1 Big tip for cervicogenic headaches

After I tamed my migraines the only thing that was left was these guys.

Cervicogenic headaches are a type of secondary headache that are caused by pain in the neck extending to pain in the head.

Cervico = neck

Genic = created

Cervico-genic-headache = neck created headache

In this article, I’m going to talk about what a cervicogenic headache is and what you absolutely must understand if you want long-term relief from it.

After that, we will talk about some well-known treatments for it.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

Cervicogenic headache is a type of secondary headache that comes from pain in the neck (usually C1, C2 or C3 vertebrae are blamed) and extends into the head creating a headache.(Link)

Those who suffer from this pain also have many trigger points in their shoulders and back that can aggravate the neck and cause a pain sensation in the head.

It’s important to remember that our body is tied together so when a pain starts in one area it’s very easy for it to aggravate other sensitive areas.

This is even more true with the neck and head because of the large amount of nerves that can convey the pain from the neck into the face or back.

Supporting proper functioning of the neck and everything that ties into it will yield the best results in treatment.

Who Gets Them?

“Prevalence estimates range from 0.4% to 2.5% of the general population to 15% to 20% of patients with chronic headaches. CGH affects patients with a mean age of 42.9 years, has a 4:1 female disposition, and tends to be chronic.”(Link)

“People with cervicogenic headache often have reduced range of motion of their neck and worsening of their headache with certain movements of their neck or pressure applied to certain spots on their neck.

The headaches are often side-locked (on one side only), and the pain may radiate from the neck/back of the head up to the front of the head or behind the eye.

The headache may or may not be associated with neck pain.”(Link)

The problem with cervicogenic headache is that neck pain is not enough for this diagnosis as tension type headache and migraine can both present with neck pain.

To really be understood as a cervicogenic headache there has to be a cause uncovered that is known to create cervicogenic headache.

The american migraine foundation states “there must be evidence of a disorder or lesion within the cervical spine or soft tissues of the neck, known to be able to cause headache. Such disorders include tumors, fractures, infections and rheumatoid arthritis of the upper cervical spine.”(Link)

Cervicogenic Headache Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain that only occurs on one side of your head or face

  • Headaches that are triggered by neck movement

  • Awkward head positions and a stiff neck

  • Pressure on certain parts of the neck

  • Pain lasting hours or days

  • Pain from Coughing, sneezing or taking a deep breath

  • Pain from the neck extending to head or down to shoulders and back

  • Steady pain that doesn’t throb and stays in one spot(Link)

WebMD states that even though CGH and migraine are different, they can have many of the same symptoms such as:

  • Feeling sick to your stomach with nausea and vomiting

  • Pain in your arm or shoulder

  • Worse in bright light

  • Worse from loud noise

  • Blurry vision

Cervicogenic Vs Migraine

Understanding the difference between cervicogenic headache and migraine is clear on paper but difficult in practise because they present with many of the same symptoms.

Here are the criteria for cervicogenic headache diagnosis as per the international headache society’s guidelines:

1. Pain localized in the neck and occiput, which can spread to other areas in the head, such as forehead, orbital region, temples, vertex, or ears, usually unilateral.

2. Pain is precipitated or aggravated by specific neck movements or sustained postures.

3. At least one of the following:

  • Resistance to or limitation of passive neck movements

  • Changes in neck muscle contour, texture, tone, or response to active and passive stretching and contraction

  • Abnormal tenderness of neck musculature

4. Radiological examination reveals at least one of the following:

  • Movement abnormalities in flexion/extension

  • Abnormal posture

  • Fractures, congenital abnormalities, bone tumors, rheumatoid arthritis, or other distinct pathology (not spondylosis or osteochondrosis)

 Here is a video of what a physical practitioner might use to assess you:

 

Cervicogenic Headache Causes

These are some common causes and we will talk about how they are connected and stem from the same source:

– Forward head posture

– Poor sleep position

– Osteoarthritis

– Nerve compression

– Slipped disk

– Tumor

– Fracture

When we want to understand cervicogenic headaches and any headaches coming from pain in the neck or shoulders we have to look at the rest of the body and how it’s compensating.

The body will always try to protect itself and often does this by changing posture and creating pain.

If we have a muscle imbalance in the neck from let’s say sitting all day(who does that?) then we can develop tight and weak muscles that will continue to put our neck into a posture that will create compression on nerves and aggravate pain.

Forward head posture is one of the most common causes of this and is becoming a huge problem because we are:

– Sitting at desks

– Sitting in cars

– Sitting on couches

– Not exercising

– Looking at phones

But we are doing them with poor ergonomics and not using exercise which usually resets these muscles and fixes imbalances.

Posture matters.

Possible Red Flags If You Have Cervicogenic Headache

  • Sudden onset of a new severe headache;

  • A worsening pattern of a pre-existing headache in the absence of obvious predisposing factors;

  • Headache associated with fever, neck stiff ness, skin rash, and with a history of cancer, HIV, or other systemic illness;

  • Headache associated with focal neurologic signs other than typical aura;

  • Moderate or severe headache triggered by cough, exertion, or bearing down; and

  • New onset of a headache during or following pregnancy.

Patients with one or more red flags should be referred for an immediate medical consultation and further investigation from their doctor. (Link)

It’s important to understand all of the different symptoms that may be coming from migraines or headaches so that you can differentiate them so see our partners post on 39 more migraine symptoms you need to know here.

Cervicogenic Headache Treatments

Cervicogenic Headache ICD 10 code – [M99]G44.841

There are many treatments available for cervicogenic headaches but we want to find the root cause.

Yes you can get a botox injection that will block all nerve pain transmission and you won’t be able to feel the pain, but that doesn’t mean the cause isn’t there and progressively getting worse.

Let’s start with what one physical therapist who’s dealt with many headaches has to say.

This breaks it down and makes it simple to understand.

The functioning and posture of all your limbs depends on your core because your core is what holds everything in place.

But there is a second piece to this that is at play every second of every day, either making your head and neck have to compensate or giving them the correct posture…

And that’s breathing.

So with these three pieces, we have a place to start:

1. Correct core abdominal functioning

2. Fix the breathing pattern

3. Stretch and strengthen the neck based on its muscles needs

The process goes:

Reactivate core => correct breathing pattern =>integrate core and breathing into regular daily movement => assess neck and correct anything left over

First and foremost is the core and the weak area that often gives out from a variety of different reasons is the lower abdominals and inner core unit.

Here is a great video on correcting the lower abs:

As you can see this is really simple to do and is just focusing on reactivating the core so it’s functioning properly and can hold the head and neck in the right position.

The problem is that you will not have proper neck mobility without a functioning core and proper breathing pattern.

