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Our resolution for 2017 is to help you experience fewer and less severe migraines - without risking the side effects and risks of medications. Let's get started right away with tips that can minimize winter migraines - and winter's toll on mood, heart, menstrual cramps and more. We also ask, "What's in Excedrin?" and explain what migraine sufferers must know.

If you haven't had a chance to check out our 5 migraine guides yet, here's the link again to the Kindle versions available on Amazon (individually and as a series): Go to Amazon descriptions.

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Stop Winter Migraines Cold

Winter can be tough on migraine sufferers! That's because winter presents us with many of the top migraine triggers all rolled into one. Why is winter such a challenge?

The Perfect Storm

Winter combines dry air, cold temperatures and frequent changes in air pressure. Any one of these can trigger a migraine. Together, they're a perfect storm. Let's look at why - and at how to stop winter migraines... cold.

DRY AIR

Indoors and outdoors, winter air is less humid. In addition to dehydrating your home, heaters can dehydrate you, paving the way for migraines. Dry air can affect your breathing and oxygen levels. You want the humidity around 45% (plus or minus a few degrees). Signs your indoor air is overly dry include static electricity, gaps in your floorboards or even a piano that seems to need constant tuning.

  • Use a vaporizer or humidifier in rooms where you spend the most time.
  • Regularly use saline nasal spray or hypoallergenic nasal gel.
  • Drink plenty of water and juices (but NOT soups that might contain MSG—another migraine trigger).
  • Outside, cover your mouth and nose with a scarf to breathe in moister air.
A CHANGING BAROMETER

Winter’s frequent shifts in weather are particularly troublesome for migraine sufferers. Migraine attacks are most likely triggered when changes in air pressure cause blood vessels in the brain to constrict or expand.
  • Some doctors recommend anti-inflammatories to address pain and act as a preventive.
  • Butterbur may be a better choice: it addresses inflammation and tones brain blood vessels so they’re more resilient in contracting and expanding.
COLD TEMPERATURES

People who suffer migraines seem to have a very sensitive trigeminal nerve. This is a cranial nerve responsible for sensation in the face and our ability to bite and chew. When cold air hits this nerve, blood vessels in the brain contract, diminishing blood flow. In fact, any sudden shift in temperature can trigger this same constriction.
  • When you go out in bitter weather, bundle up and make sure to cover your head and neck.
  • Keep inside air temperature steady by fixing drafts and be very cautious about sleeping with windows cracked open—yes, it’s fresh air, but it’s also cold, dry air.
  • Keep the heat set between 65-75 degrees.
For these “perfect storm” triggers, prevention can make the difference. And there’s a bonus: the riboflavin, magnesium and CoQ10 that make Dolovent helpful with migraines may help prevent other winter woes, too.

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Risk Update: What's in Excedrin?

When migraine pain strikes, many people use Excedrin. If you’re one of them, it’s important to know what’s in it.

Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine each contain 250 mg of paracetamol (acetaminophen), 250 mg of aspirin and 65 mg of caffeine. Taking Excedrin at the recommended dosage—occasionally and when you’re well hydrated—carries a low risk profile. However, be aware of these risks:

  1. Consuming alcohol while using paracetamol can raise the risk of liver damage.
  2. Chronic use of large doses of paracetamol with aspirin can lead to kidney damage.
  3. Chronic aspirin usage is linked to a higher risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.

 

In addition, don’t forget about the caffeine. While it’s generally thought safe to consume up to 400 mg of caffeine a day, you might overlook the 65 mg in a dose of Excedrin. Add two 8-ounce cups of Starbucks coffee (165 mg each) and you’re right at the 400 mg threshold. From there, even the caffeine in chocolate, coffee ice cream or certain brands of energy water can leave you irritable, nervous, with a fast heart beat and unable to sleep—things you don’t want to experience at all—especially on top of migraine pain.

So, if Excedrin works for you, use it. Just use it exactly as recommended and focus on migraine prevention: the fewer migraines you have, the less you need a pain killer.

 
There's no "D" in W-I-N-T-E-R

Sunshine helps our liver and kidneys produce Vitamin D. But the sun’s intensity is weakest during the winter. Many of us also get less exposure to sunshine as shorter days and wintery weather keep us inside. This can all contribute to a drop in our Vitamin D levels. That’s of special concern to migraine sufferers who may already have low Vitamin D levels.

A research study presented at the American Headache Society a few years back showed almost 42% of patients with chronic migraines had Vitamin D deficiencies. In addition to migraines, deficiencies have been linked to everything from depression to cardiovascular problems—two conditions that are also linked to migraines.

Ask your doctor about your own Vitamin D levels. You may be able to raise those levels through diet. But if foods like sardines, cod liver oil, mackerel, herring and shitake mushrooms aren’t appealing, ask your doctor’s advice on Vitamin D-fortified foods or a supplement.

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