WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – If you’ve never had migraines before, consider yourself lucky.
“For me personally, a migraine is nausea. It affects my whole body. It’s brain fog incapable of forming sentences, ”says Jessica Nofire, Derby, explaining the difference between headaches and migraines.
Nofire has had migraines since she was 16. The pain has progressed over time.
“It just takes me out of my function,” she said.
She has tried managing her symptoms with over-the-counter medications, ice packs on her neck and forehead, essential oils, total darkness, and stretches. She visited her GPs for injections and sometimes went to the emergency room after work.
One suggestion on a Migraine Facebook group caught Nofire’s attention: the Allay lamp.
Jessica Nofire says the Allay lamp helped her have fewer debilitating migraines. (KSN photo)
Rami Burnstein, a professor at Harvard Medical School, developed the unique device after examining blind migraineurs. Dr. Burnstein discovered that their headaches increased when they were placed in the light, although the patients could not see that a light was shining on them.
“We found that this narrow band of green light actually calms and calms your brain,” says Ajay Kori, the entrepreneur behind the lamp.
Nofire uses the lamp every day as a preventive measure, noting that it is not a complete cure, but it helps its function.
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“It helps me actually sit there and read a book or just sit there. I use it at night, every night, ”she said.
A good night’s sleep is one way Nofire can avoid a migraine. She reports that she has had about five or six migraines a month since getting the lamp, compared to the 15+ she used to have monthly.
In Newton, Aerielle Carter has had migraines since she was a teenager. She tried holistic measures in the early years, watching her diet, caffeine, and stress.
“We couldn’t find any real triggers,” Carter said.
Sensitivity to light and loud noises while having a migraine can make Carter twitch. The blood pressure drug propanolol helped her.
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“We tried a super-low dose, actually half the regular dose it would be on a prescription for a normal person, and it worked,” Carter said.
Propanolol helps Carter avoid strong pain relievers. She’s also tried ginger tea, certain types of beans, and essential oils, and she’s reducing her caffeine intake throughout the day instead of having a large cup of coffee in the morning and not drinking anything for the rest of the day.
Keeping a good record in the early stages of migraine tracking is Carter’s best advice to identify triggers and take that information to your doctor.
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Nofire and Carter alike asked for compassion for those suffering from migraines, rather than frustration at the frequency of pain or adjustments they might need.
KSN asked migraineurs what would help them. Reactions include peppermint oil, Equiscope therapy, and soaking your face in ice-cold water.
Do you suffer from migraines? Take part in the discussion, what works for you?
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