Breathing is very simple but many of us do it wrong for a variety of reasons like bad posture and fear.

Here is a great video on respiration and how important it is to retrain your breathing pattern for deep abdominal breaths.

Once the breathing and core are corrected you can then continue to progress them into movements so that your brain learns how to breath right, engage the core and move properly all at the same time.

Once this clicks, the neck will unlock its tension and poor posture that is protecting it from injury and you will be able to breathe easier.

It’s super simple but important you see a trained practitioner to teach you how to do it right.

You can use this to find one near you or get our 10 steps program to learn yourself.

Cervicogenic Headache Exercises

Here are three great exercises for the causes of cervicogenic headaches.

1. First off, if we have a bad breathing pattern and our breath is actually going up into our lungs, chest, shoulders and neck and not down into our abdomen then our neck is getting tons of extra tension. See breathing pattern correction video here.

2. Next off is our lower abdominals. When they don’t engage, our head compensates and brings the neck with it. See abdominal engagement correction here.

3. To stretch tight muscles and strengthen weak muscles of the neck see the video here.

Cervicogenic Headache Home Treatment

Some very common natural home remedies (that may work incredibly well) include:

– Cold or hot therapy(or both)

– Get more of the relaxation mineral magnesium through a spray on, epsom salt and a supplement

– Supplement with sulfur like MSM

– Start adding turmeric and ginger to everything in your diet

– Use essential oils like frankincense

The above tips are just briefly touched upon and you should definitely do more investigation and ask your healthcare provider before making any changes.

As we correct the cause for neck pain like bad posture and breathing and we reduce the triggers for pain like inflammation caused by food and stress, headaches may disappear altogether.

The different causes like osteoarthritis, slipped disk, forward head posture, fractures, poor sleep position and nerve compression all have this; instability in the core, causing compensation in the head, leading to excessive strain on the neck in common.

 

When we can correct the underlying causes we give our neck and head more support and a break from all the tension.

This, coupled with a proper recovery plan that gives you anti inflammatory nutrients and the building blocks to repair sets you up for long term health and happiness.

To understand everything about headaches that causes inflammation and leads to trigger along with 10 steps you can start taking today to get pain free see our 10 steps program by clicking below.

To learn more about cervicogenic headaches and migraines than you ever have before join the Migraine Professional Community Here.

 If you’re finding your headaches more complex and complicated than you or your healthcare provider can handle make sure to check out our article on 7 great tips for complex and complicated migraine here.

Excedrin migraine vs CBD oil for migraines

Ever since I began the Migraine Professional community I’ve been inundated with migraine and headache sufferers of all kinds asking about cbd and cannabis oil.

In this article I’m going to compare excedrin migraine which is one of the most commonly used medications for migraine with CBD oil and see what the research has to say.

I’m going to lay out some information on both, answer some questions and then talk about what this all means.

What is Excedrin migraine?

Excedrin migraine is one of the most common over the counter acute migraine relief medications taken in caplet form.

The excedrin website states:

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil(called cannabidiol) is one of the newer kids on the block because of the legalisation of cannabis that is coming around to a country near you.

CBD oil is an extract that comes from cannabis, with only very small amounts of the active ingredient(THC) that gets people high. Many CBD oils are made from hemp which doesn’t have any psychoactive effect.

Even though there is little to no THC in CBD oil, some very sensitive people do still feel the effects of the minute particles of THC and which is enhanced by CBD’s natural calming effect.

But CBD oil and cannabis have been used for thousands of years for all different kinds of aches, pains and ailments.

They are nothing new to our bodies and we have a massive system called the endocannabinoid system which functions off of cannabinoids.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for a huge number of physiological and cognitive functions including but not limited to:

– Fertility

– Pregnancy

– Pre and postnatal development

– Appetite

– Pain-sensation

– Mood

– Memory

According to migraine key, “An Italian study published in 2008 found that chronic migraineurs had an endocannabinoid system that only functioned at 50 percent compared to that of healthy people (study).”

Because of the vast range of influence of the endocannabinoid system and CBD’s effect on it, the range of application is huge.

CBD oil can be taken through:

  • Tinctures

  • Concentrates

  • Capsules

  • Topicals

  • Sprays

  • Vapes

CBD can be taken by:

-- Inhaling

– Orally

– Sublingually

– Topically

A patient survey done by care by design shows CBD rich cannabis’ effect on pain/discomfort of various condition below:

Ingredients/What is in excedrin migraine?

The active ingredients in excedrin migraine are:

  • Acetaminophen 250 mg

  • Aspirin 250 mg – Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID)

  • Caffeine 65 mg

  • The active ingredients can be different in countries other than the US

Common question: How much caffeine is in excedrin?

Excedrin migraine contains 65 mg of caffeine which is a little less than one cup of coffee which has 94.8mg.

Ingredients/What is in CBD oil?

There are many different kinds of CBD oil, hemp oil and cannabis oil that all have different things they work well for.

What you are looking for is a full spectrum extraction and a good CBD:THC ratio.

A full spectrum extraction has more than just CBD in the oil and takes advantage of the “entourage effect” that all the different nutrients in hemp have to offer making CBD more powerful.

Its similar to eating vitamin C from a plant cell as opposed to vitamin C from an isolated supplement.

The vitamin C from the plant cell comes in a nutrient complex and this delivers thousands of other nutrients with it that make the vitamin C absorb and work even better.

Nature makes it right and our body loves the way nature does it.

For more information on the different types of cbd oil and what’s in them see thisarticle.

How easy is it to get an excedrin overdose?

The amount that it would take for you to overdose on excedrin is dependant on your own physiology.

The stated recommendations say:

How often can you take excedrin?

Recommendation is to not use more than directed which is 2 caplets with a glass of water.

Dosage is stated at a maximum of 1-2 caplets per 24 hours but I personally know many migraine sufferers who start popping them like candy during incredibly painful attacks and this can create liver toxicity and accidental overdose so it is not advised.

According to everyday health:

  • Research has shown that painkiller overdoses send tens of thousands of people to the emergency room each year, and a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine in 2011 found that accidental overdoses of products containing acetaminophen (such as Excedrin) accounted for roughly 78,400 ER visits per year.

An overdose may cause a series of symptoms including:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Bleeding

  • Bruising

  • Tiredness

  • Stomach pain

  • Burning pain in the throat

  • Dizziness

  • Confusion

  • Fainting

How easy is it to overdose on CBD oil?

Naturally extracted CBD oil is not something that is connected with any overdoses.

That said, synthetic cannabinoids can cause adverse reactions so make sure that you are sourcing your CBD from a reputable company.

