You might experience a bad headache but do you know what’s causing it? That searing sensation may be caused by dehydration, stress, lack of sleep, vision problems, office syndrome or infections. Consider seeing a doctor if you’re experiencing relentless headaches – it could be a migraine!
A migraine is a severe, painful headache followed by nausea. In some cases, the symptoms come with light and sound sensitivity. If left unchecked, the pain may impair quality of life and reduce work productivity. According to Neurology in 2007, migraines affect 12 percent of the population aged 30-39, with 17 percent of all women suffering from migraines compared to six percent of men.
Early Warning Signs
A migraine doesn’t just happen out of the blue. Its precursors include constipation, thirstiness, excessive urine, a stiff neck, mood changes and food cravings one or two days before the migraine strikes. A severe headache ensues, accompanied by nausea. Some patients may experience “aura,” or see flashing lights, zig zag lines or blind spots.
Hormone’s Effects on Migraines
Hormonal effects can lead to migraines in women. Fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone during their periods contribute to headaches. It affects women who are at the start of their cycle, ovulation, as well as those in perimenopause periods.
Hormone imbalance will trigger blood vessel spasms and reduce pain thresholds while lowering dopamine and serotonin. Patients will experience more pains and less preventative effects in the brain.
Other factors for migraines are foods such as MSG, aged cheese, salty items, processed meat, coffee, alcohol, sleep deprivation, extremely intense exercises, and stress and weather changes.
Migraine Treatment Plans
Doctors recommend medical treatments to rid oneself of migraines. They can prescribe medicine for pain and prevention. Other alternative, non-medicated treatments include acupuncture, yoga and massage therapy. Both of these methods incorporate herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements to reduce migraine attacks. We recommend taking Vitamin B2, Coenzyme Q10 and magnesium.
Migraine Prevention Techniques
Medication and alternative treatments are not the only solutions to migraine prevention. Controlling one’s estrogen level to balance hormone levels will ward off future headaches. This is especially true for those who take contraceptive pills, which injects more estrogen from an external source. Some patients may find progesterone pills can balance hormone levels.
Last but not least, adopting good lifestyles and habits to will lead to a healthier body and less migraine attacks. Eating right, exercising regularly, stress management, relaxation and good sleeping habits will make one less susceptible to migraines.