What is a migraine?
It is thought that they result from abnormal activity in the brain. This can affect the way nerves communicate as well as chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. But the cause remains unknown.
Millions of people suffer from chronic migraine, yet the phrase "it's all in your head "is something we have all heard too often. It can often feel like performing day to day duties in next to impossible. A day in the life of a migraine sufferer is tough, to say the least. One is bound to stay in bed, with blood rapidly rushing through the brain.
It can wreck havoc on your body, causing a sharp headache, gastrointestinal pain, over stimulated senses, a quick decline in energy and more. It can last for as "short " as 10 min to several hours but in some cases time won't really matter.
About 1 out 10 people have some form of migraine. People with the age range of 30-50 are more common migraine sufferers. In terms of gender, female are twice as likely to suffer from migraines compared to males.
Do migraine go away completely?
Unfortunately, people with migraine tend to have them for rest of their lives. Its symptoms may appear, disappear and evolve throughout a person's life with an observed trend of decreased headache intensity and increased incidents of other unconventional migraine symptoms like dizziness. Migraine are often genetically inherited, so if you come from a family of migraine sufferer, chances are you and your children will also have migraines.
What really happens when a person experiences migraine attack-
Just like cellular phones that need to receive precise sets of data in order for people to send and receive calls, text etc. Our organs and body parts also need the correct electrical impulses sent to the right recipient. When abnormal electrical activity happens inside the brain, blood flow to different parts of the body is affected. Different parts of the body no longer communicate with each other properly. Since the body relies on the harmonious communication of complex parts in order to see, smell, touch, hear and taste, a single electrical mishap could cause the senses to malfunction, hence, the migraine.
So far scientists have discovered that ion channels, which acts as a biochemical control valve, control how potassium, sodium etc flow in and out of nerve cells, which in turn seem to be triggered by stress, inadequate sleep, bad diets, hormonal fluctuations.
Four distinct stages if migraine-
Strangely, not all migraine sufferers experience each one of them.
1. Prodrom- symptoms include a sudden drop of energy, loss of focus and increased light and sound sensitivity for a couple of hours or even a couple of days.
2. Aura- symptoms include specks of light and blotches of darkness being seen from 20min to an hour.
3. Headache- symptoms include an unbearable pain with increased light and sound sensitivity and nausea. Oftentimes the pain felt resides in only one side of the head.
4. Postdrome- light and sound sensitivity may persist, together with the lack of energy and loss of focus.
Common migraine triggers-
Migraines are genetics which means that only people who come from migraine afflicted families are prone to getting migraines.
1. Sleep- sleeping longer or shorter than usual or sleeping in an unusual time, your body has to adjust to your new sleeping schedule. This includes unnecessary stress to your body and therefore can cause severe migraines.
2. Food- like artificial additives, beverages, fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, pastries and bread, vitamins.
3. Stress- there are increased incidents of migraines when patients are overworked underfed or experience a drastic change in their lifestyle.
4. Sudden drop of stress- gradually reduce the stress and let your body get used to being relaxed.
5. Hormonal fluctuations- one of the reasons why migraines are thrice as common in women.
6. Physical abuse- doing too much physical exercise is possible and can stress your body to the point of triggering a migraine.
Homeopathy for Migraine -
Treatment without side effects. Homeopathic medicines can be helpful as