Migraines As Headaches
Headaches come in many different shapes and forms. One of the most common chronic 'headaches' in our society is known as a migraine headache. The migraine headache affects approximately 12% of all people with the ratio of women to men estimated at around 3:1 respectively. Migraine headaches have certain characteristics which make them different from regular headaches and these can vary as there are numerous different types of migraines. The most common symptom of migraine headache experienced by the vast majority of sufferers is a pounding headache lasting from between a few hours to 3 entire days.
Some different types of migraines
Hormonal Migraines - Women often experience migraines which correlate with their menstrual cycle.
Optical/Ocular Migraines - Affecting fewer people, optical/ocular migraine sufferers experience visual symptoms with no corresponding headache.
Abdominal Migraines - Mostly affects children.
The two most common types of migraine headaches are the 'common' migraine and the 'classic' migraine. The major distinguishing difference between the two types is that the classic migraine has a preceding symptom known as a migraine aura.
Migraine aura is described by many sufferers to involve visual disturbances such as blind spots and flashing zig-zag lights in the direct or peripheral field of vision. The illustration on the left is an example of the effects that migraine aura may have on the sufferer. It can vary in intensity, usually getting worse with time. An aura episode may last from between a few minutes and around an hour. The aura stage of migraines commonly has associated nausea and vomiting.
It has been proven through scientific studies also that sufferers of the 'classic' migraine (with aura) had higher risks of suffering from secondary conditions such as chronic depression and stroke than sufferers of the common migraine (without aura). There are literally dozens of conditions which have been linked with migraines and most of them also pose a higher risk for sufferers of migraine with aura.
Where Are Migraines Felt?
Migraines are typically a pounding headache and are mostcommonly unilateral (one-sided) but this varies. The diagram below illustrates the more common sites of headache pain experienced by migraine sufferers. Often the pain can be located behind one eye.
Stages of the migraine headache
As a headache, migraine episodes may be divided into a number of different sections. First the migraine aura which precedes a migraine attack hits, after which the migraine itself kicks in and may last up to three days. After this there is generally a recovery stage which may include a background headache.
The diagram below (Figure 2.0) illustrates the different stages of a classic migraine, also including the build up of related factors which may be responsible for bringing on the migraine attack.
Most migraines work this way. There is almost always a 'predromal' stage which is characterized by things such as moodiness, tiredness or can even be an energy boost. This occurs from between 1 day to a few hours before a migraine attack and almost all migraine sufferers say they notice it. A build-up of external factors often leads to migraine attacks. The problem with this is a lot of people just don't know how to avoid this process. It is much easier said than done.
The migraine solution examines the exact processes a sufferer will need to completely re-shift their thinking and align them on the path to migraine freedom. Until you break these patterns, your migraines will most likely continue.
The exact factors which may cause the onset of migraine headache are difficult to ascertain in each individual without a consultation. There are, however a number of common things which may be attributed to the onset of an attack. Posture almost always plays some role in the onset of a migraine as blood and nerve flow to the brain is somewhat restricted. This stagnation in the upper shoulders makes a migraine more likely to occur if other influencing factors are present.
Other influencing factors might include work stress, sleepless nights/insomnia, premenstrual symptoms, skipping meals, eating 'trigger' foods, poor air quality, bright lights, loud noises, anxiety, physical exhaustion etc.
Headaches have become so common in our society and the number of migraine sufferers is increasing too. As a headache, migraines are classified as a neurological condition and should be treated as soon as possible to ensure maximum benefit.
These are just some of the things which you will learn about in much more detail when you trial the migraine solution program now at a limited discount.
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Disclaimer: None of the information on this site is to be constituted as personal or medical advice. If you are experiencing migraines you are strongly advised to see your doctor. Risks of The Migraine Solution: As with any form of treatment, there are associated risks with The Migraine Solution program. Some of the treatment methods described may cause mouth irritation/ulcers, anticoagulation of the blood and possible allergic reactions. Although these symptoms are relatively rare, it is a legal requirement that I advise of these possible risks.