Jordin Sparks on Managing Migraines

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An estimated 36 million Americans suffer from migraines, and the condition is three times more common in women than in men. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and actress Jordin Sparks is all too familiar with the debilitating pain that migraines can cause, having suffered from them for years.

“I’ll get an occasional headache, but a migraine is definitely different from a headache,” Jordin says. “For me, it starts with a dull ache, and then all of a sudden, it becomes this increasing pain. I get an aura on the outside of my eye and then I get nauseous.”

Jordin adds that when her migraines present, she develops a strong sensitivity to light and sounds, and she often has to lie down in a dark room until the pain subsides.

According to the American Migraine Foundation, migraine is an inherited neurological disorder characterized by an over-excitability of particular areas of the brain. Not all migraine sufferers have a specific trigger for their attacks; however, there are common potential causes that have been identified.

Environmental factors, such as weather and bright lights, have been shown to prompt migraines in some patients. Other potential triggers include pungent smells, such as perfumes and gasoline, and the consumption of processed foods (particularly those containing monosodium glutamate), certain cheeses, citrus fruits and alcohol. Additionally, migraines have been linked to hormone fluctuations, sleep deprivation and stress.

While there is no definitive cure for migraines, they can be managed in various ways. When Jordin develops a migraine, she says staying hydrated, using cold compresses and wearing an eye mask can help moderately alleviate the pain, but her go-to solution is Excedrin Migraine.

“Excedrin Migraine is the only thing that works for me to nip my migraines in the bud,” Jordin says. “It starts to relieve my pain in 30 minutes or less.”

Excedrin offers five different formulations to provide fast relief for headaches ranging from mild to severe. Their website also features a new product selector to help people determine which type of Excedrin to use to treat headache and/or migraine symptoms.

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