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Migraine, Migraine, Go Away and Don't Come Back on Any Other Day

Aug 17, 2007
A migraine headache can be extremeely painful and often debilitating. The severest forms of migraine can completely take over your life until you're unable to live normally. If you are suffering from migraines as well, your best defense in your condition is to understand how migraines work and what you can do to treat them effectively.

What is A Migraine?
Unfortunately for people suffering from this condition, the cause for migraine is still undetermined. Migraine is a severe type of headache and of which pain may originate from almost any part of the head. It can last from several hours to a few days at the most. Migraine is endemic in people from fifteen to fifty-five years old. It also affects more women than men and those whose medical history include migraine.

Possible Triggers of Migraine
Although the cause of migraine is unknown, several factors have been noted as possible triggers of migraine.

Food and Sleep - People who are having sleeping problems and eating insufficient amount of food are more prone to suffering from migraine. If you are making use of an inappropriate diet and one that is close to starving you instead of keeping you healthy, that can also trigger a migraine attack.

External Surroundings - Places where the light is too strong or when the noise levels are too high can also lead to migraine attacks. If you've noticed this happening in your case, you might wish to avoid such places in the future especially if you're alone and there's no one to help you when you're suddenly having one of your migraine attacks.

Menstrual Periods - Because of the hormonal changes that are occurring in a woman's body during her monthly cycle, she may also be liable to suffering a migraine attack during these instances. Although a direct link between hormones and migraines hasn't been satisfactorily established yet, women should nevertheless prepare themselves for a migraine attack whenever they're having their monthly course.

For some individuals, a sleeping pill or painkiller is usually sufficient in keeping both migraine attacks and dysmenorrheal pain at bay.

Stress - Migraine attacks may also be triggered by unnatural levels of stress and anxiety. People with a history of migraine should therefore make a conscious effort not to feel stressed or pressured if they wish to avoid a migraine attack. If this is your situation as well, there are natural and medical treatments available to help you manage stress.

Climate and Temperature - Moods and werewolves are not the only things that are affected by a change in climate. The frequency of migraine attacks may also depend on the weather so if you're sad during a particular type of weather, prepare yourself from a possible migraine attack as well.

Addictions - If you have a habit of too much smoking, drinking, or eating chocolate, these are just some of the vices of which overindulgence can lead to suffering from migraine attacks. Kill two birds with one stone by eliminating these addictions from your life and effectively reducing the chances of suffering from migraine attacks as well.

Foods - Studies have also shown that there are certain types of foods that can cause people to have migraine attacks. Although the most commonly cited food as a possible trigger of migraine attacks are those containing additives, the type of food is usually dependent on a case-to-case basis.

Types of Migraine
Classic - Your period of suffering will last half an hour at the most, and your migraine might temporarily impair any or all of your senses. Women, more than males, are more likely to suffer from this type of migraine.

Common - People suffering from common migraines may not have impaired senses but may still be prone to vomiting and feeling dizzy.

Having a Productive Consultation with Your Doctor about Migraines
To help your doctor reach an accurate diagnosis about your condition, make sure that you've taken note of pertinent details about your situation such as the frequency of your headaches, which parts of your head is affected, the duration of these attacks and possible events that may have triggered it.

As yet, there's still no universal cure for migraines and even a completely healthy lifestyle won't be able to guarantee protection from migraines. Nevertheless, support and care from your family and friends will definitely go a long way in alleviating the discomfort brought by migraine. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor immediately.
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://headache.topicgiant.com where you can learn more about the cause and treatment of all types of headaches including the migraine headache.
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