Aspartame’s role in migraine

Hoping everyone’s Christmas was pain-free, merry and fulfilled family-bonding, prayer and peace.

Back to migraine talk – I have spoken of chemicals and their effect on migraines. One guilty culprit is Aspartame – the sweetener that is touted as a zero sugar product to enhance sales by companies to sucrose intolerant individuals.  Aspartame is actually a drug and an excitotoxin that damages nerve endings in neurons. This aspartame inhibits the release of serotonin by our cranial neurons, thereby creating conditions for migraines.

Migraineurs should avoid sucrose and aspartame – different reasons – same outcome – induces migraines and increases pain sensitivity.

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Sharing Your Invaluable Experience

Hi everyone,

I have noticed considerable traffic on this blog which encourages me to write new posts every other day. However, I am surprised at migraineurs not leaving their views on the subject. 

It would be very considerate (and tis a Season of Giving) if more migraineurs share their experiences of medications, therapies, practices and other relevant data on managing pain effectively. Any help to a fellow-migraineur will be very very appreciated and very very welcome!

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Endorphines and Migraineurs

Lack of enough exercises leads us to a condition of low dopamine and low endorphin release. When these are on a low, there isn’t enough to act in nexus with serotonin, triggering migraines. So migraineurs, catch up on your exercises.

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Migraineur, a martial artist?

What I mean to say is that it is important for all of us to get physical exercise but it is imperative for the migraineur. Dopamine is released when we enter the moderate intensity of any exercise session. Its secretion is linked to increased heart rate and blood pressure. 

It may seem like a tall order for someone who may be migraining more than once a week, but it is all the more important for them to get some exercise on the days they are fine – even if it is just the 15 minutes. I have heard migraineurs say, that they are on a catch-up mode (with work) on the days they are pain-free. I say, catch-up with your body first. 

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Allergy to your own hormones!

Do you think it is possible to develop an allergy – to your own hormones? No? Well, think again. For many migraineurs this is precisely what happens. The spiked bodily reaction to changed hormone levels in the times just before periods, such as bloating of the abdomen, acne, breast tenderness etc, indicates allergy to hormones. In fact, it has been confirmed through various studies that migraineurs actually develop antibodies (!) to their hormones. These antibodies are called IgE and are released when hormone levels become high in the body. Migraine just before monthly menstruation, is considered in many a medical quarters, as an allergic reaction to the body’s changed levels of hormones.

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