20 October, 2009

Migrane

Some people suffer from headaches on a regular basis. They have these aches and pains, sometimes pounding headaches that are caused by all kinds of things, from the weather to stress to hormones that are naturally in the body. But there is a type of headache that is much worse than the others put together and is enough to bring even the strongest of us to our knees. This is what is commonly known as a migraine headache, and if the problem persists it can actually become chronic.
Migraines are typically broken down into two distinct types, some that come with an accompanying set of symptoms and another that does not have those symptoms. They include the following that may or may not accompany the headache, and usually occur before the headache begins. Light flashes and zigzag lines could be within your vision, and you may experience a hole in your line of sight, as if you can not see things when looking directly at them.
I know that my wife, when she has these signs can overcome the migraine by working on it at that point. The headache will then progress to perhaps a pain that is on one or both sides of the head, perhaps with pulsating or pounding sensations, nausea and an inability to function because of the pain. Some of the things that can cause a migrane headache are what are known as common triggers. They include hormonal changes in the body, different types of food, drinks, caffeine, nicotine, changes in the way that we sleep and in our environment and some medications that we may be taking.

Different Types Of Migrane

Do you struggle with frequent, intense headaches? They might be a symptom of a serious disease – migraine. But if you want to seek lasting pain relief you will need to understand your pain. Here’s a guide to the different types of migrane headaches.

First of all, a headache may be a symptom of a migraine, but it also can just be a tension headache. If it is not related to migraine, it is actually caused by other things and remedies may include over-the-counter pills or a glass of water. Stress, allergies, and a bunch of other factors can cause a person to feel pain in their head, but only in certain cases is there a true neurological disorder and disease going on. In this case, special therapies and treatments are in order. There are several different types of headaches, but not as many different types of migrane headaches, as they are symptoms of an actual disease and not based on a variety of environmental factors.
There are really only two kinds of migraine: migraine with aura and migraine without aura. The latter is much more common; only 30% of migraine sufferers have aura. But these different types of migraine are not all that different. Each kind can entail severe, throbbing headaches that render an individual sensitive to light and sound. Nausea may even occur.
For migraine with aura, an aura will precede the actual headache. People experience auras differently. So even within the different types of migraine, there are varying levels of pain and sensations. Often, they will see flashing lights, jagged lines, and have trouble focusing their eyes and may even encounter temporary blindness (though that is rare). A person suffering from migraine with aura will also encounter numbness and tingling in the face, hands, and lips on one or both sides of their body. They can also feel weakness in their arms or legs, but that usually only happens on one side of the body. Aura also can confuse an individual – he or she may not be able to comprehend words or speak properly. All of this can last for an hour.
Migraines, especially migraines with aura, can be excruciating. But if you keep your doctor informed about your symptoms, you can be properly diagnosed and receive medications and/or treatments that make your pain tolerable and possibly even nonexistent in some cases.
So, hopefully you are now more educated about the different types of migraines out there.


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