraine when you meet the physician, an ophthalmoscope can reveal reduced blood flow to the eye.&nbsp;</p> <p>Retinal migraines are more common in women, adults under 40, and people with a family or personal history of migraines or other headache conditions. Retinal migraines also affect people with certain underlying diseases, such as hardening of the arteries, sickle cell disease, epilepsy, lupus, giant cell arteritis, and antiphospholipid syndrome.</p> <p>Age can be a factor in diagnosing retinal migraines. If the patient is under 50 with no risk factors for another vascular disease, and the attack lasts less than an hour, a diagnosis of retinal migraine is reasonable. However, if the patient has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, or a family history of stroke or heart disease, the doctor may rule out retinal migraines.</p> <h2><strong>Treatment</strong></h2> <p>Just as there is no definitive diagnosis, there are no clear guidelines for treating retinal migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p>In general, once the visual disturbance begins, you have to let it run its course, around five minutes to an hour. Triptans are not recommended and, if you already take them, can prolong the vision loss.</p> <p>Other medications typically used for migraines can bring relief or prevention, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers</li> <li>Anti-seizure medication or antidepressants (including tricyclics)</li> <li>Daily low-dose aspirin</li> <li>Antinausea medication</li> </ul> <p>Experts have not shown that CGRP (Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide) targeting medications are helpful. Triptans and ergotamines are not used.</p> <p>If you smoke or take birth control pills, you may need to stop to reduce or eliminate your risk for retinal migraines.</p> <h2><strong>In Summary</strong></h2> <p>Retinal migraines are rare and can be distinguished from migraine with aura easily because retinal migraine affects only one eye, not both. Because they are rare, there is no definitive cause and few guidelines for treatment.</p> <p>Your doctor diagnoses retinal migraine using your personal and family history and assessing your symptoms. Also, your healthcare provider will first rule out other causes of the visual disturbance, like stroke or eye disease.&nbsp;</p> <p>Medications typically used to treat or prevent other migraines can be helpful except for triptans or ergotamines, which are not recommended. You may be at increased risk of retinal migraines if you have an underlying condition like lupus. Smoking and taking birth control pills can also increase your risk.&nbsp;</p> <p>You should visit your doctor for any visual disturbance, especially vision loss. If no other cause is found, a migraine specialist might be able to determine whether a retinal migraine is at fault.&nbsp;</p> <p>Call the Migraine Relief Center if you think you might suffer retinal migraines or any other type of head pain. We're here to help.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="migraine diary" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=310050&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com%2Fretinal-migraine-what-is-it&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Migraine Mon, 19 Sep 2022 19:28:00 GMT admin@themigrainereliefcenter.com (Migraine Relief Center) https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/retinal-migraine-what-is-it 2022-09-19T19:28:00Z Can Migraines Impact Mental Health? https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/can-migraines-impact-mental-health <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/migraines%20mental%20health.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=migraines%20mental%20health.jpeg" alt="migraines mental health" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>When it comes to migraines and mental health, there is a chicken and egg relationship. Do migraines cause mental health issues, or do mental health issues cause migraines?&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/migraines%20mental%20health.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=migraines%20mental%20health.jpeg" alt="migraines mental health" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>When it comes to migraines and mental health, there is a chicken and egg relationship. Do migraines cause mental health issues, or do mental health issues cause migraines?&nbsp;</p> <p>The answer is yes. The following statistics support both sides of the question.</p> <ul> <li>People suffering from chronic migraines are five times more likely to develop depression, and around 20% to 30% develop anxiety.</li> <li>Around 20% of episodic migraineurs develop depression, with the percentage increasing with the number of migraine attack days per month.</li> <li>People with bipolar disorder commonly develop migraines, with a third of Bipolar I and half of Bipolar II patients becoming migraineurs.</li> <li>PTSD leads to migraines or persistent post-traumatic headaches, which are similar but clinically distinct from migraines. *</li> </ul> <p><em>*Post-traumatic headaches might increase the risk of mental health problems more than migraines.</em></p> <h2><strong>What Is the Link Between Mental Health Conditions and Migraines?</strong></h2> <p>So far, no clear link has been observed between migraines and mental health problems. However, if there is a link, it seems to be bidirectional, meaning migraines can cause mental health issues, and mental health issues can cause migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/migraines-and-depression-whats-the-connection">Migraine suffers commonly develop depression and anxiety</a>, like many other people with chronic conditions, and depression and anxiety often breed migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both conditions can be caused by a serotonin dysfunction, including genetic mutations that disrupt serotonin signaling in people with migraines or anxiety/depression.&nbsp;</p> <p>In some cases, depression or anxiety develops months or years after migraines. Sometimes people diagnosed with depression or anxiety eventually develop migraines after months or years of the diagnosis.</p> <p>Migraines, depression, and anxiety tend to run in families. A 2021 study showed that siblings with migraines, even if not all siblings had migraines, were 40% more likely to develop depression than people without siblings suffering from migraines. Siblings with depression were 45% more likely to develop migraines even if they never developed depression.&nbsp;</p> <p>As if that isn't enough, depression is also a strong predictor of whether a person will progress from episodic to chronic migraines. Also, treatment of the migraine doesn't always improve anxiety or depression.