Is Excedrin and alcohol dangerous?

Yes, do not mix excedrin migraine and alcohol.

See this drug interactions checker for possible consequences of mixing the two.

Click here for drug interactions between alcohol and excedrin

Alcohol may increase some of the effects of cannabis but not much is said about its interaction with CBD’s effects.

What can excedrin migraine and CBD oil be used for?

According to the ministry of hemp “People are using CBD oil to ease their chronic pain, and relieve symptoms of conditions ranging from arthritis to depression. Unlike its close cousin, psychoactive cannabis (‘marijuana’), CBD oil won’t make you feel high — but many users report significant relief of their symptoms.”

CBD oil is used for a massive range of symptoms and illnesses thats list is growing every day based on recent studies being done.

Some of its benefits that make it so great for a range of uses are:

– Anxiety relief

– Anti seizure

– Pain relief

– Neuroprotectivity

– Anti acne and even cancer treatment

According to webmd’s description of excedrin migraine, “This product is a combination of aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine. It is used for the temporary relief of pain from conditions such as muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, or headaches (including migraine). Aspirin and acetaminophen relieve pain by keeping your body from making certain natural substances.”

For tension headache sufferers there is a medication called ‘excedrin tension headache.’

Side Effects

Excedrin side effects:

– Common

  • Heartburn

  • Stomach ache

  • Nausea

  • Headache

  • Feeling jittery

Contact your doctor if you experience:

  • Rash or hives

  • Trouble breathing or wheezing

  • Persistent stomach pain

  • Bloody or black stools

  • Unusual bleeding

  • Vomiting

  • Ringing in your ears

  • Swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, or throat

Excedrin migraine is prone to causing medication overuse headaches(MOH) and needs to be taken with caution as you can end up in a rebound cycle worse than your regular pains.

Here is what one review on amazon had to say:

CBD oil side effects:

  • depression

  • dizziness

  • hallucinations

  • low blood pressure

  • withdrawal symptoms such as irritability and insomnia

That said, CBD oil doesn’t appear to have any major risks for users.

Can you take excedrin while pregnant/during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

One of the active ingredients in excedrin migraine is aspirin which is a type of salicylate medication. Babies should never be exposed to salicylates.

During the first two trimesters of pregnancy there may be some exceptions which should be discussed with your doctor.

In terms of using CBD during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, there is not enough information to make an informed decision and it should be discussed with your doctor.

That said studies done on cannabis and pregnancy are not conclusive either but it does show that small amounts are not particularly harmful.

Again, everything depends on your own physiology and everyone is different.

Is excedrin a blood thinner?

Yes because excedrin migraine contains aspirin it is a blood thinner.

CBD may interact with blood thinning medications so it should be consulted with your doctor before use.

Legality?

Excedrin migraine is legal in most places(with differences in ingredients depending on the location) and if it’s not available somewhere it’s fairly simple to get acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine and take them together to create a similar product.

CBD oil, because of its connection to cannabis has some illegality issues even if hemp might be legal.

Concentrated extractions of CBD that come from marijuana or hemp high in THC is illegal but CBD coming from low THC plants is legal.

What does this all mean for the average migraine sufferer?

First see this infographic:

Overall, CBD does incredibly well but I am biased because I’ve seen natural treatments work so much better and give migraine sufferers a much better long term outcome.

That said, CBD oil is more expensive because of the extraction process but may be starting to get covered by some insurance companies because of legalization.

My overall pick here is definitely CBD because of its amazing effect on supporting the endocannabinoid system and actually providing nutrients along with all of its benefits which can help our brains deal with all the stresses that cause migraines in the first place.

For more information on CBD for migraines see the video below:

As opposed to the excedrin migraine which has liver toxicity, drains the bodies resources with the caffeine, depletes the body’s main antioxidant glutathione and doesn’t provide nutrients to help offset the damage.

I asked the Migraine Professional Community about their opinion on excedrin migraine here and I encourage you to take a look at what everyone’s individual experience with it has to say.

It’s important to remember that even though we are talking about relieving migraines in this article that dealing with the root cause has given more long term relief to migraine sufferers than taking an extra “add-on” ever will.

To look at the deep root causes like breathing patterns, hormones, food intolerances, environmental toxins, mental and emotional trauma and stress as well as everything that goes into dealing with the causes of migraines holistically, try the 10 steps program.

3 Powerful steps for acephalgic migraines

3 Powerful steps for acephalgic migraines

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There’s nothing in the world that some migraine sufferers would want more than an acephalgic migraine.

But for acephalgic sufferers, pain is the least of their worries.

Acephalgic migraines are the same as regular migraines, except without the pain.

This means treatment is fairly similar except we aren’t as focused on pain reduction.

In this article we are going to talk about 3 powerful steps for acephalgic migraines and what they are.

Let’s start at the beginning.

What is an acephalgic migraine?

According to Dr Traci Purath, “acephalgic migraines are not a type of migraine yet the actual phase of which a migraine attack is in. There are 3 phases of a common migraine in which an acephalgic migraine involves phase one and two only. Phase 3 of a common migraine is the actual headache itself. The typical symptoms involved in an acephalgic migraine are speech disturbance, migraine with aura, loss of vision, vertigo and many more.”

It goes:

Prodrome => Aura => Attack => Postdrome

Acephalgic migraines are one of the most highly misdiagnosed migraines because of the vast differences in symptoms and a lack of head pain.

Some types of migraine separate from acephalgic migraine include:

-- Migraine with typical aura

– Migraine with brainstem aura

– Hemiplegic migraine

– Retinal migraine

Some other names for acephalgic migraines include:

– Silent migraine

– Amigrainous migraine

– Migraine aura without headache

– Migraine equivalent

-- Isolated visual migraine

-- Optical migraine

Common symptoms that can come with acephalgic migraines include:

  • Blurry vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Vision loss

  • Seeing zigzags or squiggly lines

  • Numbness

  • Tingling

  • Weakness

  • Confusion

  • Difficulty speaking

  • Dizziness

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Abdominal pain

  • Scintillation

  • Transient hemianopia

  • Bilateral central scotomata

  • Classic amaurosis fugax

  • Diplopia

  • Altitudinal field loss

  • Tunnel vision

  • Temporal crescent involvement

  • Transient central scotoma

The most common symptom of acephalgic migraine found in one study was the classic half moon visual disturbance.(Link)

Here is an awesome video which talks about the confusion about acephalgic or silent migraines.

