Definition of Migraine:

Not just a headache, but a disorder affecting the whole body.  Clearly defined attacks last about 4-72 hours and progress through 5 distinct phases.  Prodrome: starting up to 24 hours before the headache, about 50% of sufferers experience changes in mood, sensory perception, food craving, excessive yawning, or speech or memory problems.  Aura: starting within an hour before the headache, about 15% experience disruption of vision (flashing lights, shimmering zigzag lines, blind spot) or sensation (numbness or 'pins and needles' around the lips or hand), or difficulty speaking.  Headache: usually pulsating and on one side of the head, it may occur on both sides and alternate from side to side.  Neck and scalp muscles may be tender; there may be nausea and the desire not to eat, move, see or hear.  Resolution: the body returns to normal over several hours during sleep or rest; an intense emotional experience or vomiting may also end the headache.  Postdrome: the sufferer feels drained, fatigued and tired afterwards.  Muscles ache, emotions are volatile and thinking is slow.

Also: Migraine Headache, Migraine Headaches, Migraines

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(Prescription) Drug Side-Effects

...our question about Feeling cold for no reason
“Certain medications – such as those prescribed for hypertension, angina, or migraine – can cause feelings of being cold because beta blockers may reduce the circulation in the extremities while increasing blood circulation to the heart.”

Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance

...as a treatment
“...Adverse effects reported from short-term and/or long-term use of Aspartame include: Seizures and convulsions, dizziness, tremors, migraines and severe headaches (triggered or caused by chronic intake), memory loss (common toxicity effect), slurring of speech, confusion, numbness or tingling of extremities, chronic fatigue...”
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...as a treatment
“...Biofeedback is an effective therapy for many conditions, but it is primarily used to treat high blood pressure, tension headache, migraine headache, chronic pain, and urinary incontinence...”

Birth Control Pill Issues

...the condition
“...These contraceptive-related risks may be even greater among those patients with a history of migraines.  Consider using a good supplement when on birth control pills...”

Cluster Headaches

...the condition
“...In both cluster and migraine headaches blood vessels dilate, but in cluster headaches only the blood vessels behind the eyes pulsate...”
...relationship to Low Female Testosterone Level
“Several studies have found that sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches tend to have subnormal levels of total testosterone, DHEA sulfate, and pregnenolone.”
...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“Several studies have found that sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches tend to have subnormal levels of total testosterone, DHEA sulfate, and pregnenolone.”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“...Both migraine and cluster headaches are associated with heavy caffeine intake, and caffeine withdrawal can cause a headache resembling a migraine...”
...recommendation Testosterone
“Some research suggests that testosterone therapy may help alleviate the pain of migraine and cluster headaches.”
...recommendation Hyperbaric Oxygen
“Hyperbaric oxygen is said to help cluster migraines...”


...as a treatment
“...Ascites and pleuritic effusion; Alcohol intoxication; Bronchial conditions; Migraines and other headaches: Caffeine is used therapeutically in combination with ergotamine for migraine headaches...”

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

...the condition
“...Medical researchers consider Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome to be a variant of migraines, and indeed many children who suffer from CVS also suffer from migraines as adults...”


...the condition
“...water you should every day?  Pain may be a warning of localized thirst; that is, the pain signal may be a warning of dehydration in that specific area (a regional thirst), for example low back pain, migraine headache, joint pain, and angina...”


...the condition
“...Aside from those mentioned below, here are other possible causes of dizziness ... Headaches, migraines...”

Environmental Illness / MCS

...the condition
“...Most sufferers of MCS complain of at least several of the following ... headache / migraine...”

Excess Sugar Consumption

...the condition
“...When the body undergoes a sugar overload, a number of symptoms can manifest themselves, including: Anxiety; Congestion; Frequent colds; Migraines; Asthma; Constipation; Headaches; Sinus congestion; Backaches; Depression; Hypoglycemia; Skin itch; Bladder/bowel dysfunction; Diarrhea; Hypothyroidism; Sleepiness; Bloating; Dizziness...”


...as a treatment
“...There have been positive studies using Feverfew leaves as a prophylactic treatment for migraine headaches, reducing both the severity and frequency of migraines...”

