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Migraine Savvy Newsletter #35 You Know It’s Gona Happen – How to Stop It?
August 03, 2014

You Know It’s Gona Happen
How to Stop It?

Aug 2014 – Issue 35

The Continuing Pursuit for Migraine Elimination and Pain Reduction

You Know It’s Gona Happen

You know you will probably get another migraine attack if you have had a few already. I feel like the bearer of bad news, but it is a neurological medical condition. It needs to be managed for the rest of your life.

Besides finding effective medications and using ice packs as soon as possible, what else can we do to be prepared for the next attack?

What You Can Do to Be Prepared

A few weeks ago I wrote that surviving chronic migraines means you will most likely need to experiment with food and food triggers. I think this is a really worthwhile area to devote some time to if you want to be proactive and reduce the potential for any further future migraine attacks.

Certain foods trigger attacks. You probably already have discovered that. I still remember my first Kit-Kat bar and its impact. It was hard to zero in on my triggers, other than chocolate, but like I said – I was really on my own when I did this experimenting so many years ago.

Fast forward to now, and I am learning so much in this new elimination diet e-Course I just want to share a little more for now. I’ve learned more about genetically modified foods aka GMO and last time I wrote about the list of inflammatory foods that affect us.

Most nutritionists I have seen or know say, and I believe from personal experience, that if our digestion doesn’t work than nothing else can heal.

I have learned this the hard way. This past year I have been healing SIBO with courses of antibiotics. I will write more on that later, but for now this is what I feel could be linked to causing our migraine headaches. You might like to read our article on Migraines and Gluten too.

Early in the e-course, in the second module, Dr. Myers talks about the 4R program and it just makes sense to me to heal our guts first. She says the 4 R's are: Remove, reinoculate, restore and repair. I will be in repair mode after all of these antibiotics.

Remove foods you are sensitive to, foods that cause inflammatory responses, anything toxic like: caffeine, sugar and alcohol.

Reinoculate the good bacteria with probiotics.

Restore digestive enzymes and use HCL for low stomach acid, and or bile salts if your gall bladder has been removed.

Repair with herbs and amino acids (ie. The one I am on is L-Glutamine powder) and a good multivitamin.

So - I am only at week two, there is so much to learn. I love the simplicity of the on-line learning program and the worksheets to help me keep track of things.

If you haven’t tried doing an elimination diet yourself yet, I really recommend this one. It might make a huge difference between achieving more pain free - migraine free days and reducing the severity or frequency.

Any pain reduction is a victory!

Here is the full article with more details and my Migraine Elimination Diet experiment.

Essential Migraine Tools

Building resilience all starts with having a plan. A pain management plan. This is one of my favorite articles called Your Migraine Prevention Kit to use when you need it most. Feel free to add your tips in the Facebook comments box at the end of the page.

I'd like to recommend reading Cynthia Perkin's Mindfulness Over Migraines e-book that explains the science behind mindfulness and why it helps migraines. And she explains the method step by step that she uses to eliminate her migraines in 15 minutes. Yes, you read that correctly ... eliminate in 15 minutes. It will be the best $6.99 you ever spend!

Timing is everything when aborting a migraine attack.

Build Your Own Migraine Tool Kit - Here is our article with eleven steps on exactly how to do it yourself! It has all the forms you need to print out and step by step instructions to navigate your way through effective chronic pain management.

And now I am adding Dr. Amy Myers Elimination Diet eCourse to our essential tool kit. I know it is vital to find our migraine food triggers, and avoid them where ever possible.

Share Your Migraine Stories

Remember that your contribution will help others too! We are not in this alone, even though it feels like it most of the time. Our stories and input can help each other. For example, I heard about Naramig from a Shiatsu patient of mine, not my doctor or any of the specialists I had seen! Two years after triptans came on the market. Two years of needless suffering.

This is a safe place to share your challenges and tell your story to people who truly understand what you are going through. Feel free to share your art to inspire us all in our time of need and find solutions with new treatment ideas specific to migraine disease. Get some professional health advice from others that walk this path. Just click on the links underlined above if you would like more details.

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Have A Session With Me

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That's right, from the privacy and comfort of your own home you can get professional counseling from me. I am not sure if you know this about me, I have a Masters Degree in Counseling and Applied Psychotherapy (MCAP). I have been counseling people for over 16 years. I would love to be of service where I can.

I have an online booking system to make it easy to schedule a session over different time zones. So, you can contact me anytime on-line, book in 24/7, and we will talk as soon as possible.

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