As we move into autumn, migraine sufferers face two potentially serious seasonal risks. In this issue, we help you prepare for these risks and look ahead at two potential breakthroughs ready to change the way migraines are viewed and treated.

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What Two Potential Migraine Breakthroughs Mean to You

National advertising campaigns launched in 2017 are raising awareness that a migraine is not just a “bad headache” but a serious neurological disorder. Meanwhile, long-awaited CGRP-directed migraine treatments are moving into the last phases of R&D. Both developments could make breakthroughs in how migraines are viewed and treated. Let’s look at how you may benefit.

Public-Awareness Campaigns

This year, the American Migraine Foundation (AMF) launched its Move Against Migraine campaign. AMGEN and Novartis (drugmakers who are partnering in developing CGRP migraine drugs) sponsored the global awareness initiative, Speak Your Migraine. June was designated as national Migraine Awareness Month. And numerous nonprofits joined together to launch the Shades for Migraine campaign. You may benefit because these campaigns:

  • Educate others about the fact that migraine is a serious neurological disorder.
  • Open a conversation how severely migraines affect the lives of those who suffer them.
  • Raise money for research into safer and more effective migraine treatments.
  • Start persuading insurance companies to examine policies on which migraine treatments they will and won’t cover (including preventives).
CGRP research

Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a protein that plays a key role in immunity. It also plays a key role in migraines. When released by nerves, CGRPs cause inflammation and initiate, transmit and heighten sensitivity to migraine pain. Triptans stop migraines in progress by blocking CGRP. Now, new CGRP-directed migraine treatments may even prevent migraines. Plus, they’re being engineered to do it without blocking CGRP’s support for vital organs. Several drugmakers have CGRP drugs in development. Down the road, if the FDA approves these new drugs, monthly injections/intravenous CGRP-directed preventive treatment would become available. This research benefits you because:
  • It sharpens the migraine community’s focus on prevention, which is viewed as the future for treatment.
  • Scientists initially view prescription CGRPs as an addition to existing prevention options. These drugs may also provide relief for migraine sufferers who have not seen any relief with triptans and other preventive drugs.
Moving forward

It may take time for awareness campaigns to translate into greater support, resources and understanding for migraine sufferers. It will definitely take time until CGRPs become widely used. In the meantime, the best things you can do are to know your triggers, stay with what is working best for you right now, and experiment with what you can add to strengthen your current migraine prevention plan. For a PDF with ideas to help you do that, CLICK HERE.

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It's easy to overload. Consumer Reports says you should take no more than 3,250 mg of acetaminophen per day - even less if you drink alcohol. A Scottish study found that repeatedly exceeding 4,000 mg a day even for just a few days can cause brain, kidney and liver problems. Yet the maximum daily dose of Mucinex Severe Cold and Dristan Cold formulas each contain 3,900 mg of acetaminophen.

Check the labels, but recognize that it’s hard to find cold and flu meds without these ingredients. That’s why it’s so important to reduce the need to take APAs and NSAIDs for your migraines.

Ramp up those “double preventives.” Dietary supplements containing magnesium, riboflavin and CoQ10 can help reduce migraine attacks while also boosting your immunity. For best results, start now so your body has time build its defenses against germs and migraines before cold and flu season hits.

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Migraine Danger Zone: Watch for Falling Leaves

Autumn leaves are beautiful, but when they start to fall they create three dangers for migraine sufferers. First, piles of leaves can breed leaf mold and mycotoxins that stress your nervous system, leading to pain and inflammation. Second, that moldy smell comes from VOCs (volatile organic compounds)—unhealthy for everyone and a potential migraine trigger. Third, mold can even cause dehydration, another common migraine trigger.

Take aways: Keep leaves raked away from the house (delegate the task or wear a mask). Check your home thoroughly for leaks or other damp spots where mold could breed. Fix leaks and treat the area with a mold and mildew killer (again, a task best delegated to someone who doesn’t suffer migraines). Stay well hydrated.

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