Do you suffer from migraines? If not, chances are you know someone who does. According to the Migraine Research Foundation 36 million people in the United States alone suffer from migraines. That includes women, men and children.
Statistically women suffer the most from migraines compared to men. Approximately 10% of school aged children suffer from migraines, even children as young as 18 months old.
A migraine is much more than just a really bad headache. It’s an extremely debilitating neurological disease. They can become so painful that a person can literally be unable to function. Aside from horrific pain a migraine can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, numbness and other problems. Most migraine attacks can last from as little as 4 hours to upwards of 72 hours.
I have a friend who started to get migraines in college. She would often miss days at a time because of her migraines. It caused her to have to struggle to keep up with the course work and tests because she missed so much time in the classroom.
Personally I don’t suffer from migraines. I occasionally get severe headaches that my neurologist affectionately referred to as “jabs and stabs” because it felt like someone was shoving an ice pick into the same location on the back of my head. Thankfully I rarely experience them anymore.
My husband suffers from migraines. I have seen first hand how painful and miserable they can be. When he has a migraine he usually has to sleep it off. I have seen him sleep many hours (a deep sleep too). It’s as if he’s comatose or something. It’s the weirdest thing.
He usually feels the pain around his left eye. I have seen him applying pressure to that area with his thumb in hopes of alleviating some of the pain and pressure (but it never works).
We have made several visits to the neurologist. He has tried a few different medications from pills to a nasal spray. Nothing seems to help.
One day I was out shopping and I came across Excedrin Migraine. I figured it wouldn’t hurt so I picked up a bottle for my husband. He started to take them on the onset of his migraines and amazingly the Excedrin Migraine helped. It did more to help him with his migraines then $$$ prescription medications.
At last! We found something that worked with his migraines. He kept a bottle at work, at home and in the car. He made sure to take it with him where ever he went. The first sign of the onset of a migraine he would take the Excedrin Migraine. It would either prevent the migraine from happening or make it less painful and not last as long.
When Excedrin Migraine was taken off the store shelves several months ago he cried – literally – he had tears in his eyes! Talking with others who also suffer from migraine they too were upset that Excedrin Migraine was taken off the shelves.
I am thrilled to report that Excedrin Migraine has already begun shipping to stores across the country and should be on a store shelf near you now, or in the very near future. So far I haven’t found it locally but I am keeping an eye out for it. I plan on buying several bottles for my husband for Christmas. I think that would be the best gift I could give him.
There is no cure for migraines, but you can learn to control them by knowing what triggers your migraines. That would seem easy enough to do, but actually, it can be difficult.
I was at an event recently in NYC for the launch of a new application for your smart phone or tablet that helps you to keep track of your migraines and possible triggers.
There might not be just one trigger for a migraine. It could be a combination of things. It’s almost like putting together a recipe. If you add a little bit of this and a little bit of that, plus a pinch of something else it might result in a migraine.
A trigger can come in any forms, from stress to environmental changes (weather) and from something you eat to something that you smell. For my husband, sometimes his migraines can be triggered by a scented candle. It doesn’t always happen either. There must be some other thing that triggers the migraine ALONG WITH the scented candle. Sometimes he’s fine with a scented candle, other times he’s not.
The new application is from the makers of Excedrin and is called My Migraine Triggers. My Migraine Triggers helps migraine sufferers keep track of their migraines and possible triggers, in hopes of narrowing down your specific triggers so you know what to avoid.
At the event I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Keri Peterson. She is an internist who spoke at the event. She not only helps to treat people with migraines but she also suffers from them herself.
Dr. Peterson was telling us that sometimes red wine triggers a migraine, but not all the time. One of the bloggers who was there suggested that maybe a specific type of food she eats when having the red wine triggers a migraine. For example, red wine is fine but if she eats shrimp with the red wine it will combine to form some kind of trigger, but maybe red wine and chicken is fine and causes no reaction.
Dr. Peterson also uses the My Migraine Triggers application. She’s using it to track her own migraines and triggers in hopes she can pin point what kinds of triggers bother her the most.
American Idol winner, singer and actress Jordin Sparks was also on hand at the event. Her mother suffers from very debilitation migraines. I didn’t know that they can be inherited. Jordin inherited migraines from her mother but thankfully they are not as bad as her mothers (but they are still painful and bothersome). Jordin also uses the My Migraine Triggers application. She has it on her cell phone so it’s always available to her at the onset of a migraine.
By the way, Jordin is a lovely girl. Not only did she sing for everyone while at the event, she also took the time to meet with us (me and the other bloggers I attended the event with) and take a picture with us.
My husband has been using the My Migraine Triggers application for a few weeks now. So far he has a few possible triggers.
The great thing about this application is that it charts your responses and you can even e-mail the data to your neurologist.
The application also allows you to add your own possible triggers, making it totally customizable to you and your migraine triggers.
The Excedrin My Migrain Triggers application is FREE and you can find it on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-migraine-triggers/id560516772) or you can do a search in Apple apps for it.
Do YOU suffer from migraines? Are you aware of what your triggers are? If not I would recommend you downloading the free application and seeing if it helps you to discover what your migraine triggers are.
To help you get some relief with your migraine triggers I have a special giveaway for TWO lucky readers. Each winner will recieve the following prize package;
- Sleep Mask
- Noise Cancelling Ear Buds
- Herbal Compress
- Branded Stress Balls
- Branded Water Bottle
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me about your migraines. Do you know what triggers them? Have you ever tried to track your triggers? Feel free to tell me about your migraine experience and what you are doing to help prevent them from happening?
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*I am a paid Excedrin ® Migraine blog ambassador. Along with compensation, the Excedrin Migraine® Relief kit and travel to attend the Jordin Sparks media event was provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine.