Harvin Misses Practice With “Headache”

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on January 21, 2010 – 3:10 pm

Vikings rookie WR missed today’s practice with what Head Coach Brad Childress called a headache, according to the Star-Tribune’s Judd Zulgad.  Harvin, of course, missed time earlier this season due to migraines, and has battled them off and on for much of his football-playing career.

His status for Sunday’s game is now up in the air, though Childress said the team expects him to be okay.

The addition of Harvin was the only change from yesterday’s injury report.

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44 Responses to “Harvin Misses Practice With “Headache””

  1. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply


  2. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply


  3. By DukeScout on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I had a best friend with Migrains and Nothing and I mean nothing will help them but a dark quiet room. Except when my friend found out about Accupuncture and he SWEARS by it!!!
    Percy, try it!!! It will work! If anybody know a better way to get in contact with Coach Childres or anybody who dan get the word to the team please forward this info to them!

  4. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply


  5. By CDRIVER on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply


  6. By SkolVikings on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Calm down people… there’s no reason to think we wont play… yet. wait until tommorrow. I fully expect Williams to play … it could lead to the last game of his career… as for Edwards, I think he’ll play, but we will probably see more reps out of Kennedy, and he can handle the Saints. we still have Rice, Peterson, Taylor, Kliensaucer, Berrian, Greg Lewis, Shiacone…. Even 5 TD Jeff Dogan. Point? We have plenty of weapons. Im honestly more worried about Winfield. We need our Line backer, secondary core, and O-Line to be at their best. We have the weapons to get the Aints …

  7. By Timmy-55811 on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Calm down everyone.

    Injuries are part of the game that is why it is a TEAM sport, we have to have faith that others will step up and make big plays.

    A healthy 1998 team in the Championship game didn’t help us then! Tom Brady was a back up and took his team all the way, just tune ur TV to the game on sunday and have ur pop and chips ready for a great game :)

  8. By Vikings Fan from Afar (West) on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    It’s sad to hear that Percy is in a lot of pain right now. He’s such a bright spark, it bothers me that this happened to him.

  9. By paul on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    To many butt slappens from BreTT,. Maybe Bretts grandma (MEMA) can fix him up in time.

  10. By Paul on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Forget the chiropractor. Here is the solution and I’m not even a Viking’s fan but I am a physician and this has worked on even 4-day long migraines: cervical injections with Lidocaine 1% (plain, NO epinephrine). Inject 1.5ml paravertebral, both sides, one thumb lateral to C-6. Use the 25 gauge x 1-1/4 inch needle. Needle to the fascia, feel the “pop” and inject. Works within 5 minutes. May, in a rare instance, need to repeat once. If not complete resolution then it will be decreased to completely tolerable level.

    Bon Chance!

  11. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    does anyone else have trouble with the videos that just came on. I get the advertising part but then it just shuts off.

  12. By vikefan4eva on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Me too! What’s up with the videos?!

  13. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I wish I knew but I just went on to NFL Network to see the videos. Something is wrong with them cause I can not see any of them from the X-Factor:Edwards and on(new). Maybe it is the Saints fans (yall) did something to them so we can not see them, lol.

  14. By vikefan4eva on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Brad your giving them way way way too much credit. ;)

  15. By bigfan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    im sure all players for the vikings are going to be able to play. everyone is probable to play. as for the migranes he just needs a head transplant maybe use romos head since he doesnt use it lol. all the vikings will be there playing on sunday.

  16. By Viking-ology on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    We still have a couple days. Harvin is such an explosive player, I think he will play a big role in the next two games (next TWO games) Go VIKES!

  17. By Kyweaver on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    calm down old school, as long as we have rice, favre, allen and shiancoe we will be fine. but i am sure all the starters will play

  18. By on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    i don’t think that is the attitude of a true fan old school, a true fan, no matter what happens, would root and cheer there team to victory, not sit around and think “gee we lst some starters, better luck next year”

  19. By Renee on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I, too, suffer from migraines and have been treated by mother Mayo. I’m sure Harvin had a minor bounce back migraine and will be in the game on Sunday. I’ve also noticed that when there’s a change in the barometer pressure, my migraines are really intense. Besides this past week, the last time a major weather shift was mid-December, which was when Percy was off the field quite a bit. While getting my neck adjusted by a chiropractor helps–it isn’t the one true “cure” for me. I definitely will never get an injection (cervical spinal facet injection) for migraine pain. A cool, dark room and quiet is all I need (along with some understanding) to get rid of a migraine.

    Rest up Percy and hope it resolves soon!!


  20. By Loyal Fan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    jbork88 is right there is not such thing as the Vikings curse the only curse is that there are not enough Viking fans that believe enough in there team. I believe if the Vikes RELAX and play with EVERYTHING THEY HAVE THEY CAN”T LOSE!!!!!