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=85233b4b-2abd-43ea-aa8a-9495c5973e00&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="ARE YOU CONSIDERING MIGRAINE SURGERY?&nbsp;&nbsp; DOWNLOAD OUR FREE MIGRAINE SURGERY GUIDE TO LEARN MORE! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/85233b4b-2abd-43ea-aa8a-9495c5973e00.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>Symptoms</strong></h2> <p>Migraine symptoms can cause or exacerbate symptoms of anxiety. Migraines can engender excessive worry, fear, and irritability. It’s easy to worry about when the next attack could occur or how bad it might be.&nbsp;</p> <p>Migraines can make you feel helpless because the symptoms can be so unpredictable. Many migraineurs become frustrated by the way their condition affects their lives.</p> <p>Depression symptoms run the gamut from fatigue and loss of interest in previously enjoyed things to feelings of sadness and hopelessness. You might experience changes in sleep or eating habits. Depression can have some of the same symptoms as migraines — insomnia, loss of appetite, and malaise.</p> <h2><strong>Suicidal Thoughts</strong></h2> <p><a href="https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/link-between-migraine-depression-anxiety/">Depression and anxiety increase the risk of suicide.</a> Suicide is often driven by a need to be free of pain, so those with chronic migraines and depression may find themselves in a difficult place.</p> <p>Warning signs of suicide include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Talking or writing about death</li> <li>Giving away important possessions</li> <li>Reckless behavior</li> <li>Increased use of alcohol or drugs</li> <li>Talking about being a burden to others</li> <li>Extreme social withdrawal or isolation</li> <li>Thoughts of hopelessness or that things will never get better</li> <li>Making calls or visits to say goodbye to others</li> </ul> <p><span style="font-style: italic;"><strong>If you or a loved one is thinking about suicide, <a href="https://988lifeline.org/">call the 988 suicide and mental health crisis line</a>. It provides 24/7 assistance that is free and confidential.&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p>Your current problems may not permanent, but death is. Please seek help before doing something you can’t undo.</p> <h2><strong>Treatment Options for Migraines Accompanied by Mental Health Issues</strong></h2> <p>If you are suffering from mental health issues along with your migraines, tell your doctor about all your symptoms. If at all possible, you want to co-treat the migraines and mental health issues, partly to reduce the amount of medication you pay for and take. Medications are available that can treat both.&nbsp;</p> <p>For example, beta blockers can affect depression. Topiramate is a common migraine medication that also helps people with bipolar disorder. Triptans regulate serotonin, which affects both migraines and depression.</p> <p>Many medications for depression and anxiety reduce serotonin uptake in the neurons, the same substance that can cause migraines. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) act as <a href="https://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/antidepressants-for-migraine-headaches">antidepressants that also suppress migraines</a> since serotonin can activate nerve endings and start a migraine.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="READY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIGRAINES?&nbsp;&nbsp; SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MIGRAINE RELIEF CENTER »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>Non-Pharmacological Therapies</strong></h2> <p>Many therapies suggested for treating migraine also help with depression and anxiety, and vice versa.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy helps you change how you think or perceive the world, helping you manage stress better.&nbsp;</li> <li>Relaxation therapies calm the nervous system with meditation, deep breathing, or guided visual imagery.</li> <li>Biofeedback helps you compare responses to biological information shown on instrumentation so you can modify it.</li> </ul> <p>Lifestyle changes can also impact the severity, frequency, and duration of migraines and symptoms of depression or anxiety.</p> <p>Eating a healthy diet and getting appropriate exercise are great changes to make for anyone's overall health. Try reducing your caffeine and alcohol intake. Red wine is a common migraine trigger, and alcohol is a depressant.</p> <h2><strong>In Summary</strong></h2> <p>Migraines can cause depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety can cause migraines. Serotonin, stress, and an unhealthy lifestyle are implicated in all these conditions.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you suffer from migraines, your doctor can help you find a way to treat them that might also help your depression.&nbsp;Life is too short to be in pain.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="migraine diary" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=310050&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com%2Fcan-migraines-impact-mental-health&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Migraine Symptoms Thu, 18 Aug 2022 20:25:08 GMT admin@themigrainereliefcenter.com (Migraine Relief Center) https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/can-migraines-impact-mental-health 2022-08-18T20:25:08Z Why You Should Be Tracking Your Migraines https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/why-you-should-be-tracking-your-migraines <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/tracking%20migraines.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=tracking%20migraines.jpeg" alt="tracking migraines" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Tracking your migraines doesn't sound like a lot of fun, does it? Maybe you don't want to be reminded of migraine pain while you're feeling good. Or perhaps you just aren't into record-keeping that much.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/tracking%20migraines.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=tracking%20migraines.jpeg" alt="tracking migraines" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>Tracking your migraines doesn't sound like a lot of fun, does it? Maybe you don't want to be reminded of migraine pain while you're feeling good. Or perhaps you just aren't into record-keeping that much.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, tracking your migraines doesn't have to mean a lot of work, and it can help you and your doctor identify triggers and effective treatment. If you can determine your exposure to a potential trigger and find ways to avoid it, you can reduce the number of headache days you suffer. The duration and severity could be reduced substantially if you can find effective treatment.