Entry #20 (Findings after Research Level 19)
I haven't really mentioned the aura symptom much because they don't come along with my form of migraines. Now to touch upon beta-blockers and the preventative treatments that many doctors and patients swear by. These drugs are known to be cheap in cost, lead to having vivid dreams, cause fatigue and are often taken daily. They are considered enhancing drugs for Olympic athletes. 2/3's of patients say they see a 50 percent decrease in their migraines by taking a daily dose of beta-blocker. The long term effects are unknown for these drugs (some say they can lead to liver cancer etc.) A close family member is taking one called Metoprolol and is seeing positive results. This one in particular is known for blocking certain natural chemicals in your body that effect heart and blood vessels resulting in a lowered heart rate, lower blood pressure and less strain on the heart. Usually beta-blockers come with a wide range of side effects and the pharmaceutical companies like to list as many as they can to be overly proactive in defensive legal ways. They range from: flushing of the face, an increase in headaches, constipation, weight gain, sedation, hair loss and impaired cognitive functions.