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As summer nears an end, it's the perfect time to create a plan for minimizing migraines once life starts gearing up again this fall. Start with a few of the ideas here! And remember, we value your feedback. Please keep in touch and let us know what questions you have about migraines and what types of articles you'd like to see.




Rebound Headaches
Natural Prevention Strategies

Migraine Relief Tip:
Away from Home? How to
Knock Migraines Out Cold

Migraine Update:
How to Know when a
Migraine is On the Way

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Jessica Bargher
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Rebound Headache

Rebound Headaches

What happens when the "cure" for a headache becomes the cause? If you take pain relievers more than a couple days a week, you may suffer rebound headaches caused by the pain relievers. According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic, Imitrex, Zomig and other migraine meds have been linked with rebound headaches.

Symptoms. Symptoms can include daily headaches that last through the day and worsen with physical or mental exertion. Neck pain, stuffy nose, anxiety and even concentration and memory problems can accompany rebound headaches.

Breaking the cycle. You should always consult your doctor if you have two or more headaches a week. Your doctor will work with you to find the best plan for reducing your use of painkillers. Complementary therapies may be very useful as part of this plan. Acupuncture, for instance, is shown to promote the release of the body's own natural painkillers. Biofeedback and massage may also be of value for helping relieve tension and pain.

Prevention. Once you've broken the rebound headache cycle, the secret is to minimize the need for painkillers by minimizing the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. In terms of prevention, the new American Academy of Neurology guidelines give top marks to the herbal supplement butterbur (Petasites). Not just any butterbur, however, is safe to use. Dr. Richard Lipton, Vice Chairman and Professor of Neurology at Albert Einstein School of Medicine notes "patients must be cautioned against consuming any part of the Petasites plant in any form other than the specific products prepared commercially (such as Petadolex), in which the plant carcinogens have been removed." Magnesium and riboflavin can also be a solid part of a migraine prevention strategy because they reduce inflammation in the blood vessels and nerves in the brain.

Rebound headaches can be serious. Rely on your doctor to guide you on the best way to manage the pain while minimizing the use of painkillers. Remember, too, that even over-the-counter painkillers come with toxic effects that can build up over time. Again, consult with your doctor on alternatives and the right prevention strategy for you.

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Relief Tip:

Can Those Migraines

Summer migraines often attack when you're away from home and can't crawl into bed and pull up the covers. If you feel one on the way, reach for an icy can of soda. Place it on the back of your neck (or where the pain is starting to pound) for up to 10 minutes. Wait 20 minutes and repeat. Another way to knock migraines out cold is to put that icy soda can on the back of your neck while warming up your body from the shoulders down - grab a sweater or beach towel. Using hot and cold together can often provide immediate relief.

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How to tell when a Migraine is about to attack

How do you know when a migraine is coming? Download our list of symptoms that give you the early-warning you need to treat migraines even before they start.


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What People are Saying

On supplementing with Dolovent
"My migraines escalated so much that on 2 consecutive days - despite taking 6-8 ibuprofen tablets - I required the attention of my doctor. Then, my pharmacist told me about Dolovent. I must admit after the initial dose I felt significantly better. It's like migraines have disappeared! I have energy again for my daily routine."

S. Rolli


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Butterbur cited by American Association of Neurologists guidelines as the #1 OTC option for preventing migraines.


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