Keeping a Clear Head With ONE

Waking up to a throbbing pain on one side of your head is anything but pleasing. Migraines can attack at anytime throughout the day and night, but most frequently arise in the morning. A staggering 36 million Americans suffer from migraines. According to the Migraine Research foundation, this is a one in four households having someone with the condition. Dr. Burak Ozgur understands the agony associated with migraines and work effortlessly to come up with individualized treatment plans to alleviate the pain.
ONE Brain and Spine Center is conveniently located in Irvine and offers treatment to people in surrounding California areas. If you or someone you know suffers from severe migraines, read the following information and get help.
Typically, a migraine sufferer has symptoms of throbbing pain on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, and even nausea and vomiting. A person living with migraines can usually identify triggers that waken the episodes. Some foods, stress, changes in sleep patterns, and hormonal changes are common triggers that are associated with migraines. When a migraine hits, it starts gradual and the pain peaks, and then finally subsides. Some patients find their headaches to last between 4-6 hours, but some adults and even children will fight through the pain for a couple of days.
Cornelius Celsus, a Roman physician, describes a migraine as having “much torpor, heaviness of head, anxiety, and weariness. For they flee the light, the darkness soothes their disease; not can they bear readily to look upon or hear anything disagreeable…” Migraineurs would mostly agree. For centuries, people have been living with the disease. Julius Caesar, Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allen Poe, Elvis Presley, Janet Jackson, and Lisa Kudrow have all lived and fought with these chronic headaches. Along their treatments, patients are able to pinpoint what foods to steer clear from. They include:

  1. Alcohol: beer, red wine, sherry
  2. Foods with tyramine and phenylethylamine: amino acids found in chocolate and aged cheese
  3. Leftovers
  4. Sulfites: preservative commonly found in wine, most dried fruits (prunes, figs, apricots), canned vegetables and many processed foods
  5. Caffeine: Over the counter migraine medication often contains caffeine- be aware!

ONE Brain and Spine Center has offered a simple recipe for people who are living with chronic migraines. This delicious, easy meal will hopefully bring some ease to your pain. Contact a physician before you consider the following recipe. Report any known food allergies and consult with your doctor about what kinds of foods you should be eating and avoiding.
Lemon Baked Halibut with Garlic Braised Chicory
Serves 2
2 heads of chicory, cut into fourths
1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed
1/2 cup vegetable stock (no salt)
6oz Pacific halibut
1/2 lemon, very thinly sliced
2 tbsp chopped almonds, lightly toasted
1. Preheat the oven 400ºF
2. On a large baking sheet, place one layer of chicory. In a medium- size bowl, whisk the garlic and vegetable stock and pour on top of the chicory. Place the baking sheet on the top shelf of oven and bake for 30 minutes, turning the chicory over at 15 minutes. If the dish looks dry, add a little more stock.
3. Take the baking sheet out and place the halibut on top of the chicory. Lay the lemon slices on top. Put back in the oven and cook for another 8-10 minutes.
4. When the fish is cooked, transfer to a plate and sprinkle the toasted almonds over the chicory. With a knife, press the flesh of the lemon slices to squeeze the remaining juice onto the halibut. Lift and discard the slices and enjoy!
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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