Migraine Headaches Aid

Migraine Headaches Aid
Migraine Headaches Aid

MigraineInformer.com - All of us have at some point in our life had the bad experience of migraine headaches. This usually occurs after long hours of work, when we are tired, when we are hungry, when we have consumed large amounts of alcohol and when we have not slept well. This, of course, does not mean that all of us suffer from migraine headaches! Instead, they must occur frequently and regularly and to have specific symptoms in order to say that we suffer from regular headaches. The headaches affect a significant proportion of the general population, which according to estimates of the experts, it reaches 10%. However, despite the fact that headaches are unpleasant and can cause problems to our lives, there are ways to recognize each type of headache, and identify reasons that causes them.

Some facts about migraine headaches

The most «victims» of migraine headaches are women.

Women have the advantage compared with men. The percentages of women who suffer from headaches are twice or three times than men. The typical migraine is a «female» headache, but other types of headache and especially tension headache-the most common in the general population, are slightly in more women than men. The exception is the cumulative headache, which affects more men in general.

Anxiety and Stress are among the major causes of headaches

Anxiety and stress, like the melancholy and even depression, appears to relate to and encourage headaches and especially migraine headaches.

It was certainly proven that the headaches, except perhaps the cumulative headache, are related to our emotional state (anxiety, sadness, anger, fear). This does not mean that we suffer from headaches simply because we are in a bad psychological state, but it means that we have the genetic predisposition to present headaches, and anxiety or worry trigger them at a specific time. Stress however is also responsible for the frequency, intensity and duration of symptoms. Moreover, the fear of the appearance of headaches can act as a stressful factor. A person who often experiences a headache may begin to worry about whether and when it will emerge again. This concern causes stress and increases the likelihood of headache, especially migraine headaches.

Headaches affect more those who have parents with the same problem

Those who have a genetic predisposition, especially in the case of migraine headaches are those whose parents are also suffering from migraine headaches. According to some experts, in addition to the predisposition, some people suffer from migraine headaches, because they tend to «mimic» the psychosomatic event of their parents or their environment!

The area you are living may have an effect on headaches

Those who live in northern geographic regions (e.g. in America, Northern Europe) according to experts may experience migraine headaches more frequently and this has to do with the cold and humidity that characterizes the north compared to south.

What are migraine headaches?

A pain on normally one side of the head characterizes migraine headaches. They are accompanied by nausea and tendency to vomit, or even vomiting, and intolerance to light and noise. The pain may be mild or more intense. Often when it is strong, has the characteristics of the pulse and it is exacerbated seriously by light, bold sounds and any physical activity. Therefore, patients seek during the time of crisis a cool, dark and quiet place. The migraine headaches are often accompanied by aura, which characterizes approximately 1 / 5 of the cases. This usually occurs about 1 hour before the crisis and is accompanied by symptoms such as numbness in one arm, one leg or half a side of the body or vision problems. Often, also, there are subsequent symptoms, which last 1-2 days after the end of the pain.

Migraine headaches last from 4 to 32 hours. The patient may be taking drugs-often wrongly, to get relief for a while and then the pain begins again.

Migraine headaches happen a few times a month but to qualify someone as suffering from chronic migraine headaches should present at least 5 episodes of migraine in their lives.

Migraine headaches typically affect more women. The female-male ratio is 2-3 to 1.

Migraine headaches are hereditary and it is usual migraines to affect more people in the same family.

Migraine headaches usually appear from childhood. In mainly boys, the migraine starts from the age of 5 to 10 and accompanies them throughout their lives. Of course, children discomfort is usually mild and most of the times they are different because they may have other symptoms like abdominal pain. Generally, it is often in the second to third decade of life that the frequency is increased until the age of 40 which is again reduced.

Migraine headaches are also affected by the hormonal fluctuations of the female body and more than half of the cases involving women are related to period. In pregnancy, as in menopause, the migraines often disappear and only 1 in 3 women with migraine still experiencing the problem after these periods.

Another cause of migraine headaches are also certain foods such as red wine, fruit juices, chocolate, dried fruits, cheese, spicy and everything with a very intense flavour.

Furthermore, migraines can be caused by changes in the daily routine of the person pre-disposed to migraine headaches. For example the patient may experience headaches during weekends or holiday, or when they wake up different hours than usual or when they change the number of meals. That is why experts insist that the best cure for migraine is the routine, because it does not alter the biological clock! Also, migraine is exacerbated by climatic conditions, such as southern, the western winds, and humidity.

The recommended treatment for migraine headaches is the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, when the pain is not very intense. Otherwise, the solution is triptans. When migraine headaches are frequent, i.e. more than 3 crises a month, then preventive treatment is needed. In this case, the patient should consult a specialist to get advice on how to get relief from migraines. Previously, experts believed that specific antidepressants drugs could help migraine headaches but now there are studies showing that these are not effective. Only if there are symptoms of melancholy, depression or generalized anxiety disorder, which are not rare in a migraine headache crisis, antidepressants can help.

Frequently asked questions about migraine headaches

1. Lately, back pains are often at the base of my head. Is this due to blood pressure?

This is unlikely, as blood pressure and the pressure of the eyes, is not associated with migraine headaches, or cause pain, that’s why it is also called «silent disease».

2. I regularly wake up in the night by headache. What could be wrong?

There is a headache that occurs at night or when you wake up which is frequently due to insomnia. On the other hand, it is not unlikely to suffer from cumulative headaches during the night. But if the symptoms are intense, you need to consult a doctor.

3. Besides headaches, I also have dizziness. All my tests are good. What is happening to me?

If the doctor rule out other possibilities, we must note that frequent headaches, accompanied by disturbances of mood, it is very likely to coexist with dizziness, which is often a symptom of anxiety and melancholy.

4. I smoke. The doctor told me to quit. Will this help me get rid of headaches and migraine headaches?

Nicotine increases the likelihood of migraine headaches, but it is not certain that quitting smoking will relieve the problem.

5. When I drink coffee, I get a headache. I hear, however, conflicting views. What is the truth about coffee and headaches?

The relationship of caffeine with headaches is more complex: Caffeine is an ingredient of different medication and it is observed that when we drink coffee to feel better. It is also proven that regular consumption of caffeine can make us vulnerable to the appearance of headaches or to cause a headache if we do not drink caffeine.

6. Can I suffer a headache because of the use of a computer?

When we are working in front of the computer, staying for long periods in areas with fluoride lighting we are considerably tiring the eye muscles that control eye movement. Moreover, when working on the computer, many times we do not have the right body attitude and this burdens considerably the muscles of the neck and shoulders, thus exacerbating the headaches.

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