Migraine is a neurological condition characterized by a headache that often comes with nausea, vomiting and light sensitivity.
It can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation usually on one side of ahead
Severity and symptoms vary from patient to patient. It can last from hours to days. Recurrence is common.
Migraine may stages in some people. these stages may include:
1. Prodrome: Hours or days before a headache, about 60% of people who have migraines notice symptoms like:
- Being sensitive to light, sound, or smell
- Food cravings or lack of appetite
- Mood changes
- Severe thirst
- Constipation or diarrhea
2. Aura: These symptoms stem from nervous system and often involve vision. This stage may not be present in every migraine patient. It starts gradually, over a 5- to 20-minute period, and last less than an hour.
- See black dots, wavy lines, flashes of light, or things that aren’t there (hallucinations)
- Not be able to see at all
- Have tingling or numbness on one side of your body
- Have a heavy feeling in your arms and legs
- Have ringing in your ears
- Notice changes in smell, taste, or touch
3.Attack : A migraine headache often begins as a dull ache and grows into throbbing pain. It usually gets worse during physical activity. Along with pain there can be nausea, vomiting or dizziness. Most migraine headaches last about 4 hours, but severe ones can go for more than 3 days.
Trigger Factors :
- Hormone changes. Many women notice that they have headaches around their period, while they’re pregnant, or when they’re ovulating.
- Stress. When you’re stressed, your brain releases chemicals that can cause blood vessel changes that might lead to a migraine.
- Some foods and drinks, such as aged cheese, alcohol, and food additives like nitrates and monosodium glutamate (MSG), may be responsible in some people.
- Skipping meals OR fasting.
- Caffeine– Getting too much or not getting as much as you’re used to can cause headaches. Caffeine itself can be a treatment for acute migraine attacks.
- Changes in weather. Storm fronts, changes in barometric pressure, strong winds, or changes in altitude can all trigger a migraine.
- Loud noises, bright lights, and strong smells can set off a migraine.
- certain medications.
- Physical activity.
- Changes in sleep You might get headaches when you sleep too much or not enough.
- Powerless conflict: feeling helpless like I can do nothing about this , “my hands are tied “
- Frontal fear conflict: it can be experienced during a frontal attack with a person , threatening conversation with banks or govt. agency , fear of any disease etc
- Stink conflict: this is perceived as “ this stinks or I am fed up of this “ , fed up with an annoying person
- Resistance conflict: strong opposition against a person , or an institution — or can be experienced when a person is forced to do something against own will
Migraine Lead To?
A migraine does not just restrict itself to a headache. Because it is a disease involving the nervous system of the body, it can lead to dangerous consequences like:
Stroke: Migraine can lead to leakage of blood in the brain resulting in stroke.
Seizure: Migraine can be followed by an episode of fits or convulsions, called as Migraine Seizure.
Status Migrainosus: Occasionally, the attack can be so severe as to last for more than 72 hours. This is called Status Migrainosus
Medication overuse headache: n patients habituated to allopathic painkillers, a headache of a more severe variety occurs when the effect of the medicine wears off.
Homeopathy offers good results with variety of migraine symptoms. While consulting doctor may ask you in detail about intensity, frequency, sensations , aura, triggering factors , mental stress-tensions. Homeopathic medicines are prescribed on theses details and they vary from patient to patient. With homeopathic medicine the intensity and recurrence both can be effectively managed. Though migraine is not a fatal condition but its severity can affect the quality of life. Homeopathy can help to improve general well being of person.
- Sanguinaria: Right-sided migraines with tension in the neck and shoulder, extending to the forehead with a bursting feeling in the eye, are often relieved with this remedy. Jarring, light, and noise aggravate discomfort. The headaches improve after vomiting, as well as from burping or passing gas, and are often better after sleep.
- Natrum Muriaticum: Migraines (often on the right) that are worse from grief or emotional upsets, worse from too much sun, or occur just before or after the menstrual period. The headache feels like “a thousand little hammers were knocking on the brain” and is often worse from eyestrain. the eyes are very sensitive to light. The person often feels better lying in the dark and after sleeping.
- Ignatia : headaches after emotional upsets or caused by grief. The headache is often focused on one side of the head, and may feel as if a nail is driven in. Twitching in the face or spasms in the muscles of the neck and back frequently occur. The person often sighs or yawns and may sometimes weep with pain.
- Silicea : Headaches are usually right-sided, starting in the back of the head and extending to the forehead, and are worse from drafts or from going out in the cold without a hat. The person may feel better from lying down in a dark, warm room and also from covering the head.
- Lachesis: Left-sided migraines with congested, pulsing pain that is worse from pressure or tight clothing may respond to this remedy. The person’s face looks deeply flushed or blotchy. Headaches are often worst before the menstrual period and better once the flow begins.
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