Migraines 101 🤯

Migraines 101 🤯

June 08, 2018
A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head*. Migraines tend to affect women moreso than men, affecting 1 in 5 women compared to one in fifteen men. You should consult medical advice and discuss with your G.P. if you have frequent or severe migraine symptoms.
There are several types of migraine, including:
  • Migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
  • Migraine without aura – the most common type, where the migraine occurs without the specific warning signs
  • Migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache doesn't develop
Causes of migraines 😣
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they're thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain. Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include:
Emotional triggers
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Shock
  • Depression
  • Excitement
Physical triggers:
  • Tiredness
  • Poor quality sleep
  • Shift work
  • Sustained long postural positions
  • Neck or shoulder tension
  • Jet lag
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
  • Strenuous exercise, if you're not used to it
Dietary triggers
  • Missed, delayed or irregular meals
  • Dehydration
  • Alcohol
  • The food additive tyramine
  • Caffeine products, such as tea and coffee
  • Specific foods such as chocolate, citrus fruit and cheese
Environmental triggers
  • Bright lights
  • Flickering screens, such as a television or computer screen
  • Smoking (or smoky rooms)
  • Loud noises
  • Changes in climate, such as changes in humidity or very cold temperatures
  • Strong smells
  • A stuffy atmosphere
  • Some types of sleeping tablets
  • The combined contraceptive pill
  • Hormone replacement therpay, which is sometimes used to relieve symptoms associated with the menopause 
Outlook and prevention ✅
Migraines are painful and can interrupt your life. Fortunately, there are some lifestyle changes you can make and habits to adopt that can help you prevent them. 🙏🏼 These include:
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Reducing the stress in your life by trying yoga, mindfulness, or meditation
  • Limiting the amount of time you’re looking at bright lights, or are in direct sunlight, which can both be causative sensory migraines
  • Have balanced physical activity
  • Taking frequent “screen breaks” from television, the computer, and other screens
  • Trying an elimination diet to help you identify any food allergies or intolerances that may be headache triggers
  • Consider Magnesium supplementation
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