Migraines are throbbing headaches, the incidence of which has increased by fifty percent within the last twenty years.
Migraines are vascular headaches that involve dilation or contraction of the blood vessels of the brain. The incidence of migraine headaches has increased by fifty percent within the last twenty years. Statistics reveal that about thirty million people in the United States suffer from migraine headaches, the majority of whom happen to be women.
Migraines can occur once a week or once or twice a year. The reason why women are particularly susceptible to the problem is because of fluctuations in the level of hormone estrogen, around the time of menstruation when levels of estrogen are low. People that are most susceptible to migraine headaches are those between the ages of twenty and thirty-five.
Children can also suffer from migraines which they generally experience as colic and periodic abdominal pains, vomiting, dizziness and motion sickness.
Migraine headaches occur in five phases as follows:
1) Changes in mood, memory and speech problems are a prelude to the onset of a migraine headache.
2) Before the headache begins, some people see flashes of light, as well as feel a numbness of the hands or mouth.
3) The headache begins with a severe, throbbing pain, on one or both sides of the head, accompanied by nausea. The eyes may be sensitive to light,
4) Even when the headache dissipates, nausea may continue to linger.
5) Lethargy and drowsiness continue while the severity of the headache declines.
Any number of things can contribute to migraine headaches, such as allergies, constipation, stress, liver malfunction, lack of sleep, emotional and hormonal changes, including dental problems, as well as low blood sugar. The problem can also be attributed to poor nutrition and overuse of painkillers.
l) Include almonds, almond milk, watercress, parsley, fennel, garlic, cherries, and fresh pineapple in your diet.
3) Daily massage of the neck and head.
4) Avoid salt and acidic foods.
5) See your dentist if there is a need to do so.
6) Abstain from smoking or second-hand smoke.
7) Stay away from loud noises, strong odors and dizzying heights.
8) Acupuncture and acupressure can be helpful.
Antidepressants are sometimes used in the event of an acute attack.