Aly Raisman Shares Her Olympic-Winning Battle with Migraines


Alexandra “Aly” Raiman dominated the world of creative gymnastics as the captain of the “Fierce Five” and “Final Five” U.S. Olympic groups, taking house several medals that consist of 3 golds. The inspiring 27-year-old from Needham, MA, is a UNICEF Kid Power ambassador and fearlessly stepped forward in uniformity with the numerous victims who were sexually abused by previous group doctor, Larry Nassar. Since retiring from gymnastics, Raisman made herself much more fans by putting 4th in Season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars,” and has just recently started sharing her individual experiences of migraine.

Muscle & Fitness Hers took a seat with the embellished professional athlete for more information about the signs and treatments of migraine, and how the devastating condition typically goes unattended.

“As a gymnast, I always tried to power through,” states Raisman. “I wasn’t taught, when I was younger, to reflect on how I was feeling. I wasn’t empowered to advocate for myself or to be able to ask for help, and so for me it was always just trying to push through, which I think a lot of athletes can relate to. I can remember often times, during competitions, after competitions, and same with training, I would get extreme sensitivity around my scalp and I always thought that it was because I had my hair up in a really tight bun, but I realized through working with Dr. Blumenfeld (director of the Headache Center of Southern California) that this is actually a symptom of a migraine. And when I look back, now that I understand more of the symptoms, of what a migraine looks like, I’ve realized that there were so many times during competitions and even now in my everyday life, because I do a lot of public speaking now, and at times a migraine is triggered.”

Migraines Are Hereditary

“My mom also suffers with migraines,” states Raisman. “It’s actually more common in women and a lot of people that are suffering from migraines go undiagnosed. That’s why I am very passionate about talking about this.”

Indeed, the Migraine Research Foundation states that 28 of the 39 million American’s experiencing migraine are ladies. Conversely, it is more typical amongst kids throughout youth, and it is believed that as female estrogen levels increase through the age of puberty, ladies’s possibility of suffering will increase. Many ladies likewise discover that migraine signs are impacted by menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.

“When I was growing up, I would watch my mom be in bed with the lights out, in so much pain, and so uncomfortable, but I never actually put 2 and 2 together that I could actually be struggling with migraine as well,” remembers the Olympic icon.

Migraine Symptoms

Being as fit as an Olympian doesn’t prevent you from experiencing the signs of migraine. “I have been struggling for years and years with nausea, fatigue, light-sensitivity, headaches, and neck pain,” states Raisman. “And, to be honest, I had no idea why I was feeling this way, and so when I was finally diagnosed, it felt validating because I could finally understand why I was feeling the way that I do.” Symptoms likewise consist of hazy vision or blind areas, lightheadedness and problem with speaking.

Migraine Diagnosis

A Migraine medical diagnoses will likely consist of an assessment of your household’s case history. A physician who is trained in dealing with headaches, such as a neurologist, is typically able to offer a relatively fast appraisal on whether you are a migraine victim. In complex or extreme cases, MRI or CT scans might likewise be utilized in order to eliminate other reasons for head discomfort.

Migraine Treatments

Diet is believed to contribute in activating migraines therefore patients are motivated to prevent nitrate-rich foods such as bacon and sausage. Red red wine, processed and marinaded foods, and cultured dairy items like yogurt, buttermilk, and sour cream might have unfavorable repercussions. On the other hand, ginger might assist with alleviating queasiness and migraine seriousness and period. Magnesium abundant foods such as seeds, nuts, eggs, and milk are believed to assist given that magnesium shortage has actually been connected to migraines. Exercises such as yoga and meditation sessions are likewise trusted by numerous patients to alleviate their signs

On the medical side, Raisman was just recently recommended with UBRELVY, and states that the tablets are offering her with terrific relief. Other supporters of UBRELVY consist of tennis ace Serena Williams. According to the business’s site, this is “the first pill of its kind designed to directly block the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGPR) protein believed to play a major role in migraine attacks by causing pain and inflammation.” UBRELVY is just recommended for grownups who are intense migraine patients. “It does cause a little bit of nausea and fatigue,” states Dr Blumenfeld. “It gives about 60% of patients migraine relief within two hours, and one in five free of headache in two hours.”

Seek Help

“I know that a lot of people are struggling in silence,” states Raisman. “Whether it’s someone that is suffering with migraines, or anxiety or depression, or going through something really traumatic and trying to navigate that, I would say it is really important to remember to treat ourselves the way that we would treat a loved one or someone that we care about. If someone came to us that wasn’t feeling well and was really struggling and if something was affecting them so much that it was impacting their everyday life, most of us would suggest that they see a doctor and that they get help. And I think it’s so important that we offer ourselves the same advice and kindness and we do get checked out because what we are feeling is real, and it’s valid, and I think it’s so important that we all feel the best that we can.”

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