Only those who suffer from a migraine know how painful it is. You can’t think, you can’t work, and you just can’t function. The only thing you feel like doing is pulling out all your hair in desperation, hoping that somehow that throbbing in your head would stop. Migraines are characterized by severe pulsating headaches, usually one-sided and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and/or intolerance to light or sound. Migraines are caused due to dilatation of blood vessels in our brain; and as a result, there is an increase in pressure internally, which leads to severe pain. There are several theories about why these blood vessels dilate – but they are usually due to a mix of environmental and psychological factors.
Here are a few interesting facts about a migraine you probably did not know:
An Attack Can Last for 3 Whole days
If your migraine attacks last for 24hours and you think it’s too much, think again. A migraine attack can last for as long as 72 hours! Yes, it’s true, an attack can last from anywhere between 2 to 72 hours.
Blame It on Your Hormones
There is a definite connection between a migraine and your hormones. 80% of the women who suffer from migraines report a definite attack just before their period, signifying that the pre-menstrual drop in progesterone is the cause. Another interesting fact is that with pregnancy and OC pills – there is a remarkable drop in the frequency of attacks, which again reaffirms the connection of migraines to hormones.
Migraine Triggers can be as varied as Chalk and Cheese
There are so many things that could trigger an attack that it is impossible to chalk down all of them. Neon lights, flickering bulbs, certain smells, strong perfumes, old cheese, certain meats, sex, whether or lightning. Things as bizarre and varied as these can precipitate a headache. So it gets difficult for someone to stay clear of the trigger factors at times.
Sleepover it? Maybe not.
Lack of sleep is known to cause headaches but over-sleeping can also precipitate an attack. So, if you think that sleeping over it will help, then you are probably wrong. If you have already crossed the ‘required hours’ then more sleep will do you no good. Sticking to a fixed sleep-and-wake-up schedule will help you to reduce the chances of getting a headache.
Don’t Get Worked up
Stress can make you more susceptible to attacks. If you’ve just heard some bad news or got assigned loads of work at your office or if you are anxious about something – chances that you will come down with a headache are greater. 50-80% of people suffering from migraine report an attack due to psychological stress.
Homeopathy For A migraine
Out of the various medical treatments available for migraines, Homeopathy has been known to effectively and successfully treat a chronic migraine. Homeopathy has in its repertoire more than 220 effective remedies for a migraine which can successfully curtail the acute attack as well as significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of the migraine headaches over time. The homeopathy remedies are safe, gentle and completely free from any kind of side effects. The medicines are mostly made from natural resources and can be given to people of all age groups – from infants to elderly. Homeopathy can give you lasting relief and freedom from this debilitating illness called migraine!