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Never Let Migraine Attack You

They are painful, can last from 4 hours to 5 days and interfere with the everyday development of normal life. Although nobody addresses what exactly causes migraines headaches there still hope for preventing them and even you can get migraine relief in case of incidence by taking a proper treatment. 

Migraines can be attacked from two fronts:

1 – Preventing migraine

2 – Controlling the symptoms

 

Preventing migraine

 

For especially uncomfortable situations when the occurrences of headaches are more than twice a month and interferes with the development of the normal, preventive migraine medication is recommended. Because migraine symptoms and causes vary from patient to patient, there is a variety of medicines that can be prescribed by physician for each patient in particular.

 

One important factor in avoiding migraines is to find out which factors triggers a migraine attack. Probably some of the factors can’t be avoided, but many of then can.  Parameters such as food (canned, smoked, aged and cured meat), sleeping pattern, stress situations, weather conditions, exposure to strong light, sound levels, smells, allergies, medication, exposure to smoke, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, birth control pills, hormonal replacement therapy  and exercise must be watched.  Exposure to tobacco, caffeine, alcohol and drugs must also be considered in the search for triggers.

 

Specific food restriction proved to be effective instead of a full diet. For example gluten is a major migraine trigger for people suffering from the celiac disease.

Ingesting herbal and nutritional supplements has also proven to be effective, among recommended supplements we can find: Coenzyme Q10, butterbur, feverfew, magnesium citrate, Vitamin B2, Vitamin b12, and melatonin.

 

Stress both physical and psychological is another major triggering factor.  Stress controlling programs and therapy are useful tools against the headaches. It is also believed that a short daily aerobics session is quite helpful for controlling migraines and it’s much appreciated for helping to keep a fit body.  Physical relaxing activities such as yoga, pilates, aqua-gym, swimming, cycling, walking or any kind of activity that gives you pleasure.

 

Controlling migraine

 

Conventional treatment includes a wide variety of medicines: analgesics (aspirins, paracetamol, and ibuprofen), antiemetics (for reducing nausea symptoms and prevent vomiting). Drugstores often offer medicines that combine analgesics with antiemetics drugs for migraine headaches. There are also non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, anti depressants, serotonin receptor antagonists, ergot derivate, ans steroids drugs. Not all of them are approved by the FDA for migraine treatment.

 

There are also herbal treatments for migraine headaches. Feverfew and cannabis have been used for migraine relief.  Cannabis was the official migraine treatment until the 1940s.

 

Alternate therapies include acupuncture, acupressure, hypnosis, self vision, massage therapy, criotherapy and myofascial release.

 

 

 

 

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