  21. By lizzard on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I had terrible headaches, found out by a fluke that it was part of my gluten allergy. Headaches immediately gone once I cut out gluten…

  22. By Thor on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    I think that the entire personae of the Vikings has been going through migraines ever since the end of the 70s. All of the hype about how we have been unable to go all the way. The media keeps on pounding it into our fragile minds and convinces us that we will never be that great team. But from what I saw last week, the cure is plain and simple: a nice hot bowl of Chilly! Every last media outlet was screaming that the Vikings don’t stand a chance against the (“hottest team in the NFL”) Cowboys. Chilly came in to the locker room and told the guys (in a few more words) *F* the media! We are a great team and we are going to go out there and prove it on Sunday! Let’s get another dose of that again this week Chilly, and we’ll give the Saints more trouble than they’ve had to deal with all year!

  23. By tack115 on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Has any of the medical staff considered potassium depletion as a cause of the migraines? During the Vietnam war, a great number of the soilders were suffering from migrans after being out on patrol in the jungle. The constant sweating from the heat caused them to loose potassium and resulted in migraines. I can attest to this cause first hand.
    Just by taking a potassium supliment daily, I have not had a migrain in 20 years.

  24. By Nancy Gamroth on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    We need Percy on Sunday. I suffer from migraines. As soon as I feel one coming on, I take 2 Excedrin Migraines…wait about 1/2 hour and eat a piece of bread with creamy peanut butter (or a spoonful) and drink orange juice…weird combo I know but its like a craving with me. I still have the headache but I can function. It calms me and relaxes me. I then drink a cup of coffee or tea. The peanut butter, oj and caffeine is all I usually need. I can even handle the light and noise after awhile. Please have him try this…I feel his pain. I have passed this on to two friends and they say it helps them too. Maybe it’s psychological, but it works!

    Please pass this on to him or his coaches. Unless he has an allergy to peanuts of course, it might help.

  25. By David Carson on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    If the vikings are so good why is everyone picking the saints? Is it the SI curse?…percy’s headaches?…williams knee? Neither team has won a super bowl but the vikes at least have made it there.
    As Cris Carter would say…”come on man”

  26. By Mary on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Percy Harvin is needed Sunday. Maybe sinus meds such as sudafed would help his migraines. Worked for me.
    (sorry couldn’t resist, I’m a Mom)

    Concerned Fan

  27. By Laura on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    I have suffered from migraines since grade school. Nothing helped, not even the useless Excedrin Migraine or ibuprofen. When I was in my early 20’s my doctor prescribed Imitrex injections. I can have the absolute worst migraine that I cannot function and I take the injection. Within 10 minutes ALL of the pain is gone. Peanut butter is a bad suggestion because some migraines are triggered by certain foods, like peanut butter, banannas or in some cases, caffine. My migraines run in the family and I would never trust myself in the hands of a chiropractor. One almost killed my grandmother and another one caused my husband to need back surgery when he manipulated a disc that was ruptured! A chiropractor cannot help the chemical imbalance that causes migraines.

  28. By bigfan on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    i wish the micd up video would work

  29. By MNGuy on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Someone should get Percy Harvin a mouth guard for sleeping at night. I used to get migraines several times per week and got a mouth guard because I was grinding my teeth. Turns out, the guard relaxed my jaw and neck muscles which were clenching so hard at night it caused my migraines. I got the guard 2 years ago and haven’t had a migraine since! Try it.

  30. By KJ on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Alkaline ionized water and/or oxygen therapy can rid Percy of his migraines quickly. It works. Trust me.

  31. By KJ on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Western medicine can unfortunately be archaic with many aspects of addressing the root cause of most ailments in the body…acidosis (over acidity). Ionized water will alkalize, rehydrate and detox…which works wonders on migraines. Hint…hint…Vikes medical staff.

  32. By LJ on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Enough with the home migraine cures already….He has had them since he was young so there is a extremely high chance they are hereditary (sorry mom you probably gave them to him) and no one simple fix usually works. Im sure he has tried many different things to no avail. He has a team of very talented Dr.s at his disposal so give them a chance to find what works for him . Not all migraines are the same nor do they respond to the same treatment.

  33. By DocK on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    I have seen many patients with migraine headaches of all types. There are different causes; Mr. Harvin’s are most likely a result of years of collisions on the field, not of the genetic variety which is very uncommon. Meds, accupunture, and manipulative chiropractic may give temporary relief. I have referred my own patients to an upper cervical(NUCCA)doctor in Monticello, Mn with very good long lasting results.

  34. By d peterson on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Percy have tried acupuncture for your migraines? I did and it works . Good luck.

  35. By D Swenson on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Percy, I have had migrains all my life. I finally went to the doctor, years ago. He put me on a medicine they use for high blood pressure. It is called Atenolol-50mg. I have taken one of these tablets everyday for the past 25 years and have only had 3 mild migraines. It takes a couple of months for the medicine to build up in your system. You, also, have to be careful about what you eat. Red wine, cheddar cheese,chocolate, smoked meats, msg, sometimes citrus fruit will bother some people. A sudden change in the weather, stress, and be sure you get up everyday at the same time. Keep your sleep habits the same every day. Also, sometimes stress will cause migraines. Don’t skip meals. I have learned to get along without red wine and chocolate, and cut back on smoked meats. I hope this will help, because I know exactly what you are going through.
    Good Luck.

