Oh, What Pain!
You know you have a migraine headache when your head is pounding so hard that it hurts to touch, you can’t stand light, and your stomach is queasy and upset. A migraine headache is one of the worst types of headaches people can get. They can cause missed days at work, depression, and a general sense of despair. If you suffer from them, or you think you suffer from them, you know that they are more than just some discomfort and a little inconvenience. With medical advances, there is no reason that you should continue to suffer from even occasional migraines. There are effective treatment methods that will bring you long-lasting and quick relief.
Be Aware Of The Symptoms
If you are not sure if what you are dealing with is a migraine headache or not, you should make yourself aware of the symptoms and get help if you need it. One of the key indicators of migraines is that you have nausea caused by the headache-also, a sensitivity to light. If you are experiencing frequent headaches accompanied by these symptoms you should talk to your doctor.
Create A Headache Journal
There are things that you can do that will help to prevent a migraine headache, but you have to understand what your “triggers” are. Keep a journal of everything that you eat, drink, and do and note when you get a migraine. If you notice a certain pattern of foods or activities that seem to happen before you get the migraine headache you may have found one of your triggers and you can find ways to possibly avoid it.
When you visit your doctor take your “headache journal.” This will help your doctor to make a better evaluation of what is going on with you and your migraine headache. Your doctor can then prescribe one of the may pain killers on the market today that are designed specifically for migraines. Doctors today realize that this type of headache is not something that you have control over, or that you are causing through worry or other emotional issues. A migraine headache is a biological disorder of the brain and it can be treated. Although sometimes they are triggered by stress, many people who suffer from stress do not suffer from migraines, and on the other hand, people who sometimes suffer from a migraine headache are not necessarily suffering from stress. This is one reason why it is important to keep a migraine headache journal-you can pin down more accurately what brings on your headaches and try to eliminate that factor.
For those who are interested in a more holistic approach to medicine, there is an herbal treatment that has been used on the migraine headache called Petadolex. It contains an herb called Butterbur which has been used since medieval times to treat fever, plague, allergies, headaches, coughs and asthma. The compounds in the herb help to prevent inflammation of the blood vessels which is one of the causes of headaches, including migraines. Petadolex can probably be found at your local nutrition or herbal supplement store.
The key to getting rid of migraines is to seek out treatment. They will not go away on their own. You need to get help and you will be glad you did.