If you're a chronic sufferer of migraines, you know how much of a pain in the neck (or should we say head?) the sudden and intense onset of this condition can be. Nothing quite puts a damper on your day like being forced to sit in the dark with little to comfort you other than waiting out the headache.
Fortunate news published by Health.com could provide a possible solution for young people experiencing regular migraine pain. The article reveals that a recent study, which evaluated children, teens, and young adult migraine patients treated by Cincinnati Children’s Headache Center, suggests a high percentage of young people who suffer from chronic migraines had "mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10, which is a vitamin-like substance used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance." The findings may help regular sufferers in correcting vitamin deficiencies, which are often linked to chronic episodes.
The relief here is that regulating and monitoring levels of vitamin D (as well as other vitamins), could help prevent migraines and the pain altogether—without involving serious medications. It should be noted that more research is needed to provide definitive results, as noted by the study's lead author Dr. Suzanne Hagler. She explained, “Further studies are needed to elucidate whether vitamin supplementation is effective in migraine patients in general, and whether patients with mild deficiency are more likely to benefit from supplementation."
For now, it could be beneficial to speak to your doctor about regularly checking for deficiencies and stabilizing vitamin levels for your overall health, especially if you're a young person experiencing chronic pain associated with migraines.
Do you find it surprising that migraines are linked to vitamin D deficiencies? If you suffer from them, it may be time to add the supplement to your daily diet.
*Always consult your physician before adding any supplement to your diet.