Migraine is a fairly common problem. Did any of your parents have this problem? What is your age? What is your gender? Is the attack of migraine triggered by something specific? Are you sensitive to strong and pungent odors?
Migraine develops when the blood vessels in the scalp and brain expand / dilate. The exact cause is unknown, but it is linked to certain chemical changes occurring in the blood vessels of the scalp and brain.
A host of factors trigger throbbing migraine symptoms. The commonest being: cheese, coffee, chocolate, food additives, staying hungry for prolonged periods, and stress.
Severe Migraine Symptoms
- Classically, migraine begins with an aura. The person knows the migraine is coming on. He may see spots / sparks before the eyes. Vision gets lost temporarily.
- Headache begins, typically, on one side of the head.
- Nausea and vomiting occur.
- There is extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
- The person wants to lie down in the dark
- The attack wears off after 3 to 5 hours.
Bad, Throbbing Migraine Relief Treatment
- When the attack is coming on, lie down in a quiet, dark room.
- Over the counter painkillers may be used for severe migraine relief.
- Principally, try to identify your trigger and steadily avoid it.
- Stress management and tension reduction, getting adequate rest, ice therapy, bio-feedback, exercise, etc help manage migraine effectively.
- Ensure that your diet has loads of ginger. Ginger contains gingerols which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents that fight pain. Ginger tea, once a week is recommended to keep off the episodes of pain.
- Also, it is advisable to visit your physician and seek his opinion and recommendations.
Here are some simple tips that could be helpful:
- Don’t skip a meal. Always ensure that you eat regularly and on time. Hunger (hypoglycemia) is one of the strong trigger factors for migraine. It is important that you avoid junk food, oily and spicy food.
- Ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Try to sleep early and get up early in the morning. Late nights can impact the normal biological clock of the body, which in turn can cause migraine
- Don’t watch too much of television and don’t sit in front of the computer for long periods of time. Flickering light is a common triggering factor for migraine. Even while studying, ensure that the room is adequately illuminated and you don’t have to strain your eyes
- Finally, there are some foods that can trigger migraine. It is important that you identify which food you are allergic to. Also avoid the use of strong perfumes or deodorants, these odors can also trigger an attack of migraine.
- Yoga and meditation will help you get over the problem. Practice meditation for about ten minutes each day.