of a migraine headache can easily become the worst
fear of anyone who has ever suffered from one.
These debilitating headaches are believed to be
caused by changes in the levels of serotonin in
the brain. When the levels are too low, this causes
the blood vessels to swell, and this swelling
causes quite a bit of pain. The level of serotonin
that your brain produces is determined by many
different things, including foods, light, estrogen,
and blood sugar levels.
Those who suffer from migraine headaches know
that the pain can become incredibly intense,
literally preventing them from going about their
day-to-day lives. Different people experience
different levels of pain with their migraines
- no two are alike. Symptoms of a migraine headache
may include nausea, vomiting, blurred vision,
spotty vision, sensitivity to light, sound and
smells, intense throbbing pain in various places
on your head, feelings of exhaustion, confusion,
being too hot or too cold, having a stiff neck
and shoulders, dizziness, or feeling light headed.
Many people also report that movement or being
touched increases the pain dramatically. Some
people suffer from migraines so often that they
know when one is about to start - well before
it starts. They may experience fatigue, have
mood swings, crave certain foods, or they may
even experience increased energy that is not
'normal' for them.
There are different types of migraine headaches.
Classic Migraines are described as migraines
that are signaled by changes in the way one
sees. Feelings of depression, irritability,
and restlessness may signal these migraines.
Common Migraines usually start slowly and lasting
much longer than Classic Migraines. Classic
Migraines and Common Migraines are the two most
common types of migraine headaches.
Migraines can be caused by a variety of things,
such as excess light, which causes the brain
to produce more serotonin than is needed. Certain
foods can cause migraines, and this varies from
person to person. Unbalanced estrogen levels
are another major cause, and more women than
men have migraine headaches. Migraine headaches
may last anywhere from a few hours up to three
days or more.
For some people, over the counter pain relievers
will help ease the pain of a migraine. For others,
stronger prescriptions pain reliever is required.
Again, treatment should be started at the first
sign of a migraine in order to cure it faster.
Some prescription medications used to treat
severe migraine headaches can be habit forming,
so caution should be used.
Other than medication, if you are suffering
from a migraine, you should resign to a dark
room that is very quiet and lie down. If touch
doesn't bother you, massaging your temples may
help. Make sure that you apply pressure to the
temples, and you should keep your eyes closed
and place a cool damp cloth or cold compress
either over your eyes or on your head - or both.
Migraines can be avoided in a variety of ways.
For frequent headaches, medication may be prescribed
to help avoid migraines. Wearing sunglasses,
especially those designed for headache sufferers
should also be used in bright light. These can
be found through Trigger Optics at http://www.triggeroptics.com
. If certain foods tend to bring on your migraines,
those foods should of course be avoided. You
should also make sure that you get plenty of
sleep and that you avoid stress.
Again, migraine headaches can be quite debilitating.
Prevention of these headaches is important,
and anyone who has had one of these types of
headaches will do everything they can do to
prevent another one from coming on. Prevention,
however, doesn't always work, so again, make
sure you start treating your migraine headache
at the very first sign that one is coming for
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