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October 26, 2018

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Paul G. Mathew, MD, FAAN FAHS is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and holds clinical positions at three HMS affiliated institutions. He serves as the Director of Continuing Medical Education at … See Full Bio
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October 27, 2018

When I drink wine presently, it’s quite often just red wine, normally only 1-2 half-glasses w/a dinner, with water going with the supper as well. No cerebral pains. For individuals w/headaches, life is distinctive and more difficult– a few of my companions have languished headache migraines over years, attempted an assortment of prescriptions, slims down, and so on., w/constrained achievement. Best case scenario, the medications have diminished recurrence. One companion’s migraines are activated by a few kinds of smells/aromas also, a trigger that is for the most part out of her control.

October 26, 2018

Red wine was never a problem (caused headaches) for me, the cheaper white wines were. The white wines that produced headaches must’ve been in the “highly processed” category. I’ve never gotten a headache from hard liquor (mixed drinks) unless I drank too much–then I had a hangover. That happened only twice, when I was much younger. Prevention was easy, drink much less.

When I drink wine now, it’s almost always only red wine, usually just 1-2 half-glasses w/a meal, with water accompanying the meal too. No headaches. For people w/migraines, life is different & more difficult–several of my friends have suffered migraine headaches for years, tried a variety of medications, diets, etc., w/limited success. At best, the treatments have decreased frequency. One friend’s headaches are triggered by some types of odors/scents as well, a trigger that’s mostly out of her control.

I admire their ability to function despite the pain, & other symptoms that may accompany migraines.

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