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By Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D., About.com Guide November 30, 2011
About a week and a half ago, I eliminated caffeine from my world. That's right, I stopped drinking my beloved coffee.
I took such a drastic step because I have been getting migraine headaches - sometimes full-blown, grit-your-teeth-in-pain ones, and other times, just really uncomfortable ones. All of these headaches were combined with nausea and many of them also came with sensitivity to light. People with multiple sclerosis are much more prone to migraines and headaches in general, than the rest of the population, but they are usually treated the same way. I have tried migraine meds before. While they did work, they knocked me out or made me feel "off."
I also knew that these headaches were directly related to something I was eating or drinking. I would be fine until I ate something or drank anything besides water. About 75% of the time, as soon as I consumed something, I would have a major headache. I made an appointment with an allergist, who told me that my symptoms were not those of an allergy and that he couldn't help me (besides telling me not to eat things that seemed to bother me).
One night, I decided to do a little digging around and found the book by David Buchholz, Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain. Sure enough, Dr. Buchholz, a Johns Hopkins physician, says that many migraines are caused by food triggers. He presents a diet plan to follow that eliminates all triggers for 4 months (then you can add them back in if they don't bother you). Caffeine is number one on his list of triggers and he does say that people with migraines should NEVER add caffeine back to their diet.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
AANN, ARN, and IOMSN Release Nursing Management of the Patient with Multiple Sclerosis in the Clinical Practice Guideline Series
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
New research, led by Dr. Peter Stys from the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute, is going to look at damage that occurs in MS prior to inflammation.
The work, being done in collaboration with scientists at several other institutions, is being funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation.
The society and foundation have awarded a $3.8-million grant to the researchers looking at this issue.
To date science has attributed the damage done in the disease to autoimmune attacks, but this research team wants to see whether the inflammation process is triggered by an underlying degenerative process.
About 10 per cent of people with MS are diagnosed with the primary progressive form of the disease.
Secondary progressive MS is more common; it begins as relapsing remitting MS, but within 10 years half of the people diagnosed with relapsing MS go on to develop secondary progressive.
There are seven licensed disease modifying treatments for relapsing MS in Canada, but little progress has been made in managing primary progressive MS or secondary progressive MS without relapses.
"We urgently need research that tackles the challenges unique to the progressive forms of MS," says Karen Lee, vice-president of research, MS Society of Canada.
Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/20111129/multiple-sclerosis-inflammation-111129/#ixzz1f9P8IwPg