Understanding Migraines

Top 6 Migraine and Headache Contradictions

Teri Robert Mar 6, 2012 (updated Aug 12, 2014)
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Living with Migraine disease or other headache disorders can be full of contradictions. Here are the top six.

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#1 Migraines, Headaches, and Caffeine
#1 Migraines, Headaches, and Caffeine
Caffeine is a Migraine trigger for some people, BUT during a Migraine, it can be helpful. Some medications contain caffeine, and caffeinated beverages can help medications work better and more quickly.
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#2 Migraines, Headaches, and Sexual Activity
#2 Migraines, Headaches, and Sexual Activity
For some people, sexual activity can cause an orgasmic or preorgasmic headache or trigger a Migraine. BUT for others, an orgasm can actually abort (stop) a Migraine. See Orgasmic and Preorgasmic Headache - The Basics and Orgasm, Headache, and Migraine for more information.
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#3 Migraines, Headaches, and Heat and Cold
#3 Migraines, Headaches, and Heat and Cold
Being outside in hot or cold weather, being in hot sunlight, being in an overheated or overcooled room, or even air blowing on their heads are strong Migraine triggesr for some people, BUT during a Migraine, heat  or cold packs are often comforting and can help lessen Migraine pain.
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#5 Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep
#5 Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep
Irregular sleep schedules, too much or too little sleep, disrupted sleep, and poor quality sleep can all be very strong Migraine triggers, and napping is discouraged for Migraineurs; BUT when a Migraine strikes, a nap with deep, restful sleep can abort (stop) a Migraine attack. Check out this video with Dr. John Claude Krusz: Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep.
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#6 Migraines, Headaches, and Medications
#6 Migraines, Headaches, and Medications
Migraine abortive medications, pain medications, and other medications are clearly helpful for many of us when we have a Migraine or headache; BUT if taken too frequently, those same medications can cause other headaches called medication overuse headache (MOH). You can find more information on MOH in Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires.
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#4 Migraines, Headaches, and Exercise
#4 Migraines, Headaches, and Exercise
For some people, exercise is a frustrating Migraine trigger, BUT research has shown that for some people, it can be effective for Migraine prevention.