What is migraine?
Migraine is a type of headache, which is usually intense and lasts for a few minutes to a few hours. It may last even for a day or more. It can start from any part of the head and spread to other parts or remain restricted to one part but usually begins from a specific area on one side of the head. Migraine may though sound similar to other types of headaches but is actually different. Non-migraine headaches usually have known cause like fatigue, sleeplessness, eyestrain, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, injury, sinusitis, brain tumor, emotional disturbance, fever, indigestion, constipation, fasting, weather changes, etc. whereas the exact cause of migraine is not known. Migraine attacks are usually periodic, daily at a particular time or in a particular condition, on alternate day, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. In some cases it may even be irregular. Migraine does not indicate a psychological problem and is not contagious either.
Types of pain
The pain may be severe to moderate and tearing, throbbing, bursting, hammering or pressing in nature. While any headache can be severe and troublesome, migraine is especially very disgusting. The severity may incapacitate the sufferer for a while. Other symptoms associated with migraine may be visual impairment, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, depression, irritability, excessive sensitivity to light, sound etc. but may not necessarily occur during the attack. An individual may get more than one of these or none at all. There can be more factors specific to an individual triggering the headache.
Location of the pain can be:
– semi lateral left (one sided headache)
– Semi lateral right (one sided headache)
– Frontal to sides
– Frontal to neck
– On top of the head
– Back of the head
– One-sided etc. One-sided headaches have been found more commonly than other types.
Migraine attack may start suddenly without a prior indication or begin with a warning sign, which is sensory in nature and is called "aura". The term "aura" as related to migraine means different to what it means in Reiki. This warning sign or aura is not the same for every one. It is more of individual than general in nature. It may be a particular sensation in any part of the body, like tingling, warming, pain, numbness, pricking feeling like that of a pin or needle or any other special sensation. The aura may also be visual like flashes of light, tingling of stars, shaking or rotation of objects or yet another indication.
Causes of Migraine
Researchers have been trying to find the cause of migraine since long but so far the success is nowhere in sight. There are different views about the causes of migraines but none has been established with authenticity. Broadly speaking, migraine has something to do with the nerve system but what is that, is not known.
- Some people believe it to be genetic disorder but probably this is only a supposition.
- It could be caused by functional changes in the trigeminal nerve system.
- Migraines may be caused by imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which drops during headache but what factors cause that to drop is not known.
- It is said that level of magnesium also drops just before or during a headache but what causes that to drop is again not known.
- Another viewpoint is that migraine is psychosomatic in nature, which is unconfirmed.
- Hormonal changes particularly in women are also said to be a cause but like other causes this one is also not confirmed.
- Some people call it hereditary in nature but this also remains unconfirmed.
- There is no known cause of one-sided headache.
Common Migraine Triggers
Trigger is a specific factor that may initiate a migraine attack but is not a cause by itself. It is only a starter. This trigger is usually specific to the person. One particular factor that may trigger migraine in one person may not do the same for another person. Migraine sufferers usually have one trigger specific to them but it is possible that someone may have more than one. Common triggers are mental stress, emotional disturbance, lack of sleep, oversleeping or a specific sleep pattern, sunlight, bright light, weather changes, a particular weather or temperature, bathing, noise or a specific sound, quick movement, may be upstairs or downstairs, dancing, abdominal disturbance like diarrhea or constipation, high altitude, over-exertion, eyestrain, fasting, a particular body posture, a particular odor, a particular situation or environment, certain food items like tea, coffee, beer, candy sweets, chocolate etc., smoking, use of narcotics, riding in a vehicle etc. etc.,
This list is not exhaustive by any means. There can be more factors specific to an individual triggering the headache. If you go for homeopathic treatment, don’t forget to mention what triggers your headache.
Migraine Risk Factors
Migraine is quite irritating and bothersome. In severe cases migraine headache might considerably reduce the efficiency and even incapacitate the sufferer for some time. Generally, the effects of attack are temporary, lasting only till the end of the attack. However, the person might feel general weakness after the attack. The person getting frequent attacks of migraine would obviously feel uncomfortable due to fear of getting an attack any time, which is likely to affect his general efficiency even when he has no headache.
Homeopathic Treatment for Migraine
Is migraine curable? This is always the first, most important and very valid question. The answer is YES. Homeopathy has more than 50 medicines for treatment of different conditions of migraine, one-sided headaches and other types of headaches. Some people may be skeptical about homeopathy but the fact is that homeopathy can cure migraine and other types of headache permanently. Our experience with cured cases shows that one-sided headaches are comparatively simpler to treat with homeopathic medicines, which are safe to use even for children and pregnant women. If you wish to know more about this wonderful system, you would find lot of useful information in the books and on Internet. If you have migraine, consider homeopathic treatment.