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New guidelines offer drug, herbal options for preventing migraine
- By Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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The World Health Organization ranks migraine as 19th in the causes of years lived with disability . . . for patients who who do not find relief or cannot tolerate standard treatments, it is believed that electrical stimulation to the occipital nerves (under the scalp, at the back of the head) stimulates release of natural pain-relief chemicals. Occipital nerve stimulation to relieve migraines is approved in Europe and Canada, and has been subject to study in the U.S. as well: http://www.neuromodulation.com/migraine. As About.com notes, “Neurostimulation already has won wide medical acceptance for the management of symptoms of advanced Parkinson’s disease along with such pain conditions as chronic back and leg pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).”
Hello writers, I hope you do not just write about migrant disease only, but if possible you should include the causation of disease. thank you
My “laymans” opinion is as follows– I believe most severe headache conditions have a or are the results of a root cause situation in the body that may be fostered by heavy metal exposure and contamination, particularly lead and mercury, and also internal digestive disorders that prevent regular and full bodily waste elimination. Also allergies may be a contributing factor. I speak only by personal experience,and having identified such contamination and gone thru a full heavy metal and internal parasite detox and elimination program that had amazing results— NO MORE HEADACHES!
The best way to prevent migraines is to learn what triggers them for you and then try to avoid them. If you know that certain foods trigger your migraines, try to avoid them. Some people find that cutting back on caffeine intake or drinking a lot of water can help prevent migraines too.
great post… I think the pills seem work but we also have to get it early.
I have always struggled with migranes nothing seems to help. The Pills seem to work but only if i get it early.
For me it depend but most of the time when I have some migrames the pills help me a lot !
I can’t leave without them
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