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“I take my medication at the first sign of pain, often with a strong cup of coffee. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels, but it also has an analgesic adjuvant property—which means that adding caffeine to a pain medication boosts the pain-relieving quality of that medication.”
—Lawrence C. Newman, MD, Director of the Headache Division and Clinical Professor of Neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center
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“I really try to practice what I preach—preventing migraines with ‘SEEDS‘:
E—is for exercising regularly (at least three times a week, I get my heart rate up to the target for 20 minutes).
E—stands for eating healthy (I will do six small meals a day—you’re trying to prevent blood sugar peaks and valleys).
D—is a headache diary. I use an app on my phone called Migraine Buddy. D also stands for drinking water! Dehydration is a strong migraine trigger for me.
S—The last one is hardest: stress reduction. I can’t control external things but I try to control how I respond so I don’t get headaches from stress.”
—Amaal Starling, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona
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