Nervous system disorders

Migraine

About Migraine

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you're not alone. About 12 percent of the U.S. population gets them. Migraines are recurring attacks of moderate to severe pain. The pain is throbbing or pulsing, and is often on one side of the head. During migraines, people are very sensitive to light and sound. They may also become nauseated and vomit.

Migraine is three times more common in women than in men. Some people can tell when they are about to have a migraine because they see flashing lights or zigzag lines or they temporarily lose their vision.

Many things can trigger a migraine. These include

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Lack of food or sleep
  • Exposure to light
  • Hormonal changes (in women)

Doctors used to believe migraines were linked to the opening and narrowing of blood vessels in the head. Now they believe the cause is related to genes that control the activity of some brain cells. Medicines can help prevent migraine attacks or help relieve symptoms of attacks when they happen. For many people, treatments to relieve stress can also help.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Symptoms of Migraine
  • Throbbing or pulsing headache, usually on one side of the head
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Aura: Flashing lights or zigzagging lines in your vision

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Medication side effects for Migraine

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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Migraine

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Groves for menstrual migraine
  • frova for menstrual migraines
  • Don't let a migraine go for too long. Then nothing will help
  • triptans
  • Don't get migraines
  • Talk to your doctor early and often
  • figure out if you can predict the migraines: menstrual cycle, stimuli such as lighting, etc
  • If you are averse to taking pills, think of how much stress it is for your body to withstand migraine attack longer then 1 day. And take the pills early!
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Change my diet
  • reducing computer usage
  • Keep a diary of triggers. Avoid as many as possible.
  • mindfulness
  • I stopped using alcohol because few times i got post-hangover-migranes.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Magnesium vitamins
  • Acupuncture
  • complete darkness/isolation/silence
  • Migraine smoothies. Pineapple juice, celery, ginger, lemon, kale and cucumber :)
  • Petadolex Supplement
  • Sunglasses, caffeine, hot beverage
  • cold, lots of oxygen, darkness, silence