Did you know there are at least 10 different types of migraines - and that they're often misdiagnosed as eye, ear, or even stomach problems? In this issue, we show you how to spot (and treat) these migraines. We also have a risk update linking beta-blockers to serious mood disorders. Plus, we offer practical tips for keeping your migraine meds from causing headaches.

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Ears, Eyes, Belly and Other Places that Migraines Attack

“Migraine” comes from the Greek word hemikrania which means “half of the head.” But severe pain on one side of the head isn’t the only way a migraine can attack.

An abdominal migraine can cause belly pain and nausea. Other types of migraine can cause temporary blindness, loss of balance, ringing in the ear or intense pain at the base of the skull. A hereditary form of migraine can paralyze one side of the body until the attack passes. Double vision, droopy eyelids and other problems caused by another type of migraine can last for months.

What triggers different migraines?

You might think that different triggers would bring on different types of migraines. Menstrual migraines, for instance, appear linked to hormonal fluctuations. But so are retinal migraines. Exercise, stress, smoking and dehydration are common culprits for virtually all forms of migraine. What all these triggers have in common, however, is that they cause blood vessels to constrict.

This is good news! It means that treatments that work for so-called “common” migraine may be just as effective at reducing the frequency and severity of less-common forms of migraine. Aspirin, for example, may help soothe inflammation, and a beta-blocker may help relax blood vessels. Butterbur root extract does both—increasing the resiliency of blood vessels and reducing inflammation.

How can you tell if it’s a migraine—and what type it is?

There are at least 10 different migraines, each with their own set of symptoms. The challenge is knowing whether the symptoms you’re experiencing are from a migraine or from a different medical condition. The starting point, however, is knowing the characteristics of different migraines. To help you, we’ve created a quick guide. For each type of migraine, we show you who typically suffers this type of attack, as well as the frequency, and the distinguishing symptoms. If you find symptoms that seem to fit what you experience, talk with your doctor about how to address this specific type of migraine

Guide to 10 Different Types of Migraine CLICK HERE.

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Risk Update: Beta Blockers and Mood Disorders

Beta blockers are used to treat high blood pressure. They’re also prescribed to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Now, a new study published in the medical journal, Hypertension (October 10, 2016, pp. 1132-1138) raises the possibility that beta blockers could be linked to serious depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health issues.

In the 5-year study, people taking a beta blocker or calcium channel blocker were twice as likely to have been hospitalized with a severe mood disorder as those taking a different type of blood pressure medication.


While factors other than taking beta-blockers may be in play, even the possibility that they could contribute to serious mood disorders is of concern for migraine sufferers.

As always, we urge you to talk with your doctor about ways to prevent migraines with the fewest -- if any -- side effects and risks.

How to Avoid Rebound Headaches

Migraines are bad enough; things get even worse when the drugs used to treat migraines trigger additional headaches. These “rebound” headaches occur when the body becomes dependent on drugs ranging from over-the-counter NSAIDs and anti-nausea pills, to prescription tranquilizers, ergot-containing meds and even triptans. Once there’s a dependency, severe headaches occur unless you continue taking the drugs.

That’s one of the reasons we place such emphasis on using natural supplements such as magnesium, riboflavin, CoQ10 and herbal butterbur root extract that do not create dependencies—or the risk of rebound headaches.

If you’re suffering rebound headaches, your doctor can help you through the withdrawal process. For avoiding rebound headaches, follow these helpful tips from the Mayo Clinic:

  1. Take your headache medication as prescribed.
  2. If you need headache medication more than twice a week, contact your doctor.
  3. Avoid medications that contain butalbital or opioids.
  4. Use OTC painkillers less than 15 days a month.
  5. Limit use of triptans or combination analgesics to no more than nine days a month.

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