Despite inquiries and requests over the last few years, I've dodged the topic of marijuana and migraines - Well, just the topic of cannabis altogether. After last night's results in Washington state and Colorado, I decided it's worth bringing up the topic. Sorry Mom and Dad, but this one's about the Devil's Weed. For the rest of you, try to stay focused and read on.
At dinner the other night, I was introduced to a young Ball State University student who suffers from similar chronic migraine attacks. Whereas my migraines tend to last up to 4 days and occur in this pattern around twice a month, hers start with one several-month-long series, in which her migraines seem to accumulate into one longer-lasting attack.
Unlike many migraine sufferers, however, she found a way to "cure" her attacks for 6 months at a time.
She traveled to Michigan Head-Pain Neurological Institute (MHNI) where neurologists and doctors performed a Radio Frequency Denervation (RFG). There's some information out there about RFG, but there seems to be more about Radio Frequency Ablation, which I believe is the same - or a similar - treatment. Here's how it works:
RFG is typically used for arthritis and back pain, but now is being used in some areas as a treatment for migraines.
There are many sufferers who say this treatment definitely works for a short period of a time, but is far superior to regular medicinal treatments. Many sufferers who seek treatment over painkillers try this approach.
Of course, there are naysayers. It's important to remember some treatments may work for some and not for others.
Links on RFG/Ablation
With so much information out there, it's hard not to become overwhelmed with migraine recipies for disaster. For starters, everyone knows a pill you can take on-sight of an attack, before, or after. Let's face it, there has to be more than painkillers and triptans. I've worked for hours upon horror coming up with some of the most simple solutions to migraines. As we go, I will implement each idea myself and see where it leads, but for now I will give you the idea and its benefits.
Today we look at:
You Are What You Eat
Before anyone gets worked up over the use an old adage, let me say this one might be "truthy" when it comes to migraines.
One thing any ex-girlfriend of mine can tell you is, I love to cook. I'm pretty some people only spent the night for the breakfast - but that's neither here nor there.
Watered Down Idea: The more cooked foods you eat, the higher your potential toxin level is. Some toxins is quite normal, but high levels of toxins cause your nerves to react, and if you're like me, it's migraine time.
Here's What You Can Do: First off, take a look at this list of foods and their common reactions. Secondly, keep track of your migraines. If you get one, write it down somewhere, and when you can, try to retrace your steps (i.e., meals, environment, etc.)
I. Even though you may not need to keep a keen eye on your blood-sugar levels, watch how many refined carbs you take in. This can cause a sugar low and will more than likely provoke a migraine.
II. Watch out for vegetables like potatoes, meats like bacon, and soy products. Foods with high tyramine and nitrate levels are known to contribute to migraines. Unfortunately, this rules out most of the best foods ever, so just be cautious how many of them you eat as part of your diet.
III. Don't dehydrate yourself. This is the simplest thing you can change in your everyday life. Drink more water.
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