Over 29 million Americans suffer from migraines. The NTI-tss is indicated for migraine prevention. It is a small nightguard that comfortably fits over your four front teeth. Its patented design keeps your canine and back teeth apart. This separation minimizes the intensity of your nighttime clenching forces.

What is a Migraine

We spend a lot of time talking about and hearing about migraines. How many people suffer, who suffers more, triggers, treatments, precautions, etc, etc.  But, when was the last time we really discussed what a migraine was?

An article from thenews.com does a really good job outlining what a migraine is.

A lot of people use the term "migraine" to describe any severe headache, a migraine headache is the result of specific physiologic changes that occur within the brain and lead to the characteristic pain associated symptoms of a migraine.

Migraine headaches are usually associated with sensitivity to light, sound, and smells. In addition, many patients experience nausea or vomiting. The headache of a migraine often involves only one side of the head but in some cases, patients may experience pain bilaterally or on both sides. The pain of a migraine is often described as throbbing or pounding and it may be made worse with physical exertion.

In some cases, patients with migraines experience specific warning symptoms, or an aura, prior to the onset of their headache. These warning symptoms can range from flashing lights or a blind spot in one eye to numbness or weakness involving one side of the body. The aura may last several minutes, and then resolves as the head pain begins or may last until the headache resolves.

What causes migraines? There is no known specific cause, but there may be fluctuations in certain neurotransmitters, chemicals that send messages between brain cells. These changes may predispose some people to develop migraine headaches.

What triggers migraines? There are many factors that have been identified, anything from hormone fluctuations in women to chocolate and wine.  The full article lists more in detail.

Migraines have different signs, symptoms and can occur in men, women, and children.  To learn more about migraines, click here.

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NTI-tss Plus, what?

It has been a while since we have discussed what the NTI is and how it works, I think it is about time for a refresher on the subject. The NTI is a small, clear nightguard that only covers your four front teeth. Due to its small size, it is comfortable to wear while you sleep. The NTI-tss Plus™ is custom fabricated to be worn on either your upper or lower teeth and is made of safe, non-toxic thermoplastic that does not contain Bisphenol A.Everyone clenches their teeth during sleep. For many, clenching and grinding causes migraine or tension-type headaches. The NTI  reduces clenching by not allowing the canine or back teeth to touch. This diminishes  muscle contractions in the head and face. Intense muscle activity can cause headaches and migraines.To demonstrate how the NTI works, touch the muscles of your temples while biting down on a pencil with your back teeth as hard as possible. The temporal muscles will bulge and intensely contract. when you bite down on a pencil, with only the front teeth, the temporal muscles remain relaxed.If you are interested in getting and NTI-tss Plus, contact us by clicking here or call the Headache Hotline at 1-877-684-7587.  The NTI is only available from licensed dentist. We can locate a dental provider in your area that offers the NTI-tss Plus™.
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The Science of Migraines

For your doctor to diagnose you with migraines, your headaches must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have at least 5 attacks per year that all have the same presentation
  • The headache last 4-72 hours
  • Be associated with nausea and/or vomiting; and
  • Come with photophobia (intolerance to light) or phonophobia (intolerance to sound).

The pain associated with your headache must also meet some criteria:

  • It should only be on one side of your head
  • Have a pulsating quality that is moderate or severe;and
  • Is aggravated, or causes the avoidance of, physical activity. 

 

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Show Purple for Migraine Awareness Month

Migraine awareness month is June and people all over are showing their support with purple and learning more about that vascular headaches that all too many people are familiar with.

Migraines are suffered worldwide by an estimated one billion people, according to WebProNews. Women are three times more likely to experience migraine headaches than men.

Migraines are described as extremely painful and throbbing headaches which are sometimes accompanied by light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. Some people experience warning signs before their migraines such as restlessness, increased appetite, or tension. Sometimes a migraine can last for hours leaving a person unable to live life normally.

Migraines are a neurological disorder and no one knows exactly what causes them.  They can be triggered by numerous different things and vary from person to person. 

The National Headache Foundation is a leader in providing educational information about migraines and other headaches to those who suffer from them, professionals who research them, and those who make health policies regarding headaches of all kinds.

The foundation wants people to show purple to show their support to let others know that they are not alone. It also strives to promote advocacy, education, and research in order to facilitate a world without headaches. "A World Without Headache" is the National Headache Foundation's theme for June 2014. The hope is that one day, through clinical research and advancements in medicine, that migraine headaches could be a thing of the past. Until then, people will continue to suffer around the world from migraines.