</p> <p>What is a little diary-keeping next to fewer headache days and shorter, less intense migraines?</p> <h2><strong>How to Track Your Migraines</strong></h2> <p>Designate a notebook, phone note, or online document as a place to record your migraines (<a href="https://info.themigrainereliefcenter.com/download-migraine-diary">we have a free diary template here</a>). You don’t need to track your migraines forever, so you can use that thought to motivate yourself to start. You only need to write stuff down until you understand your triggers and find the best treatment for your symptoms.&nbsp;</p> <p>To learn if a particular treatment works, monitor the frequency of your migraine attacks against your medication use. If you aren't sure you are having a migraine attack or want to identify the type of migraine you suffer, record how you feel.&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you need to identify triggers? You don’t need to record every little thing of your entire life. Start with a suspected trigger and look for a pattern. If you don’t see one, track a different trigger. Eventually, you’ll find out what sets off an attack.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=751816bb-7b4f-4432-8102-15b07eafd9e6&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MIGRAINE SURGERY?&nbsp;&nbsp; DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE TO MIGRAINE SURGERY! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/751816bb-7b4f-4432-8102-15b07eafd9e6.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>What to Do with the Information</strong></h2> <p>The best thing to do with this data is to share it with your doctor. Writing all this down can help you remember aspects of the migraine attacks. Also, having a written record keeps you from leaving out potentially important information.</p> <p>Keeping data over time can help you manage your migraine condition. Lifestyle and <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/how-the-weather-can-affect-your-migraines">environmental effects</a> might appear, or you could identify a particular food or another trigger. As you make changes, keeping the migraine diary tells you if the changes are working.</p> <h2><strong>What Should You Track?</strong></h2> <p>While you only need to monitor things that can answer your specific concern, in general, you should keep track of the following:</p> <ul> <li>When the first migraine occurred and how long it lasted</li> <li>The severity of the pain from zero to ten</li> <li>Pre-migraine symptoms you may experience like aura</li> </ul> <p>After your initial entry, start recording the frequency of your migraine attacks and how you treat them.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Write down the time of day and day of the week the migraine begins and ends</li> <li>Note what you were doing when it started</li> <li>What did you use to try to stop it? List medications, dosages, and other remedies.</li> <li>Record how well each treatment worked</li> </ul> <p>As a reminder of what to observe, follow the 3-Fs: frequency of attacks, frequency of acute medication use, and functional impairment (how much the attack impacts your life).</p> <p>Record your symptoms. What does it feel like, and where specifically does your head hurt? Pain can be a dull ache, pulsing, or throbbing. You might feel the pain in your temples or behind the eyes. If it only affects one side, which side?</p> <p>Write down what you see. Are you experiencing flashing lights, blind spots, or other <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/visual-disturbances-explained">visual disturbances</a> like zig-zag lines?&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you hear anything like ringing in the ears? Maybe you are sensitive to loud noises before and during the attack.&nbsp;</p> <p>What about your sense of touch? Do you have numbness, tingling, or nausea?&nbsp;</p> <p>Record anything out of the ordinary that you experience before and during your migraine attack and how well any remedies worked.</p> <p>Start with:</p> <ul> <li>How much sleep you get and an idea of your sleep patterns. When do you go to bed and get up? Do you awake often? How do you feel after sleeping?</li> <li>Any medications you take besides migraine remedies, like vitamins, supplements, and other products.</li> <li>Track the weather to see if it affects your migraine frequency, duration, or severity.</li> <li>Write down things that happen in life and at work. Are you moving through a stressful time? Do you know how often you become angry, irritated, or tense?&nbsp;</li> <li>What are your exercise habits? Write down what you do, like walking for 30 minutes.</li> <li>Note what and when you ate most recently before your attack.</li> <li>Identify the date of your last period.</li> </ul> <p>Remember, you’re looking for patterns that can tell you what you experienced directly before a migraine attack. If you can identify an avoidable trigger, find ways to reduce your stress, or use the information to motivate exercise, you can reduce your pain and improve the quality of your life.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="READY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIGRAINES?&nbsp;&nbsp; SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MIGRAINE RELIEF CENTER »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>Potential Triggers</strong></h2> <p>A migraine trigger can be anything present in your environment. Some people get migraines from too much exposure to bright lights or loud noises. Changes in the weather sometimes create the conditions for a migraine attack.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/migraine-triggers-common-foods-to-avoid">Foods and beverages are common triggers</a>, especially caffeinated drinks, red wine, aged cheese, chocolate, dairy, nitrates, and MSG. Another way diet can trigger migraines is if you become dehydrated or don't eat on a regular schedule. Lack of sleep, too much sleep, or a disrupted sleep schedule can contribute to migraine attacks.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not everyone suffers the same types of migraines, nor do they have the same triggers. One person might suffer from drinking a single glass of red wine, while another gets migraines after drinking too much coffee. An office worker's perfume might cause one person to develop a headache while it doesn't bother another.</p> <h2><strong>In Summary</strong></h2> <p>Tracking your migraines helps both you and your doctor determine what may cause or worsen your pain. It helps you find the proper medication or other remedies for your migraines. And it puts control of your life back in your hands.