Migraines are most common in the teenage years. They also affect more women than men. Migraines can be caused by constricted (tightening of) blood vessels that supply blood flow to brain. The blood flow to the brain and oxygen supply are reduced when the arteries contract. To meet the brain’s energy needs, the brain responds by dilating (enlarging), arteries.
Migraine pain is caused by migraines because of this dilation spreading to the scalp and neck arteries. If you suffer from migraines, your doctor should rule out any other medical conditions that could cause them. This includes x-rays to determine if there is a sinus infection, EEG to check for seizure activity, and CAT scans to check for blood clots. Your doctor may recommend a medication to ease your pain.
This is often caused by allergies, excessive mucous, and is often accompanied with a fever. This type of migraine can cause pain around the eyes, nausea, and light sensitive. Research has shown that migraine sufferers have a genetic link. The likelihood of a person passing on the migraine gene to their children is high. They will often experience headaches at the same time as the person who had the migraine.
Stress can play a significant role in the onset and progression of migraines. Migraines are more common in Type A personalities. Type A personalities are more likely to experience migraines. They are bright, ambitious, perfectionist, emotional repressed, cautious, and have a lower ability to manage stress. This type of migraine is easy to treat, as a Type A personality can learn the skills needed to manage stress.
Migraines can often be caused by fluctuating hormones in women. This can happen during menstrual periods. The nicotine alters blood vessels, which is another reason migraines can occur. A migraine can be caused by high levels of carbon monoxide in people who smoke or inhale secondhand smoke. Migraines can also be caused by food allergies.
Migraine sufferers can eat chocolate, but they won’t get a migraine. Some migraine sufferers report feeling relief from chocolate. You now know what triggers migraines. Migraines can be caused by a drop in blood sugar. Migraine treatment has been a common problem for centuries. Doctors today prescribe Beta Blockers to manage migraines by dilation of blood vessels.
Migraine attacks are caused by the brain chemical serotonin. This is why Drs often prescribe antidepressants to treat migraines. Antidepressants can reduce migraine frequency by regulating brain levels of serotonin. Triptans are also available as an injection and nasal spray. This drug reduces inflammation and transmits migraine pain. Nerve stimulators are used to manage back and muscle pain. In 2003, a nerve stimulator was successfully applied to chronic headaches.
One end of a wire connects to a nerve that controls pain, while the other is connected with a small battery-powered generator. The generator is controlled by the patient via remote control. The generator turns off the pain signal once it is turned on. Chronic migraine sufferers face severe pain and psychological disabilities. They also fear losing their ability to earn a living or manage the home. Migraines can make daily activities impossible. Rarely is there a non-drug treatment for migraines. A holistic approach to treating migraines can not only treat the migraine at its onset, but also prevent it from developing.
The Five W’s
Keep a headache log listing the 5 W’s. A. A. B. Where? Did someone bother you? Are you working under glaring lights at work? C. C. What? D. When did the headache start? D. When did the headache begin? E. Did a particular food or drink make the situation worse? Did you get enough sleep?
Take a look at your diary for 30 days to see if there is a trigger.
Heat can be used to dilate blood vessels.
What To Do?
This should be done immediately after the onset of migraine. Warm your hands for between 20-30 minutes in hot water. Apply ice to your forehead and neck to reduce pressure on the nerves as the migraine progresses. Relaxation techniques can be used to manage stress. Research has shown that yoga can be used to positively influence involuntary bodily reactions such as migraine pain.
Regular relaxation can reduce or eliminate migraine frequency and severity by as much as 45 to 80% according to studies. Yoga can trigger a surge in brain chemical serotonin. This neurotransmitter is responsible for your body’s anger and pain and can help with headaches. Frequent headaches can be a sign you are stressed and your body is telling you to slow down and take care. This is especially true if you are a Type A personality. My type A patients often complain that they have trouble sitting still and are unable to do the meditation/relaxation part of yoga.
Which is more difficult to live with? Do you meditate daily, or live with a migraine headache, stroke, or heart attack? These are all very real situations for people with narrowed arteries. It’s important to make time for your health. My patients often come to me after suffering from a vascular abnormality. Because they have seen what happens when blood flow to their brains or heart is impaired, they are motivated to take part. They now practice my techniques every day to reduce the chance of a recurrence. Make time to do this now. There are 1440 minutes in each day. Yoga is a good investment in your health. It can be done for 45 minutes per day.