Headache

16 January 2008

Centrum tip - How to prevent migraines

Anyone who has had a migraine in their life, knows what real pain is. If you have a migraine, it is impossible to function normally.

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Anyone who has had a migraine in their life, knows what real pain is. If you have a migraine, it is impossible to function normally. Even painkillers and a darkened room don't always bring relief. Fortunately, in most cases there are many things you can do to prevent these.

Take action:
Avoid eating certain foods, such as cheese, chocolate, soya sauce, yeast extracts, certain citrus fruits and foods that contain artificial colourants or monosodium glutomate; steer clear of alcohol, especially red wine; check when attacks occur – if it is during your premenstrual phase, check with your gynaecologist whether you might have to change the pill you're on; get regular sleep and find a de-stressing technique that works for you; missing out on your regular cup of tea or coffee could trigger an attack; get a painkiller from your doctor rather than dosing yourself with over-the-counter medication – and have your blood pressure checked while you're there; avoid bright or flickering lights, as these are known to trigger attacks in certain people.

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Dr Elliot Shevel - Founder and Medical Director - The Headache Clinic, (Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town) South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon.

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