Migraine Symptoms & Treatment Options To Reduce Pain

by Editorial Board on September 6, 2010 · 0 comments

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Across the world millions of people suffer from migraine headaches. For some, migraines are a small problem; they may occur once or twice a year and are treated with lying down and painkillers. For others, migraines are a disabling condition that severely impacts their ability to work and function.

Migraines have a variety or symptoms which expand far beyond a headache. With this in mind, there are also several options available when it comes to the treatment of migraine headaches. The treatment each individual pursues will depend on the characteristics and severity of their migraine attacks.

Symptoms of Migraine Headaches

Most who suffer from migraines will know far in advance that a migraine attack is about to occur. There is usually foreshadowing of the impending migraine 24 – 48 hours beforehand, sometimes even longer. Preceding a migraine, individuals may experience blurred vision or may see zigzag lines of light, this is known as migraine aura. Other warning signs of migraine include slurred speech, numbness or tingling to parts of the body or just a slight headache or feeling of nausea.

A migraine itself feels like an intense throbbing or banging sensation to a particular part of the head. It is always localized, but each attack will usually occur to a different part of the head. If you are always suffering migraines in the same part of the head you should see a doctor immediately.

Apart from the obvious pain to the head, a migraine can be accompanied by other symptoms. These can include nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light (photophobia) or pain to other parts of the body.

Treatment of Migraine Headaches

Currently there are several options when it comes to the treatment of migraines. Once you are experiencing an attack, the best thing to do is lie down in a cool, dark place. Make sure you have had enough water, stay away from bright lights and loud noises as these can aggravate your migraine. Pain killers can help, although some people report that only the strongest of pain medicine helps.  Once a migraine attack has started, the best thing you can do it wait it out.

The breaks people require to recover from a migraine headache are a big part of why this condition can be disabling.  No employer will permit a worker to take an hour long unscheduled break to resolve their severe headaches.

Preventing Migraines

There are several steps you can take to prevent the occurrence and severity of migraines. The most important factor is sleep, make sure you get eight hours of quality sleep per night.  Also, you may try to lower your intake of caffeine, chocolate and cheese as all of these foods have been linked to migraines.  Drinking eight glasses of water a day will not only promote good health overall but may also help prevent migraines. If you have back or neck problems, try and see a professional to help you work through these problems, as they may be contributing to your migraine headaches.

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