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Updated: June 18th, 2011 2:35pm
For real this time? Percy Harvin says he's migraine-free for 5 months

For real this time? Percy Harvin says he's migraine-free for 5 months

by Tom Pelissero
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Stop us if you've heard this one before:

Percy Harvin says he's migraine-free.

The Minnesota Vikings' playmaking receiver told The Virginian-Pilot newspaper on Friday it's been five or six months since he has experienced one of the migraines that have plagued him since childhood.

Saying it's probably the best he has felt since kindergarten, Harvin said doctors found "a couple of things they found in my neck that I won't get into -- some things they found and fixed, along with diet and the rest of the things that can cause" the debilitating headaches.

If that sounds familiar, it's because Harvin said something similar in late August, not long after he collapsed on the practice field from a combination of a migraine and an allergic reaction to medication.

"They found some things that we think is the main cause of it," Harvin said after making his preseason debut on Aug. 28. "We're all feeling really confident. I know we said that a couple times, but I think this time we found what the main cause was. I'm not saying I won't ever get a headache again, but hopefully, we can slow it down a little bit."

Less than a month later, Harvin had migraine symptoms and left the team facility -- one of 36 full practices, parts of at least 13 other practices, two preseason games and two regular-season games in which he didn't participate in 2010. 

Though the time since his last migraine is encouraging, Harvin's real test will come when he resumes football activities and the stress that comes with them, whenever the NFL lockout ends.

Harvin was in his hometown of Chesepeake, Va., on Friday to host a free football camp at his alma mater, Landstown High School. He has spent most of the offseason in Gainesville, Fla., and told The Virginian-Pilot extra swimming, weightlifting and running has him in the best shape of his career.

"My explosion is to a whole 'nother level," Harvin said. "My speed has gotten back to top-notch level, so I'm feeling great and really anticipating the season."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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