Fish Oils

...as a treatment
“...Fish oil has also been proposed as a treatment for many other conditions, including diabetic neuropathy, allergies, gout, and migraine headaches, but there has been little real scientific investigation of these uses...”

Ginkgo Biloba

...as a treatment
“...Positive clinical effects have been seen with short-term memory, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), vertigo, concentration, slowing the onset of Alzheimer symptoms, intermittent claudication, impotence, migraines, allergies and asthma...”

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...the condition
“...Acid reflux / GERD / heartburn; Indigestion; Constipation; Diarrhea; Frequent nausea and or vomiting; Difficulty gaining weight; Iron deficiency anemia; Head, Brain and Nervous System Symptoms ... Migraine Headaches...”


...the condition
“...Effective treatment is available for all types of headache, even migraine.  By recording when and how your headaches occur, you can help your doctor diagnose and find the right treatment for them...”

Hot Drinks

...as a treatment
“...Coffee should be avoided if you ... Are prone to migraines and headaches...”


...our question about Adverse reaction to delayed meals
“...These can narrow the arteries, increase blood pressure, and result in headaches or migraines.  Low blood sugar also leads to fatigue and the feeling of weakness.”

Indian Long Pepper

...as a treatment
“...Unconfirmed uses include: headache; migraine; toothache; indigestion; stomach ache; diarrhea; bronchitis; cough; asthma: prevention recurrent attacks of bronchial asthma; cholera; bacterial infections; coma; epilepsy; fever; stroke...”

Lavender Oil

...as a treatment
“...Other unproven uses of lavender oil include: Insomnia, depression, menstrual pain, migraine headaches, nausea, vomiting, colic, constipation, toothache, ear infections, acne, eczema, hypertension, head lice, loss of appetite.”


...related topic
“...Research indicates that lysine may be useful in the treatment of migraine and herpes simplex...”


...as a treatment
“...Gall Stones, Menstrual cramps, High blood pressure, Hyperactivity, Glucose intolerance – diabetes and hypoglycemia, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Prevention of hearing loss, Kidney stones, Leg cramps, Migraine, Osteoporosis, PMS and Prostate health...”

Meniere's Disease

...the condition
“...Triggers Although the precise cause of Meniere's disease is unknown, there are various known triggers of vertigo: stress, allergies, excess salt intake, caffeine, and migraine headaches and barometric changes in pressure...”

Migraine/Tension Headaches

...the condition
“Headaches are commonly classified under categories such as tension, sinus, migraine, menstrual and cluster among others...”
...our question about Menstruation-related headaches
“Up to 25% of women have migraine during their reproductive years, with an average prevalence of 16% (11% without aura and 5% with aura)...”
...relationship to Dehydration
“Dehydration is an important trigger of migraines and tension headaches...”
...relationship to Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
“Vascular or migraine headaches occur in 10% of lupus patients.”
...relationship to Magnesium Requirement
Migraines sufferers often are found to have reduced blood levels of magnesium.”
...relationship to Low Melatonin Level
Migraines sufferers often are found to have reduced blood levels of melatonin.”
...relationship to Mitral Valve Prolapse
“Patients with classic migraine have a two-fold increase in incidence of mitral valve prolapse.”
...relationship to Low Female Testosterone Level
Migraines are more common among women who have very low testosterone levels.”
...recommendation Massage
“Researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine found that massage is helpful in alleviating pain in migraine sufferers...”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“When migraine and tension headache patients are placed on low-protein, natural plant-based diets, with no refined sweets of any type, they often recover within a month.”
...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“Omega 3 fatty acids can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines.  Two small double blind studies (using fish oil) demonstrated a high percentage of effectiveness...”
...recommendation Therapeutic Fasting
“It is believed by those specializing in detoxification that the major cause of both tension headaches and migraines is the retention of toxins or tissue irritants within the central nervous system...”
...recommendation Test for Food Allergies
“Food allergy may be a factor in as many as 80% of migraine sufferers...”
...recommendation against High/Increased Protein Diet
“When migraine and tension headache patients are placed on low-protein, natural plant-based diets, with no refined sweets of any type, they often recover within a month.”
...recommendation Marijuana
“Marijuana is being used to treat migraines...”
...recommendation Processed Foods Avoidance
“...When migraine and tension headache patients are placed on low-protein, natural plant-based diets, with no refined sweets of any type, they often recover within a month, never needing medication or further...”
...recommendation Tyramine-containing Foods Avoidance
“Tyramine-containing foods are responsible for migraines in 15% of sufferers...”
...recommendation Pressure
“Many individuals with migraine can obtain effective relief by simply applying an elastic band around the head, securing it with Velcro, and inserting rubber discs (or any available substitute such as a bottle cap) for...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“Several researchers have provided substantial links between low magnesium levels and both migraine and tension headaches, based on both theory and clinical observations...”
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Neurologic Testing, Conventional

