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Coffee And Migraine: What You Need To Know

All around the world, people experience headaches for different reasons. With that being said however, it’s surprising to see how little available data and research there is on certain factors that can influence headaches from all over the globe. Still, studies are continuously made, with a number of them finding a connection between caffeine and migraines.

Caffeine Migraine

If you think about the “science” behind it, then it seems that it “makes sense.” After all, caffeine helps keep us awake, and most people use it as a shot of energy to power through the day regardless of amount of sleep or rest the night before. For many, that can be an easy headache trigger, some sort of price to pay for trying to keep awake despite lack of sleep.

However, caffeine itself can actually both be a treatment and trigger for headaches like migraine. In fact, a slew of medicines that are used to treat migraine even contain some amount of caffeine.

Caffeine does this by exhibiting vasoconstrictive properties that can restrict the blood flow that enlarges prior to a migraine, decreasing the pain caused by it. However, it can also make migraines worse. Like most people, one can easily be dependent on it, which means that to get better results, you will drink more. And an increase in caffeine levels in your body can be very harmful that it can cause sleep interruptions, tremors and even nervousness.

Recently, caffeine disorder has been identified as a legitimate health risk and is recognized as a real problem for people.

Caffeine Treatment

Back in 2016, a study was made that revealed people who experience migraine reduced its pain after stopping caffeine intake. However, this doesn’t mean that you should completely refrain from drinking coffee, especially when you a feel a migraine coming on.

As always, taking too much of something (in this case, caffeine) can be very harmful for you. Lastly, the American Migraine Foundation warns against treating migraine with caffeine and advises to use other forms of treatment. Caffeine intake for migraines shouldn’t be done more than twice a week as well.

Coffee Estimates show that 64 percent of the population in the U.S. drink a cup of coffee every day. Pixabay

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