Migraines

Each one of us has experienced a kind of headache in a lifetime, facing day to day challenges, working long hours, anxiety, unbalanced eating habits, addictions & so much more, allowing this unpredictable painful condition to attack the nervous system time after time affecting health& mental status, making it sometimes impossible to fulfill the simple daily tasks. How can we recognize migraine from a severe headache? some people may have trouble differentiating between those two, headaches cause pain in the head, face, or upper neck, and can vary in frequency while a migraine has symptoms that are more intense, nausea , dizziness, sensitivity to light ,smell & sound ,that can last for hours or days, it is a neurological disease that sometimes is accompanied by an “aura” a series of sensory and visual changes that can range from seeing black dots and zig zags to tingling numbness on one side of the body, it can be triggered by many things happening around us like stress , certain type of food , hormonal changes and the news is that migraine is 3 times more common in women than in men , it can begin in childhood or may not occur until early adulthood , the symptoms may begin one to two days before ,it can range from food cravings to hyperactivity , neck stiffness , feeling of extreme happiness to extreme depression and mood swings , before starting taking any medicine it is efficient to use some techniques to ease it down a bit , such as sitting in a dark room , massaging the scalp or placing cold cloth on the neck or the forehead .Researchers till now couldn’t identify a main reason for migraine , however they have found some contributing factors that they think it might trigger it , to list few , like dehydration , skipping meals , changing in sleeping habits , smoking , usage of certain contraceptive pills , alcohol intake , blood pressure , also menstrual related migraines that affects up to 60 percent of women before or after menstruation and during ovulation, different kind of drugs are prescribed to reduce pain mostly those containing high dose of codeine or caffeine and it is very important to understand what migraine is not just for the ones who suffer but also for their families & friends to show support & compassion.




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