Today, let’s talk about a common health problem. At some point in our life, we heard about the word ‘migraine’. We may have suffered from migraine attacks or one of our friends mentioned about their migraine headache.
If you are curious about migraine, read this article until the end and you will learn some things about migraine.
So, what is migraine?
Migraine is derived from the Greek word and it means pain involving half the head. Migraine is quite common and it affects at least 1 person in 10.
Some types of migraine include common migraine, classic migraine, complicated migraine and menstrual migraine.
The symptoms of classic migraine include headache, vomiting and visual disturbance like jumbling of lines, dots and zigzags. Common migraine does not have aura like visual disturbance.
Migraine headaches usually have trigger factors so you should avoid these trigger factors to reduce migraine attacks. These factors include tension, fatigues, hunger and constant physical and mental stress.
Stress is a common trigger factor in migraine and most people relieve from their migraine headache when the stress is gone.
There are some foods which are associated with migraine. Next time when you have migraine attack, you should notice the link between the food you eat and the migraine attacks.
Some common foods associated with migraine include wine, alcohol, cheese, caffeine, chocolate and fruits like bananas, oranges and tomatoes.
Making a list of foods you eat before having migraine attack might be helpful to find out if your migraine is linked to these foods.
Here are some ways to prevent from further migraine attacks.
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle with relaxation programs and meditation. It is worth trying meditation or yoga and see if your attacks occur less frequently
- Keep a diary of foods and drinks you eat so that you can find out if there is link between these foods and your migraine attacks
- Avoid trigger factors like tension, physical and mental stress, unpleasant smells, fatigue, hunger, bright lights, excessive noise, strong perfumes and foods that are commonly associated with migraine.
- If your attacks occur frequently, medication may be necessary to prevent further attacks and your doctor will prescribe you as required.
If you have migraine attack, lying in a quiet and dark room may be helpful. Meditation or listening to your favorite soft and relaxing music is a bonus.
You can also put ice packs on your forehead or neck. Drinking lots of water might also be helpful for you because dehydration is a trigger factor for migraine attacks.
While having migraine attack, you should avoid moving around too much, reading books and watching television or computer screens.
Taking notes on your migraine attacks will also be helpful for your doctor to find the cause and treat you.
Migraine is quite common among people but these headaches sometimes come from other severe diseases so be sure to visit your doctor if you have frequent headaches, severe headaches or weakness on one side of your body.