Some of the most common triggers for acephalgic migraines reported through healthline are:

  • Odors

  • Noises

  • Bright lights

  • Fermented foods

  • Caffeinated drinks

  • Alcohol

  • Barometric changes

  • Chemical preservatives, colorings, and flavorings

  • Stress

  • Hunger

  • Exercise

  • Pain

  • Eye strain

  • Neck problems

  • Sinus problems

  • Too much sleep

  • Too little sleep

  • Menstruation and other hormonal changes

For a better list of triggers see our article on the most common triggers for migraine by clicking here.

What causes acephalgic migraines?

Most often, the cause of acephalgic migraine is reported to be unknown, the same with most types of migraines.

This is to be expected with only the equivalent of $0.50 per migraine sufferer going to migraine research.

It’s important to remember that migraine is but a mechanism.

It’s frequently connected to cortical spreading depression and even more so in cases with aura.

This cortical spreading depression(CSD) is a cascade reaction that happens when the brain goes through a process of getting ‘choked up.’

See the common connection behind all migraines here.

Just like a hose that hasn’t had water run through it and sputters for the first few seconds, a migraine is a choking up that starts in the brainstem and hypothalamus.

When the brain has gotten sufficiently taxed and the energy generating reserves of our neurons are depleted enough…

The brain stem goes through a ‘spurt’ or a ‘rev’ and this can cause a choke up which will radiate through the brain.

During a regular migraine, this will radiate into pain sensing nerves and cause the protective pain reflex normal to our body.

This protective pain reflex is there to make us  stop doing what we are doing that may be causing the pain.

During migraines with aura this will radiate into different areas of the brain creating different aural symptoms.

For example, the visual processing area of the brain is in the back, the occiput, so if this area gets the cascading effect we can experience visual auras like zig zags, blurring etc.

The causes of this lack of energy, spurt or rev in the brain can come from many different areas and for many different reasons.

Migraine doesn’t have one cause but many because migraine is just a mechanism that gets triggered by weakness in the brain.

This weakness can come from anywhere in the body, not necessarily the brain.

A strain on any system of the body can spill over into the others.

This is why hormone imbalance, gut dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalances and allergies are such common causes and triggers of migraine.

What are some common treatments used for acephalgic migraines?

  • Biofeedback

  • Massage therapy

  • Behavioral therapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Ayurveda

  • Homeopathy

  • Supplementation

  • Nutrition

  • Aspirin

  • Ibuprofen

  • Naproxen

  • Acetaminophen

  • Excedrin migraine

The first 8 are more recommended than the simple quick fix medications that can compromise organs like the liver and lead to rebound headaches.

See our article on the top 10 natural remedies for migraines here.

Who is most likely to experience them?

If you experience some type of migraine then it’s far more likely you will have an acephalgic episode at some point in your life.

It is estimated that 20% of migraineurs have experienced a silent migraine.

People over the age of 50 are more likely to experience this “silent” type of migraine.

There are also many people who have no history of headaches that may be getting strange symptoms which are actually acephalgic migraines.

This type of migraine also more commonly increases during perimenopause.(Link)

Now let’s talk about what we can do.

3 Powerful steps for acephalgic migraines

1. Find out what it is first

Always make sure that if you’ve never experienced these symptoms before or have never been assessed and diagnosed by a doctor, that you go to one immediately as it could be a sign of something more serious like a stroke.

2. Assess the cause

Most often, the trigger was something that we did or continue to do in the last 24-72 hours that has caused our body to rebel and our trigger level to cross threshold.

Ask yourself these questions to identify where it’s coming from.

Where are we in our cycle?

What foods have we eaten in the past day or two?

What’s the weather report?

How high is my stress level 1-100?

How much quality water have I drank in the past 3 days?

How much restful sleep have I accumulated in the last week?

Is my breathing shallow or deep?

Is my tongue changing its appearance?

Have I moved my body enough to clean out the gunk the last 2-3 days?

What are my bowel movements like?

What color is my urine?

How do my eyes look?

What is my pattern and have I ran it right into trigger?

To find out more about how your body is telling you exactly what is going on see our 10 steps program.

3. Deal with the cause first, when your foundations are solid, supplement.

When the brain is going through this lack of a steady stream of energy we need to help the process that our cells go through to generate energy molecules called ATP.

There are some amazing supplements and techniques you can try today.

  • CoQ10 at 150mg per day (Study)

This study found mean reduction in migraine frequency after 3 months of treatment was 55.3%.

  • Detox heavy metals and get enough zinc and magnesium (Study)

This study found that migraine sufferers had high levels of metals harmful to the brain and low levels of those that supported brain metabolism

  • Use ketones, lower carbohydrates in your diet and fasting to make the body release butyrate (Study)

This may be because of its effect on neural inflammation, cortical spreading depression, and enhancing brain mitochondrial metabolism

  • Fix posture to allow your brain to get nutrients going through your spinal vertebrae (Study)

Try techniques like supporting better ergonomics, eldoa and other fascial stretches as well as organ assessment to look at the deeper causes of postural imbalance

  • Take a methylated b complex (Study)

In this study, b vitamins reduced migraine disability in half.

Above all, reduce the stress on the body and brain.

Find a way to drop your stress hormones any time the tension starts to build in your body and use a reliable technique to drop it.

Studies show that within 2-3 minutes of using a stress reduction technique, cortisol(the stress hormone) drops in half.

To learn all there is to know around migraines that your doctor doesn’t have the time to discuss with you, start the 10 steps program today by clicking here.

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Most Common Migraine Triggers Statistics

Most Common Migraine Triggers [Statistics]

Migraine triggers are a massive problem.

With 20% of the worldwide population experiencing migraines that means over 1 billion people will get a migraine at some point.(Link)

If we can avoid triggering the migraine mechanism, we can avoid migraines altogether.

But it’s not that simple.

We aren’t able to avoid many of our triggers.

Luckily, we can learn to manage them and raise our threshold to trigger.

Let me break it down and make it simple to understand.

How do migraines work?

There are 3 aspects that go into triggering a migraine.

1. Trigger level

2. Threshold level

3. Foundational release

We have to understand and apply all three while we figure out what the linchpin to our disease is, whether that be trauma, hormonal imbalance, compromised digestion, infections etc.

1. Trigger level

This is the total amount of stress put onto us by our triggers.

The higher our trigger level is, the more triggers are stressing our body and the more likely we are to trigger.

2. Threshold level

This is the amount of tolerance our body has to stresses.

Some people are incredibly resillient and can take a beating before a migraine gets triggered.

Others are more sensitive and have a lower threshold so the amount of triggers needed to push them over the edge is less.

3. Foundational release

This is what releases the triggers from our body.

Our body is constantly:

– Repairing

– Detoxifying

– Recovering

– Rebuilding

– Cooling inflammation

– Digesting

– Resting

When we support our foundation principles, our body is able to slowly process and eliminate the trigger level created by our triggers.