Article From: www.inquisitr.com

 

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Migraine Myths Dispelled

There is a lot of information floating around about migraines, what they are, and who suffers from them.  Some of this information is factual and some of this information is not. Let's look at a few of the common migraine myths and what the truths really are.

Myth #1 : "Only women get migraines"

Fact: Men also get migraines, but they are more common in women. Approximately 18% of women in America suffer from migraines, while only 6% of men do.

Myth #2: "If I have migraines than so will my children"

Fact: There is a strong genetic link to migraine development, but it does not necessarily mean your children will have migraines if you do.

Myth #3: "If you do not see flashing lights than you are not having a migraine"

Fact: You do not have to have an aura to have a migraine. Only about 1/3rd of migraine sufferers have an aura.

Myth #4: "Migraines during a woman's menstrual cycle are all in her head"

Fact: Headaches during a menstrual cycle could very well be migraines. They are not "in your head" or related to depression/mood changes, as others may assume.

Myth#5: "If you suffer from migraine, you are out of luck. There really isn't a good treatment option."

Fact: This is not true, there are a lot of different therapies for different types of migraine sufferers.

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Natural Migraine Relief from Dr. Oz

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Dr. Oz said there are inexpensive, natural painkillers that quickly relieve migraines and back pain on his January 28th episode of the Dr. Oz show.

"You can kill the pain before it starts," said Dr. Oz, who said you shouldn't always reach for pills because they usually have side effects.

Dr. Oz's guest was acupuncturist Dr. Daniel Hsu, who said an ancient Asian secret for relieving chronic pain is the plant Corydalis, also known as Chinese poppy.

Corydalis contains the powerful painkiller dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB), which alleviates headaches, joint pain, backache and menstrual cramps. It releases dopamine in the brain, which produces feelings for well-being and happiness. Corydalis has no side effects and is not addictive. Unlike drugs, you don't develop a tolerance for Corydalis, so you don't have to keep taking larger and larger doses to relieve the pain. 

Another effective natural painkiller for migraines in magnesium citrate. Dr. Oz said over 50% of migraine sufferers have a magnesium deficiency. He suggests taking 400 to 600 mg of magnesium a day for migraine relief.

 

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The Power of Positive Thinking

A study recently published by Boston researchers suggests that patient's expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine.

The researchers recruited 66 migraine patients in hopes to quantify how much of their pain relief came from medication and how much came from what's called the placebo effect, the healing power of positive belief.

After 450 headaches later, they reported that it's important for doctors to carefully choose what they tell patients about a powerful medicine because the message could help enhance its benefits, or blunt them.

Here is how the study worked. First, the patients who suffer from regular migraines agreed to forgo pain relievers for several hours during one attack, recording their symptoms for comparison with later headaches.

Then, for their next six migraines, the patients were given a different pill inside an envelope with a different message. Sometimes they were told it was an effective migraine drug named rizatriptan, a positive message. Or, they were told it was a placebo, a dummy pill, suggesting no benefit at all. And then at other times, they were told the pill could be either one, a neutral message.

Sometimes, the messages were true, they were told they got rizatriptan, and they did, other times, the messages were false and the pills had been switched.

Mixing up the possibilities allowed the researchers to tease out how the same person's pain relief differed from migraine to migraine as his or her expectations changed. 

The study found that the real migraine drug worked better, but, people who knew they were taking a placebo still reported less pain than when they had left their migraine untreated.

Patients' report of pain more than doubled when they were told the migraine drug was real than when they were told, falsely, that it was fake. Actually, people reported nearly as much pain relief when they took a placebo that they thought was the real drug as they did when they took the migraine drug while believing it was fake.

Source: Huffington Post

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Causes and Treatments for headaches

KPLR TV in St. Louis, recently spoke with Dr. Sonny Saggar, the Medical Director at St. Louis Urgent Care, about different types of headaches and what can be done about them. There are actually 150 diagnostic headache categories that have been established. Some common types of headaches include, tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, sinus headaches, and hormone headaches. 

Dr. Saggar tells us that headaches are hereditary and 90% of people who have migraines have other family members with migraines. Headache pain results from signals interacting between the brain, blood vessels, and surrounding nerves. During a headache, specific nerves of blood vessels and head muscles are activated and send pain signals to the brain. It's not clear why these are activated in the first place. 

Diagnosing headaches isn't always easy with so many different kinds, but the good news is that once a correct headache diagnosis is made, an effective treatment plan can be started. Once diagnosed, your doctor can recommend different types of treatment to try or may recommend further testing, or refer you to a headache specialist. When your doctor starts a treatment program, keep track of the results and how the treatment program is working.