</p> <p>If you suffer migraines, try keeping a migraine diary. For more information on managing migraine pain and treatment, <a href="https://www.themigrainereliefcenter.com/contact/">contact the Migraine Relief Center</a>.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="migraine diary" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=310050&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com%2Fwhy-you-should-be-tracking-your-migraines&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Migraine Symptoms Wed, 17 Aug 2022 17:00:00 GMT admin@themigrainereliefcenter.com (Migraine Relief Center) https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/why-you-should-be-tracking-your-migraines 2022-08-17T17:00:00Z Tips for Living With Chronic Pain https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/tips-for-living-with-chronic-pain <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/tips%20for%20chronic%20pain.jpeg?width=1999&amp;name=tips%20for%20chronic%20pain.jpeg" alt="tips for chronic pain" width="1999" style="width: 1999px;"></p> <p>Chronic pain is draining, and migraines are no different. The repeated attacks of head pain, aura, and fatigue can drag you down until you feel completely submerged. However, there are things you can do to live and even thrive with chronic pain.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/tips%20for%20chronic%20pain.jpeg?width=1999&amp;name=tips%20for%20chronic%20pain.jpeg" alt="tips for chronic pain" width="1999" style="width: 1999px;"></p> <p>Chronic pain is draining, and migraines are no different. The repeated attacks of head pain, aura, and fatigue can drag you down until you feel completely submerged. However, there are things you can do to live and even thrive with chronic pain.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is a look at how we define chronic pain and some tips and techniques for improving your quality of life despite the challenges.</p> <h2><strong>Defining Chronic Pain</strong></h2> <p><a href="https://www.apa.org/topics/pain/chronic">Doctors define chronic pain as lasting longer than six months</a>. Also, it must affect daily living.&nbsp;</p> <p>Migraines certainly fit into that definition. Since chronic migraine is <a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9638-chronic-migraine">defined by the Cleveland Clinic</a>&nbsp;as “…having at least 15 headache days a month, with at least 8 days of having headaches with migraine features, for more than 3 months,” migraine counts as a chronic pain condition.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chronic pain, including migraines, keeps you from enjoying life to the fullest and can deprive you of physical or mental fitness. You can become depressed, tired, or anxious, while the need for a dark, quiet room can eventually reduce your mobility.</p> <p>Most medical treatment is short-term at best. Over-the-counter medications and physical therapy may help for a while. Until medicine finds better ways to manage or ease migraine pain, or <a href="https://www.themigrainereliefcenter.com/treatments/surgery/">until surgery is accessible to you</a>, some simple steps can help you regain some of the joy in life and keep your physical and mental health in tip-top shape.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=85233b4b-2abd-43ea-aa8a-9495c5973e00&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="ARE YOU CONSIDERING MIGRAINE SURGERY?&nbsp;&nbsp; DOWNLOAD OUR FREE MIGRAINE SURGERY GUIDE TO LEARN MORE! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/85233b4b-2abd-43ea-aa8a-9495c5973e00.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>Techniques for Living with Chronic Pain</strong></h2> <p>There are lots of things to try as you find ways to feel better between migraine attacks. Some of these techniques can also help mitigate some migraine severity, which is always a welcome outcome.</p> <h3>Constructive Self Talk</h3> <p>When you hurt all the time, it’s easy for negative thoughts to set in. Learn to recognize when negative thinking starts and reverse it with positive thinking. Focus on the improvements you’ve made and plan to make. Remind yourself you are working for a more comfortable life. Change your perceptions so you can look forward instead of back.</p> <h3>Deep Breathing, Biofeedback, or Meditation</h3> <p>All three techniques help you slow down, reduce stress, and increase your oxygen intake.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/breathing-techniques-for-migraine-relief">Deep breathing</a> involves imagining a spot just below your belly button and breathing into it until your abdomen expands. Allow your chest to expand last. Hold for a few seconds, then let all the air out like a balloon deflating.</p> <p>Biofeedback teaches you to consciously control certain bodily functions through the use of sensors and sound or light. After placing the sensors, listen to the beeping or watch lights blinking that show your pulse, digestion, body temperature, and muscle temperature. Relax into your mind and learn to control the speed of your sensor apparatus's sounds, lights, or squiggly lines.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/5-meditations-types-to-reduce-migraines">Meditation involves focusing on breathing</a> and using a repeated word or phrase to help you control or ignore other thoughts for a few minutes. You sit comfortably and concentrate on breathing in and out while repeating a word or phrase that enables you to calm yourself.</p> <h3>Stress Reduction</h3> <p>Stress is a primary cause of migraine attacks for many sufferers. Depression, anxiety, and anger increase your pain sensitivity, multiplying the impact of your migraine.&nbsp;</p> <p>Find ways to relax, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Listening to music or relaxation media</li> <li>Using guided mental imagery to create a calm, peaceful image in your mind</li> <li>Practicing progressive muscle relaxation</li> <li>Performing yoga or tai chi</li> </ul> <p>Good posture reduces muscle stress, especially in the back, shoulders, and neck. And if you’re too busy, learn to delegate. Stop trying to do everything yourself.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Massage</h3> <p>There’s nothing like letting someone else take away the muscle pain and stress. Not only does a <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/migraines-and-massage-what-you-should-know">massage relax tense muscles</a>, but you also benefit from therapeutic touch.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Exercise</h3> <p>Exercise boosts endorphins, brain chemicals that improve your mood and block pain signals. If you’ve ever floated out of the gym after a tough workout, you have felt the power of endorphins on your mood.