  36. By LJ on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Are migraines hereditary?

    Yes, migraines have a tendency to run in families. Four out of 5 migraine sufferers have a family history of migraines. If one parent has a history of migraines, the child has a 50% chance of developing migraines, and if both parents have a history of migraines, the risk jumps to 75%.
    © Copyright 1995-2009 The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. All rights reserved.

    So DocK maybe you should brush up just a tad on your reading , this is not the only article that supports these findings. The current trend now is that most migraines do come from a family history and have a genetic link.

  37. By Jean T on Jan 23, 2010 | Reply

    I’m an Optometrist and here’s my suggestion for Migraines, based on a recent study:

    Thirty-three patients with a history of migraines associated with photophobia were given specially made red-tinted contact lenses to insert during acute attacks. Thirty-one patients experienced rapid pain relief, of whom 26 had complete relief. For most patients, improvement began within 5 minutes, and pain relief was maximal within 90 minutes. In 5 cases, complete relief of pain occurred within 10 seconds of inserting the lenses. The contact lenses used were dark red and blocked 90% of wavelengths of 600 nm or less, while admitting 90% of wavelengths of 700 nm or more.

    I hope the Vikings doctors are trying everything possible to get Percy in the game!

  38. By Al on Jan 23, 2010 | Reply

    I used to work in a pop bottling company years ago. People who had problems with miigrain headaches would buy the syrup used to make Pepsi as a medicine for thei headaches

  39. By SD on Jan 23, 2010 | Reply

    The migraines could be from something as simple as being dehydrated ….. have Percy drink alot of filtered water and see what happens ……… it works more times than not

  40. By Barb Muehlbauer on Jan 23, 2010 | Reply

    To Whom it may concern,

    I have a 13 year old who has been getting migraine headaches for 3 years now he’s missed numerous days of school due to the headaches. I’ve taken him to a Neurologist and they’ve done an extensive workup on him along with a MRI. He’s also taken many different prescription medications to try to combat these headaches. He’s also had ER visits to children’s to receive IV medications to stop the cycle. We have yet to determine the cause but last weekend he had been in bed for 4 days and I called the on-call neutralist and she said to give him an adult dose of Ibuprofen 3 times in one day 4-6 hours apart along with a Childs dose of Tylenol and have several can of caffeinated pop with each dose and within 1-2 hours it was totally gone. I’ve been following Percy Harvin’s migraines and thought this might be helpful for him.

    Go Vikings!

    Barb Muehlbauer

  41. By wagz on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    I just wanted to tell Percy Harvin not to give up on finding a solution for his headache problem. I am 55 and have been suffering with migraines since I was about twelve. I didn’t know what caused them until I met a nurse who specialized in pain relief. I did an elimination diet. I gave up certain foods for a week at a time to see if it would stop the headaches. After trial and error we found that when I stopped eating at Chinese restaurants my headaches subsided. That isn’t to say Chinese food is bad, but there is one ingredient that many Chinese cooks use in many of there dishes, MSG. I didn’t eat much Chinese food as a kid, but when I looked at the labels of many of the canned soups that I often ate, MSG was an ingredient. So to make a long story longer, Percy, don’t wait until you are 35 to try this. And if you have tried this, keep trying. There is something triggering your headaches and it can be found. I still get an occasional migraine, but nothing like I was experiencing before that nurse in Portland, Oregon help me find an answer.

  42. By kevin hemsley on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    please tell Percy Harvin not to eat any smoked meat such as ham, bacon or pastrami. Also do not eat chocolate or any flavored foods containing msg, monosodium glutamate which is put in all flavored chips , soups ranch dressing, etc. must check ingredients on everything. Better to stick with only fresh foods, like eggs cheese, fruits and veggies and fresh untreated meat. Good luck Percy, I know from personal experience. Kevin Hemsley

  43. By HEAL YOUR MIGRAINES on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    I bought the best book ever for migraines Percy. “Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain” by David Buchholz. I got my life back after reading this book and following it’s recommendations.

    I also see a fantastic neurologist at Mayo Clinic. There are great preventative medications you can take to help manage your symptoms.

  44. By Randy in Oklahoma on Apr 12, 2010 | Reply

    Percy, I second the “Heal Your Headache” recommendation. I have been living by the recommendations of David Buchholz for nearly 4 years and my quality of life is so much better. Get the book, live the lifestyle, eat the right foods, and you will be able to manage the migraines. They will not totally go away but you WILL be able to manage them.

    Percy, if you can’t go 100% the lifestyle at least use the excellent do’s and don’ts food list in the book. Hang in there, we’re pulling for you!

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