A migraine is more than a headache. It is a severe pain that can last from a few hours to a few days and often cause the sufferer to be nauseous as well. They are usually on one side of the head and get worse with exercise. The patient can become light and sound sensitive,
Migraines tend to run in families. There is not a great deal you can do about your connections to your relatives, but there are lifestyle changes you can make that will help to lessen the migraines severity and frequency.
Have A Routine
Your brain is sensitive to changes in your environment, both externally with things such as bright lights and loud noises, and internally with the likes of hormones changing. These changes can make your brain feel threatened and the result is pain.
Having a set routine lets your brain get used to these changes and so when you see a bright light at the same time every day, it is less likely to set the alarm off in your brain.
Learn The Triggers
There are some foods that can trigger health problems, including migraines, in certain people. It does not happen for everyone, but things like dark chocolate and cheese are often the cause of a migraine. Keep a diary of what you eat for a while, and see if there are common foods in the time before a migraine starts. Then try avoiding those foods to see if the amount of migraines you suffer becomes less.
Flashing lights can also be a trigger for some migraine sufferers, and for others, flying can be the start of one. There are apps that let you track how frequent and severe your migraine is, You also input what you were doing and what you had eaten before it started, and they look for patterns to help you find out if something is triggering them.
Treatment for Migraines
If your migraines are getting more frequent or severe, you should seem medical treatment to help control them. Grand View Urgent Care is one place that may be able to help, or you could see your physician or local hospital. Migraines can be very disabling and make your life a misery. Getting the right treatment could be the answer in your case, as everyone is different.
There are medications that can help to relieve the pain of a migraine and help to prevent further attacks. Which type you need will be the decision of the medical practitioner treating you. They will want to know if there are any triggers that cause it to start and if you are not sure they will help you to identify any.
Unfortunately, in this very fast paced and stressful world we live, more Canadians than ever are suffering from migraines. People who have never had one do not always realize just how bad they can be, but as a sufferer, you need to do all that you can to prevent them, and if that does not work, seek the medical assistance you need.