</p> <p>Exercise can also reduce weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar, all conditions that are often co-morbid with migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p>You don't need to go to the gym or pay for a membership. Find movements you enjoy, like dancing in your living room to your favorite music or walking through the neighborhood daily.</p> <h3>Join a Support Group</h3> <p>Yes, misery loves company, but a group of people who understand precisely what you go through every day can help you feel less isolated from life. You gain a visceral understanding that you aren't the only person with migraines and chronic pain.</p> <p>You also benefit from interacting with others and exchanging ways to cope with pain. A mental health professional can also help you avoid negative thinking.</p> <h3>Eat a Healthy Diet</h3> <p>The foods you eat can have significant effects on your body. Try to eat mostly fruits, vegetables, and fish or lean meats, and drink water or pure juice. Avoid salt, fats, and sugars so your body can get what it needs to keep you healthy and strong.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's also important to avoid over-restricting your diet. Keep yourself hydrated, especially during exercise and hot weather.</p> <p><a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/building-a-migraine-free-diet-plan">Avoid food triggers</a>. Some migraineurs are sensitive to chocolate, red wine, aged cheese, and processed meats. Others find that other types of foods tend to trigger a migraine. <a href="https://info.themigrainereliefcenter.com/download-migraine-diary">Keep a migraine diary</a>, listing everything you eat and the time and dates of your migraines. It’s possible that something you had for lunch set off that last migraine attack.</p> <h3>Track Daily Pain Levels</h3> <p>A migraine diary is also an excellent place to record your daily or even hourly pain levels. Rate your pain level and the time and duration of your migraine attacks. Take your migraine diary to your healthcare appointments, so you and your doctor have something to work from.</p> <h3>Distraction</h3> <p>Find an activity that involves your mind without exacerbating migraine pain. If the light doesn't bother you, watch a mindless television show or movie. Listen to the radio or talk with family or friends. Take up a hobby that you can enjoy when the pain isn't too intense.&nbsp;</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="READY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIGRAINES?&nbsp;&nbsp; SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MIGRAINE RELIEF CENTER »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>In Summary</strong></h2> <p>Migraines fall under the heading of chronic pain. Like anyone with a chronic pain condition, you have daily challenges. But you can improve your quality of life with a few techniques designed to relieve stress and ward off depression and anxiety.</p> <p>Keep moving, socialize, and share with other migraineurs. All of these techniques complement medication and alternative therapies to reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of your migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p>To learn more, <a href="https://info.themigrainereliefcenter.com/schedule-an-appointment">contact the Migraine Relief Center</a>.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=6c610069-7186-4f21-87b1-224454da0a9c&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="migraine diary" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/6c610069-7186-4f21-87b1-224454da0a9c.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=310050&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com%2Ftips-for-living-with-chronic-pain&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Migraine Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:00:00 GMT admin@themigrainereliefcenter.com (Migraine Relief Center) https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/tips-for-living-with-chronic-pain 2022-08-10T16:00:00Z Migraine Surgery: Minimally Invasive Greater Occipital Nerve Entrapment https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/migraine-surgery-minimally-invasive-greater-occipital-nerve-entrapment <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/migraine%20surgery%20migone.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=migraine%20surgery%20migone.jpeg" alt="migraine surgery migone" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>For some head pain sufferers, surgery may be the only answer to relief. One surgical procedure, Minimally Invasive Greater Occipital Nerve Entrapment or M.I.G.O.N.E., treats a specific cause of severe headache that has shown success.</p> <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/migraine%20surgery%20migone.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=migraine%20surgery%20migone.jpeg" alt="migraine surgery migone" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>For some head pain sufferers, surgery may be the only answer to relief. One surgical procedure, Minimally Invasive Greater Occipital Nerve Entrapment or M.I.G.O.N.E., treats a specific cause of severe headache that has shown success.</p> <p>M.I.G.O.N.E. is one treatment for occipital neuralgia, a condition with many potential causes that doesn’t respond well to non-surgical treatments.</p> <h2><strong>What Is Occipital Neuralgia?</strong></h2> <p><a href="https://www.themigrainereliefcenter.com/treatments/occipital-neuralgia/">Neuralgia is the fancy term for nerve pain</a>, most often in the head and face. The greater occipital nerve provides sensation in these areas. You have one on each side of your head.&nbsp;</p> <p>The nerve travels from the bone and spine in the upper back and makes its way through the muscles to the back of the head and into the scalp. When these muscles are tense, or other trauma occurs in the area, the occipital nerve becomes entrapped, causing intense pain.</p> <p>Many describe the pain caused by the swelling or tightness of the muscles as shooting, zapping, electric, or tingling. Others describe an aching, burning, or throbbing pain. Sometimes the pain seems to shoot forward or radiate toward one eye.&nbsp;</p> <p>Doctors differentiate occipital neuralgia from migraines primarily by the symptoms. Occipital neuralgia is often a sharp pain in areas where the nerve penetrated and may respond to treatments differently than migraines.&nbsp;</p> <p>Migraines, on the other hand, are characterized by recurrent headaches lasting from two to 72 hours.