...as a treatment
“...Conversely, 15% of the population shows mild abnormalities on EEG, representing old head trauma, old strokes, migraine, viral infections, and most of the time for unknown reasons...”

Neurostructural Therapy

...as a treatment
“...The following symptoms often benefit or even disappear in response to an NST session ... migraines...”

Night Sweats

...the condition
“...Hypothalamic lesions; Epilepsy; Strokes; Cerebral palsy; Migraine; Spinal cord infarction; Head injury; Familial dysautonomia; Anti-nausea medication used during pregnancy; Antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication; Birth control pills; Unfortunately...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...the condition
“...Women for whom HRT might not be suitable include those with a history of thrombosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, migraine, a history of breast cancer or breast cancer in close family, and heavy smokers...”

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

...the condition
“...Physical ... Frequent headaches or migraines...”


...the condition
“...Flushing is prevalent, and migraine headaches are three times more common amongst sufferers...”
...recommendation Test for Food Allergies
“The incidence of migraine headaches and flushing accompanying rosacea points to some form of food intolerance.”

TMJ Problems

...the condition
“...This combination of process can lead to the development of various kinds of headaches; migraine, tension-type, cluster-type...”

Tryptophan / 5HTP

...as a treatment
“...It is used by the brain to produce serotonin; it is a natural relaxer, helps alleviate insomnia, reduces anxiety and depression and helps treat migraine headaches.  5-HTP is safer than Tryptophan, yet equally as effective...”

Tryptophan Need

...the condition
“...It has also been found that people suffering from migraine headaches have abnormal levels of tryptophan, and in this supplementation may be helpful...”

Ultraviolet Light Therapy

...as a treatment
“...Chronic allergic conjunctivitis; Chronic hepatitis; Chronic kidney disease; Chronic eczema and neurodermatitis; Chronic recurrent polyarthritis; Diabetes mellitus; Diabetic retinopathy; Keloids; Migraine; Raynaud's disease; Psoriasis; Inflammatory disease Acne; Allergic gastritis; Arthritis; Autoimmune thyroiditis; Bursitis; Boils; Mastitis; Osteomyelitis; Pancreatitis; Periodontitis...”

Vasomotor Cephalalgia

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Migraine headache.”

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

...as a treatment
“...It stimulates circulation and for this reason may be helpful in treating leg cramps caused by circulatory deficiency; headaches, especially the migraine type; and Meniere's syndrome, associated with hearing loss and vertigo...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...Low doses of niacin can relieve migraine headaches.  For hypoglycemics, supplements of niacin may help to regulate blood sugar levels...”


...as a treatment
“...allergens in the blood and digestive tract, thus decreasing symptoms from inhaled and swallowed antigens; Possibly stopping diarrhea through its absorptive action in the intestines; Patients with migraine headaches frequently are aware that certain foods will trigger headache attacks, for example red wine, preserved meats treated with nitrites and nitrates such as sausages, hot dogs, salami...”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
“...It has been observed that those suffering with any of the auto-immune diseases (such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis); atopic problems (allergy, eczema, asthma or migraine); or many of the inflammatory diseases (such as osteoarthritis, ME or irritable bowel syndrome), have a consistent, and often severe, zinc deficiency, which is greatly benefited by a...”
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