But when our foundations are compromised, our trigger level stays high and we have to tip toe to avoid adding any more stress.

What are the most common migraine triggers?

Here is a statistic showing the major triggers leading to migraines among U.S. patients as of 2016

 But these are noticed at the very tip of the threshold.

These come when our trigger level is so high, our foundations are so compromised and our threshold so low that only a straw is needed to push us over.

Smells, barometric pressure, bright light, sleep issues and stress are all perfectly normal occurrences and stressors.

We have dealt with them for millions of years through evolution and they are not actually enough to create a huge problem.

But if the three areas are compromised, they will push us right into a migraine pain cycle.

Here is a more indepth statistic showing a wider array of triggers for both migraine with aura and migraine without aura.

 This statistic goes into more depth and gives us an idea of some food triggers reported by migraine patients.

The big things we can take away from this post is that:

  • Fasting and skipping meals is a no no

  • Caffeine withdrawal will create rebound

  • Low fluid consumption takes crucial water away from cooling the fire going on in our brains and bodies

  • Alcohol is terrible for blood sugar, dehydration and hormone balance

  • Many migraine sufferers have gallbladder issues and this shows up with trouble processing fatty foods

  • Keep consistent sleeping habits that fall in line with the setting of the sun making us wind down and the rising of the sun making us “wind up”

  • Keeping a daily mindfulness or meditative practice can kill all the stress in our lives and our body’s reaction to it

For a detailed explanation of food triggers along with a total list and way to reduce them sign up for the pre release of my food triggers guide here.

Now we can enter into food specific migraine triggers which create a massive impact on trigger levels.

Food Triggers

Before we start it’s important to note that in this study, when food triggers were eliminated, environmental sensitivities like the ones to odors, light, weather etc. all reduced.

This shows how important food triggers really are.

study done on food that completely eliminated headaches in 85% of the participants and reduced the headaches in 100% found these to be the most common food triggers:

  • Wheat (78%)

  • Orange (65%)

  • Eggs (45%)

  • Tea and coffee (40% each)

  • Chocolate and milk (37%) each)

  • Beef (35%)

  • Corn (33%)

  • Cane sugar (33%)

  • Yeast (33%)

These are some of the most common culprits because they can be inflammatory and are staples in our diets which means they are constantly introduced to our bodies and increase the likelihood our body will eventually say no under stress.

In my food triggers guide I go into detail about what causes food triggers, the most common food triggers, the most successful migraine diet studies and how to heal the gut to regain tolerance to foods.

So what are all the triggers we should screen our bodies for to see what system is the most stressed out?

The most common triggers I’ve found play a major role in my patients lives are:

– Hormones, hormonal imbalance and hormonal troubles around menses (5 mistakes of hormonal migraines guide)

– Pregnancy, hormonal contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy

– Dehydration

– Lack of exercise

– Improper sleep

– Mental or emotional stress

– Anxiety

– Trauma

– Musculoskeletal imbalances

– Weather changes

– Bright lights

– High altitudes

– Strong odors

– Blood sugar imbalance

– Weather

– Caffeine

– Alcohol

– Exhaustion

– Infection

– Allergies

– MSG

– Artificial sweeteners

– Medication overuse

To be honest, there is probably many more I have missed but it’s critically important to understand that the cause of the trigger is even more important than the trigger itself.

See the video below on the 10 most common migraine food triggers:

Look below the surface of the trigger to find the cause.

If our body has become susceptible to a number of foods, there is likely a weakness that has developed in our system that is allowing the foods to wreak havoc. This is often a digestive compromise. Try an oligoantigenic diet.

If our menses are triggering for us, there is a hormonal imbalance going on. Hormones do not go out of balance for no reason. They are incredibly important neurotransmitters that our body uses to communicate so if they are going out-of-whack then the problem needs to be looked at deeper and corrected. (Free E-guide)

If even the slightest fasts from food are causing our blood sugar to drop then we need to look at how our brain is processing food and if it’s overly carbohydrate dependant.

These are all different factors and systems that we take a deep dive into to understand what is causing the migraines.

I can help you find all your triggers, eliminate them and get you migraine free but to get you back to living a normal healthy life, we have to address the underlying causes and find what’s causing the house to collapse in on itself.

This is why I created the food triggers guide which is currently in its pre release.

To get onto the list and find out how I help migraine sufferers regain some of their sensitive foods join here.

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Comment below and let me know:

How do triggers affect your life?

13 Powerful remedies prevent headaches from coughing

I think we can all agree that a persistent cough can be one of the most annoying things out there.

It’s right up there with persistent headaches…

But when a persistent cough is creating headaches, something has to be done to put an end to the cycle.

I’ve dealt with my fair share of coughs and once had a whooping cough for months that drove me nuts.

Luckily with a few techniques I was able to soothe it enough to get comfortable and strengthen my body with some natural remedies that gave me permanent relief.

In this article I’m going to be talking about 13 powerful tips to prevent headaches from coughing.

Before we begin, make sure you look at the avoid section below and avoid anything that can continue to aggravate your cough despite your best intentions.

Remember that coughing is a reflex used by the body to expel foreign substances and mucus.

Avoid at all cost:

  • Smoke

  • Dust

  • Perfumes

  • Pollutants

  • Second hand smoke

  • Colds or viral infections(If its caused by them, support the immune system as well)

  • Overly dry or moist air

  • Environmental allergies

  • Post nasal drip

1. Pineapple

One of the absolute all stars of the cough and health world is pineapple.

The bromelain in pineapple has amazing anti inflammatory properties and the enzymes help to break down any mucus in the throat.

Watch the video below for more information on just how good pineapple is for cough and how it may work even better than cough syrup.

2. Ginger

Ginger is one of the life savers of the natural medicine world.

It’s incredibly anti inflammatory, works well on nausea, helps with pain and is even an expectorant.

And expectorant helps the body expel foreign substances so if you’re experiencing mucus along with your cough then this may work very well.

Did you know ginger can be an amazing headache remedy?

Multiple studies have been done on ginger’s effects on reducing pain in headaches and even migraines!

Watch the video below for an amazing ginger tea recipe for cold and cough:

3. Mint/peppermint

We all know mint is amazing for opening up the airways but it also provides soothing and antiinflammatory properties to the entire body.

For coughs, mint helps to loosen mucus and calm down the throat to prevent coughs and the headaches that come from them.

Here’s a great video for a mint recipe that includes black pepper and honey which can both improve coughs:

4. Hydrate the right way

Hydration is not just drinking enough water.

Our body doesn’t just absorb water.

It needs minerals as well.

