Research shows that without a good prevention plan, the migraine episodes you now experience can escalate to almost-always present chronic migraine�and serious, even fatal health risks. In this issue, we explain these dangers and how to avoid them. We also look at how eliminating �triggers� hiding in your closets, yard and bed can ease migraines and allergies, and how migraine is just one of the risks of not getting enough magnesium.

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The Dangers of Not Reducing Your Migraines

The day-to-day impact of migraines is bad enough. But the long-term impact could be even worse. Studies show that when episodic migraines are not well-controlled, they can escalate into chronic migraines with intensified sensitivity to pain and potential complications such as risk of stroke.

Who is at risk for chronic migraine?
In the largest study ever conducted of people who suffer severe headaches, Dr. Richard Lipton and his research team concluded that individuals who experience four or more migraine days a month are at a higher risk for progressing to chronic migraine when they do not receive optimal treatment for their episodic migraines.

What contributes to the risk?

  • Overuse of medications for migraine symptoms (pain), particularly opiates and barbiturates.
  • Specific classes of drugs such as triptans seems to lead to chronic migraine in individuals with a high frequency of migraines (10-14 days per month)
  • Caffeine overuse
  • Stressful life events
  • Obesity
  • Sleep and snoring issues
What are the dangers of chronic migraine?

For starters, chronic migraine sufferers developed a heightened experience of pain, so they experience migraine attacks and other forms of pain more intensely. In addition to paving the way for chronic pain disorders, chronic migraine is associated with:
  • Psychiatric disorders (especially anxiety and depression)
  • Respiratory illness
  • Vascular issues, such as high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke
  • Disability due to the inability to work because of the burden of chronic migraine
Avoiding chronic migraine

Controlling your weight and dealing with sleep issues are important. So is using exercise, relaxation techniques, meditation and therapies like Cognitive-Behavioral Management to improve your resiliency to stress. Most important, however, is reducing the frequency and severity of episodic migraine attacks. Medical preventives such as topiramate and Botox come with potentially serious side effects and risks. Triptan overuse can raise the risk of chronic migraine (see above). You should talk first with your doctor about non-drug preventives, including well-researched herbal and dietary supplements. Remember, the more you reduce the frequency and severity of your migraines, the more you reduce the chance of developing chronic migraine.

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RISK ALERT: Low Magnesium is Linked to Diabetes and Heart Problems

In a June Consumer Reports� health division offered insights on the risks of a magnesium deficiency: �Though all nutrients are essential for good health, few are more crucial to focus on than magnesium�because we don�t usually get enough in our diet and none of our cells could function without it.�

As Consumer Reports points out, many peoples� diets don�t provide the recommended levels of magnesium. In addition, magnesium can be depleted by everything from sweating to age, chronic illness and long-term use of proton-pump inhibitors for acid reflux.


As migraine sufferers, we know the role magnesium can play. In addition, it helps regulate blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate and nerve transmission. Fudi Wang, professor of nutrition at China�s Zhejiang University reviewed 40 major studies involving a total of more than one million people. The conclusion? Every 100 mg increase in magnesium from food reduces the risks of heart failure by 22%, Type 2 Diabetes by 19% and stroke by 7%.

Bottom line: Talk with your doctor about your own magnesium levels and whether a supplement might be beneficial.

Migraineurs' Surprising Allergies

For years, doctors have known that people with allergies are often prone to migraines. In fact, research shows that allergy sufferers are 33% more likely to suffer frequent migraines than those without allergies. With chocolate, red wine and cheese being such well-known migraine triggers, it�s not surprising that many people who suffer food allergies also find that food can trigger their migraines. What is surprising is the many other types of allergens linked to migraines�including irritants lurking in everything from bed pillows to closets and even Kitty�s litter box.

This allergy-migraine link explains why it can be so effective to create a �double� prevention plan that treats them both. For instance, migraine research on butterbur root (PA-free extract) and feverfew show these herbs also have a beneficial impact on the histamine response associated with some allergic reactions as well as the increased pressure on nerve endings.

The starting point is working with your doctor to identify the allergens that may be at work. Nasal allergies are most-commonly associated with migraines, followed by histamine and food allergies. A fourth area�allergens inside and around the home�is often overlooked. For examples of these �hidden� household triggers, click here.

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