&nbsp;</p> <p>True isolated occipital neuralgia is rare, but other types of headaches, especially migraines, can involve the back of the head on one side and cause nerve inflammation.</p> <h2><strong>Causes of Occipital Neuralgia</strong></h2> <p>Occipital neuralgia has a long list of causes.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Trauma of the greater or lesser occipital nerves from accidents or falls</li> <li>Compression of the occipital nerves or the C2 or C3 nerve roots due to degenerative spine changes</li> <li>A pinched nerve in the neck</li> <li>Cervical disc disease</li> <li>Whiplash injury</li> <li>Tumors affecting the nerve roots at C2 or C3</li> <li>Gout or diabetes</li> <li>Infection&nbsp;</li> <li>Blood vessel inflammation</li> </ul> <p>Anything that could cause the muscles and tissues of the upper back and neck could become a cause of occipital neuralgia if the nerve becomes entrapped.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=751816bb-7b4f-4432-8102-15b07eafd9e6&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MIGRAINE SURGERY?&nbsp;&nbsp; DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE TO MIGRAINE SURGERY! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/751816bb-7b4f-4432-8102-15b07eafd9e6.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>Diagnosing Occipital Neuralgia</strong></h2> <p>Your physician diagnoses occipital neuralgia by examining your medical history. Perhaps you have been in a car wreck or fell from a height on the job.&nbsp;</p> <p>Next, the doctor considers how long you have experienced the symptoms and looks for other underlying conditions. Finally, you may have an MRI or CT scan to rule out other conditions.</p> <h2><strong>Non-Surgical Treatments</strong></h2> <p>Occipital neuralgia treatments include many treatments for other head pain and migraines.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.themigrainereliefcenter.com/treatments/botox/">BOTOX<sup>(R)</sup></a></li> <li>Anti-inflammatory medications&nbsp;</li> <li>Muscle relaxants&nbsp;</li> <li>Anti-convulsants&nbsp;</li> <li>Percutaneous nerve blocks</li> <li>Burning the nerve with a radio wave probe</li> <li>Eliminate the nerve with a small dose of toxin</li> </ul> <p>The last two treatments on the list can permanently deaden the nerve and cause scalp numbness.</p> <p>Other treatments that can be used in conjunction with medication or alone include physical or massage therapy and heat on the affected area.</p> <p>When non-surgical treatments fail or the side effects are too burdensome, the patient might turn to surgical options.</p> <h2><strong>How Surgery Treats Occipital Neuralgia</strong></h2> <p>Surgery attempts to reduce the irritation and compression of the trigger nerve by blocking the pain signals, reducing the compression caused by the surrounding tissues, or making corrections to those tissues.</p> <p><a href="https://www.themigrainereliefcenter.com/treatments/m-i-g-o-n-e/">M.I.G.O.N.E. surgery</a>&nbsp;carries the same risks as other surgical procedures. It is a minimally invasive procedure that may result in some side effects or complications. Discuss the potential risks with your doctor so you can make an informed decision.</p> <h2><strong>Surgery and the Results</strong></h2> <p>M.I.G.O.N.E. is typically performed as an outpatient procedure lasting two to three hours. The surgeon removes enough tissue surrounding the occipital nerve to free it from entrapment and allow it to function normally.</p> <p>As with many treatments, success is not guaranteed, and results may vary.&nbsp;</p> <p>One study&nbsp;showed 88% of patients surveyed five years after their surgery reported <a href="https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Abstract/2011/02000/Five_Year_Outcome_of_Surgical_Treatment_of.14.aspx#P22">at least a 50% reduction in the frequency, duration, and severity of their head pain</a>. Another study showed a greater than 70% success rate&nbsp;and <a href="https://www.uwhealth.org/conditions/headaches-migraines">about a third of those patients reported they are completely migraine-free</a>. Yet another study claims a 60% success rate at freeing patients from pain, <a href="https://utswmed.org/medblog/migraine-surgery-meredith/">with nearly 90% reporting at least a 50% reduction in pain</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here at the Migraine Relief Center, <a href="https://www.themigrainereliefcenter.com/treatments/surgery/">90% of patients undergoing the procedure say their migraines became less frequent and/or shortened in duration.</a> Half say they are migraine-free within months of their surgery.&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Why Patients Decide to Have M.I.G.O.N.E. or Other Surgery</strong></h2> <p>Some migraines are associated with the compression of key nerves in the face and head. The patient may have chronic or genetic causes for the nerve compression, which surgery can relieve.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Surgery typically addresses four sites that might trigger head pain:</p> <ul> <li>The supratrochlear nerves in the glabellar area</li> <li>The suborbital nerves in the glabellar area</li> <li>The greater occipital nerve</li> <li>A deviated septum and the nerves running through it</li> </ul> <p>Surgery becomes an option when initial medication treatments are ineffective or lose effectiveness over time. Sometimes the side effects of medication outweigh its benefits, and the patient discontinues the treatment.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="READY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIGRAINES?&nbsp;&nbsp; SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MIGRAINE RELIEF CENTER »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/79b28fba-35a9-48c8-94ef-3ef93a63c759.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>How the Migraine Relief Center Determines if MIGONE Surgery Is Right for You</strong></h2> <p>First, we take a thorough history, working through your medical records from other healthcare providers who treated you for headaches. We look at the dates, procedures, tests, medications you tried, and any other pertinent medical records.</p> <p>Then we will order an MRI, MRA, or CT scan or study the results of the one you already had. We also have a migraine questionnaire to fill out that asks about symptoms, family history of migraines, head pain triggers, and other information.</p> <p>The surgeon then discusses your migraines and medical history and examines you to determine if nerve compression is the problem. We might try a “temporary version” of the surgical outcome using BOTOX or other nerve blocks to get an idea of whether surgery could be effective.