To read the full article and watch the interview with Dr. Saggar, click here.

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Three Things That May Cause Your Migraine

We are all familiar with migraines by now, the symptoms, side effects, triggers, throbbing, intense pain and sensitivity. But there are three things that you may not have known about migraines.

First, obesity could raise your risk. Data analyzed from almost 4,000 adults by researchers at Johns Hopkins found that the odds of episodic migraines were more than 80% higher in obese participants. The risk was greater among women, caucasians and those under the age of 50. There is still debate between the link, but researchers do know that other factors like family history and gender make you more prone to having migraines as well.

Second, did you know that lightning could spark a migraine? Changes in weather or barometric pressure are known triggers, but a study suggests that lightning may affect the onset of migraines. This could be cause by electromagnetic waves, and increase in ozone or fungal spores caused by the lightning.

Lastly, poor treatment could lead to more frequent headaches. Research recently presented at a meeting of the International Headache Congress supports this theory. Scientists found that people with episodic migraines who received inadequate treatment for acute headaches were more likely to develop chronic migraines, defined as 15 or more migraine days a month.

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Dr. Oz Reveals Natural Remedies

On a recenet episode of Dr. Oz's talk show, he had expert neurologist, Dr. Majid Fotuhi, share some natural remedies for helping combat your migraines and headaches. Three options he shared are:

1. Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin, aim for 400mg per day.

2. For hormonal headaches, add some more Magnesium to your diet whether in what you eat or in supplement form. Try to get 450 mg per day.

3. Tension headaches feel like you have a rubberband around your head. To help ease these types of headaches, try taking CoenzymeQ 10 or CoQ10. Try 100mg per day taken 3 times per day.

 

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Surprising Things You Don't Know About Migraines

There is a lot that we know about migraines, but there is a lot we don't know and what you don't know may surprise you.  Here are a few things that you may not know about migraines:

They have been linked to suicide risk

Several studies have now linked migraines with an increased risk for suicide attempts and even completed suicide. The risk may be even higher among people with aura or the flashes of light and other sensory symptoms that can accompany the headaches. It is still not clear why migraines and suicide are related, but depression and and migraine share a similar biology according to Dawn Buse, PhD. She says that migraine sufferers need to know that "they're not alone. They can get help."

Your medication could be making migraines worse

Although drugs are meant to help ease the pain of migraines, in some cases this strategy can backfire. Too-frequent use of migraine medications can result in what's known as "medication over use headaches." Try not to use migraine medication, even over-the-counter varieties, more than twice a week.

Lightning and migraine can strike together

A study of migraine sufferers in Ohio and Missouri found that the risk of migraine went up on days when there was lightning nearby compared to days when there wasn't. Weather-related factors such as barometric pressure and humidity, have been linked to migraines in the past.

Migraines are linked to other serious health problems

People with migraines have an elevated risk of stroke and of cardiovascular problems when compared with the general population.

A drop in your stress level can bring on a migraine

Research by Buse's team actually found a 20% higher risk of migraines after someone's mood changed from sad or nervous to happy or relaxed. These "let-down" migraines may be caused by a sudden, dramatic drop in hormones.

 

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New Biological Causes of Migraines

New research has discovered biological causes of migraine by identifying several different genetic regions that are responsible for triggering the attacks.

Migraines are classed as the 7th disabler in the Global Burden of Disease Survey 2010.  They affect more than 14% of adults and have been increasingly difficult to study. 

In this most recent study, a team managed to identify 12 different genetic regions which play a role in the risk of migraine. Eight of the regions control brain circuitries and two maintain healthy brain tissue. A person's genetic susceptibility to getting migraines may have to do with the regulation of these pathways. 

Dr. Aarno Palotie, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, said that "Migraine and epilepsy are particularly difficult neural conditions to study; between episodes the patient is basically healthy so it's extremely difficult to uncover biochemical clues."

For this study, researchers gathered data from 29 different genomic studies, which included 100,000 migraine and control samples and compared the results.

The susceptible regions were near an area of genes that are very sensitive to oxidative stress which results in the cells not functioning properly. Scientists believe that the genes located in these genetic regions are interconnected and could disrupt the regulation of cells inside the brain, leading to migraine symptoms. 

Dr. Mark Daly, from the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, concluded:

         "This approach is the most efficient way of revealing the underlying biology of these neural disorders. Effective studies that give us biological or biochemical results and insights are essential if we are to fully get to grips with this debilitating condition. 

          Pursuing these studies in even larger samples and with denser maps of biological markers will increase our power to determine the roots and triggers of this disabling disorder."

