migraine treatment

They are painful, can last from 4 hours to 5 days and interfere with the everyday development of normal life. Although nobody addresses what exactly causes migraines headaches there still hope for preventing them and even you can get migraine relief in case of incidence by taking a proper treatment.

So what makes a migraine? What causes them? Why do some people get them and others don’t? What can be done to prevent them naturally, without medication? I have found that there are numerous causes for migraines. These headaches are well researched, and there are many natural remedies and dietary suggestions for preventing them. In order for people to stop their migraines they need to analyze their lifestyle and dietary habits that cause them. In this essay I will explore the causes of migraines and what can be done to prevent them without conventional modern medicines.

First I’d like to clarify exactly what a migraine headache is. The best definition I found was in an article on Medical News Today titled “What is Migraine? What Causes Migraines?”, which defines a migraine as, “a severe, painful headache that is often preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound.” Now that we know what a migraine is, let’s continue exploring what causes them and how they can be prevented.

The possible triggers for migraines are so numerous, in fact, that they can be split into seven different categories. An article on Berkely education titled “Migraine Triggers” lists the seven categories of migraine triggers as dietary, sleep, hormonal, environmental, stress, stress letdown, and physical.

There are many possible reasons a person will get a migraine and it’s difficult to tell which trigger is setting off a particular person’s headache.

Migraine Prevention

Migraines can be attacked from two fronts:

1 Preventing migraine

2 Controlling the symptoms

Preventing migraine

For especially uncomfortable situations when the occurrences of headaches are more than twice a month and interferes with the development of the normal, preventive migraine medication is recommended. Because migraine symptoms and causes vary from patient to patient, there is a variety of medicines that can be prescribed by physician for each patient in particular.

One important factor in avoiding migraines is to find out which factors triggers a migraine attack. Probably some of the factors can’t be avoided, but many of then can. Parameters such as food (canned, smoked, aged and cured meat), sleeping pattern, stress situations, weather conditions, exposure to strong light, sound levels, smells, allergies, medication, exposure to smoke, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, birth control pills, hormonal replacement therapy and exercise must be watched. Exposure to tobacco, caffeine, alcohol and drugs must also be considered in the search for triggers.

Specific food restriction proved to be effective instead of a full diet. For example gluten is a major migraine trigger for people suffering from the celiac disease.

migraine prevention tips

Ingesting herbal and nutritional supplements has also proven to be effective, among recommended supplements we can find: Coenzyme Q10, butterbur, feverfew, magnesium citrate, Vitamin B2, Vitamin b12, and melatonin.

Stress both physical and psychological is another major triggering factor. Stress controlling programs and therapy are useful tools against the headaches. It is also believed that a short daily aerobics session is quite helpful for controlling migraines and it’s much appreciated for helping to keep a fit body. Physical relaxing activities such as yoga, pilates, aqua-gym, swimming, cycling, walking or any kind of activity that gives you pleasure.

Controlling migraine

Conventional treatment includes a wide variety of medicines: analgesics (aspirins, paracetamol, and ibuprofen), antiemetics (for reducing nausea symptoms and prevent vomiting). Drugstores often offer medicines that combine analgesics with antiemetics drugs for migraine headaches. There are also non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, anti depressants, serotonin receptor antagonists, ergot derivate, ans steroids drugs. Not all of them are approved by the FDA for migraine treatment.

There are also herbal treatments for migraine headaches. Feverfew and cannabis have been used for migraine relief. Cannabis was the official migraine treatment until the 1940s.

Alternate therapies include acupuncture, acupressure, hypnosis, self vision, massage therapy, criotherapy and myofascial release.

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  1. Ssshhhh Im becoming aroused says:

    I’ve been taking Amitriptyline to prevent migraine for a few months now. I tried just 10mg at first which did nothing so the doc put me on 20mg & I haven’t had a migraine attack since which is great. I was told not to take them if I was going to be drinking alcohol so I did as I was told the first couple of times I went out. I did think to myself that 20mg was such a small dose that drinking on them would have no effect but the past two times I’ve been drunk (& still taken the tablets) I have ended up completely wasted, I never get to that point where I can’t remember anything & I think it could be because of drinking on top of the tablets. I just wanted to know out of curiosity if anyone else has had a similar experience. I just figured 20mg was way too low a dose to worry about it but I’m no doctor…obviously. It could be that I just drank too much but like I said, I don’t usually get so hammered. Let me know what you think. Just so you know, I will not be drinking on them again just in case 🙂

  2. Jeanelle the Retard says:

    For months I have been a little down/depressed and very nervous (for reasons I would not like to share) and have been almost trying to avoid it, but this weekend I’ve been quite i’ll, I’ve been feeling really tired and tense and I’ve not been hungry at all. On Sunday night as I got into bed (I tend to think a lot when I’m trying to sleep) my whole body went really hot and clammy and my heart started to race really fast, I lost all control of myself and my chest went really tight. I started hyperventilating. I went to my mum and she just sent me straight back to bed and said I was ‘over reacting’ my hands where shaking and I couldn’t stop myself, I felt like I was going to die! After about ten minuets, I went down stairs and got a drink and I thought I was going to faint because It was like I was dreaming or floating, like I wasn’t in my own body. I was really numb and it made me so scared. I tried to go to sleep at 11pm (that was after my attack thing) and I was so tired and numb, my feet, hands and throat were tingling, I just wanted to sleep, I tried to regulate my breathing to help me sleep, I even tried counting sheep and relaxing exercises. My chest was so tight, and every time I thought about it and the worry of it happening again, my chest would get tighter, and it made me worry even more when that happened!
    I didn’t sleep until 4am.
    When I woke up today and I thought of what happened and straight away my chest started to hurt! When I went to see my mum she said I was just dehydrated and said there was no need for me to see a doctor or anything, but she let me have today off to recover anyway and told the school it was just a head migraine.
    But I don’t know why I’m still feeling so nervous, I get nervous about most things, but this was the first time this had ever happened, When I went upstairs I sat and thought about the situation and all my stresses I have going on right now and my heart started racing again and I started to shake and loose my breath.
    Still to this very moment my chest still feels like it had a lot of pressure on it..and it’s making me so worried.
    I’m also so scared what happened last night might happen tomorrow in school, because I’ve got my Physic’s exam, and I really,really don’t want to start hyperventilating during that! But it’s almost impossible for me to control myself!
    My mum is just letting it pass, so I just try and deal with it on my own because she doesn’t understand and wont take me to the doctors because she thinks i’m being dramatic.
    But I swear i’m not..:( i’m freaking out.
    Does anyone know how I can treat this? What was it? Was it a panic attack? Does anyone know any good breathing exercises I can do before bed to prevent this happening again and before my exam tomorrow?
    Thank you! P.s I’m 15 years old and female.