A MONSTER CALLED MIGRAINE

A Monster Called Migraine

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So what is it? Migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache which is result of specific changes in the brain. It causes severe head ache accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. There is also something called as migraine with aura; that is patient experience specific warning symptom like flashes, splotches, zigzags or shimmering coloured red lights surrounding a blind spot at the onset of their headache.

Why it happens? Though the medical science till now has not been able to answer us what is the exact reason behind this type of sever head ache which typically lasts from few hour to days. The studies conducted in United States show that people with a genetic predisposition have a reduced threshold for the activation of the brain’s “pain centres” and become hypersensitive to stimuli that cause pain.

Migration prevention It is said that prevention is better than cure. Only when we know what stimulates this monstrous ache can we take appropriate steps to stop it. Following are few factors which can cause these headaches.

• Low Oestrogen levels in body

This hormone is secreted by ovaries and stops the production of FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) so that only one egg matures per menstrual cycle. It also helps in stimulation of Luteinizing hormone from the pituitary. Before due date for menstruation women experience a steep decline in oestrogen hormone that can spark migraine headaches.

• Alcohol

If you know you are prone to migraine headaches, drinking even a small amount of alcohol can bring on an attack. A chemical called ethanol is alcohol’s main ingredient. Once it gets into your system, it is converted into a chemical that triggers migraine.

• Skipping Meals

Fluctuations in blood sugar can cause a cascade of escalating pain that sets up your migraine response, so if you are prone to migraines don’t go longer than three hours without food. Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level), fasting, eating sugar rich foods and rigorous dieting can exacerbate migraine.

• Irregular sleeping patter

A study was conducted in 2010 on rats which suggested these animals experienced changes in key migraine related proteins. Play it safe by being consistent with your sleeping cycle. For headache sufferers 8 hour sleep is must and keeps migraine at bay.

• Caffeine

If you consume large amount of caffeine, you are setting yourself up for withdrawal headaches, which can stimulate your brain’s migraine centre. Although most headache sufferers can consume up to 200 mg. per day, the National Health Foundation advises patients with frequent headaches to limit daily use to one cup of coffee.

Usually if you pay a visit to doctor for this ailment, most of them are going to prescribe triptans, beta- blockers, botox, anti- depressants, anti-seizure medications. But this headache can be tamed using home remedies as well. Here is the list.

• ICEPACKS

enter image description here Opt for cold rather than heat to stop migraine pain. Since ice has anti-inflammatory properties it is ideal to cure migraine. This home remedy works on principle of extracting heat from the affected area. It numbs the area hence can dull the throbbing pain.

• SUPPLEMENTS

enter image description here Migraine sufferers who took vitamin supplements for continuous three months experienced significantly fewer migraines. There is another supplement available in market by name CoQ10 which is quite effective in curing migraine.

• MASSAGING

enter image description here Massaging eases muscles of neck and shoulder. It involves masseuse pressing, stroking, rubbing, kneading and pressing on the body’s tissues and muscles. It relaxes muscles and relives pain. You can also practice t’ai chi which is form of martial arts known for its health benefits. It can work by making body more aware which can detect oncoming headache.

• HERBS

enter image description here It is well known facts that herbs have medicinal properties. There is an herb by the name of butterbur which though is not available in India currently but has been used since time immemorial to treat pain, fever and spasms. It is effective remedy against migraine as it causes healthy blood to flow to the brain. Ayurvedic medicines Pathyakshadatryadi Kashayam or Dhanwantharam Gulika taken for period of 3 to 6 months can reduce the recurrence of migraines.

ACUPUNCTURE

enter image description here It forms the component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this process needles are inserted into the afflicted part to relieve pain. It works by stimulating specific anatomic sites called as acupoints. Though needles are inserted very rarely will patient feel pain.

Get Well Soon!