Understanding the Terrible Migraines

 

If you have never had a migraine, consider yourself very lucky! 36 millions of American suffer from migraines.

A migraine is what is commonly known as an intense headache that could be accompanied by nausea and light sensitivity, and it usually affects one side of the head.

Some people describe a migraine like a stubborn hammer that hits your forehead and/or one of the temples mercilessly.

According to the Research Migraine Foundation, “a migraine often runs in families. But genes aren’t the only answer – studies show that environmental factors play an important role, too”. The same entity says that “contrary to popular belief, migraine is not just a bad headache. It’s an extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms that usually includes a severe throbbing recurring pain on one side of the head”.

Another fact confirmed by the specialists is that the exact cause of migraines is still unknown, which leaves patients facing a situation that can be devastating, but thanks to continuous studies, it can be treated with different types of medicine, routine changes, and even food habits changes.

Although there are over-the-counter medicines that offer and promise results to treat migraines, the best thing for you to do once they appear in your life is to visit a doctor to start attacking the problem from the root.

Now, it’s important to know and understand that there are different types of migraines and that every person experiences the pain and the symptoms in a very particular way, and that’s another good reason to visit the doctor instead of self-medicate.

Another thing you should know is that symptoms could vary from one attack to the next, which could create more anxiety on the patients. However, there are certain things that you can do not only to relieve those symptoms but also to prevent future attacks:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Identify situations, moments, or even foods that initiate migraine episodes
  • Limit your time in front of electronic devices

 

Once you consult a doctor, you will probably know more about specific vitamins and supplements that could help you with your migraines episodes. Also, it’s important to know that some people get their attacks due to the consumptions of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, or cured meats, and that’s why you may want to start taking notes every time that you have a migraine.

Do not despair! The secret to learning to control, or even prevent migraines, is almost always like learning to listen to what our body tells us

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Migraines: Another Reason to Keep a Healthy Weight

A balanced life could help us to avoid those terrible migraine headaches

We all know that overweight increases the risk of developing different diseases and health conditions. We have heard that heart problems, diabetes and cholesterol are part of those diseases or conditions. We also know that an extreme weight loss is also harmful for your health.

But how many of you knew that migraines are included on that list of the conditions that can be affected, or could be developed due to an unhealthy weight?

Well, thanks to health researchers we know now that our weight might influence the risk of migraine headaches. Overweight or extreme weight loss are just bad for people who suffer from migraines.

Having in mind that at least 12 percent of adult Americans are affected by migraines and it’s terrible effects, this is a very important information.

As in any other weight problem, experts suggest that a healthy lifestyle, an exercise routine and changes in the way we eat, might be the answer to avoid more of those episodes of migraine headaches that usually come accompanied by nausea and extreme sensibility to light and sound.

Now, it’s important to understand that is not a cause-effect relationship, but more like an association. It means that weight problems don’t necessarily cause migraine headaches, but they could be associated with those weight issues in some cases.

In any case, what doctors and researchers recommend is simple: Keep a healthy weight, avoid extreme changes on it, exercise regularly, and always consult your physician when experimenting migraines or any other symptoms, in order to know the causes and treatment.

So, here we have another good reason to take care of ourselves!