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Are You Suffering From Migraines?

Feb 11, 2008
Many people suffer from extreme headache pain but don't realize that what they are experiencing is actually a migraine which often requires a different approach to treatment. Migraines are caused by an enlargement of blood vessels along with the release of chemicals from specific nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels. This obstruction involves the temporal artery which is located just outside the skull.

Migraine pain is often associated with the swelling that causes pressure to the temple area. This enforces an attack on the sympathetic nervous system. This is the part of the body that responds to stress. However, under the conditions of a migraine headache, it is unable to respond normally.

This increased activity in the sympathetic nervous system often results in an unwanted reaction from the intestines. Specifically, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea are often experienced.

The sympathetic nervous system activity also affects the body's response to normal blood circulation causing conditions such as cold feet and hands.

Migraines aren't only experienced through headaches. However, when headache pain does occur it is significantly extreme. Most migraine sufferers develop specific warning signs that an attack is going to occur. Sleepiness, irritability, depression or euphoria, fatigue, yawning, and an increased craving for salty or sweet foods are common indicators.

There are several medication and non-medication treatments available to migraine victims today. Non-medication treatment may involve developing relaxation techniques, diet, exercise, and better sleep amongst other things.

Medical treatments for migraines often used are acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and corticosteroids. However, using these medications may include some caution of use knowledge. For example, aspirin can be a leading cause of Reye's syndrome in children and teenagers which can have fatal results such as coma or death. People taking blood thinners should also refrain from the use of aspirin.

Stronger forms of medication are used to treat individuals with more extreme circumstances of pain. Triptans or serotonin receptors are often used because of their ability to reduce inflammation and constrict the blood vessels. Those who suffer migraine or tension headaches may rather be referred to treatment using Midrins which include a blood vessel constrictor, acetaminophen, and mild sedative. However, people who have high blood pressure, glaucoma, kidney disease, liver disease, or are using other specific medications may not take these types of medications.

Treatment is not limited to these specific forms of medication or non-medication treatments. If you experience abnormal recurrent headaches it's best to consult your physician right away to get an early diagnosis of the problem. Immediate treatment of migraines will help you to feel better and live more healthily.
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