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June is Migraine Awareness Month

June has be designated "Migraine and Headache Awareness Month." This year's theme from the National Headache Foundation is, "Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headaches." 

Almost 3.2 million Americans are missing work or school, are not able to perform daily chores, or cannot attend family or social activities because of chronic migraine. Chronic migraine primarily affects women who experience migraine headaches on 15 or more days per month.

Although 47% of the adults in the U.S. experience headaches annually, migraine and other headaches are poorly recognized and inadequately treated. Purple is the recognized color for Migraine and Headache Awareness. That is why the National Headache Foundation is standing up to "show purple" during June. The NHF wants to challenge everyone else to stand up and let others know they are not alone.

And for those experiencing chronic migraine, treatment involves both lifestyle changes and medical approaches. Discussing your headaches with your physician is essential to find out why you are experiencing chronic migraine. Once the diagnosis is known, the right therapies can be started, including medications to treat acute pain, and other drugs to stop those headaches from occurring. Referral to a headache specialist may be recommended because of the frequent occurrence of these headaches. Also, drugs associated with overuse, including narcotics, must be avoided.

SOURCE National Headache Foundation

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Are Side Effects Worth the Migraine Relief?

New studies are showing that the side effects of drugs prescribed for migraine relief are sometimes so terrible that sufferers stop taking them. Research does show that drugs prescribed are effective at treating migraines and reducing migraine attacks, but many of the medications have side effects that are so bothersome that sufferers frequently stopped taking them. 

This could be due to the fact that none of the drugs used to prevent migraines was designed specifically for that purpose, explained Dr. Jason Rosenburg, director of the Johns Hopkins Headache Center. "So, it's not surprising that they don't work all that well. Only one-third get halfway better, according to the study, so a doctor has to treat three people to get one patient better."

The side effects can range from weight gain, sleepiness, risk of diabetes and kidney stones. This is why physicians and patients need better information. A lot of off-label drugs (drugs not made for migraine prevention) are often prescribed because they show the most favorable combination of benefits to potential harms.

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Website Compromised

Recently, www.theheadacheremedy.com, was compromised by hackers.  We would like to assure you that this has been resolved and you can now safely visit this site. If you receive a phone call asking you to call 1-877-684-7587, please ignore, this is due to the hackers. 

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Key to Migraine Relief for Children is Prevention

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Most of the time when we think about migraines we think of adults, but doctors say that migraines often go misdiagnosed in children. Pediatric neurologists say migraines in children are actually quite common. Studies show migraines occur in 5 percent of children under 10 and in 10 percent of teens and preteens.

"I'm talking about recurrent headaches, where they're well in between them, but they're bad enough that they are either vomiting or they consistently have to go to sleep, turn off the lights," said Dr. Wendy Mitchell at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

The Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve a drug for children, so experts say the focus has to be on prevention. "They know if they stay up late, and they're late in the morning, they skip breakfast, they don't like whatever the school's serving for lunch, so they haven't eaten and then they get home at 4 o'clock and then they have a terrible headache," said Mitchell. If the episodes happen occasionally, Mitchell recommends giving your child a caffeinated beverage accompanied by acetominophen or Tylenol. If it happens much more often, parents should keep a headache diary to track the triggers and talk to their doctor about a pediatric pain management program.

Kids with migraines often grow up to be come adults with migraines. That's why experts say learning to prevent them and find ways to manage them early will help keep them under control.

Source: abc.com

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Migraine Triggers Not As Accurate As We May Think

There has always been a lot of talk around migraines about triggers and discovering what cause your migraines, be it wine, chocolate, cheese, perfumes. . . the list goes on and on, but new research suggests that we may actually have no idea what triggers our migraines.  According to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, migraine triggers are difficult to determine without undergoing more formal testing.

Study researcher Timothy T. Houle, Ph.D., assistant professor of anesthesia and neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said that, "correctly identifying triggers allows patients to avoid or manage them in an attempt to prevent future headaches. However, daily fluctuations of variables - such as weather, diet, hormone levels, sleep, physical activity and stress - appear to be enough to prevent the perfect conditions necessary for determining triggers."

Two studies were published in the journal Headache and in one of them it was noted that there must be three criteria in order for something to be reliably identified as a migraine trigger. 

  1. "Constancy of the sufferer"
  2. "Constancy of the trigger effect"
  3. "Constancy of the trigger presentation"

The other study concluded that is was difficult to pinpoint what exactly the trigger was. 

Even after the countless articles outlining migraine triggers, we still cannot blame them solely on that.

