About Migraine Headache Treatment
Migraines are a neurological disease characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headaches that affect 12% of the population. Migraines usually affect one side of the head and are usually seen in the youth. The disease can be aggravated by routine physical activity. It can even be associated with light and sound and even smell sensitivity and many patients tend to experience nausea due to this. According to research, there are nearly 30 million Americans suffering from migraines. Migraines are found in three times as many women than men. The headaches can last from 2-3 hours to 3-4 days.
Causes for Migraine
There are no exact causes for migraines. While there may be some genetic causes, emotional stress is one of the important factors. Migraines are highly affected by stressful situations, when certain chemicals are released in the brain cause the “flight” or fight” response. There is a famous saying that migraines are caused by “hurry, burry and curry”. That is to say, too much stress, whether physical or emotional, can cause migraines. There are certain foods and beverages which can trigger migraines, such as coffee, chocolates, cheese and alcohol. These can account for 30% of migraine cases. Other causes can include changing weather conditions (excessive cold or extreme heat), menstrual periods, tension, skipping meals and lack of sleep.
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How are migraines treated?
These are the main treatments available to treat migraines:
- Abortive medications (Primarily for patients in the initial stage of migraine)
- Preventive medications
Migraine do not have a specific cause. It is generally due to unhealthy life habits. Therefore, the bottom line is to practice healthy habits, avoid smoking/drinking and to take care of your body. A healthy mind and body is the best manner of keeping your body free of painful migraines.
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