What is migraine?
Migraine is a health condition that is associated with the migraine attack, a headache that is generally unilateral (only on one side) and sometimes appears alongside other symptoms such as visual irregularities and nausea.
There are 36 million migraineurs (migraine sufferers) in the United States, representing 12% of Americans. A quarter of households have at least one person afflicted with the pain condition. Women are three times likelier to experience migraine than men, especially because of their hormonal cycle. Nearly one in every three women will experience migraine at some point during their lives.
Treatment options for pain relief
Here are a few natural ways you can treat migraine effectively so that your life isn’t sidelined by an extremely painful headache.
· Headache diary: It can be extraordinarily helpful to keep a record of your attacks – including time, current activity, and your diet for the previous day. If you can identify your most common triggers, you can better avoid headaches, explains Richard Laliberte of Prevention. “Potential culprits [include] hormonal changes, cigarette smoke, bright light, caffeine, and food with nitrates, MSG, or a compound called tyramine, like aged cheese and lunch meats,” he says.
· Stop gum-chewing: A study in Israel sought to determine the extent to which teenage migraine sufferers were triggered by chewing gum. The results really were quite shocking. Out of 30 participants who quit gum for four weeks, 26 of them (87%) noticed a drop in the frequency or severity of their attacks. In fact, 19 of the teens studied (61%) said their migraines were completely gone.
· Keep eating: People will often skip breakfast, but if you don’t get that food in the morning, your blood glucose will drop, which can result in a headache, notes Johns Hopkins headache specialist B. Lee Peterlin. “When you fast,” he says, “that activates the hypothalamus, the brain region that controls the drive to eat.” Hypothalamus activity often results in a migraine.
· Watch your omega-3 intake: You want to get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which are high in some fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines) and seeds (chia, flax). When we digest these anti-inflammatory acids, they block pain receptors, thereby reducing pain.
· See a pain management specialist: You could also benefit greatly from a comprehensive pain treatment program, expediting pain relief and delivering long-term results. At Pain Stop, you’ll be treated with kindness, honesty and respect as we partner with you to ensure you live pain-free. Get a free consultation, X-rays, and hydro-massage.