Whatever liquid you are drinking, sprinkle in a little bit of sea salt (not so much that you can taste it).

Sea salt can have almost 100 different minerals that are incredibly important for our liquids to be absorbed and add to our hydration levels.

Here’s a great video on sea salt that gives a simple description of good quality salt:

5. Steam

Steam is an amazing way to boost the humidity in your lungs so that they can loosen any mucus or harmful substances to be coughed up and removed.

Note: Avoid steam if you’re asthmatic.

Further down in this article we will talk about what you can add to your steam to make it even more beneficial.

Watch this video for an example of how to make a simple at home steam for coughs:

6. Lozenges/cough drops

Here is a classic because it’s so simple to use and sucking on something forces your mouth to produce saliva which keeps the throat moist.

There are many different brands of lozenges and it’s important to test out which one works best for you.

Luckily for us there are companies that have already done that of which one can be found below:

Best cough drops

7. Saltwater gargle

One of the simplest and oldest remedies for a cough or sore throat is the salt water gargle.

It’s one of those natural remedies your grandma would give you.

It’s really easy and can be done with any warm water and sea salt but make it salty.

The ability for salt to dry out any mucus in your throat while simultaneously hydrating  throat tissue keeps it from getting irritated.

For more information on salt water gargles for preventing coughs and the headaches that come with them watch the video below:

8. Honey

Honey acts as a cough suppressant as well as a great source of nutrition as long as you are using raw honey.

Visit your local beekeeper and steer clear of brands like billy bee which contain little to no real honey.

Honey can be used in a number of different remedies so feel free to mix and match it especially with strong flavors like ginger.

9. Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus is great for breaking up mucus because of its powerful aroma and and it can also silence a cough.

You can use the pure essential oil or mix it with a carrier oil to be able to rub it on your chest and back.

This oil is one of the great additions to a steam whether that be through a steam bowl or shower tablets.

See this video on how to use steam with eucalyptus oil:

10. Licorice root

Licorice is an amazing herb used in many different healing formulas but in this case it works really well as an expectorant so that those stuck particles that keep triggering our cough can get pushed out.

Licorice works really well for dry coughs and more information on it can be found through this video:

11. Slippery Elm

Slippery elm is another amazing herb and is used for:

  • Coughs

  • Sore throat

  • Colic

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Bladder and urinary tract infections

  • Expelling tapeworms

Careful because it’s also used for abortions so don’t use this while pregnant.

Slippery elm is great because of its ability to cause mucus secretion.

This helps the mucus catch whatever is irritating us so that it can be coughed up.

It also has soothing properties and because of all of its amazing properties I have attached a video below:

12. Apple Cider Vinegar

This is one of my personal favourites for all types of issues as its an all star.

It can be very strong so you may want to dilute it in some water but make sure you buy it raw.

Gargling with ACV can work in seconds to reduce a cough and can also alleviate headaches caused by a sick stomach.

Below is a video of how to use ACV and honey to relieve coughs:

13. Chocolate

This is my favourite addition to the entire list.

Chocolate works for coughing because the active chemical theobromine that’s present in real chocolate may help to suppress vagus nerve activity.

The vagus nerve is a nerve responsible for producing the cough.

Eat as much as you like, just pick a brand that is organic as conventionally raised chocolate is sprayed with lindane which is a potent neurotoxin and may contribute to neurological issues.

This video talks about how chocolate may be better than cough syrup:

There are so many different options what do we try first?

My personal preference is to try what you have available first and foremost.

I always have ginger, chocolate, honey, pineapple, mint, sea salt, ACV and some essential oils with me at home so that’s the very first place to go.

If you’re feeling brave or need something urgent then this mix is a shotgun approach that may work for you.

Step 1: Make ginger + mint tea and add some honey and sea salt.

Step 2: Blend ACV with pineapple in blender

Step 3: Combine step 1 and step 2 into a glass and drink

Step 4: Eat some chocolate

This is a super easy way to try most of the remedies at once.

If you’ve tried these and aren’t getting relief from a chronic cough that keeps triggering headaches then make sure you join our community because we provide the latest and greatest tips directly to your inbox.

If your cough may be aggravating a migraine or other severe headache condition make sure to take our free quiz on if a holistic approach can help your migraines.

Make sure to share this with others who may be experiencing cough and let me know in the comments below what works for you.

Headache wont go away

The headache that wont go away and what to do about it

Every once in a while you can end up with a headache and think no big deal, I’ll just sleep it off…

But then you wake up and it’s still there.

It just keeps growing and getting worse.

Building and throbbing until you feel like you are going to break.

It’s really scary.

I’ve had a few of them throughout my life and even though they were doozies, I’m still here today and now migraine free for over 5 years.

In this article I’m going to be talking about the headache that won’t go away and 9 things to do about it.

1. Double Check

First and foremost it’s important to make sure we aren’t causing the headache with rebound drugs or medications, because these can continue to create headaches no matter what we try.

When we take a substance that causes vasodilation or vasoconstriction, if the amount taken is more than the body can compensate for then we may experience a “rebound” effect.

Chronic migraine and other chronic headache sufferers know that medications can be life savers, but when we end up taking medication:

– In excessive doses

– The wrong type

– Too frequently

We can end up with rebounding headaches.

So first and foremost double check your medications and sources of vaso constrictors and dilators like chocolate, histamine, tyramine, caffeine etc.

Watch the video below to hear Dr. David Hills advice on how to make a headache go away.

2. Remove sensitive or trigger foods

One of the first places to look and one of the biggest clinical relievers of headaches is removing sensitive foods.

There are different types of sensitive and trigger foods that can continue aggravating our brains and bodies.

But there’s a catch, they are different for everyone.

Some people do well with coffee, others are sent into rebound by it.

Some people do well with high histamine foods, others cannot tolerate them.

But there are a few common links between most people with food triggers:

– The gut isn’t functioning properly

– Immune system is aggravated

– Detoxification is overloaded or compromised

Now when we talk about sensitive and trigger foods we can get into an amazing discussion about the gut-brain connection and how the health of our gut is directly proportional to the health of our brain.

But that is beyond the scope of this article  as it would take 5000 words to cover and if you’d like to learn how food triggers can make or break your head healing program, click here to join our food triggers guide

To make it simple we can cover what are called the common 10 trigger foods.

These foods are what some food studies have found to be the most commonly aggravating foods to migraine and headache sufferers.

This list is definitely not an end all be all list but includes:

  • Wheat

  • Orange

  • Eggs

  • Coffee and Tea

  • Chocolate

  • Milk

  • Beef

  • Corn

  • Cane sugar

  • Yeast

If all of these are sensitive then it’s important to remember that something deeper is going on that is disrupting gut function which needs to be addressed first.