&nbsp;</p> <p>We will also ask you to <a href="https://info.themigrainereliefcenter.com/download-migraine-diary">keep a migraine diary</a> to track the frequency, severity, and duration of your migraine attacks, observe the type of pain you feel and where it occurs and identify anything that seems to trigger it.</p> <p>If we feel M.I.G.O.N.E. is the right choice, we will discuss it thoroughly with you to help you make the best choice for your health.</p> <h2><strong>In Summary</strong></h2> <p>Compression of the greater occipital nerve on either side of your head can cause migraine-like head pain. M.I.G.O.N.E. is a surgical procedure that specifically treats the condition. You face the same risks as any other type of surgical treatment, but the reported success rate is high.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you believe an entrapped nerve might cause your head pain, <a href="https://info.themigrainereliefcenter.com/schedule-an-appointment">contact the Migraine Relief Center</a>. We can isolate the cause of your head pain and offer the appropriate treatment, including M.I.G.O.N.E. or other surgery.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="migraine diary" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=310050&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com%2Fmigraine-surgery-minimally-invasive-greater-occipital-nerve-entrapment&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Migraine Treatment Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:00:00 GMT admin@themigrainereliefcenter.com (Migraine Relief Center) https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/migraine-surgery-minimally-invasive-greater-occipital-nerve-entrapment 2022-06-30T18:00:00Z Breathing Techniques for Migraine Relief https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/breathing-techniques-for-migraine-relief <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/breathing%20techniques%20migraine%20relief.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=breathing%20techniques%20migraine%20relief.jpeg" alt="breathing techniques migraine relief" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>How often do you find yourself holding your breath, tensing your neck and back muscles, or grinding your teeth? These and other stress behaviors may contribute to your migraine symptoms, even triggering an attack.</p> <p><img src="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/hs-fs/hubfs/breathing%20techniques%20migraine%20relief.jpeg?width=2000&amp;name=breathing%20techniques%20migraine%20relief.jpeg" alt="breathing techniques migraine relief" width="2000" style="width: 2000px;"></p> <p>How often do you find yourself holding your breath, tensing your neck and back muscles, or grinding your teeth? These and other stress behaviors may contribute to your migraine symptoms, even triggering an attack.</p> <p>Breathing techniques can reduce stress and the accompanying behaviors. They are also excellent for relieving migraine pain and symptoms.&nbsp;</p> <p>Deep, deliberate breathing increases oxygen to your brain, which can relieve migraines. All you need is a quiet space with no distractions. The next time you feel a migraine or tension headache approaching, try fending it off with one of these breathing techniques. You can take in more oxygen and push out more carbon dioxide, reducing tension and contributing to brain and body health.</p> <h2><strong>The Top 6 Migraine Triggers</strong></h2> <p>Many migraineurs have triggers, including lights, smells, and foods that can cause a migraine attack. <a href="https://migrainebuddy.com/keep-calm-and-breathe-on-simple-breathing-exercises-for-migraines/">Of the typical triggers, six come out on top</a>. Do you know what number one is? Stress.</p> <p>The top six triggers, in order:</p> <ol> <li>Stress - reported by 28% of respondents</li> <li>Lack of sleep - reported by 20% of respondents</li> <li>Anxiety - reported by 19% of respondents</li> <li>Neck pain - reported by 17% of respondents</li> <li>Dehydration - reported by 13% of respondents</li> <li>Weather - reported by 13% of respondents</li> </ol> <p>Other triggers include high blood pressure and depression.</p> <h2><strong>How Does Deep Breathing Work?</strong></h2> <p>Slow, deep breathing is one of the most successful techniques to reduce stress. It also has the best outcome for helping treat migraines and headaches.&nbsp;</p> <p>When you’re stressed, <a href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/does-inflammation-cause-migraines">the tension creates inflammation, which contributes to migraine symptoms</a>. Controlled, deep breathing and relaxation techniques reduce the stress response, reducing inflammation. Deep breathing also enhances the relaxation effect on your body.&nbsp;</p> <p>Relaxation relieves muscle tension from the neck and shoulders, where many migraines and tension headaches start.</p> <p>Deep, controlled breathing also offers these benefits:</p> <ul> <li>It calms your nervous system.</li> <li>It improves your respiratory system.</li> <li>It elevates your digestive system.</li> <li>It releases tense muscles.</li> <li>It improves your ability to absorb information, concentrate, and memorize.</li> <li>It enhances your creativity and passion.</li> </ul> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=85233b4b-2abd-43ea-aa8a-9495c5973e00&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="ARE YOU CONSIDERING MIGRAINE SURGERY?&nbsp;&nbsp; DOWNLOAD OUR FREE MIGRAINE SURGERY GUIDE TO LEARN MORE! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/85233b4b-2abd-43ea-aa8a-9495c5973e00.png"></a></p> <h2><strong>Deep Breathing Techniques</strong></h2> <p>There are several deep breathing techniques that can help prevent or manage migraine pain. Try them to find the one that works best for you.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Deep Rhythmic Breathing</h3> <p>You can choose from two techniques for <a href="https://migrainebuddy.com/keep-calm-and-breathe-on-simple-breathing-exercises-for-migraines/">deep rhythmic breathing</a>.</p> <p>In the first technique, you begin by inhaling deep breaths to the count of ten. Then you exhale slowly to the count of ten.</p> <p>The second technique is a bit more involved:</p> <ul> <li>Place both hands on your belly button and focus on breathing into that spot.</li> <li>Take a deep breath through your nose and feel your lungs slowly expand as you count to five in your head.</li> <li>Release and exhale slowly through your nose, counting to five.</li> <li>Repeat the cycle for five to ten minutes.</li> </ul> <h3>Belly Breathing</h3> <p><a href="https://www.excedrin.com/headaches/treatment/3-breathing-techniques-for-stress-management/">Belly breathing</a> is similar to the first technique above:</p> <ul> <li>Find somewhere comfortable to sit.