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The Art of Mastering Options

Learn Effective Ways to Stop Migraines

The falling estrogen levels before menstruation is what usually triggers a migraine among women that causes severe head pain often accompanied by sensitivity to light, smells or sound. The common manifestations of a migraine is the one-sided “pounding” a headache, nausea, vomiting, eye pain, and sensitivity to light or sound. Hormonal changes, stress, certain foods, oversleeping, and strong stimuli such as loud noises are the common triggering factors of a migraine attack. Some types of birth control pills can trigger migraines, and various foods such as aged cheese, smoked meats, chocolate, dairy products, alcoholic beverages as well as artificial sweeteners and monosodium glutamate. Keep a headache diary if you’re unsure what triggers your headache so you are able to easily identify the cause in case you’ll experience a migraine attack.

The treatment for a migraine is usually over-the-counter (OTC) such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium, or prescription drugs like triptans. In order to reduce the frequency of a migraine attack, regular exercise and eating healthy food greatly help. If you have identified the foods that trigger your migraine, avoid them as much as possible. For some people, they find meditation and relaxation strategies helpful in preventing migraine attacks and reducing the severity of headache such as meditation, guided imagery, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation. Most people are usually capable of managing their migraines with the right combination of lifestyle changes and medications. For some patients who are experiencing severe headaches and migraine attacks, prescription medications are highly recommended. What is migraine aura? A migraine aura is defined as a set of specific symptoms that the patient experiences prior to a headache or migraine attack such as a blind spot in one eye, flashing lights or numbness involving one side of the body. A migraine aura may last for several minutes and it’s usually resolved once the head pain starts, although there are instances when a migraine aura may last until a migraine is resolved. There are patients who never experience migraine aura and this can be because it can mimic the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Many women find their migraine headaches resolved during pregnancy because of consistently high levels of estrogen during pregnancy. In order to prevent the risk of birth defects, it is important to discontinue any medication that was used prior to pregnancy. If you notice locking of your jaw, swollen or you’re grinding your teeth a lot, your migraine might be related to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ, so you need to contact a TMJ specialist who will recommend effective exercises and routine changes to help in your condition. The most effective method to treat your migraine includes identification of the triggering factors, lifestyle changes and taking medications as prescribed by your doctor.

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