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Migraines Caused By Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome


Author: Debbie W.
Date: 04-16-2014
Views: 4,071
Word Count: 280
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 9582-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 6

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I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is a hereditary disease caused by a defective gene that produces collagen. Collagen is in all connective tissue. Therefore, my cervical vertebrae dislocate, causing chronic daily headaches (5 to 7 out of 10 pain level) and migraines several times a month, lasting up to six days.

Since I found Young Living essential oils and have begun using them on a daily basis, I haven't had a migraine since October! My daily headaches are mostly gone, weather permitting. On stormy days they come back, and I have to use more essential oils more often or take a "morphine bomb" of oils.

I use 3-5 drops of the Thieves oil blend, Lavender, and Peppermint topically on areas of discomfort. At first I used them every couple of hours. As time went on and the headaches decreased in pain daily, I was able to stretch out time between applications. I also diffused Peace & Calming, Thieves, and the Stress Away oil blend.

My life has gotten so much better. Last year I couldn't focus because of the headaches, and it took me until June to get my taxes to the CPA. This year I had them there by February. Before October, I took naps every day. I spent most of my days in a recliner doing nothing much. I couldn't go out because I couldn't and wouldn't drive. Having blurred vision from headaches and feeling loopy from drugs, it was not safe to be driving.

I haven't used the following meds since October: Aleve, Tylenol, Motrin, Relpax, Anaprox, Methadone (Phenergan and Zyrtec also for the side effects), Lunesta, and Benadryl. I don't need the sleep meds because I'm not in pain.


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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: diffuse, diffusing, dystonia, ehler, hyperelasticity, hypermobility, luxation, spondylosis.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: headache — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
2.Associated topics: migraine,headache — "Peppermint and its active ingredient menthol have long been used for the treatment of various pain conditions including headache.... Menthol solution can be an efficacious, safe and tolerable therapeutic option for the abortive treatment of migraine."Link
3.Associated topics: migraine,headache — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
4.Associated topics: migraine,headache — "We report on a patient whose severe post-ECT headaches responded completely to methyl salicylate [wintergreen] ointment, applied to the area of his temporalis and masseter muscles. Topical methyl salicylate is generally well tolerated and may be a viable option for some patients with post-ECT headache."Link
5.Associated topics: headache — "The result for the primary end point was validated by the amelioration of the following secondary end points: headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion.... In patients with acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis, timely treatment with cineole [a.k.a. eucalyptol... found in eucalyptus, camphor laurel, laurus nobilis, tea tree, mugwort, basil, wormwood, rosemary, sage, and cannabis] is effective and safe before antibiotics are indicated."Link
6.Associated topics: migraine,headache — "This controlled study showed for the first time that a 10% peppermint oil in ethanol solution efficiently alleviates tension-type headache. Peppermint oil thus proves to be a well-tolerated and cost-effective alternative to usual therapies."Link

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