</li> <li>Place on hand on your stomach just beneath your ribs.</li> <li>Place your other hand on your chest.</li> <li>While keeping your chest still, breathe in through your nose while pushing your stomach out.&nbsp;</li> <li>Pucker your lips and slowly exhale as your stomach collapses inward.</li> <li>Repeat the cycle three to ten times.</li> </ul> <h3>Balloon Technique</h3> <p><a href="https://www.sehat.com/breathing-exercises-for-headache">The balloon technique</a> is also similar to belly breathing:</p> <ul> <li>Keep your back straight, focus on a spot below your belly button, and inhale.</li> <li>Continue to inhale until you feel the air reaching the spot of your focus, filling your abdomen.</li> <li>Exhale slowly and steadily while pulling in your abdomen like a deflating balloon.</li> </ul> <h3>The 4-4-60</h3> <p>This is a <a href="https://brisbanemigraine.com.au/breathing-techniques-for-migraine-and-headache-relief/">very deliberate but simple technique</a> you can quickly and easily perform at work or home.</p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #fb0407;"></span>Inhale for four seconds</li> <li>Exhale for four seconds</li> <li>Repeat for a minimum of 60 seconds</li> </ul> <p>The 4-4-60 is even more helpful when paired with meditation.</p> <h3>The 4-7-8</h3> <p>More counting, but for a good cause. <a href="https://www.excedrin.com/headaches/treatment/3-breathing-techniques-for-stress-management/">You can do this sitting up or lying down</a>.</p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #fb0407;"></span>Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest.</li> <li>Breath slowly into the stomach for four seconds.</li> <li>Hold your breath for a count of seven.</li> <li>Exhale slowly to the count of eight, pushing all the air out of your abdomen.</li> <li>Repeat three to seven times.</li> </ul> <h3>The Roll</h3> <p>The Roll is meant to remind your body of the motion of waves, which many people find relaxing. You perform it in two parts.&nbsp;</p> <p>Part one:</p> <ul> <li>Lie on your back with your knees bent.</li> <li>Place your left hand on your stomach and your right hand on your chest.</li> <li>Inhale through your nose into your abdomen, ensuring your stomach protrudes, and your chest remains still.</li> <li>Exhale through your mouth.</li> <li>Repeat eight to ten times.</li> </ul> <p>Part two:</p> <ul> <li>Fill up your abdomen (lower lungs) and then allow air into the upper chest. Watch your right hand as it rises.</li> <li>Exhale with a slight whooshing sound and watch your left hand fall, followed by the right hand (breathe out from your abdomen and then your chest).</li> </ul> <p>Repeat the entire exercise for three to five minutes. The breathing movements mimic the motion of rolling waves.</p> <h3>Visualizing Breath</h3> <p><a href="https://migrainebuddy.com/keep-calm-and-breathe-on-simple-breathing-exercises-for-migraines/">You use your imagination to help your deliberate breathing</a>.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Inhale while imagining the air going down your windpipe and into your lungs, filling them.</li> <li>Imagine you take in all the peacefulness and calm as you breathe in.</li> <li>Exhale while imagining the tension leaving your body.</li> <li>Repeat for five to ten minutes.</li> </ul> <h3>Cooling Breath</h3> <p><a href="https://migrainebuddy.com/keep-calm-and-breathe-on-simple-breathing-exercises-for-migraines/">Cooling breath</a> helps you create the sensation of a cool breeze:</p> <ul> <li>Gently clench your teeth, making sure the top and bottom touch. Not too hard!</li> <li>Open your lips slightly.</li> <li>Take a breath through your teeth as you count slowly to five while raising your chin to the sky. Let the cool air rush over your teeth and tongue.</li> <li>Exhale through your nose to a count of five while lowering your chin.</li> <li>Repeat five to ten minutes.</li> </ul> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=88909401-a08d-4c06-83e8-1d3305f65574&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="ARE YOUR MIGRAINES MAKING YOU TIRED?&nbsp;&nbsp; START TRACKING THEM TODAY WITH OUR FREE MIGRAINE DIARY! »" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/88909401-a08d-4c06-83e8-1d3305f65574.png"></a></p> <h3>Alternate Nostril Breathing</h3> <p><a href="https://www.sehat.com/breathing-exercises-for-headache">Alternate nostril breathing</a> is a yoga technique called Nadi Shodhana - pranayama for headaches.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Sit comfortably, keeping your spine straight, and relax your shoulders.</li> <li>Place your right hand into position with your thumb resting lightly on your right nostril and your ring and pinkie fingers to the left, middle, and index fingers folded into your palm, resting at the base of your thumb.</li> <li>Place your left hand into position with your ring finger lightly resting on your left nostril.</li> <li>Exhale completely.</li> <li>Close the right nostril with your thumb and inhale slowly and steadily through your left nostril.</li> <li>Release the right nostril and exhale.</li> <li>Close the left nostril and slowly inhale through the right nostril.</li> <li>Release the left nostril and exhale.</li> <li>Repeat several times to help contain migraine pain.</li> </ul> <p>Try each technique until you find one that works for you. Or you can learn a quick method for work situations and use a longer one for home, perhaps daily, to help you avoid tension and migraines.</p> <h2 style="font-weight: bold;">In Summary</h2> <p>Deep, deliberate breathing introduces more oxygen into your brain and removes carbon dioxide. More oxygen relieves inflammation that can trigger migraines. When you feel an attack coming on, deep breathing could help stop it or reduce the misery.</p> <p>If you need help diagnosing and treating migraines, <a href="https://info.themigrainereliefcenter.com/schedule-an-appointment">contact the Migraine Relief Center</a>. We’re here to help.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/cs/ci/?pg=d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd&amp;pid=310050&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="migraine diary" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/310050/d10060ff-32f0-44e4-a27a-384ce40decbd.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=310050&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com%2Fbreathing-techniques-for-migraine-relief&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.themigrainereliefcenter.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Migraine Prevention Wed, 29 Jun 2022 21:35:34 GMT admin@themigrainereliefcenter.com (Migraine Relief Center) https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/breathing-techniques-for-migraine-relief 2022-06-29T21:35:34Z