Yesterday's MS headline study re: MS and Migraines came out citing MS'rs as having sig more than pop at large...one of my personal daily battles now appears to be transient head pressure...and what seems to help me is coffee...a constrictor...
question: any idea what might naturally work as a constrictor/ or like migraine med that i understand keeps the veins from constricting & dilating
You're right, Jeck... caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, so it forces the heart to work harder to pump blood, but when you drink coffee, actually more blood reaches the brain, rather than less. I know, it seems contrary.
Caffeine is used in painkillers is because it gets stuff into your system more quickly...since your heart is pumping more quickly. But caffeine doesn't do anything for pain, it can exacerbate it. Some folks get caffeine withdrawal headaches, it they're addicted to it. It's the change in vessel pressure which makes the pain.
In migraine, it's the spasm of blood vessels in the brain which first causes constriction (and aura in some) and then dilation, which causes the pain.
So the cure to migraine or headache is not vasoconstriction or dilation...but regulation. You want the vessels to stop spasming, and causing this constriction/dilation scenario.
It's all about balance, and stopping vessel spasms. Caffeine may not be the best thing for you, Jack. Maybe try a green or peppermint tea? JL's right about mag. I was a migrainer, and haven't had one since I started following Jeff's program for endothelial health.
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