Summer Migraine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/05

Summer Migraine

A lot of migraine sufferers dread this time of year, because as that sun gets more intense it can be a trigger for more migraines!

"It's so debilitating that I have to lie down, be in a dark room, stop anything I'm doing. So it paralyzes my life. It's excruciating. It's more than painful,"says Norma Russo a migraine sufferer.

"Patients typically will tell us, and our phones ring off the hook at this time of the year, that spring going into summer, your headaches just increase in frequency," says Dr. Larry Newman at St. Luke's Roosevelt Medical Center.

Dr. Newman says summer just seems to bring more reasons for a migraine flare-up. For example, he says a cookout has all the ingredients for a head splitter. First, the nitrites in cured meats like hot dogs and sausage are a common trigger. Also, beer and wine and alcohol in general can set off a headache. Combine all that with the heat of an outdoor Bar-BQ and he says a migraine is almost sure to follow. But you can reduce your risk by sticking to a routine. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, and don't skip any meals.

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