Solutions to Migraine by Dr Winnie Lim Khoo : Neurologist in Manila, Philippines

SOLUTIONS FOR MIGRAINES:

Avoid Alcohol

If you get a “hangover” after one drink, you may actually be experiencing a migraine. Avoid alcohol that gives you a headache within 8 hours of consumption. “The good news is that this cause tends to be very specific,” Dr. Winnie Lim Khoo says. “People may do fine with vodka rather than beer, for instance.”

Missed Meals

Fluctuations in blood sugar can cause a cascade of escalating pain that sets up your migraine response, so don’t go longer than 3 hours without food. Include a lean protein whenever you eat to help keep glucose levels steady, Dr Winnie Lim Khoo

Sleep Disruptions

A 2010 study found that sleep-deprived rats experienced changes in key migraine-related proteins. Play it safe by being consistent about when you go to bed and get up.

Caffeine

If you regularly consume large amounts of caffeine, you set yourself up for withdrawal headaches, which can stimulate your brain’s migraine center and turn into migraines. Limit intake to 200 mg a day — that’s roughly one 8-ounce cup of coffee

Trigger Management

If you’re prone to migraines, certain stimuli may bring them on. Track your headaches on a calendar to look for patterns and potential catalysts

Supplements

In a recent study, patients who took 400 mg of riboflavin (vitamin B2) daily experienced significantly fewer migraines after 3 months. CoQ10, another supplement, also proved effective in preventing migraines in a clinical study.

Relaxation Techniques

Massage can ease neck and shoulder spasms, while tai chi increases body awareness, making it easier to detect and treat an oncoming headache. Yoga that focuses on mindfulness and restorative yoga, may also help.