How You Can Prevent And Relieve Migraine


Migraine is a severe headache that causes throbbing or pulsating pain usually in a localized side of the head. It's debilitating effects can affect one's economic and social life. From mild to excruciating pain, migraine can hinder a person productivity and affect his performance in different endeavors and also disrupt sleep. Migraine may start slow and gradually progress to become painful leading to severe headache. Migraine is common in women than in men, although there are no established reasons why women experience migraine more than men. People between the ages of 10 to 40 are more susceptible to migraine. Migraine can happen at any point in time but most times start in early morning. Migraine is not a life-threatening condition so sufferers shouldn't entertain unnecessary panic.

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Migraine may begin with aura. Aura is just the warning sign that usually occur before the headache. It is the visual effects that includes flashes of light and double vision. The exact causes of migraine are not completely understood, but it is thought to be from chemical changes that occur in the brain as a result of response to certain numerous life events known as triggers. Triggers causes irritation of the pain sensing nerves in the head area leading to expansion of the blood vessels. The throbbing nature of the pain apparently corresponds to blood going through the expanded vessels.

Factors That Can Cause Migraine Trigger Attack Are;

       *. Delaying or skipping meals

       *. Stress

       *. Certain medications

       *. Strong odors

       *. Bright lights and sunlight

       *. Certain foods

       *. Traveling

       *. Excessive noise

       *. Anxiety

       *. Depression

    How to Prevent Migraine

    After identifying triggers of migraine attack it is much easier to prevent it. It is worth noting to know that each person triggers differ. In reality, it is quite difficult to identify migraine triggers because attacks can be caused by combined factors. For example, a woman may experience migraine during her menstrual period and another time she does not. This indicate that there is an additional unidentified contributing factor. Whatever the case maybe, you can relieve migraine.

     You can relieve migraine through this ways;
         *. Avoid stress. If you are constantly under stress, learn how to manage stress effectively.

         *. Maintain a regular sleep-wake pattern

         *. Avoid excessive noise

         *. Always find time to relax

      The above suggestions are few lifestyle changes that can help prevent and relieve migraine. If you still experience migraine, how then can it be treated? There is no perfect drug to relieve migraine because after taking a prescribed drug, you may still experience migraine. Nevertheless, you may find relief after trying another drug. Some migraine patients have find relief from using the drug called triptans. It is a relatively effective prescription class of drugs for treating migraines. The demerit of triptans is that it is quite expensive and do not work for everyone.  Some factors should be considered before choosing medication such as triptans. Health condition and age is one of such factors. Not all migraine drugs are good for children, same also for pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers.  When you experience signs of a migraine, after taking pain-relieving drugs you should relax in a quiet dark room. For proper guideline and recommendation on exact drug to take or not to take for a migraine attack, you should consult your doctor.

      8 comments:

      1. I've never suffered from migraines, but I've known people who have. They can be debilitating. Finding the triggers isn't always easy.Changes in atmospheric pressure triggered them in one woman I knew.

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      2. My friend is suffering from migraine due to come constant stress. I feel that this post can be quite helpful for her to reduce this problem. I will let her know about the precautions.

        Thank you for sharing.

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      3. Wow. I had no idea the beginning of the migraine is from our aura. But when I think about it - it's perfect sense. Personally I don't suffer from these, or any kind of headaches. Oh sure, if I have an undue amount of stress I might get one but this is rare. Thanks for a comprehensive of what causes them and how to bring them under control.

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      4. Thank you for sharing this information as it is always valuable to learn each individuals triggers and how to best avoid them.

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      5. I wonder if suffering from migraines is growing in numbers. We have a fast paced society; technology has lessened our physical effort in doing our jobs, but increased the stress level of those jobs. We have a fast paced world now, and I wonder if it is that environment causing migraines.

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      6. I have also never had a migraine. In fact the worst headache I have ever had was self inflicted. Those that do get them though are in pain and I have no idea how they cope. Keeping stress free, or as much as possible, may have helped me but I don't know. Lucky I guess.

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      7. I am lucky not to have them, but my boy constantly is suffering cos of it... Will advise him the life changes you mentioned and to check out the article itself.
        thx for sharing, Anja

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      8. I've never suffered from migraines. I've always thought they were triggered by dehydration like headaches. Instead, I itch when I get stressed. :(

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