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Migraine: How to tackle it?

Migraine is a complex neurological disease that causes severe throbbing, unilateral head pain. It is a sudden onset or occurrence of moderate to severe pain with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, photophobia (light-sensitive) or phonophobia (sound-sensitive), osmophobia (smell of agents such as paint, fuels), etc.

Usually migraine patients are advised pain-relief (NSAIDs) medications. Let’s also see how we can know and manage the symptoms. The first strategy is to identify the trigger foods and eliminate them. The most common migraine trigger foods are, Caffeine Milk and milk products Chocolate Nuts Processed meat Monosodium glutamate (MSG) Alcohol etc. No specific nutritional strategy has been recommended so far. Supplementation of specific nutrients have been studied for preventing or relieving from frequent attacks, Magnesium - serum levels of Mg are found very low in migraine patients. Either food rich in magnesium (whole grains, dark leafy greens, etc.) or supplements advised by physicians can help with the pain and frequency. Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2 - supplementing with riboflavin showed a 50% reduction in attacks. Adequate consumption of water. Include any aerobic exercises (light to moderate intensity) at least thrice a week. Low-intensity exercises such as yoga, are found to relieve the headache pain intensity and frequency for exercise-induced migraines. Neck pain is the most common symptom for those suffering from migraines - Physical therapy where the neck muscles along with suboccipital muscles are stretched can help with the intensity of the pain. In addition to proper medication, the goal should be to minimize or avoid the migraine pain intensity as well as frequency. Be alert of the food triggers (such as overuse of caffeine) and also environmental triggers (change in weather, odors, light, heat, sound) Lifestyle modifications - Consume regular meals on time, get adequate sleep, and practice various techniques of managing stress. Engage in aerobic exercises (at least thrice a week) with low-moderate intensity. Maintain a diary of migraine frequency, intensity, triggers, and medications used. Try alternative relaxation techniques like yoga, behavioral-therapy. Do you know any other strategy that helped you with migraine headaches? References Nattagh-Eshtivani, E. et al. (2018) ‘The role of nutrients in the pathogenesis and treatment of migraine headaches: Review’, Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, 102(February), pp. 317–325. doi: 10.1016/j.biopha.2018.03.059. Barber, M. and Pace, A. (2020) ‘Exercise and Migraine Prevention: a Review of the Literature’, Current Pain and Headache Reports, 24(8). doi: 10.1007/s11916-020-00868-6. Carvalho, G. F. et al. (2020) ‘Physical therapy and migraine: musculoskeletal and balance dysfunctions and their relevance for clinical practice’, Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 24(4), p. 306. doi: 10.1016/J.BJPT.2019.11.001. Content by Praveena #migraine #chronicpain #chronicillness #headache #migrainerelief #migraineawareness #migraines #migrainessuck #fibromyalgia #invisibleillness #pain #chronicmigraine #migrainelife #migrainewarrior #anxiety #spoonie #health #migrainesupport #headaches #vestibularmigraine #vertigo #headacherelief #migraineproblems #stress #migrainecommunity #migraineur #neckpain #wellness #depression #infs

Dipika Shil

Migraine problem is very bad 😬😬

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