New Stopain® Migraine Becomes a Must-Have in Migraine Survival Kits.
Health-minded consumers with migraines have struggled to find safe and effective relief for their migraines. Many are now opting for alternative remedies to keep on hand in their migraine survival kits. Migraine sufferers, especially Millennial women and mothers, tell us they need effective relief for their often debilitating migraine pain, but prefer to avoid the side effects that can occur with aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine. Many also want to avoid taking pills.
Stopain® Migraine, the newest product offered by Troy Healthcare, LLC, is a topical pain relieving gel that is massaged onto the back of the neck and behind each ear. The homeopathic blend of ingredients follow the guidelines of The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United State (HPUS) and is recommended by Primary Care Physicians and OBGYNs. Stopain Migraine begins to work as soon as it’s applied, can be reapplied after 30 minutes, and can be used up to four times daily. It’s unique in that it can be used alone, or in addition to other ingestible migraine products to relieve migraine pain.
The observational study conducted by the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University shows that Stopain Migraine fills the void for discerning consumers looking for an alternative migraine relief product that is healthy and safe. Lead researcher and renowned neurologist Dr. Stephen Silberstein stated, “Stopain Migraine is unique in that it works alone, but can be used in conjunction with oral therapies for relief, reapplied up to four times daily in the event it’s needed.”
The brand recently conducted shop-along research with female migraine sufferers who prioritize health and safety. “Many of the women we shopped with told us they like that Stopain Migraine lacks systemic side effects and can be used in conjunction with other products – whether that’s natural remedies like peppermint essential oil, Epson salts and ginger tea, or even prescription drugs or other over-the-counter products,” said Anthony Cicini, vice president of Troy Healthcare, maker of Stopain Migraine.
In addition to providing effective relief quickly, Stopain Migraine offers peace of mind for migraine sufferers, knowing the product is free from aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine, has no known drug interactions and contains no dyes or preservatives. Look for Stopain Migraine to become a must-have product in migraine sufferers’ survival kits, whether on the go, at the office, or at home.
Consumers can now find Stopain Migraine nationwide for the SRP of $11.99 at CVS, Rite Aid, Wegmans, and Navarro stores, typically found in the headache and migraine aisle. Stopain Migraine is also sold online at Amazon.com. For more information visit www.StopainMigraine.com and read customer reviews at facebook.com/StopainMigraine
There is never a good time for a migraine, but the issue is compounded when you also have to take care of your children. The unpredictable nature of migraines can make it difficult to care for a family or even plan for help last minute when the pain sets in. It may even cause you to miss out on major life moments, from school plays to Little League baseball games (Migraine.com reports that 59% of migraine sufferers have missed family events due to their migraine symptoms). Additionally, the medications that you take may produce side effects that interfere with daily life.
However, there is help for parents with migraines:
Identify and avoid migraine triggers. Migraines may be triggered by a wide variety of factors: stress, changes in weather, lack of sleep and of course, certain foods or beverages. Keep a migraine diary to help develop a clearer understanding of your own particular condition and your triggers so you can try your best to eliminate them. (Check out the free MigraineChecked app to scan and track your food and beverage triggers.)
Be prepared. Make sure you have your migraine medications readily available and take them as directed. If the medicines you are prescribed have side effects that will impact your ability to care for your children, consider asking your doctor for an alternative medication, or consider options that relieve migraine pain without any known side effects, such as Stopain Migraine topical migraine pain relieving gel available at stores and online nationwide.
Talk to your kids about your migraines. Educate your children about migraines. Help them to understand and engage them to support you (children may even enjoy being a little helper when you aren’t feeling your best). This may help calm any fears they may have when they see you having a migraine and understand why your usual routine may change on those days.
Have trusted people on call. Have close family or friends on deck for those days when it is too difficult to function and perform parenting duties. Talk with them in advance about your migraines and the childcare you may need.
Be kind to yourself. Your migraine may cause family plans to change or make you unable to attend certain events, but don’t add guilt to the mix. This may create additional stress that creates a cycle of suffering, so talk to you doctor about how you are feeling emotionally as much as physically.
Statistically women are reported to have three times as many migraine attacks as men. However, this divide may have less to do with gender triggers, and more to do with the fact that men don’t seek the advice of or diagnosis by medical professionals, so their incidence is not properly reflected in the numbers. According to The National Migraine Association, approximately 70% of men with migraines have never been properly diagnosed.
If you’re a man, or know a man in your life, with migraines, here are some important things to know:
- Men with migraines have increased risk of heart attack: Men who experience migraine attacks have a 24% increased risk of suffering from major cardiovascular problems and a 42% increased risk of suffering a heart attack. Seeing a doctor for migraines means better monitoring of your condition.
- Don’t confuse a sinus headache for a migraine. Although symptoms may be similar, make sure you are properly addressing your illness. Medication for a sinus headache could even be making migraines worse – not to mention you’re missing out on effective migraine relief medication to help ease the pain. Try topical pain relief options, such as Stopain Migraine pain relieving gel, which is applied to the back of the neck behind each ear up to four times daily, with no known side effects. It can be used in conjunction with oral medications since there are no known drug interactions.
