The largest study of migraines ever conducted, the American Prevalence and Prevention Study (AMPP), found that migraines affect 12 percent of Americans older than 12 - three quarters of them women. Nine out of ten migraine sufferers report being able to function normally during a migraine, and almost three in 10 need bedrest, preferably in a dark room without any sensory stimuli. Migraines also cause more than one quarter of sufferers to miss at least one day of work over a three-month period and about 30 percent to skip family or social activities. No one knows actually causes migraines, but experts suspect both hormonal and genetic influences. Hormonal factors probably account for the fact that migraine affects three women for every man. It is thought that internal hormonal triggers from the hypothalamus gland may impair the pain modulation centers in the brain. But recent research has linked mutations of certain genes to some migraines, though most people with typical migraine don't carry these mutations. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, inactivity, excess caffeine, and overuse of medications may also raise migraine risk. It is one of the most painful conditions known to humans.
Unlike headaches, migraines typically involve throbbing, nausea, and/or sensitivity to light or sound. Moreover, migraines hurt more and last longer. Some migraine sufferers experience auras typified by blurred vision or other visual changes. Those auras have one good use as they sound an alarm bell and serve as a warning of the excruciating headache to come which lets affected people take steps to ward off the migraine or reduce its severity, In addition to tunnel vision and funny shapes, auras can make people feel as though they have a swollen tongues and numb hands. Auras may also cause them to vomit. When come the headaches, some people feel like someone is hammering inside their heads. It can last few days. Attacks may occur several times a month. It is essential to have a systematic strategy for managing the pain and for reducing the number and severity of attacks. Once migraine hits, some people have no choice but to crawl into bed and block out all light and noise.
NATURAL WAYS TO DEAL WITH MIGRAINES
Some people have developed different method to deal with migraines but they all have in common is the drive to keep experimenting - with medications, lifestyle changes, avoidance of certain foods. Some people develop food intolerance, especially to certain foods, such as chocolate, cheese, nuts, alcohol, strong perfume, caffeine etc. If these are identified triggers, they should be avoided. It is important to eat at regular intervals and to drink at least 8 glasses of filtered water per day. Always avoid skipping meals. A healthy diet and regular exercise help to keep your body and mind in good shape. It is important to ensure that the muscles and tendons in the body remain relaxed and calm, so that nervous tension can be avoided. What about a good hot bath? Natural remedies can be safe and effective solutions for migraines. Take action now, the first priority is your health.
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