Truth: Migraines are not just a bad headache. Get info, tips and remedies now.
About 15% of the population have experienced migraines. Typically, they affect one half of the head, in a pulsating in nature, and lasts from 2 to 72 hours. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. Up to one-third of people with migraine headaches experience an aura: a transient visual, sensory, language, or motor disturbance which signals that the headache will soon occur. Migraines are believed to be due to a mixture of environmental and genetic factors with about two-thirds of cases run in families.
Here are some common myths about Migraines:
1 – Myth: A Migraine is just a bad headache
Fact – “Migraine is a genetic neurological disease characterized by episodes best called migraine attacks. The headache, when there is one, is only one symptom and isn’t always severe. Migraine attacks can occur with no headache. For a diagnosis of migraine there must be symptoms other than headache. Refer to the Anatomy of Migraine infographic, by Teri Robert for more details.
2 – Myth: Migraines are not life threatening
Fact – “Complications and risk factors associated with a migraine can be life threatening. Research has confirmed links between migraine and stroke and other cardiovascular diseases and events.”
3 – Myth: Only adults have migraines
Fact – All genders and all ages of people have migraines.
4 – Myth: All Migraines are alike
Fact – A person’s migraines can vary from one to the next. Migraines can vary from one person to another. There are several types and sub-types of migraines. For example a migraine with aura sub-types can be: migraine with brainstem aura (MBSA) used to be known as basilar artery migraine (BAM), hemiplegic migraine (rare form) and retinal migraine (visual disturbances).
5 – Myth: There is no cure for Migraines
Fact – Though there is no cure at this time there is much that can be done about migraines. Find a migraine specialist doctor to work with is a major start. It is important to learn how to treat and manage migraines by identifying migraine triggers. Some potential migraine triggers are:
- temperatures outside of your comfort range (too hot or cold)
- irregular sleep and/or meal schedules
- food triggers
- lighting issues
- sleep quality issues
Trigger management is key. Track food triggers with this handy Trigger Food workbook by Teri Robert and/or her Migraine Diary workbook for many of the other triggers.
(Every migraine and every person is different so every remedy will also be different. What works one time may not the next or what works for one person may not work for another person.)
A. Apple Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar
For Headaches Deep Inside
- ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
- ½ cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Preparation – Warm the apple juice and water in a pan, place into a cup, add the apple cider vinegar, mix and drink warm.
Recipe from SHA Magazine; Image Source
B. Acupressure – Squeezing the muscle between the thumb and pointer.
C. Aromatherapy – the use of essential oils extracted from plants for both physiological and psychological treatment. The oils can be used solo or in combination with others. Their methods vary as smelling salts, roll-ons, blended bottles, or lamps or diffusers.
Here are a few essential oils that can be used to ease migraine symptoms:
- nausea – peppermint oil
- depression – lemon grass, chamomile, orange blossom
- panic / anxiety – sandalwood, lavender, clove
- congestion – eucalyptus, rosemary
- insomnia – bergamot, jasmine, lavender
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To learn more about Migraines read, “Migraine and Other Headaches “
Manage migraines from the kitchen with “The Headache Prevention Cookbook”
Image 4. Myth