4 Ways to Treat Migraine
Do you experience painful throbbing or pulsating headache on one side of your head? In extreme causes, the headaches go with feeling nauseous, throwing up and aversion to light and sounds. These attacks can last from hours to even days. If you do, then you are one in seven people of the population that suffers from migraines.
Migraines originate from the mechanisms of the brain, believed to be caused by genetics. It is the third most prevalent health problems in the world, yet more than 50% of those who suffer from it remains undiagnosed and does not seek treatment.
Different Treatment Methods for Migraine
For most people, there are warning signs that signal an impending migraine attack. The warning signs may differ from person to person, and may include seeing an aura in the visual field, constipation, mood swings, stiff neck, thirstiness or constant yawning. Most people who suffer from migraines regularly simply watch out for their warning symptoms and then try to prevent reduce the intensity of the attack by resting, or avoiding their triggers.
1. Avoid triggers
Migraines can be triggered by different stimuli for different people. The most common include, hormonal changes for women, stress, sleep deprivation, improper posture, tiredness and jetlag. Others experience migraines when consuming foods with coffee or chocolates, citrus or cheese. Some drugs can also trigger migraine especially those that cause hormonal fluctuations such as contraceptive pills.
Common environmental triggers that should be avoided include brightly flickering lights, smoke, loud sounds, and poor ventilation.
2. Make some lifestyle changes.
Improving one’s sleeping pattern, stress management, eating and hydration habits, as well as regular exercise has been seen to effectively reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines.
3. Take necessary medication.
Pain of the migraines can be too severe that it is recommended to take pain killers before the onset of a full-blown attack. Aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are usually effective in reducing the pain.
4. Consider Botox.
A relatively recent scientific and medical breakthrough showed a new treatment to migraine that fully eliminated the symptoms of migraine rather than simply reducing the intensity of the pain after the migraine already started. By injecting Botox into the peripheral nerves that transmit the migraine pain signals into the brain, the painful migraine symptoms can be completely prevented before it even starts.