When it comes to a migraine prevention strategy, you want to base your decisions on evidence, not guesswork. To help you, this month's issue includes three reports on important migraine research.

For starters, you'll find highlights of just-published research showing that nutritional supplementation reduces both the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. You'll also discover why chronic migraines may make you more sensitive to back pain, and how hormones produced by fat cells can raise your risk of migraines by 30-40%.

As always, we welcome your inputs about your own experiences as well as any topics you'd like us to address in upcoming issues.

Amanda DiBenedetto
Amanda DiBenedetto
Linpharma Customer Education

2015 Report on the Efectiveness of Dolovent

Migraine specialists have long known that magnesium deficiencies can be linked to migraines, and that supplementation with nutrients such as riboflavin (Vitamin B2) and CoQ10 seem beneficial in supporting normal brain energy metabolism. Now, just this month, The Journal of Headache and Pain (v.16:32) published research showing that the dietary supplement Dolovent™ helped reduce the number of migraines and the intensity of pain experienced by study participants.

Here are the key points about this study:

  • The quality of the research: This was a placebo-controlled, double-blind trial conducted at multiple centers with migraine sufferers ranging in age from 18 to 65. It was conducted by three internationally known German migraine specialists: Charly Gaul (Migraine and Headache Clinic, Königstein im Taunus), Hans-Christoph Diener (Department of Neurology, University Hospital Essen, Essen) and Ulrich Danesch (Weber & Weber GmbH & Co.KG, Clinical Research, Inning).
  • The supplement that was studied: Dolovent™ (marketed as Migravent® in Germany), a dietary supplement that provides 600 mg magnesium, 400 mg riboflavin, and 150 mg CoQ10 per day, along with a multivitamin blend.
  • The length of treatment: After establishing a one-month baseline for the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks, study participants used Dolovent™ daily for three months.
  • Results: Compared to patients taking the placebo, patients taking Dolovent™ found they had about one-third fewer migraine days and the intensity of migraine pain was significantly reduced. Adverse events were mainly abdominal discomfort (like diarrhea) due to the high amount of magnesium.
  • Conclusion: This nutritional supplement proved effective in addressing migraine symptoms.

Bottom line: If you experience migraines, a natural, nutritionally based approach may be worth considering as part of your prevention strategy. As always, it's important to talk with your doctor first. To read the actual study, CLICK HERE

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Do Chronic Migraines "Create" Chronic Back Pain?

Do you get frequent back pain? Many migraine sufferers do-and the two conditions may be related. In a study involving a large population sample, German researchers found that people who suffered chronic migraine and tension-type headaches also reported chronic back pain. (Study reported in Pain, Volume 154, Issue 3: pages 484-492)

There may be several reasons for this link, including the possibility that chronic headache doesn't just involve the trigeminal pain pathway in the head and face: instead, chronic headaches may also change the way your brain processes pain signals sent from throughout the body. In other words, chronic pain makes you hypersensitive to pain.

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TRY THIS: If you suffer any type of chronic pain in addition to migraines, it is important to discuss this with your doctor. Also, avoid overly intense massage or chiropractic sessions as these may actually stimulate your already over-stimulated sensitivity to pain. It is important to be as gentle with yourself as you can and take measures to reduce stress and ease the burden on your taxed central nervous system.
Are "Fat-Cell Hormones" Triggering Your Migraines?

Studies have shown that the risk of migraine or severe headaches increased almost 40% in women with obesity and 30% in men with obesity as compared to those who are not obese. In an article posted in the American Headache Society's ACHENET Education Center, Dr. B. Lee Peterlin (Director JHU Headache Research, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD) explains that this may have something to do with the hypothalamus-an area of the brain that regulates food intake and that is also activated during acute migraine attacks.

Further research into the role of "obesity-related" chemicals like serotonin and fat-cell-produced hormones like leptin and adiponectin may ultimately lead to new migraine treatment strategies. In the meantime, however, there is some data suggesting that weight loss and exercise can help reduce migraine frequency and intensity. Clearly, if you struggle with obesity, you should make sure your doctor knows you also struggle with migraines. Talk together about how to create a prevention strategy that includes a weight control component.

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