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Changing consumption of certain fatty acids can lessen severity of headaches

A new study shows how a change in diet based on certain classes of fatty acids decreased headaches in patients over a 16-week period

Migraine is one of the largest causes of disability in the world. Existing treatments are often not enough to offer full relief for patients. A new study published in The BMJ demonstrates an additional option patients can use in their effort to experience fewer migraines and headaches – a change in diet.

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“Our ancestors ate very different amounts and types of fats compared to our modern diets,” said co-first author Daisy Zamora, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC Department of Psychiatry in the UNC School of Medicine. “Polyunsaturated fatty acids, which our bodies do not produce, have increased substantially in our diet due to the addition of oils such as corn, soybean and cottonseed to many processed foods like chips, crackers and granola.”

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Magnesium and Migraine – Tufts

I count myself among the lucky ones in that I rarely get headaches and have never experienced a migraine. Over the years, I have had friends who suffered from them and it was fearsome to behold. The following is from Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter.

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The International Headache Society (IHS) defines migraine as a headache disorder with recurrent attacks (at least five) that last from 4 to 72 hours, are associated with nausea and/or sensitivity to light and sound, and also have at least two of four other characteristics including: pain that is of moderate or severe intensity; throbbing or pulsing; affects only one side of the head; or is worsened by routine activity such as walking.

According to the 2017 Global Burden of Disease Study, migraine is a major cause of disability worldwide. “Migraine headaches have been recognized as a specific condition for centuries,” says Stephanie W. Goldberg, MD, a neurologist with Tufts Medical Center board-certified in neurology and headache medicine. “The word ‘migraine’ comes from the Greek ‘hemicranium’ meaning ‘on one side of the head.’” Women are disproportionally affected, and they may be even more susceptible during menstruation. Continue reading


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Migraine relief possible from yoga – Study

Adding yoga to your regularly prescribed migraine treatment may be better than medication alone, according to a study published in the May 6, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The new research suggests yoga may help people with migraines have headaches that happen less often, don’t last as long and are less painful.

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“Migraine is one of the most common headache disorders, but only about half the people taking medication for it get real relief,” said study author Rohit Bhatia, M.D., D.M., D.N.B., of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “The good news is that practicing something as simple and accessible as yoga may help much more than medications alone. And all you need is a mat.” Continue reading

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Headache Causes and Remedies

Most people when experiencing a headache turn to over the counter headache medication or painkillers. These methods just mask the underlying cause of the headache and the best method is to prevent a headache by finding the chemical, emotional or structural problem. There are many remedies for relieving a headache which depend upon the person in order to be successful.

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What is a headache other than the pounding pain we feel emanating from our brains? Headache pain results from signals interacting between the brain, blood vessels and surrounding nerves. During a headache, specific nerves of the blood vessels and head muscles are activated and send pain signals to the brain. One of the preventive measures for treating headaches is to find out why these signals are activated in the first place.

Headaches have over a hundred classifications but we will focus on tension, migraine and cluster headaches. Tension headaches, also called chronic daily headaches or chronic non-progressive headaches, are the most common type of headaches among adults and adolescents. Migraines are associated with symptoms such as light sensitivity; noise or odors; nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; and stomach upset or abdominal pain. Cluster headaches are the least common, although the most severe, type of primary headache. The pain of…

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Headache Causes and Natural Treatments

The cause of the headache should always be sought. A doctor will therefore inquire about your lifestyle to try to discover any factors which may aggravate the problem. Diet can also be a trigger, especially in cases of migraine. Cheese, chocolate, alcohol or coffee can all be causes, but each case will be assessed on its merits.

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Almost everyone experiences headaches at times. Most are caused by tension in the muscles of the scalp and neck after periods of stress. Some result from eating problems or alcohol abuse. Others are the forerunners of cold or influenza. Menstruation can be another common cause in women.

Contrary to popular belief, eyestrain only rarely produces a headache, and if it does, it usually arises from astigmatism.

Migraines can cause severe headaches, often on one side of the head and sometimes they are associated with numbness or weakness down one side of the face or body.

Headaches are common after a head injury (concussion), and it can also be caused by sinus problems or problems involving the lower jaw muscles that may result from teeth grinding.

A sudden, severe headache, like a blow to the back of the head, often followed by unconsciousness, may indicate internal bleeding underneath the brain known…

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How to Ease Headache Pain – WebMD

Although I rarely get headaches (sound of me knocking on wood), I know a lot of folks do, so I thought this little rundown from WebMD might help. It is a 15 question quiz that will show you how much you don’t know about headaches and also give you some valuable tips on relief.


If you are going to take the quiz, read no further as these are spoilers. If you don’t have the time or inclination to take the quiz, here are some tips on handling a headache.

Besides head pain, sinus headaches also cause, “…nasal discharge, congestion, postnasal drip, and a sore throat. You can often treat a sinus headache with over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil, Motrin IB, or Tylenol. A warm shower might help with congestion, too.

“If you get a fever, too, that may mean you have a sinus infection. See your doctor if your fever doesn’t improve after a few days,” according to WebMD.

This was a surprise to me, taking headache medication a lot can sometimes cause headaches. WebMD calls them rebound headaches and they result from the medication wearing off.

The old idea of resting in a dark room works. WebMD suggests also, relaxing tension in neck, shoulder and back. Use a heating pad or ice pack where it hurts. Gently massage your temples or neck and finally take a soothing warm shower.

I think their most important tip was to get help right away if your legs or arms are tingling when you get a headache.

“Sometimes headaches can be warning signs, telling you that something serious is going on in your body. Get medical help right away if, for example, you have a:
• Sudden, severe headache along with a stiff neck and vomiting — it could be symptoms of meningitis or bleeding in your brain.
• Headache after recently having been hit on the head — it could be a sign of a concussion.
• Headache accompanied by numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, or confusion — these may be signs of a stroke.”

I actually got 11 out of 15 on the quiz. You?


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What you need to know about headaches …

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Headaches are one of the most common types of pain that people experience on a regular basis.  Researchers estimate that nine out of ten Americans suffer from headache pain at some point, helping to put the sales of pain medication through the roof. ????????

Both the frequency and severity of headaches vary greatly from individual to individual.  They range from occasional to near-constant and from mild to throbbing.  Some are bad enough to cause nausea and become debilitating, keeping the sufferer from being able to work and enjoy leisure activities.  Although painkillers are usually the first resort for those suffering from a headache, chiropractic care can help lessen both the incidence and severity of this condition.

The largest percentage of headaches (approximately 95%) fall into a category referred to as “primary headaches”.  These are typically caused by tension in the muscles in the neck area or a misalignment (subluxation) of the…

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