Today, we will be talking about migraine in which scientists still have not completely figure this out. Just to be noted that migraine has a significant different with headache! But the differences will not be elaborated here (perhaps in a new topic of future!).
As aforementioned, scientists still have not completely know the cause of migraine, but they have figured out what will likely set off migraine (triggers).
- Emotional triggers. Emotions like anxiety, excitement, shock, stress and depression may trigger a migraine.
- Diet triggers. Alcohol, caffeine, aged cheeses, salty & processed foods etc are included in potential contributor to migraine. Also, dehydration and non-consistent mealtimes will trigger migraine too.
- Physical triggers. This includes too much/less sleep, jet lag, poor posture, tiredness and even low blood sugar.
- Hormonal triggers. Migraine may happen when hormones in the body fluctuate especially when women having menstruation.
- Medication triggers. Oral contraceptives, vasodilators, some of the sleeping pills together with hormone replacement therapy (as mentioned above) are linked to migraine.
Treatment & Medications
There is no cure for migraines, the treatments/medications are aiming to alleviate the occurring symptoms or to reduce migraine frequency.
- Lifestyle changes. Having enough sleep, enough water, exercise regularly, avoid stressing yourself and certain foods.
- Pills. Painkillers, nausea-treating drugs, anti-seizure drugs, blood pressure-lowering pills etc are prescribed by doctors to deal with migraine. BUT please use only after recommendation by doctors!
- Alternative medicines. These includes acupuncture, herbs, vitamins, minerals biofeedback and even cognitive behavioral therapy could be helpful for some people with migraine.
Now you understand more
We hope you have deeper understanding on this topic and this article is just for reference purpose only. PLEASE approach doctors for proper medication.
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