Migraines

More than just a bad headache

 

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Migraines

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a multisystem disorder of the central nervous system that affects the brain and commonly presents as a headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light sound and smell.

Migraine Symptoms

Migraine symptoms may occur in four stages:

SYMPTOMS

  • Anorexia,
  • Food Cravings,
  • Mood Changes,
  • Yawning,
  • Insomnia,
  • Lack of Energy

SYMPTOMS

  • Sensitivity to Light,
  • Visual Disturbances,
  • Blind Spots,
  • Changes in Taste,
  • Ringing in Ears and
  • Numbness or Tingling Skin

SYMPTOMS

  • Moderate to Severe,
  • Pulsating Pain on One Side of the Head,
  • Nausea And Vomiting,
  • Speech Changes

SYMPTOMS

  • Irritability,
  • Extreme Fatigue,
  • Inability to Concentrate,
  • Feeling Depressed
Migraine Triggers

Some things that  can trigger a migraine are

Types of migraines

There are several types of migraines including:

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Managing migraines

Simple steps to head off the pain

Find a calm environment
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Try temperature therapy.
  • Drink small amounts of a caffeinated beverage
Exercise Regularly
  • Run
  • Lift Weights
  • Swim
  • Walk
  • Stretch
Eat Wisely
  • Be consistent.
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Keep a food journal
  • Avoid foods that trigger migraines
Manage Stress
  • Simplify your life.
  • Manage your time wisely
  • Take a break.
  • Adjust your attitude
  • Enjoy yourself
  • Relax
Sleep well
  • Establish regular sleep hours.
  • Unwind at the end of the day
  • Minimize distractions..
  • Don’t try so hard to sleep.
  • Check your medications.
Keep a migraine diary
  • Keep a migraine Diary

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