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Migraine Headache Treatments

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migraine-headache-treatmentsMigraine Headache Sufferers Genetic?

Out of twenty-eight million Americans that suffer from migrane, only half of these victims are actually diagnosed by a doctor.  Commonly beginning in childhood to early adulthood, those that suffer with migraine, usually present with a family history of the disease.

What Is a Migrane Headache?

Vasodilatation (literally, the dilation, or inflammation of the blood vessels) is the main understood cause of migraine.  When these blood vessels are enlarged, chemicals are released because the nerves that coil around them in the brain are stressed.  These chemicals are the cause of the pain and misery that come witha migraine.

The pain of a migraine is usually a deep and intense, throbbing or pounding sensation at the temples (unilaterally or bilaterally), around the eyes, at the forehead, or at the back of the head.  An uncomfortable stomach,  light sensitivity, and "seeing stars" may present itself with the actual pain as well.

Experiencing migraine symptoms that repeatedly limit your daily activities for the duration of three months or longer may mean that you are in the clutches of an incapacitating migraine.  A migraine trigger is an umbrella term used to describe daily behaviors that may exacerbate or cause a migrane to infiltrate.

Migraine Headache Triggers

  • High doses of aspartame, a sugar substitute, usually an ingredient in diet or sugar-free products
  • Poor sleeping habits like sleep deprivation, sleeping too much, or a radical sleep pattern
  • Intense, bright lights or ambient noise
  • Staring at a television or computer screen for a long period of time
  • Stress
  • Alcohol and other mood altering substances
  • Poor diet or unstructured eating habits and fasting

Over the Counter Medication for Migraine Headaches

For a fortunate few that suffer from migraine, OTC (over-the-counter) medications will suffice in dulling head pain.  Such medications include modest pain relievers you can find at any drugstore, grocery store, or convenience store without requiring a doctor's prescription.  Caution should be acknowledged when ingesting OTC medications, as prolonged use of these have been known to cause organ dysfunctions over time.

For the migraine sufferer with more than moderate pain, prescription medications are available with your doctor's approval.  It is likely that an aborting type of migraine medication will be suggested first.  Your doctor will attempt to find the least amount of non-narcotic medication necessary to literally, abort, your migraine.  These are to be taken at the moment you feel the signs and symptoms of a migraine coming on.

Though narcotic painkillers are an option for those with special circumstances who may not be able to tolerate OTC, onset, or preventative migraine medications, many of them are just as incapacitating as the migraine itself, and often habit-forming.  To avoid even more negative symptoms as a result, there are safe, homeopathic and natural remedies available to try.

Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches

  • Sleep in a dark, quiet, comfortable room, if possible
  • Ice at the back of the neck or forehead
  • Hydration, drink the necessary amount of water daily
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Herbal and vitamin supplements like Kava root, Melatonin, Magnesium, Ginkgo Biloba, Vitamin B2
  • Reducing caffeine and nicotine intake (or QUIT!)
  • Improve your diet and eating habits (cut out MSG, sulphites and nitrates)
In order to reduce and treat migraine, always speak to your doctor first.  Though migraine medications or natural alternatives may take a little out of your pocket and require discipline, your sanity will be restored with the absence of agony and pain.
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