See our article on 7 great tips for complex and complicated migraines here.

3. Have you checked your sleep ergonomics?

One of the common contributors to headaches that won’t go away is what are medically known as cervicogenic headaches.

Cervico meaning neck and genic meaning created.

These neck-created headaches can continue giving us pain day-after-day-after-day if we don’t address the source of their caused imbalance.

Musculoskeletal imbalances, poor ergonomics and bad sleep posture can all add to tension on our shoulders, necks and heads that can aggravate pain and keep it coming back.

If you have chronic headaches it’s incredibly important to get a full physical assessment from an advanced physical practitioner like a CHEK practitioner.

They can not only help you determine imbalanced muscles but also help guide you to if they are being caused by poor organ function.

With more and more desk jobs, posture and ergonomics are at the forefront of creating health issues and helping us prevent them.

Sitting is the new smoking so we need to be wary of how we are positioning ourselves for hours a day.

If we are placing too much weight on a given area of the body we can end up with pinched nerves and this can lead to a host of problems including radiating pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and even organ dysfunction.

See the picture below for sitting posture.

Then we have sleep ergonomics.

If your mattress has a crater in the middle of it, throw it out.

Your pillow should also be ergonomically designed so that you’re comfortable and in a neutral position to not exert tension on any part of it while you sleep.

There are a few different sleep positions and your ideal position will be different from the next person depending on your needs.

Using tools like a pillow between your legs and towels rolled up under your neck and back can take 8 hours of stressful sleep off your body.

See our article on 1 Big tip for cervicogenic headaches here.

I have attached a video below from Dr. Axe that goes into some detail about sleeping positions and which ones work best and worst.

 4. Do you experience abdominal fullness, bloating, gas or pain with it?

We know everything in the body is connected and each system works off of every other system.

When 1 system is compromised, the stress from that system can spill over to all the others and tax the body.

This is often the case with the digestive system.

If we are experiencing digestive symptoms throughout the day, even little things like frequent burping or gas, it can point to a compromised system, parasitic infection, dysbiosis or help point us to another system that may be causing the issues.

This is why I always advocate and teach that you need to listen to your body.

It cannot talk to us directly, instead, it uses signs and symbols.

Mood swings, drops in energy, acid reflux, loose stools etc. are all pointing to systems that are having problems running their operations.

Start adding up the symptoms and see where they are pointing, do some research and if you need help then find a good holistic medicine practitioner that can connect the dots for you.

For a way to address all the different factors that go into the creation of high trigger levels that may lead to migraines start the 10 steps program by clicking here.

5. Is something else flaring at the same time?

This is a graph showing the percentage of migraine sufferers with comorbidities in 2017.

 There is no surprise here.

One of the most common triggers that get reported to me is emotional stress.

When we are emotionally overloaded, everything else falls by the wayside.

Because of all the hormones like cortisol released during these stressful times, our body thinks we are dying and shuts off any cleaning or digesting which severely impairs our ability to prevent other triggers from sneaking up as well.

Now take a look at this graph showing all reported comorbidities.

 These are huge.

If one of these is flaring at the same time, then you have a place to go and explore further for the cause.

Always look at the whole picture, what systems are compromised and where the big stressors are coming into your life.

6. Is there too much heat or too much cold in your body?

Do you find yourself getting really hot, have redness or inflammation anywhere?

Or are you cold, get cold easily, feel tired and fatigued?

These can both point you towards what you should work on.

When we go too far into either side of the picture above we can suffer.

But by using the opposite side we can create balance in our bodies again.

Workout a lot? Get better rest.

Feel tired often? Use energy building exercises and foods.

Think too much? Schedule time to not think.

These two forces will constantly impact us no matter who we are or where we go.

A simple trick for if you are too cold is to start regular infrared sauna sessions a few times a week.

If you are too hot and wound up then take some cold showers or try an ice plunge to help reset your body’s parasympathetic nervous system.

7. Support the brains detox mechanism

The brain goes through a process of detoxifying all of the waste that gets created, every day.

There is a system in the brain called the glymphatic system which removes waste through the cerebrospinal fluid.

When we go to sleep and our stress hormones drop(if they drop) then the glymphatic system goes to work, opens up and clears the brain of waste that accumulated throughout the day.

This is why the brain looks like it’s working just as hard during sleep as it is during the day.

It’s working really hard to clean out waste that’s linked to neurodegenerative diseases like alzheimer’s and dementia.

How do we optimize our sleep so that our brain can clear the gunk?

Watch this video then read the tips below:

How to Get Better Sleep (and Fall Asleep Faster): 5 Essential Tips

  • Always sleep in complete darkness and if you are sleeping in make sure there is no morning light in your room. If light touches your skin, the stress hormone cortisol gets produced to wake you up, cut the light.

  • Caffeine has a half-life of 6 hours, this means it needs to be limited to the morning so that blood levels are low during sleep. Caffeine will prevent stress hormones from dropping and sleep hormones from rising.

  • Have a balanced meal before bed, not just carbohydrates and don’t have binge dinners. A fair amount of protein with some complex carbohydrates and healthy fats make for a deep sleep and no night waking.

  • Exercise as early in the day as possible so that the stress hormones created from it will drop by bedtime.

  • Stay hydrated but don’t drink loads of fluid before bed as this can cause you to have to pee in the middle of the night. Tip: Add some sea salt to your water before bed to prevent having to pee.

  • Keep a regular sleep schedule. Our body is run by circadian rhythms which work off of a 24 hour light/dark cycle. When we wind down with the sun setting and wake up with the sun rising, while doing it at the same time every day, our body can prepare all of our stress and sleep hormones accordingly.

See our article on the 7 vitals of hypnic headaches and 7 crucial questions for waking up with tension headaches here.

8. Stop burning the wick at both ends

We are all guilty of it but there are a few key tips that can keep your brain from breaking while still taking on life at full tilt.

– Don’t try to do more, try to be more efficient

– When stress is high, the foundation principles need to be as fine tuned as possible

– Plan your day and create outlines so that you can maximize any actual working time

– When you plan, make sure to schedule parasympathetic dominant, resting, relaxing and digesting time, you will get more done because of it not despite it

– Find out what type of burnout you are prone to

– Learn to say no

– Stop trying to be perfect, start satisficing

9. Head to the emergency room

If you are ever experiencing pain that you’ve never had before, aren’t diagnosed for or that is not going away then go see a doctor immediately.

It can save you lots of stress and potential damage to your body if it’s something more serious than a headache and needs to be addressed quickly.

But when you know it’s a typical headache or migraine that’s just not letting up then going down the natural approach and finding a solution that doesn’t cause a list of side effects is preferred.

