Migraine - Headache From Hell

By: Sharon Bell

Migraine means "half cranium" in French. This malady is so named because it is a severe headache that usually affects only one side of the head. It often begins in puberty and disappears after 50. The condition runs in families and affects more women than men.

Changes in the blood vessels of the neck are believed to cause an attack. So will high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), an allergic reaction to certain drugs or foods, glandular abnormalities and emotional stress and anxiety.

"Although much about headaches still isn't understood, some researchers think migraines may be caused by functional changes in the trigeminal nerve system, a major pain pathway in your nervous system, and by imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which plays a regulatory role for pain messages going through this pathway," explained the Mayo Clinic.

"During a headache, serotonin levels drop. Researchers believe this causes the trigeminal nerve to release substances called neuropeptides, which travel to your brain's outer covering (meninges). There they cause blood vessels to become dilated and inflamed. The result is headache pain," it added.

Some patients experience sensory warning signs or auras prior or during an attack. These include flashes of light in the center of the field of vision or a flickering sensation in one eye. The patient may experience feelings of apprehension, irri?tability and restlessness before the headache begins. Others signs and symptoms are nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Extremes in temperature, cigarette smoke, perfume, glaring lights and hormones may trigger an attack. If there is one trait migraine sufferers share, it is their being neurotic perfectionists. To remedy this, plan your activities so you won't be overworked and learn to relax once in a while.

"Certain foods appear to trigger headaches in some people. Common offenders include alcohol, especially beer and red wine; aged cheeses; chocolate; fermented, pickled or marinated foods; aspartame; overuse of caffeine; monosodium glutamate - a key ingredient in some Asian foods; certain seasonings; and many canned and processed foods. Skipping meals or fasting also can trigger migraines," revealed the Mayo Clinic.

A migraine attack may occur daily, once a month or once a year. Untreated, it may last from four to 72 hours. While there's no cure for migraine, medications can reduce the frequency of migraine and stop the pain.

"Choosing a strategy to manage your migraines depends on the frequency and severity of your headaches, the degree of disability your headaches cause, and your other medical conditions. You may be a candidate for preventive therapy if you have two or more debilitating attacks a month, if you use pain-relieving medications more than twice a week, if pain-relieving medications aren't helping, or if your migraine signs and symptoms include a prolonged aura or numbness and impaired movement on one side of your body," concluded the Mayo Clinic.

To help you rest during an attack, take Sedamine - the supplement that will help you sleep naturally. Visit for details.

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