8 posts tagged “migraine”

Food for thought: Which foods trigger headaches and migraines?

Posted June 23rd, 2016 by

Last week, we shared some study results for National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Today, we’re digging deeper into which foods might trigger – or help – chronic headaches. We asked the community for their diet dos and don’ts, and here’s what members have said so far…

 

“I have found too much sugar can trigger a migraine. But then at the same time, in the past when I have had a migraine, If I drank a Mountain Dew (regular) and ate salty potato chips it would help alleviate it.  I believe it was the salt and caffeine that helped.” 

— PatientsLikeMe member living with chronic kidney disease

 

“I have noticed an incredible difference dropping sugar from my diet along with dairy. Am now using Stevia and there are many alternatives to milk products.”

 —PatientsLikeMe member living with rheumatoid arthritis

 

“I have suffered migraines for more than 35 years… At one point, I was having migraines that were non-stop for three to five months at a time. One of my biggest triggers was fish. The only fish that I can eat anymore is salmon and tuna. I can eat shrimp in small amounts but absolutely nothing else.”

— PatientsLikeMe member living with fibromyalgia

 

Which foods set off your headaches or migraines? Head over to the forum and share your experiences with the community.

 

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Migraine & Headache Awareness Month: New insights from a recent study

Posted June 16th, 2016 by

It’s National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, so let’s help spread that awareness by sharing the results of a recent survey that 300 members from the migraine community on PatientsLikeMe took.

For this study, we defined chronic migraine as having had 15 or more headaches in the past month. Here’s what members helped uncover:

High level takeaways:

Some of these high level results might seem obvious, but we first wanted to set a baseline for what the community was experiencing.

  • The more they experience migraines, the more types of symptoms they report and the worse those symptoms are.
  • Also the more they experience migraines, the worse their overall quality of life becomes for things like their ability to be active and their emotional experiences.  
  • Those who experience chronic migraines more often report also living with anxiety disorders.

Symptoms takeaways:

Not surprisingly, you’d expect that if a person is living with migraines, some of the symptoms they’d report would be headaches, nausea and light sensitivity. But what they also shared is that their experiences go beyond these typical symptoms to include:

  • Pain: back pain, muscle and joint pain, muscle spasms
  • Mental: brain fog, problems concentrating, dizziness
  • Fatigue: sleepiness, insomnia, fatigue, exhaustion

Treatment takeaways:

We also wanted to learn more about the treatment types this community is taking to treat migraines and how burdensome they are. Here’s what they shared:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) (e.g. Ibuprofen, Naproxen) and Antimigraine (e.g. sumatriptan, zolmitriptan) are the most reported types of treatments.
  • Most patients report taking their treatment as prescribed with few issues.

 

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