Headache is one of the most frequent of human discomforts. In today’s life headache is a regular feature. Most of the times a headache is more of a nagging nuisance than an indicator of a serious problem. But, in some cases the headache needs more serious attention as it can be the indicator of some significant problem.
A variety of causes can lead to headache, like fever, injury, anxiety, long hours at work, lack of sleep, common cold and so on. Headache in such cases can vary in severity from a mild discomfort to a throbbing pain which leaves you unable to work. It occurs for a limited duration; no other side effects like vomiting, nausea, or flashes of light. It is
relieved with common medications like Aspirin (Disprin), Paracetamol (Calpol).
This type of headache usually affects both sides of the head, though it may sometimes be pointed to the neck or the front of the head. A sensation of fullness or lightness in the head is common. The characteristic feature is that, this is the only type of headache which persists continuously throughout the day and night without any relief in between. Tension headache may occur under conditions of emotional crises or intense worry. It is generally, found in patients having associated depression or anxiety
There are two main types of migraine. They are common migraine and classical migraine. Migraine without aura (common migraine) affect around three quarters of people who get migraine. The headache comes on quite suddenly, without any warning at all. There are the usual migraine symptoms - headache, sickness, sensitivity to light, but there are no aura symptoms.
Migraine with aura (classic migraine) affects about a quarter of all migraine sufferers. People sense when a migraine is coming on. Nervous system symptoms - called an aura - develop before the migraine symptoms.
The symptoms may include, yawning, hunger and thirst, visual disturbances - such as seeing flashing lights or zigzag lines. Occasionally, the symptoms can be more severe - there may be a tingling around the mouth or in one arm, difficulty in speaking, or weakness in an arm or leg. Aura symptoms usually settle down within an hour. Throbbing and dull ache nausea or vomiting; worst behind one eye or ear usually on one side of the head.
Migraine headaches can be debilitating. They are the most severe headaches wean have. A migraine often starts with light sensitivity and is sometimes accompanied by nausea or vomiting. The severe headache will begin shortly after these symptoms have started.
Though the cause of migraine pain is not clear, but it is believed that the headache develops as a result of swollen blood vessels in the head pulsating, causing the surrounding nerves to feel pain, while visual disturbances are caused by blood vessels to the eyes contracting. The brain chemical serotonin, whose levels drop during a migraine, is also involved. For this reason, headache medication itself may provoke migraines. For the same reason, seeking the advice of a physician before taking drugs or other remedies is very important; the wrong diagnosis could easily make migraine worse! In women who suffer from migraine, hormone changes may also be involved. In some women, migraine occurs a few days before, during, and immediately after a period. About 70% of women who have migraine can relate their migraine headaches to their menstrual period.
As soon as one feels the first symptoms of a migraine attack, drink a caffeinated beverage. While caffeine has been thought to trigger a migraine, once it starts the caffeine will actually help by opening up constricted blood vessels. Make sure you drink plenty water for the duration of the headache. Even mild dehydration can worsen headache symptoms.
A warm shower or bath may help at the onset of the symptoms. If he is not able to take a shower, try putting a cool compress on his head. Sit quietly in a darkened room. This will help ease light or noise sensitivity as well as nausea. A face massage can ease the headache pain and stimulate blood circulation. A warm foot soak is also good for blood circulation.
In order to prevent a migraine, you need to identify what causes it. Many foods can trigger an attack. These include cheese, chocolate, wheat and caffeine. If you indulge in one of these foods and experience a migraine attack 24 hours later, the food is most likely a migraine trigger. Other triggers include stress, changes in sleeping patterns, hormonal changes and changes in altitude.
Tips to avoid migraine:
There are a few tips to avoid migraine. Eat regularly - missing meals is a well-known cause of migraine, particularly for children. Avoid foods which can provoke migraine - chocolate, cheese, alcohol.Bear in mind that parties involve a number of trigger factors - rushing, excitement, bright lights, alcohol and noise. Late rising at weekends or on holiday can precipitate an attack so try to get up at the same time each day. Shopping, and being out in the hot sun for long hours.
Most commonly used remedies for migraine are Lachesis, sanguinaria, sepia, iris.vers, pulsatilla, natrum.mur…etc.
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Feverfew contains substances that inhibit the release of mood hormones in the brain. For best results, use fresh feverfew. When this is not available, consume as tea or in capsule form.
Bay combined with feverfew has been recommended by doctors to prevent a migraine headache.
Ginger has long been known to relieve and prevent headaches. It is an anti-inflammatory and has substances that help reduce pain. Take in capsule form, according to directions.
Peppermint can be taken internally or used externally. Peppermint can help to relieve a migraine headache. To take internally, drink peppermint tea. To use externally, mix several drops of peppermint oil with lotion or body oil and massage into the temples.
Jatamansi is an effective remedy for migraine.
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