Getting Rid Of Migraines
Migraine headaches are intense whole head headaches that can be extremely debilitating. Migraine headache symptoms include blurred vision, nausea which is sometimes accompanied by vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light, noises, and/or smells, and a pounding throbbing whole head pain. To make matters even worse these attacks are unpredictable and can occur at any time.
Migraine causes are still not 100% clear to modern science but it is commonly believed that abnormal brain activity that involves nerve pathways and blood flow are the main contributors to these painful headaches.
Some individuals even get advanced warning signs before the onset of a severe migraine. These warnings are called aura’s and usually involve a problem with vision, such as blurred vision or tunnel vision.
Doctors have identified several migraine triggers that seem to facilitate the onset of a migraine headache, these triggers include food triggers, sleep deprivation, exercise, smoking and/or smoke, caffeine, weather changes, alcohol, stress, and check this out – sex.
While their is not a specific cure their are several remedies that are considered somewhat effective. The treatment options are broken into two groups; abortive and preventative. With abortive treatments the goal is to stop a migraine in its tracks. Preventative treatments are usually for individuals that incur several migraines in a week. With preventative treatments the goal is to lesson the frequency and severity of the attacks.
Their are several abortive treatments that have proven to be helpful but with migraines each individuals results might vary. Over the counter Naproxen is considered by most doctors to be the most effective over the counter treatment for migraine headache relief. Doctors most prescribe Triptans as a migraine reliever. Triptans have been found to stop a migraine if they are taken at the first signs of an attack and they can even ease the pain while an attack is occurring.
Preventative treatments are mostly prescribed by a physician and include the following; Beta Blockers, like Propranolol, anti depressants, anti seizure meds, like Topomax, calcium channel blockers, and even Botox.
Their are also several Natural remedies that seem to be just as effective as the over the counter or prescribed medicine. Some of these include acupuncture, Feverfew, Butterbur, Melatonin, and rubbing Peppermint or Rosemary oil on head. Butterbur is widely considered the best tested herbal treatment for migraines.
A few other common things that might help are taking a hot bath or shower, lying down in a dark quiet room, a cold compress on the back of your neck, and drinking lots of water. And check this out their are three migraine triggers that are also considered possible remedies – coffee, exercise, and thankfully sex.