See these articles for more actionable items you can use for relief:

Understanding Status Migrainosus with Intractable Migraine

Turmeric Curcumin For Migraines and Headaches

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Have you ever had a headache that wouldn’t go away? Let me know in the comments below.

53 Best Migraine Headache Memes of All Time

There’s a lot of amazing (and few offensive) migraine headache memes.

I’ve created some viral migraine memes of my own to give the community support and they’ve definitely been a hit.

In this article i’m going to talk about the 53 best migraine and headache memes of all time on the web.

1. Life can get the best of us when we are constantly rushing through it. It’s important to remember to stop every once in a while and reflect.

2. When the pain gets so serious you start having to joke.

3. Some migraineurs describe their children as the human versions of headaches.

4. Migraines and headaches are risky games to play, sometimes it can feel like russian roulette with everything we do.

5. Finally coming out of a migraine after being stuck in the hole is one of the greatest feelings ever.

6. When the pain becomes so great that even getting the medication is unbearable.

7. Even the smallest light, when i’m in the dark trying to sleep becomes unbearable. Switch the breakers off in your room to keep EMFs low while you sleep.

8. A migraine free day is a blessing, just don’t do so much during them that you end up giving yourself three more with a migraine.

9. After a certain point, we can start trying anything to relieve the pain. Try the 10 steps program before you give up.

10. There’s so many medications that are just hit or miss it can take years to find one that works.

11. When the nausea pills aren’t working, try ginger instead and make sure you use enough of it.

12. One of the very first migraine memes ever created describing different sensations around types of headaches. It’s clearly not this simple.

13. Continuously triggering the migraine mechanism can make us feel incredibly terrible. It’s a vicious cycle.

14. Migraines suck.

15. Migraines can be far worse than headaches.

16. That feeling when a migraine jumps out at you out of nowhere for no apparent reason.

17. Fluorescent lights are bad news, not just during a migraine but anytime because of the high electromagnetic fields they give off that makes our bodies susceptible.

18. Even though the majority of people mean well, it can often make us feel even worse… As if we haven’t thought of medication as step #1.

19. That time of year can be a huge deterrent from us wanting to do anything, at all, ever.

20. Definitely not a shocker.

21. When the caffeine in medication keeps you from the sleep you need so you can get over the migraine you took the medication for…

22. The average doctor isn’t specifically educated about all the ins and outs of migraines and living with them. See our post on 9 Shocking Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You About Migraines.

23. When you have the migraine of all migraines and your head feels like its about to explode.

24. It’s all too often we develop a headache and our heart starts to race enough for us to actually feel the beating inside our heads that makes the pain throb.

25. When the migraine wins, what do you do? These two are classics.

26. One of the most common symptoms that show up with severe migraines is vertigo. Vertigo is no joke.

27. When even sleep won’t fix the headache and its status migrainosus, get help ASAP.

28. Having to endure pain can makes us want to do all kinds of incredibly creative things.

29. The photosensitivity is real. Protect your senses. Remember that studies have shown sensitivities to environmental factors like light actually reduce when the right foods are eaten. Find out more in our food triggers guide here.

30. Sometimes the pressure feels like this barbie with a clamp on her head. What does yours feel like?

31. The symptoms that can come as a result of the migraine aura are so bizarre.

32. Double check with your doctor to make sure it’s not just a migraine. Get a second opinion and MRI to confirm.

33. A tell tale sign of a migraine coming on is the aura or prodrome. Many times it can be cravings, fatigue, excitement or any number of weird others like abdominal pain, eye pain, smells, visual zig zags etc.

34. One of my absolute worst triggers was perfumes. They would send me into a spiral of pain.

35. If migraines are becoming chronic we can start to feel like staying in is much better than going out.

36. Gollum lives in the dark and is as photosensitive as a triggered migraineur.

37. After getting acquainted with our new enemy migraine, it can often start to feel like they have more control over us than we do.

38. Ryan gosling is here to give us some support and help us get over the headache we are experiencing right now because it won’t last forever.

39.Provided the hangover isn’t bad, the end of a migraine spells freedom for over a billion people around the world.

40. Migraines are one of the most energy demanding experiences we can go through. Be sure to stay hydrated, keep your blood sugar even and provide enough nutrients to combat the stress.

 41. Many of the weird and various symptoms that can accompany a migraine. Many of them a product of rampant inflammation running through our bodies.

From here on out these are memes are from me and created based on what I’ve seen going on in the community.

42. The sun can really hurt.

43. The levels of going through healing pain.

44. Always choose searching for the root cause when you can.

45. How to approach symptoms and where to look for the root cause.

46. This was an absolute disaster in the migraine community. Making a pose out of migraines upset so many people. So I made a meme to convey how insensitive it was. The community loved it. Join us on Facebook andInstagram.

47. Migraine and severe headache sufferers know. As soon as any symptoms start showing up, use your rescues. The sooner the better.

48. The irony with medication side effects is real.

49. There are so many supplements, treatments, modalities and therapies to try. Don’t put yourself into a box. If you’re looking for a different perspective then get a a free 20 minute migraine strategy call here.

50. Water is usually not enough, make sure the water that you do drink has good minerals in it as minerals have been shown to help headaches.

51. There’s something great about finally finding a reliable and consistent method to help with the pain.

52. All too often I hear patients complain about how their doctor doesn’t listen and only wants to try medications, botox or surgery on them. Don’t be forced into a serious procedure like surgery unless you have received at least a dozen different opinions from practitioners in different areas of health.

53. This is for all of the amazing migraine sufferers who are sick of the pain and on the path to health. Every day I hear more stories about how the drugs don’t help them and it was the little things like the ones below that made all the difference and gave them freedom. If you want to get started on this journey with us, join our private support group here.

If you have any other headache or migraine memes you’d like to be featured, let me know in the comments below.

What do you think about the memes? Let me know in the comments and make sure to share.

Making it through life with migraines is incredibly tricky, I’ve been there.

But having hormone imbalances aggravate our bodies, raising our triggers and giving us flares can make it unbearable.

That’s why I created the 5 mistakes to hormonal migraines guide available here.

In this guide we talk about how to heal your hormones naturally so that they can rebalance themselves.

Click here to join the Migraine Professional Community and get the Free guide.

The FREE 5 Most Common Mistakes Of Hormonal Migraines E-Guide teaches you:

– Why hormones are the most important focus around why your migraines and headaches keep triggering

– How PMS is common but NOT normal and why it needs to be addressed to be pain free in the long term

– The 5 most common mistakes why hormones stay broken, why so many women become migraine free with pregnancy and why birth control is not a solution