Migraine

A migraine is a severe, painful  headache that is often preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The excruciating pain that migraines bring can last for hours or even days.

Migraine headaches result from a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels. During the headache, an artery enlarges that is located on the outside of the skull just under the skin of the temple (temporal artery). This causes a release of chemicals that cause inflammation, pain,  and further enlargement of the artery.

A migraine headache causes the sympathetic nervous system to respond with feelings of nausea, diarrhea
, and vomiting. This response also delays the emptying of the stomach into the small intestine (affecting food absorption), decreases blood circulation (leading to cold hands and feet), and increases sensitivity to light and sound.

Some people who suffer from migraines can clearly identify triggers or factors that cause the headaches, but many cannot. Potential migraine triggers include:

  • Allergies and allergic reactions
  • Bright lights, loud noises, and certain odors or perfumes
  • Physical or emotional stress
  • Changes in sleep patterns or irregular sleep
  • Smoking or exposure to smoke
  • Skipping meals or fasting
  • Alcohol
  • Menstrual cycle fluctuations,birth control pills, hormone fluctuations during menopause  onset
  • Tension headaches
  • Foods containing tyramine (red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, and some beans), monosodium glutamate (MSG), or nitrates (like bacon, hot dogs, and salami)
  • Other foods such as chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, avocado, banana, citrus, onions, dairy products, and fermented or pickled foods.

Triggers do not always cause migraines, and avoiding triggers does not always prevent migraine

 

 

 

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From what I have learned about it over these past 15 years I would say that MSM is worth researching.

http://www.msm-info.com/#Chronic

Chronic Pain

Perhaps the most remarkable discovery regarding MSM is that it is an effective pain killer.  MSM works for many types of chronic pain.  In March 1999, Stanley W. Jacob, M.D., and Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., published “The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain”. Their book was based on their experience as medical doctors and MSM researchers.  Dr. Jacob is the head of the DMSO Pain Clinic in Portland, OR, and a Professor at the Oregon Health Sciences University, and Dr. Lawrence was the founder of the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Association for the Study of Headaches.  Combined, they have over 20 years of experience with fighting pain with MSM.  They concluded that of more than 18,000 patients that suffered from chronic pain, about 70% experienced benefits from the use of MSM, finding that pain either diminished or disappeared altogether.

The types of pain which have been treated successfully with MSM include:

  • Personal injury due to accidents, burns, etc.
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lower back pains
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Muscle aches
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbows and other sports injuries
  • Carpal Syndrome
  • Sclerosis
  • Whiplash
  • RSI (Repititive Strain Injury)
  • Scars due to burns, operations, accidents, etc.

The way MSM impacts pain is currently explained by the following mechanisms:

  • MSM is a natural analgetic: it blocks the transfer of pain impulses through nerve fibers (C-fibers).
  • MSM blocks inflammations and inflammatory processes. MSM enhances the activity of cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the body.
  • MSM improves the permeability of cell membranes.  This improves the uptake of nutrients and many vitamins and the elimination of waste products and excess cellular fluids.
  • MSM dilates bloood vessels, enhancing the blood circulation.  This, too, helps to eliminate waste products from the body, which speeds up healing.
  • MSM is a muscle relaxant. This is an important and often overlooked benefit of MSM. Many chronic pains are aggrevated by chronic muscle tension in the body.
  • MSM aids the natural defense mechanisms in the body by regulating the prostaglandin metabolism, and regulates the formation of anitbodies and immune complexes.


MSM slows down and restores crosslinking in collagen.  Crosslinking in collagen is a natural process in scar formation, causing hard and often painful scar tissues. This may lead to chronic pain, particularly in the case of burn scars, in which large surface areas may be affected. MSM heals scar tissue, making the skin more flexible. People who have treated burn scars with a MSM ointment and seen their scars almost disappear, and have eliminated associated pains, form dramatic examples of MSM’s potency in this regard.

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