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Migraine Headaches: Seeking Treatment

Aug 17, 2007
Migraine headaches are the bane of many people's existence. For most migraine headache sufferers, they come without warning and overstay their welcome, leaving their host disabled and unable to perform daily activities. Migraine headache pains are more often than not, of moderate to severe intensity. It would have been difficult or near impossible to continue functioning without a rest in a darkened and isolated room.

The pain usually is localized in the front of the head and on the sides. The splitting pain can sometimes be accompanied by nausea and even vomiting. For those migraine sufferers that get warning signs of a coming headache, they may also experience "aura". Migraines with aura are those that caused their hosts to experience zigzag lines, halo, blurred visions, before the headaches actually strike.

Though there is no one cause of migraine headaches, there are some similar traits share by people who experience them. For example, most people who experience migraine headaches are between the ages of fifteen and fifty, which leads us to assume that the chemical processes that come into effect during puberty may have a role in creating the headaches. They are more common in women and they tend to decrease in frequency and severity with age.

There are a few explanations as to the real cause behind migraine headaches. According to some, migraine headaches are caused due to a lack of blood flow to certain parts of the brain, while others say that chemical reactions in the brain are responsible for migraines. Yet for some sufferers, migraine headaches have a genetic basis. It is believed that you have a greater chance of getting migraines if one or both of your parents also suffer from migraine headaches.

No matter what is the real cause, there is consensus that there are some common triggers that can bring about your migraine headaches. For instance, stress has been identified as a major trigger for migraine headaches.

Although most people would love to find a simple cure for migraine headaches, the truth is that there is no magic pill that will pull you through those times of high tension. But there are, in fact, several things you can do to alleviate some of the symptoms of a migraine headache. Drugs are often used in battling migraines. Some work to attack the root causes of the headaches, while others treat the symptoms. In addition, there are natural treatments available to relieve your headache pains.

It has been found that many migraine headache sufferers do not seek treatment for their headaches. This is due to a lack of education and awareness that migraines are actually a neurological disorder of the brain.

I cannot stress enough that it is important to realize that migraine headaches can be treated in a variety of effective ways. Knowing what these treatment options are provides the key to getting out of bed and leading an active life.
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