Migraine madness is best described as a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision. A dreadful thought to live with this curse. Though many theories are surfacing as to the cause but unfortunately treating the symptoms and even preventing the occurrence is our only option.
Migraine or Chronic Migraine
Migraines often begin as a dull ache that eventually begins to throb with a pulsating pain often near the temples. The pain can also be accompanied with nausea and even vomiting. Sensitivity to light and noise also become forefront.
Chronic Migraines however become a way of life, as if you can never be free from the curse. Medications are often prescribed and a temporary relief is had but for many these Migraines seem to never go away. If you have had 15 or more days living with headaches with each episode lasting for more than four hours, than a Chronic condition persists.
If you are experiencing at least two of the below described symptoms let your healthcare professional know.
Blurred Vision, Dizziness, Fatigue or Sleepiness, Nausea, Vomiting, Sensitivity to Light, Cloudy thinking, Sweating or Cold Hands, and/or diarrhea.
Types of Migraine
The most common is a Tension Type of Migraine. This usually is caused with a mild discomfort on the forehead, temples and on the neck and back. It creates a sensation similar to wearing a tight hat all day. Usually occurring under stressful situations or environment.
Another culprit is the Sinus Type of Migraine. Sinus headaches begin with a throbbing pain and a feeling of pressure around your eyes, cheeks and forehead. Don’t bend over or lie down as this may cause the pain to worsen. If you suffer from allergies than you know this feeling all to well.
The Rebound Migraine Type also known as a medication overuse headache. A contradictory overuse of Migraine medications used twice a week or more than the recommended dosage. All we want is for the pain to go away so we take more meds and once these meds wear off the headache is back with a vengeance.
The Infurnius Migraine also known as Cluster Type Migraines come in groups and strike without warning. Severe head pain, attacked on one side of the head. Not to think you got hit with a bat however you wish you were as that would just knock you out with no pain to feel.
Triggers of a Migraine
Many reasons for a migraine are out there. We can develop a good idea as to what triggers affect us the most by simply writing down each occurrence and compare them to the days events. As time progresses you can narrow down the triggers that are yours personal. Below are some of the most common triggers of a migraine.
Food and Food Additives
Food triggers are unique to each individual, keeping a journal is important to isolate those particular foods or additives that are causing your migraines. Below are some culprits that are universally known to cause migraines.
Aged Cheeses (Blue Cheese and Cheddar)
Processed Meats (Bacon and Hotdogs)
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Eye Problems (Strain)
Particularly from reading this article on a computer screen and having to strain your eyes with all the information on our website to keep healthy. Finding Your Path to a Better You! is not easy without doing your research. If you strain your eyes long enough, a migraine can begin occurring several hours after straining your eyes for too long.
If your active or not your body needs water. It is not about how much water you drink but rather how much water your body can absorb. Thirst can spark up a migraine really fast if your not fully hydrated. It is recommended to drink an full 8 ounces of water 8 times a day. However if your active some people can drink up to one gallon of water per day and still lack hydration.
Much like allergies, certain odors can trigger a migraine. In some cases it has been reported that a Cat’s litter box when left uncleaned daily can generate all sorts of chemicals including ammonia that can worsen or even trigger a migraine. Perfumes, Colognes and even cleaning products such as laundry detergents and bathroom cleansers are the worst.
Foods at the extreme of their temperatures such as very hot soups or foods, and the coldness of ice creams and frozen pops can trigger a migraine.
Skipping meals is a BIG No-No. When you skip meals, your body goes into a state of mild shock as your body’s timing becomes upset. Try to stay on a meal schedule.
Everyday we face situations that alter our state of being. Sudden changes in our nervous system triggers all sorts of chemical releases. These chemical compounds are designed to protect our bodies from environmental situations and thus Stress is a big trigger for many to bring on a migraine. Kinda goes without saying.