- Sports and migraines. Men who played/play contact sports can have increased risk for migraine due to concussions, whiplash and sudden jolts. The post-traumatic headache after a concussion is no joke, and any concern over this should be discussed with a physician and activity limited until you’ve been cleared by a doctor. Additionally, if you play sports or workout regularly, make sure to stay properly hydrated, since dehydration can also set off an attack.
- Lifestyles can affect migraines. Alcohol consumption, lack of sleep and diets rich in processed meats, nitrates and condiments high in MSG can all be migraine triggers, so take note on what you are eating and drinking daily to manage migraines, and keep a regular sleep routine. Monitor food triggers at your fingertips by downloading the free MigraineChecked app for your smartphone that can help you identify food ingredients that may trigger a migraine.
When it comes to enduring a migraine at the office, you’re not alone. Millions of migraine sufferers not only experience the struggle and reduced productivity that can result, but, oftentimes, less-than-supportive employers and co-workers who don’t understand what living with migraines are like.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine is the 6th most disabling illness in the world, causing 90% of sufferers to be unable to work or function normally during their migraine. This results in a collective of 113 million lost work days that cost employers $13 billion each year. So what can be done to help effectively manage migraines at work?
- Educate your boss and co-workers about migraine. If you want to deal with it head on, educate your boss and/or co-workers that need to know about your condition. Help them to understand and engage them to support you. Proper understanding of migraine is important to help dispel misunderstandings and myths. Let them know how you intend to make up any lost hours/days, as that may be a key concern, and assures them you are being proactive.
- Create a comfortable working environment. Make sure your desk has adequate lighting that won’t trigger a migraine or worsen symptoms. If you sit next to a window, ask your employer for window blinds to avoid bright sunlight. Ensure that computer screens are properly adjusted and fitted with anti-glare filters, and use a desk lamp with a bulb that creates more natural lighting vs. overhead fluorescent lighting, when possible.
- Avoid strong smells. Ask your colleagues to be considerate of wearing perfumes and colognes, or cooking strong-scented foods in the office microwave, if you are scent sensitive.
- Be prepared. Make sure you have your migraine medications readily available and take them as directed. If the medicines you are prescribed have side effects that will impact performance at work, consider asking your doctor for an alternative medication, or consider options that relieve migraine pain without known side effects, such as Stopain Migraine topical gel.
- Keep a migraine diary. Develop a clearer understanding of your own particular condition and how work impacts it. Keeping a migraine diary can be one way to help identify your specific migraine triggers at the office (take particular note of any warning signs that you may get before a migraine sets in while on the job, as these may be different than at home).
- Track your food. There are many free resources available that can help you identify food ingredients that may trigger a migraine at work( like MigraineChecked.) If an office mate brings in a shareable snack item, look it up in the app or scan the bar code to see if it might trigger a migraine before you indulge. And make sure you eat regularly to avoid getting over-hungry.
- Drink plenty of water. You should aim for at least two liters of water a day. It’s easy to forget to drink water when you’re busy at work! Limit your intake of coffee and tea if caffeine is a trigger, and, instead, bring a large, refillable water bottle to sip on throughout the day. Consider asking your workplace to install a filtered water system or getting a water cooler if the tap water doesn’t suffice.
- Understand your disability. If your migraine starts to prohibit you from being a reliable employee, discuss it with with your doctor. You might qualify for disability benefits and legal protection if you are fired from your job. Migraine headache falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so understand your rights — and those of your employer — so there are no misunderstandings.
- Consider a change. In careers, that is. No matter what you do at work, sometimes it’s the actual JOB that might be the trigger. Know your limits and consider making a change for your health, if you find that it’s necessary.
Guest Post by Victoria Brodsky, Head of Nutrition, MigraineChecked
If you’re a migraineur, you know that your migraines may be triggered by a wide variety of factors: stress, changes in weather, fasting patterns, and of course, certain foods or beverages. Many foods, like dark chocolate, aged cheese, beans and dairy have a bad rap, since migraine sufferers have self-reported these foods or beverages as definite migraine triggers (even though there still lacks significant scientific evidence to confirm that this is true).
However, no matter whether it’s scientifically proven that certain foods can trigger the physiological changes that cause migraine, the best way to prevent your migraine is to be mindful of potential food triggers that are specific to you. Here are some tips that can help identify potential food triggers that may help avoid a migraine.
1) Track your food.
Not only will writing down everything you eat and drink allow you to quickly identify certain foods or eating patterns that may have triggered your migraine, but simply tracking your food can help you keep your weight in check. Studies have shown that overweight or obese individuals are often more likely to experience migraines or chronic headaches and that losing weight can help reduce the occurrence of migraines [1, 2].
2) Eat clean.
You may have seen this trend on Pinterest or in magazines, but clean eating is not just a fad – it usually sums up how a healthy, balanced diet should be. Clean eating means your diet is made up of mostly whole, fresh, unprocessed foods like fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains (foods without a label, or very few ingredients). By simply cutting out packaged and processed foods, you are limiting what your potential food triggers may be instead of trying to dissect a bunch of long ingredient labels.
3) Utilize free tools.
There are many resources out there that can help you identify food ingredients that may trigger a migraine. MigraineChecked does just that. When you scan a food or beverage bar code, it will tell you whether or not it contains a “common” migraine trigger ingredient. What’s most helpful is that it bolds the ingredients that triggered the warning, which can you pinpoint exactly what might be a problem you and your migraines. It’s available for iphone and Android phones.