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Here comes summer! Time to kick back, drink more water and grab the bug spray as you head outside. Or not. Because each of these common summer practices could flatten you with a migraine. Read on to discover these triggers and how to avoid them. Also, learn why the newest research on NSAIDs plus new risks arising from FDA-approved products pose such serious issues for migraine sufferers.

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Summer Migraine Triggers That Might Surprise You

If you suffer migraines, you probably know that summer means you must be extra careful to avoid migraine triggers like dehydration, heat and glare. But there are additional triggers that might surprise you—and lead to painful attacks that disrupt those idyllic summer days.

  1. Don’t OVER-hydrate. Yes, drinking water is important. But drinking too much water can cause nausea, vomiting, confusion, headache and trigger a full-blown migraine. Over-hydrating can happen when drinking a lot of water dilutes salt and electrolytes such as magnesium (which disrupts the body’s potassium levels). If you’re also sweating, the effects of over-hydration can be intensified, especially since sweating also depletes magnesium. Precautions: Consider a magnesium supplement and try not to drink more than 1 liter of water per hour. If you’re exercising, consider drinking sports beverages instead of water because they contain sodium and potassium.

  2. Watch out for summer coolers. Fruity teas, berry-lemonades and green smoothies can all trigger migraines. How? Thanks to synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, the juice in even “natural” drinks can contain high amounts of nitrates, which are known to trigger migraines. Precautions: Organic foods are not fertilized with nitrates. Consuming natural sources of Vitamin C can reduce the impact of nitrates.

  3. No, maybe you shouldn’t use DEET. Yes, the Centers for Disease Control suggest using bug repellent that contains DEET to ward off mosquitoes that may carry Zika, West Nile or other viruses. But prolonged exposure to DEET has been associated with triggering headaches, including migraines. Precautions: Don’t risk going without bug-repellent, but do try to keep the amount of time you wear it to a minimum. As an alternative to DEET, the CDC recommends natural oil of lemon eucalyptus. Just don’t use it on kids under 3.

  4. Kicking back might not be a good idea. Looking forward to sleeping later, eating on a less rigid schedule and using summer as a time to “change things up?” Sounds relaxing, but disrupting your eating and sleeping habits can be the perfect recipe for migraines. Precautions: Even on vacation, try to keep your schedule as regular as possible. And don’t take a vacation from your migraine prevention routine. From daily yoga to a daily butterbur or dietary supplement, it’s important to do all you can to keep your sensitive nervous system resilient to over-stimulation from summer sun, heat and other stressors.
More summer migraine triggers: What foods to avoid CLICK HERE.

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RISK ALERT: More on NSAIDs and Heart Attack Risks

A scientific review and analysis just published in the British Medical Journal adds to the mounting evidence that people who regularly take non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) could face increased risk of suffering a heart attack. The research reviewed multiple studies showing those who took NSAIDs had a 20-50% greater risk of heart attack than those who did not take NSAIDS.

 

This does NOT mean that if you take NSAIDs you have a 20-50% risk. It means that your risk is 20-50% greater than your normal risk given factors such as your age, gender, lifestyle and other factors. Among the 446,763 people in the studies that were reviewed, 61,460 experienced heart attacks. Surprising news in the review was that the risk arises more quickly than thought--within just one week of regular NSAID use.

The takeaway: The more heart attack risk factors you have, the more you should avoid using NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib and naproxen. Talk with your doctor about alternatives and about natural ways to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines so the need for pain killers is reduced.

 
New Risks Surface in Older FDA Approved Products

Did you know that one-third of drugs cleared by the Food and Drug Administration end up posing safety risks once they’re in use? The FDA addresses these safety concerns through measures that range from adding “black box” warnings to pulling drugs from the market.

Anyone who takes drugs or uses medical products needs to be aware that FDA approval does not guarantee that a product is safe. Just as over-the-counter painkillers aren’t risk-free, FDA-approved drugs and devices can turn out to have even more risks than initially thought.

The takeaway: When using drugs or devices that are newly approved by the FDA, be alert to how you are responding and report any concerns immediately to your doctor. Regularly Google the product to monitor any new reports of adverse events. Also check the FDA’s MedWatch site to see if physicians or consumers have posted any concerns. And for all medical products you use—old and new, actively assess the risk-to-benefit ratio. In other words, do the potential benefits of medications such as propranolol, divalproex sodium and topiramate continue to offer you enough relief to risk the side effects they can cause? Remember that many natural alternatives can give you benefits without the risks.

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