Dealing with Migraine

Migraine is an intense headache (especially involving half head / one part of the head) that may occur as often as several attacks a week to only once a few years. Migraine attack typically lasts for a few hours (about 4 hours) to few (2-3) days. The pain may range from mild to severe.


Causes: Though the cause of migraine is not known yet, genetics and environmental factors appear to play a role. Migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway.

 
 

Usually migraines are difficult to diagnose, as its symptoms are similar to those of stress and tension headaches. Early warning signs of migraine typically occur 6-24 hours prior to the headache. The manifestation of migraine attacks may vary from person to person.

 

Typical migraine symptoms include:

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Significant headache

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Nausea or vomiting

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Inability to concentrate

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Sensitivity to bright light and sounds

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Weakness etc.

Management:As such, migraine cannot be completely cured or prevented. However, severe migraine attacks can be managed with the help of medications, exercise, dietary changes and by avoiding triggers. To relieve symptoms, it would help to make lifestyle interventions, taking medications prescribed by doctor, exercising and appropriate diet. Other alternatives can be acupuncture, massage therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or taking herbs, vitamins and minerals.

 

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