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Research Shows Migraine Sufferers Have Brain Abnormalities

A recent article in Medical News Today announces that patients who suffer from migraines have reduced cortical thickness and surface area in pain-processing regions of the brain, compared to individuals who never have migraines. 

Italian researchers explained int he journal Radiology that brain abnormalities in migraine sufferers may be either present at birth, or develop overtime. 

Previous studies found atrophy of cortical regions in the brain related to pain processing. It was suggested that the deterioration was due to chronic stimulation of those areas, if people have persistent pain, there will be more stimulation in the area.

The 'cortical regions' refer to the cerebral cortex., often call "the cortex" and it is a thin layer of grey matter that covers the surface of each hemisphere of the brain. It is responsible for the processes of memory, perception, thought, pain, and serves as the seat of social abilities, language, problem solving and advanced motor function. 

Massimo Filippi, M.D., director of the Neuroimaging Research Unit at the University Ospedale San Raffaele and professor of neurology at the University Vita-Salute's San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, both in Italy, said:

"For the first time, we assessed cortical thickness and surface area abnormalities in patients with migraine, which are two components of cortical volume that provide different and complementary pieces of information.

Indeed, cortical surface area increases dramatically during late fetal development as a consequence of cortical folding, while cortical thickness changes dynamically throughout the entire life span as a consequence of development and disease."

Dr. Filippi and team used MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to obtain T2-weighted and 3-D T1-weighted brain images from 81 volunteers - 63 of them were chronic migraine suffers while the other 18 never suffered from migraines (healthy controls). Using a special software program and statistical analysis, they estimated each participant's brain's cortical thickness and surface area and correlated the measurements with their clinical and radiologic characteristics.


They found that:

  • Those with migraines had thinner cortexes and smaller surface areas in regions related to pain-processing compared to the healthy controls
  • Cortical surface area abnormalities were more pronounced and distributed than cortical thickness abnormalities among the participants with migraines

 

Article from www.medicalnewstoday.com

 

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Vitamin B to help Migraine Sufferers

Researchers believe vitamin B and folate supplements will reduce the frequency and severity of migraines in 20% of sufferers.  Scientists from Griffith University are close to a new treatment for severe headaches that consists of vitamins B and folate supplements. 

This remedy could help the 20% of sufferers whose condition is genetic. Griffith postdoctoral researcher Bridget Maher says that the remedy "basically reduces the frequency and severity of migraines."

It has been found that one in five people prone to migraines have an enzyme that doesn't work as well as other people. Maher said, "By supplementing them with vitamin B and folate you can get around the enzyme defect."

The team at Griffith is working on the correct dose of the supplements and Maher says the treatment could be on the market within the next few years.  Since some people don't respond to current migraine remedies, the new research could significantly help those with a genetic predisposition to the condition.

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Migraines and your Children

Some are now saying that migraines in children can in some way be linked to behavior disorders.  One study on children and migraines, published in the journal Cephalagia and involving 1,856 kids from ages 5-11, found that children with migraine headaches had a significantly higher risk for behavior disorders. The finding is in line with results from previous studies showing that children with migraines have a higher risk for depressive disorders, anxiety, and behaviors such as hyperactivity and attention problems.

Behavior problems could be a trigger for migraine attacks in children, or they could be a result of migraines. "It is hard to tease out the link between problems like depression and hyperactivity from migraine because all these conditions are common in children," says Andrew D. Hershey, MD, PhD, associate director of neurology research and professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in Ohio. "Both behavior problems and headaches need to be checked out. The most important thing is to realize that children do get migraines. In fact, migraines are one of the top five childhood disorders, even more common than childhood asthma."

Migraines can start at any age, for boys they are more common before age 7 and for girls after puberty they are most common.

Here are some signs you can look for to help recognize migraine in children:

  • A pounding type of headache - younger children may have pain on both sides of the head or across the forehead.
  • Pain that limits the child's activity or is made worse by activity.
  • Pain that is moderate to severe (most migraines are more moderate than severe)
  • A headache that lasts from one to 72 hours
  • A headache that comes with nausea or vomiting
  • A headache that's made worse by sound or light

Very young children who can't complain of pain may become quiet, pale, and sweaty. Children may have visual changes before a migraine starts, called a migraine aura. 

To minimize migraines in children, Dr. Hershey recommends that parents make sure their child:

  • Drinks enough fluids. Dehydration is a common trigger
  • Avoids caffeine. Caffeine in soda or energy drinks may be a trigger
  • Eats healthy foods and eats regularly. Skipping meals is also a common trigger
  • Gets enough exercise. Exercise reduces stress, which could be a trigger
  • Gets enough sleep. Most kids need nine hours or more
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