If you, like me, are one of the 29.5 million Americans who suffer from migraine headaches, I certainly don’t have to tell you how painful and debilitating they can be…or how helpless they can make you feel. But now researchers from Ohio State University have found a surprisingly effective approach to managing them.
And the best news? It’s not a new drug!
The study, published in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine, was based on data gathered from participants in the US Treatment of Severe Migraine Trial. Migraine sufferers who participated in a simple behavioral-management program saw a dramatic increase in their confidence in their ability to self-manage their migraines.
Participants who took part in four sessions where they learned skills for managing their headaches reported a significant increase in their belief that migraines could be influenced by their own behavior. In other words, they were able to conquer that helpless feeling that is all too familiar to those of us that suffer from migraines.
According to headache expert Robert Milne, M.D., although about 18% of women and 6% of men in the United States suffer from migraines—and they account for approximately 64 million days of lost productivity every year—the pain they produce remains a mystery to most doctors and researchers.
But Dr. Milne says there are actually a lot of things you can do to manage and even eliminate your headaches. According to him you must first identify your specific type of headache and its triggers and then you can start taking control of the pain.
In his book “An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Headaches” he walks you through specific proven alternative and natural therapies—including self-help behavioral techniques like the ones used in the Migraine Trial study—for doing away with headaches of all kinds.
Dr. Milne also recommends vitamin therapy for migraine-headache prevention and relief including:
- vitamin B2 – up to 400 mg daily
- vitamin B3 – 50 to 250 mg (time-released) daily with a meal
- vitamin C – 1,000 to 3,000 mg daily
- vitamin E – 200 to 800 IU daily
- magnesium – 300 to 400 mg daily
- essential fatty acids – 3 to 4 mg of fish oil or evening-primrose oil daily
If you’re a fellow headache sufferer I can highly recommend Dr. Milne’s book. It’s the best explanation I’ve read yet of the visual headaches, known as aura migraines, that I suffer with. Not to mention the most complete advice I’ve found for eliminating them once and for all.
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