If you’ve ever had a Migraine Headache…you’re probably holding your head right now just thinking about it. 🙁
The pain of a migraine is incapacitating at best along with all the other symptoms that go along with it. Nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity to name a few. This headache often involves only one side of the head but in some cases it can be on both. The pain of a migraine is often throbbing or pounding and it may be worse with physical exertion. There can be specific warning signs or an aura, prior to the onset of the headache. These warning signs can range from flashing lights or a blind spot in one eye to numbness or weakness involving one side of the body. The aura may last for several minutes and then resolves as the head pain begins or may last until the headache is gone.
There are many triggers for Migraine headaches yet they may not always be the same. Hormone changes during your regular menstrual cycles and certain oral contraceptives can trigger migraines. Red wine, aged cheese, nitrates, monosodium glutamate, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, chocolate, and even dairy products can be triggers. Oversleeping, chronic stress or exposure to strong stimulus such as bright lights, loud noises, or strong smells can also lead to a migraine headache.
The treatment for migraines depends upon on how frequently the headaches occur and how long they last. Narcotic pain medications are not necessarily appropriate for the treatment of migraine headaches and are associated with a rebound headache. The headache can return ..sometimes more intensely.. when the narcotics wear off. There are many different medications which have been shown to be effective as “preventative”. These can include blood pressure, anti seizure, anti depressant and some more natural alternatives such as Magnesium, Butterbur and Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin).
You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare professional if you are experiencing severe Migraine Headaches.
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