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Migraine Headaches Be Gone

October 22nd, 2008
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Twenty-Four million people in the United States alone suffer from migraines. A migraine is typically a throbbing or pulsing headache, often focused on one-side of the head, and associated with nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, as well as certain smells. Attacks are typically recurring, and can be less severe as the migraine sufferer ages.

Migraines can occur at any age, but typically begin between the ages of 10 and 40. While some people experience several migraines a month, a select few only have a few migraines throughout their lifetime. Nearly 75% of migraine sufferers are women. Though migraines can happen at any time, some women experience migraines just prior to or during mentruation. These migraines, called menstrual migraines, are related to hormonal changes and often do not occur during pregnancy. Meanwhile, some women only develop migraines for the first time during pregnancy, or even after menopause.

The actual cause of a migraine is unknown. It is believed, however, that the condition results from a series of reactions in the central nervous system, usually caused by changes in the body or in the environment. Migraines often appear to be inherited, as there is often a family history of the condition. These migraine sufferers may inherit the sensitivity to triggers that produce inflammation in blood vessels and nerves around the brain, which cause pain.

The signs and symptoms of migraine pain are often intense and severe, described by throbbing or pulsating pain that only gets intensified by routine physical activity, coughing, straining, or even moving the head. These headaches can often gets so severe that they interfere with the day-to-day activity of a person. Sleeping migraine sufferers can be awakened by the attack, which can also cause a numbing sensation in hands and lips, as well as interfere with eyesight and vision for the duration of the attack. Migraines can be so debilitating – causing sufferers to feel tired and weak even long after the migraine has passed.

Migraines typically begin in a specific area, usually on one side of the head, and can spread and build in intensity over a course of a few hours, then gradually subside. They can last an entire day, or in some extremely severe cases, several days.

The problem with migraine symptoms is that they are as varied as the individual sufferer. The strange sensations, such as tingling or the feeling of numbness, are known as auras, and can start anywhere from ten to thirty minutes before the migraine pain actually sets in.

Migraine treatment is possible. Knowing what triggers your migraines and avoiding them is one of the best ways to avoid a migraine. Treating acute attacks as they appear is crucial. Talking to your doctor, who may prescribe regular use of a preventative mediation can also be the way to go. Over the counter treatments for migraines can be helpful, as well as resting or sleeping in a completely dark and quiet place.

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Missing A Few Pieces — Migraine Headaches

October 21st, 2008
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I suffer from migraine headaches. Plagued for many years, I do not know why I get them and the doctors have a wide variety of opinions. Today’s migraine was a doozy.

If you have every had a migraine you know. If you are not sure if you have had one, here is a brief rendition of a bad one…

I dropped my daughter off at nursery school. I had a few hours to get through my list of errands. First stop was Sears to take care of some billing matter. I was in the store for quite some time and they had floruesant lighting. This is a known culprit for causing a migraine headache. There is something about the flickering pattern of the lights that goes unnoticed by most people. The zigzag patterns and flashes of electric light started echoing in my eyes. No one else can see them except me and other migraine sufferers. When the zigzags start it makes it difficult to see clearly. I was happy to get out of there, but not happy that I had a migraine coming on.

The next stop was Kmart. I only had one item that I needed to buy, but I would have liked to comb through the store and do some shopping. The flickers of electric light intensified in my eye sockets. This reminded me to get what I came for and get out of there as soon as possible.

I was hungry, so I thought that might be aggravating the migraine (another reported cause of migraines – low blood sugar). I stopped to get something to eat. I still had some grocery shopping on my agenda, so I ate lunch quickly. I watched the clock and tried my best to out run the inevitable.

Migraine Triggers synopsis from http://www.NYM.org

A wide range of events and conditions can alter conditions in the brain that bring on nerve excitation and trigger migraines. They include, but are not limited to the following:

- Emotional stress (although the headaches often erupt after the stress has eased).
- Intense physical exertion.
- Abrupt weather changes.
- Bright or flickering lights.
- High altitude.
- Travel motion.
- Changes in sleep patterns.
- Low blood sugar has been known to trigger headaches and fasting can often precipitate migraines.
- Chemicals found in certain foods may trigger headaches in some people. More than 100 foods have the capacity to trigger migraine headache.

See http://www.nym.org/healthinfo/docs/097/doc97nonmedic.html#triggerfoods for a list of foods that may trigger migraine headaches.

