Migraine

What Are Migraine?

Migraine is a severe type of headache that involves a lot more than just headache. Migraine usually progresses through four stages, prodrome (warning signs), aura (beginning symptoms), headache and post-drome (tiredness and other symptoms). It usually occurs more commonly in women.

What Triggers Formation Of Migraine?

  • Imbalance in brain chemicals including serotonin (which usually drop during migraine)
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Certain foods
  • Food additives
  • Drinks
  • Stress
  • Sensory stimuli
  • Family history
  • Certain medication

How Would You Know If You Have Migraine?

  • You may experience constipation, mood changes, food cravings, neck stiffness before getting migraine attack
  • During a migraine attack you may experience visual phenomenon such as seeing various shapes, bright spots or flashes of light
  • Throbbing and pulsating pain on one or both sides of the head
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness that may be followed by fainting
  • Nausea and vomiting

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • The headache maybe followed by severe symptoms such as convulsions, fever, stiff neck, mental confusion and numbness
  • Your doctor will ask you for your symptoms or family history of migraines.
  • Based on the inputs, the doctor may suggest a few diagnostic tests such as blood test, MRI, CT scan and spinal tap (lumbar puncture)

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor may suggest both, pain relieving (to suppress pain and symptoms) and preventive medications (to reduce the severity or frequency) for migraine.
  • The treatment entirely depends on the frequency and severity of the headache.
  • You may be recommended alternative medications such as acupuncture (using needles), biofeedback (monitor and control physical responses to stress) and massage therapy.
  • You can also include certain herbs, vitamins and minerals to your diet on a regular basis.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Migraine ?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:

1. Massage Using Oil

Ingredients: Peppermint Oil

Ways to Use:

Gently massage your forehead and temples with peppermint oil. It has been found to reduce symptoms of migraine significantly.

2. Ginger

Ingredients: Ginger, Water

Ways to Use:

You are free to pick any form of ginger, fresh or powdered or supplements of ginger. Boil ginger in water and consume to relieve symptoms.

3. Feverfew

Ingredients: Dry feverfew

Ways to Use:

Since ancient times, feverfew has been found to be beneficial in relieving migraine pain. It is available in the form of a tablet and is consumed with water.

4. Cayenne Pepper

Ingredients: Cayenne Pepper

Ways to Use:

To a cup of warm water, add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. You may also add lemon and honey to the mixture to make it taste better.

Needless to say, migraine pain is very difficult to bare. However, you can prevent its occurrence by taking the recommended medicines on time. Additionally you can also try these home remedies to fight the migraine pain effectively.

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