A migraine is one of the most frustrating things known to man. It comes without warning and can make life almost unbearable. Migraines affect many people around the world. In the U.S. alone, they affect approximately 12% of the population. Medications can prevent migraines or decrease their magnitude. Lifestyle changes and alternative remedies can also help.
What Is a Migraine?
A migraine is a severe or a moderate headache characterized by throbbing pain on one part of the head. The headaches pulsate and can last up to 72 hours. People suffering from migraines may also experience vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to sound, light, and smell. Physical activity can make the headache worse.
It is believed that migraines are caused by genetic and environmental factors. Changing hormones also play a critical role. Prepubescent boys are affected by migraines more than girls. The headaches also affect adult women more than men. During pregnancy, the risk of migraines goes down.
Many people who experience migraines usually have a migraine aura, a brief period of visual disturbance that indicates that the headache is about to occur. However, an aura can also occur without being followed by a headache.
Types of Migraines
Migraine without Aura
This type of migraine is very common. It is a severe pulsating headache that starts without warning and usually affects one side of the head. It may be accompanied by fatigue, mood swings, nausea, confusion, and sensitivity to sound, light, and smells. The migraine can last 4-72 hours and occur several times a week or a year. Symptomatic medication can worsen the migraine over time.
Migraine with Aura
Visual disturbances appear a short time before the headache begins. At times, the aura may not be followed by a headache. This migraine may be accompanied by loss of vision, confusion, nausea, abnormal sensation, muscle weakness, numbness, or trouble speaking.
Migraine without Headache
Symptoms include vomiting, fever, nausea, unexplained pain, dizziness, and constipation. It affects about 1% of people who suffer from migraines.
While this is a severe type of migraine, it is quite rare. The headache is accompanied by temporary paralysis that can last several days. The paralysis can also occur prior to the headache. Symptoms include problems speaking and seeing, vertigo, and a stabbing sensation. Sometimes, this migraine is hereditary. In such instances, it is referred to as Familial Hemiplegic Migraine.
This form of migraine causes vertigo or dizziness before a headache. It may also cause loss of balance, slurred speech, syncope, and ringing in the ears. It is very common in young women and adolescent girls. Headache specialists believe it may be associated with hormonal changes.
A chronic migraine occurs on 15 or more days each month. Many people have migraines daily or almost daily. The migraine affects people in their late teens or early 20s and its frequency increases over time. Due to the intensity of this migraine, many patients tend to over medicate and end up making the headaches worse. Some people affected by this type of migraine also suffer from depression.
Commonly occurs in children and young adults. The pain begins behind the eye and causes paralysis of the eye muscles or double vision. Symptoms may include seizures and vomiting. At times, a brain aneurysm may be the cause of the headache.
While there’s no cure for migraines, some treatments can help relieve the symptoms. However, you may have to try different treatments to find the best combination for you. Here are some effective migraine treatments.
Painkillers such as ibuprofen, paracetamol, and aspirin can help ease the symptoms of a migraine. They are very effective when taken before a migraine sets in as they are absorbed into the bloodstream and decrease symptoms.
Do not wait until your headache gets worse to take painkillers as the medication will take time to work. Soluble painkillers are also a great option as they are quickly absorbed by the body. Suppositories are ideal for people experiencing nausea and vomiting.
These are frequently used to treat migraines. They cause blood vessels to constrict and block neural pathways. They effectively alleviate pain and other migraine symptoms.
While these are less effective than triptans, they are very good at relieving pain that lasts for more than 1 day. They work best when taken immediately migraine symptoms start.
Tricyclic antidepressants can help prevent migraines in people with or without depression.
These drugs that are often used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease can decrease the severity and regularity of migraines.
Some anti-seizure drugs like Topamax and Depacon have been found to diminish the frequency of migraines. But in high doses, they may cause side effects.
Natural Remedies for a Migraine
Since biofeedback teaches you to monitor and control physical reactions linked to stress, it is effective in easing migraine pain.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This technique helps you to understand how your thoughts and behaviors determine how you view pain. It can be beneficial for migraines.
This may help decrease the regularity of migraines. Researchers continue to study its effectiveness in alleviating migraines.
The first remedy that comes to mind is Iris Versicolor. This is a remedy that has worked very well for many of my patients with Migraines. Still, it may not be the correct one for you. I recommend you google “Homeopathic Treatment for Migraines” and see what comes back. Read and become educated. I am very partial to Homeopathy and encourage you to check it out.
Herbs like butterbur and feverfew can help prevent migraines or lower their intensity. However, butterbur isn’t recommended for long-term use.
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Botox for Migraine
We all know Botox as the drug that gets rid of wrinkles on the face. But the FDA has also approved the drug as a cure for chronic migraine headaches. Botox injections can help prevent migraines in adults. During the procedure, the drug is injected into the neck and forehead muscles. But for the treatment to be effective, it must be repeated every 12 weeks.
Say Goodbye to Migraines!
No doubt about it, migraines can take over your life and make it impossible for you to have fun or be happy. But the good news is that you can get rid of them. Try one of the above remedies and start enjoying life once again.
Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
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