At the supermarket, my migraine headache was in full swing. My patience was wearing thin, my list of items was not near complete and the numbness started in my left hand. By the time I got to the check out counter I was nauseous. The numbness had moved from my left hand, across my face and was tingling my right hand. The woman at the counter asked if I was ok as I flexed my right hand trying to regain feeling. I was afraid and unable to talk at that point I just shock my head, no. Once I get to that stage of the migraine my speech is impaired. I am unable to speak in complete sentences, so I did not even try to answer her. I made it to the car in a complete panic.

The supermarket was only a few minutes drive from my house. I pulled in the driveway, dropped my pocketbook at the door and left the groceries in the car. I yelled to my husband to pick up my daughter and get the groceries. I took a few aspirins and went straight to bed. A cold compress and sleep is the only remedy that works for my migraines.

Three hours later, my husband woke me up for dinner – God bless his soul. He knows my migraine routine all too well and took care of the kids while I was on sabbatical.

It took about an hour after waking up to fully recover. The migraine was gone, but I did not have much of an appetite. Your brain also feels like it has voids. Empty spaces that need to come together before you feel normal again. It is an unsettling feeling not being in control of your mind. The aftermath is like trying to do a jigsaw puzzle, but you are missing a few pieces.

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Alternative Remedy – Natural Treatment of Headaches

October 10th, 2008
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Headache treatments began from the time humans first began to dabble in the medicinal arts. Many kinds of procedures, including home remedies and health supplements for the treatment of headaches, have been tried for centuries. The earliest known surgical procedure is thought to have been an attempt at headache treatment. This procedure became popular in the Middle Ages (along with comparably credible treatment such as leeches, humor balancing and flogging). This surgical procedure, called trepanning or trephining, involved digging a large hole in the head, which was thought to relieve the pressure causing the headache(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Headache.html).

Since then, science has come a long way though our knowledge of the brain, but methods of treating headaches are not always successful. Though there are plenty of drugs, health supplements and natural remedies for the treatment of headaches, the causes of headaches are still largely unknown.

Here we are referring to primary headaches, or those that are not caused by a basic medical condition. Secondary headaches can be signals of serious problems, thus any headache that is frequent, severe or followed by any other symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea sensitivity to light, dizziness, slurred speech etc) ought to be checked out by a physician. If you are unsure of whether your headaches require a trip to the doctor, take one there anyway.

The medical world has divided headaches into a lot of different categories. Though you may have your own expletive-laden terms, we will split headaches into two types for our purposes, and give some suggestions for supplements and natural solutions that may help alleviate and treat headache pain.

Tension headaches – These are the most ordinary and are usually caused by tension in the muscle of the scalp or neck. Poor posture, repetitive actions or overuse of the jaw muscles can all lead to excess strain, causing mild to moderate pain.

The best remedy for tension headaches is relaxation, and a hot bath or a cold pack on the neck can work. Slow and deep breathing is a good way to alleviate pain and relieve headaches(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Headache.html) as well.

Natural herbal health supplements for headaches(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Headache.html) including chamomile, peppermint oil and lavender can all failitate the relaxation process and relieve headaches. Additionally, health supplements for headaches such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Pantothenic Acid play an important part in supporting functions in the head. Calcium and Magnesium can alleviate muscle tension. If you suspect you have been grinding your teeth throughout the night, supplements for headaches such as passionflower, hops and valerian may be effective in ensuring a headache-free, peaceful night’s sleep.

Vasular headaches – This category includes migraine headaches, flu headaches, cluster headaches and premenstrual headaches. This type of headache is caused by dilation of the blood vessels around the head. It gets worse during physical activity, and some episodes can go on for days.

Besides pharmaceutical options, there are also some natural herbal health supplements known to be effective in the prevention and treatment of vascular headaches including: Feverfew, which can alleviate the inflammation in the brain; White Willow, a kind of natural analgesic; and Ginkgo Biloba which assists in maintaining peripheral circulation to the brain (although check with your doctor as some people’s migraines become worse after using gingko biloba). It is important to find out the reason for your headache symptoms and either avoid the cause (such as red wine, aged cheese and tyramine-containing foods) or be prepared at the onset of certain conditions ( such as menstruation or bouts of flu).

Natural Remedy – Self Treating Migraine

October 10th, 2008
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This video shows how to treat migraines naturally. Very effective method

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