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Heal Your Headaches with the Right Vitamins and Supplements

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Headache Vitamins

Headaches can stop you in your tracks. Learn which types of headaches can be helped with vitamins and supplements.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches usually affect one side of the head and can be excruciating. Migraines can be caused by food sensitivities/allergies, muscle malfunction, and over -stimulated nerves. Most people are completely intolerant to light when they have a migraine and may also experience nausea and auras. If your doctor has diagnosed you with migraine headaches, then you should have prescription migraine medication on hand to handle attacks. There are also steps you can take before migraines happen to avoid them. Research shows that vitamin B2 (riboflavin) can improve brain metabolism and decrease migraine occurrence. Balanced B vitamin levels also help to prevent them. Some people find migraine relief through a B12 shot, which can be prescribed by a doctor.
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Part 2: Natural Relief for Neuralgia

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

In “Part 1” of this series, we discussed the different types of neuralgia pain that you may be experiencing. Here we will go over some root causes of neuralgic pain and help you to learn how to naturally treat them. Of course, a proper diagnosis may be necessary, because serious infections, tumors, deformities in bone or artery structures, or trauma to the nerve could be serious underlying causes that need to be treated by a doctor. As always, speak with your doctor and review all current medications and conditions before starting a vitamins and supplements routine to treat your neuralgia.

All of the underlying causes of neuralgia are not understood by the medical community. Here we will discuss the most widely accepted causes and possible natural treatments of your neuralgic pain.

Chemical Imbalance: In the case of chemical imbalance, a trigger, such as alcohol, caffeine, monosodium glutamate (MSG) exposure, even barometric pressure changes, sets off a release of neuropeptides that aggravate and inflame nerves. The nerves then send pain messages to the brain, which in turn, releases more neuropeptides. This continuous cycle is called a positive feedback loop, and is one of the reasons that neurologic pain can become excruciating. Triggers differ from person to person, so keeping a pain diary, which tracks your daily habits, can help you to determine what triggers you have. Common triggers include dyes, stress, aged cheeses, sulfites, nitrates, allergies, and illness. Some people even report certain sounds triggering migraine or neuralgia attacks. Muscle spasms and the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles can chemically trigger a positive feedback loop. Lowered serotonin levels are thought to trigger a release of neuropeptides as well, which is why your doctor may recommend antidepressant medications for preventing migraines or neuralgic pain.

Vessel Dilation and Constriction: In addition to inflammation of nerve tissues, medications or other triggers can cause blood vessel dilation. Rapid dilation or constriction causes nerves in the face and head to send pain messages to the brain, which in turn causes a rapid rebound effect, causing extreme pain. Think about how an ice cream headache or brain freeze occurs. Cold substances come into contact with the roof of your mouth, causing a quick constriction of the blood vessels there. This sends a pain signal to the brain, neuropeptides are released, and the vessels of the face quickly dilate. This causes extreme pain, usually near the forehead and/or sinuses. Although a brain freeze usually only lasts a few seconds, it is the same vascular mechanism that causes migraines and neuralgic pain.

Many people are interested in preventing neuralgia attacks naturally, instead of taking drugs with unwanted side effects. The most commonly prescribed migraine and neuralgia preventative is a seizure medication and has side effects such as birth defects, loss of short term memory, hair loss, fatigue, and other “cognitive-related dysfunctions”. In fact, the studies of these types of drugs only shows around a 30% reduction in attacks and almost 30% of users report unwanted or debilitating cognitive-related dysfunction.

Studies on the use of B vitamins to treat migraine and neuralgia pain, length and frequency showed around a 50% improvement for participants. Balanced B vitamin levels reduced homocysteine levels, markers for inflammation in the body, by 39%. Vitamin C, or sodium ascorbate, flushes chemicals out of the body while strengthening nerve fibers and blood vessel walls. Eliminating trigger foods and allergies from your diet combined with the appropriate vitamin levels for your body could help you to resolve the underlying issues that are contributing to your pain.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Part 1: Natural Relief for Neuralgia

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Neuralgia is pain in a nerve, or group of nerves, without stimulation of the pain receptors. Since most pain medications affect only pain receptors, they have little or no affect on neuralgic pain.

Normally, pain receptors must be excited to cause pain. However, with neuralgia, the nerve itself malfunctions. It becomes sensitive and begins to create tiny signals between the fibers of the nerve. Getting to the root of the problem by treating the nerve sensitivity and other underlying causes of neuralgia can be very beneficial. First we will discuss the types of neuralgia that are most commonly suffered, their possible causes, and then their natural treatments.

1) Atypical trigeminal neuralgia sufferers have a constant migraine-like headache combined with pain in the teeth, ears, sinuses, temples, jaw, cheeks, and/or around the eyes. Pain can also shoot to the back of the scalp and neck. This condition is sometimes called an “atypical” migraine. It occurs due to vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve, which can happen if the teeth or sinuses have a viral or bacterial infection, or trauma. It is characterized by an electric-type shock or sharp stabbing pain.

2) Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is characterized by the same type of pain, but more central in the head. Glossopharyngeal pain attacks the back of the tongue, throat, inside of the nostrils, and/or parts of the ears. The glossopharyngeal nerve controls the muscles of the throat and sends messages from the tongue, throat and tonsils to the brain. This condition can occur if an artery is abnormally positioned and compresses the nerve where it exits the brain stem. Sometimes this pain is caused by a brain or neck tumor.

3) Occipital neuralgia is sometimes called C2 neuralgia, cervicogenic headache, or Arnold’s neuralgia. This pain in the occipital nerve affects the back of the head, upper neck and behind the eyes. This condition stems from the top of the spinal column, where the upper cervical spinal cord nerves and trigeminal nerve converge. The spinal cord nerves send sensory signals up to the brain while the trigeminal nerve sends signals down from the face and eyes, and head.

Malfunctions in the muscles, soft tissues, bony structures, or vascular structures in the neck can lead to nerve sensitivity and misfirings. Because the nerve cluster here sends signals in opposite directions, you can have misfire crossover, creating a positive feedback loop that is very hard to treat. A positive feedback loop is a series of signals that activate each other. For example, muscle spasms or vessel dilation press on the occipital nerve at the base of the skull, sending pain signals to the brain. The trigeminal nerve is activated to send signals to the brain that pain in the face and head is present. The sensitivity of the nerves can cause them to send their signals down or up the wrong nerve in the wrong direction, causing more severe pain and even stroke-like symptoms, such as memory loss, confusion, and amnesia.

In Part 2: Natural Relief for Neuralgia, we will discuss how to get to the root causes of these types of pain using natural techniques, vitamins and supplements. While not everything is completely understood by the medical community about neuralgia, we can still work with what we do know. Sometimes something as simple as taking the best vitamin C, like sodium ascorbate or vitamin C powder, daily can help to strengthen nerve fibers, reduce overall inflammation, remove culprit toxins, and boost the immunity needed to combat triggers.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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