| Wednesday, October 26, 2005
| MIGRAINE AND HEADACHES
|What are the most common Migraine Triggers?
Stress is the No. 1 Migraine Trigger, and, according to some etimates, certain foods and beverages maybe responsible for triggering up to 30 percent of migraines.
Migraines can be triggered by many factors, including:
* Stress (Emotional stress is one fo the most common triggers of a migraine).
* Bright light or reflective sunlight.
* Smoking and second hand smoke.(Nicotine stimulates blood vessels in the brain to constrict or narrow. Smoking also stimulates the nerves in the back of the throat, which contributes to headached pain.)
* Any change in sleeping habits (either getting too much or too little sleep).
* Menstrual cycle and hormonal changes in women.
* Changes in weather, climate or barometric pressure.
* Fasting or skipping meals.
* Specific foods.
* Excessive caffeine consumption or caffeine withdrawal.
What are some other possible Migraine Triggers?
* Depression, anxiety, or strong emotions.
* Physical exercise.
* Alcohol (red wine and port).
* Aspartame (an artificial sweetener found in diest sodas, light yogurts, and other sugar free or light food products.)
* MSG ( an additive found in many packaged food products and Chinese/Asian cuisine).
* Nitrates/Nitrites ( an additive found in cured meats, including hot dogs, sausage, bacon and cold cuts.)
* Tyramine (an amino acid found in aged cheese, yeast and pickled or marinated foods).
* Certain foods, including chocolate and citrus fruits.
* Birth control pills or hormone therapy.
* Certain medications that dilate blood vessels.
* Overuse of pain medication (may trigger rebound headaches).
* Polluted air.
* Odors from thing sush as perfume, paint, dist and certain flowers.
Are certain medical conditions associated with Migraines, and are there potential intertwined problems that should be considered?
The following are meidcal conditions that are more commonly associated with migraines:
* Chronic fatigue syndrome.
* Ranaud's phenomena (occurs when blood vessels narrow, causing pain and discoloration, usually in the fingers.)
* Sleep disorders.
ORGASMS AND EXERCISE: What Do They Have to Do With Headaches?
Here's what's going on when you exercise or exert yourself: the muscles of the head, neck, and scalp need more blood to circulate, causing the blood vessles to swell, which can lead to headaches caused by physical exertion.
What about the sex part? Just as people can develop a headache while exerting themselves while exercising, they too can develop an orgasmic headache after sex.
(Source: "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Headaches and Migraines" by: Elaine Magee, M.P.H., R.D.)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 11:53 AM