8 Triggers of Migraine and 6 Ways to Kiss Your Headache Goodbye

“A migraine is like a tornado; it attacks fast without any warning and wreaks havoc.”

Migraines usually start during the teenage years or early in adult life,Guest Posting affecting more women than men with a ratio of three to one. Migraines are caused from constricted (tightening) arteries that supply blood flow to the brain. When the arteries constrict, blood flow to the brain is reduced as well as the brains oxygen supply. The brain reacts by dilating (enlarging) arteries to meet the brain’s need for energy. The dilation spreads to the arteries in the neck and scalp and is the culprit of the pain in migraines.

If you live with migraines, make sure to have your Doctor rule out an underlying illness or other medical conditions that mimic migraines with the appropriate tests: for example, x-rays determining sinus infection, EEG for seizure activity or a CAT scan to detect blood clots or a brain tumor. Your Dr. may determine a drug to help ease your pain.

Eight Migraine Triggers

1. Cerviogentic Headache:

Some people who have a tender neck and suffer from sore bone and joint problems are diagnosed with this type

2. Temporomandibular Migraine:

Triggered by teeth grinding

3. Sinus Migraine:

Triggered by allergies and caused by excessive mucous and often accompanied by a fever. If you have this type of migraine, you may experience pain around both eyes and also may feel nauseated and sensitive to light.

4. Genetic Migraines:

Studies have lined a gene to people affected with migraines. Often when the gene for migraines is passed on to the next generation, the recipient will also experience headaches around the same age as the person who passed on the migraine.

5. Stress Migraine:

Stress can be a major contributing factor to the onset of a migraine. Type A personalities are more likely to experience migraines. Type A is ambitious, bright, perfectionist, emotionally repressed, cautious and has a decreased ability to manage stress. However, this is the easiest type of migraine to treat because a type A personality can acquire the skills necessary to manage stress.

6. Hormonal Migraine:

Fluctuating hormones in women are often the cause of migraines and can happen during menstrual cycles.

7. Cigarette Migraine

An equal opportunity source of migraines is because the nicotine alters blood vessels. High carbon monoxide levels in a person who smokes or even inhales second hand smoke can lead to a migraine.

8. Food Migraines Food allergies are another factor that leads to migraines. However, migraine sufferers are able to eat chocolate without falling prey to a migraine. Some patients actually report relief from eating chocolate.

Foods that Can Cause Migraines

1. Aged cheese such as Roquefort, Stilton and Sharp Cheddar

2. Fermented Dairy such as Sour Cream, Buttermilk and Yogurt

3. Citrus: Oranges or Grapefruit, including juice

4. Nuts: Peanuts, Walnuts or Pecans

5. Legumes: Peas, Beans and Soy product 6. Onions and Garlic

7. Bananas

8. Pickled foods: picked herring is the most common instigator

9. MSG found in Chinese food

10. Alcohol

Now that you know the common triggers, also note that skipping meals also causes migraines. Skipping meals causes your blood sugar to drop, which in turn causes a migraine.

Eight Ways to Kiss Your Migraine Goodbye

1. Medicine

Medicines have been used for centuries to treat migraines. Today Dr’s prescribe Beta Blockers to treat migraines by maintaining adequate dilation of blood vessels. Antidepressants: The brain chemical ‘serotonin’ plays a role in migraine attacks because the levels of serotonin may cause or relieve migraine and that’s why Drs sometimes prescribe antidepressants for migraines. Antidepressants reduce migraine frequency by regulating serotonin levels in the brain. Other drugs are triptans available as an injection or nasal spray. T

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Natural Ways to Relieve Migraine Headaches

It’s estimated that only 1% of the population escapes having a headache throughout their entire life. About 90% of the population get at least one headache each year. And of that 16-17% of the population gets a migraine headache at some point in their lifetime. Migraines affect 30 million Americans with more than three times of them being women. Because headaches are such a common condition its easy for people to confuse migraines and headaches.

Migraines are often misdiagnosed as sinus headaches or tension headaches. Where as migraines are actually vascular headaches,Guest Posting which are usually associated with pain on one side of the head, pulsating or throbbing, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, visual disturbances, auras, and can last up to 72 hours or longer. Migraines can be triggered by multiple things that occur throughout the day i.e. skipping a meal, change in your sleeping pattern, medications, bright lights, movies, TV, certain foods, loud noises, stress, and depression, etc.

Typical migraine treatments include taking some sort of prescription medication to prevent or abort a migraine. However what if you don’t want to take drugs or medications? For many people who experience migraines, it’s almost impossible to stop a migraine once it’s started. That’s why alternative and natural treatment methods for migraines are much more widely accepted. They are cheaper and usually harmless without the possibility of side effects. However because migraines are caused by a wide range of triggers, there are also a wide array of treatments. What works for one person, may not work for another, different treatments work for different people. That’s why there are many alternatives to medication when it comes to migraine relief, such as chiropractic adjustments, biofeedback, massage, relaxation techniques or diet change.

Chiropractic care is one of the most popular forms of natural headache relief. Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal misalignments, which can cause headaches. This is also true for migraine headaches. Chiropractic treatment can stop a migraine from occurring and lessen the symptoms of migraine that has already started. Headache and migraine sufferers see great relief from chiropractic adjustments without the use of drugs or invasive medical techniques.

Another alternative migraine headache treatment includes biofeedback. Biofeedback is a training technique designed to develop self-control of one’s autonomic or involuntary nervous system. Biofeedback teaches one to control heart rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, and muscle relaxation. Muscle tension especially in the neck is just one of many causes of headaches and migraines. Biofeedback techniques are first learned through the use of equipment to measure the autonomic system output. One trains them self to control these systems to reduce heart rate and blood pressure, relax muscles, and control skin temperature. Once in control of these techniques biofeedback equipment is no longer needed and one can produce the desired effect at any time. For someone who experiences headaches or migraines, biofeedback techniques can help to reduce muscle tension, which can be causing the symptoms.

Muscle tension is often due to stress, which can cause migraine headaches. Stress is the underlying cause so to ease your tension headaches one must eliminate stress and relieve the tension. Relaxation techniques such as meditation yoga and massage therapy are great alternatives to reduce tension and relieve migraine headaches. Other natural ways of reducing tension include taking a arm bath, lying down in a darkened room, putting ice or a cold compress on the back of the neck at the base of the skull. These all are invaluable ways to reduce tension headaches without the use of medication.

If your migraines aren’t caused by spinal problems, muscle tension or stress then your diet maybe to blame. Certain foods can bring on migraines such as salt, cheese, alcohol, nuts, beans, caffeine, chocolate, onions and some food additives. The easiest way to determine if your migraines are caused by food sensitivities is through an elimination diet. Once you have determined which foods are triggering your headaches you can avoid them and prevent future migraines from occurring.

Natural migraine and headache treatments are relatively inexpensive when compared to the cost of prescription medications. Unfortunately modern medicine hasn’t found any other forms of migraine or headache treatment than the use of medication, which can have side effects and sometimes be ultimately ineffective. Alternative treatments are noninvasive safe a most often more effective at relieving and reducing symptoms associated with headaches and migraines. If you are tired of taking drugs, turn to a more natural way to reduce your migraine headaches.

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