Articles on migraine

5 Tips to Get Relief From Migraine

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
What helps one person with migraine may have no effect for someone else. But still there are certain guidelines which might pacify your migraine symptoms.Watch what you eatThere are certain food items that might trigger migraines such as chocolates, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, alcoholic drinks and many more. So, one should be cautious about his /her eating food groups.Rule your lifeMigraine doesn’t like noise or excitement so you need to follow a schedule in your day to day life. Eat your meals on time. Make sure you go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time in the morning.Get good and adequate sleep but don’t oversleep.Nourish your bodyDon’t skip meals and drink adequate water because it is seen that people who don’t have proper eating pattern and drink less water, complain of migraine problem.Get movingDaily exercise might help migraine patients but sometimes it can even aggravate the problem. To be on safer side, go for moderate exercise regime i.e. not too quick and not too slow. Also be sure to hydrate before and after.Reduce stressStress seems to be one of the biggest lifestyle factors associated with migraines.Of course you can’t get rid off it. But there are certain things which can be done to subsidise it such as meditation.You can keep a note of things that trigger your migraine - maybe a food item that you consumed, a change in your workout pattern, anything. This will help you keep a track of your lifestyle.   

Does Relaxing Help in Curing Migraine?

Dr. G P Dureja, Spine and Pain Specialist
Everybody encounters stress. Our bodies are intended to feel stress and respond to it. It keeps us ready and prepared to maintain a strategic distance from risk. Be that as it may, when anxiety holds on, the body starts to separate and diseases, similar to migraines and headaches can happen. One should immediately contact the best headache specialist in Delhi if the headache resumes for long. The way to adapting to stress is recognizing stressors throughout your life, learning approaches to lessen stretch, and overseeing stress. Stress is your response to any change that obliges you to conform or react. Remember that you can control stress, since anxiety originates from how you react to distressing occasions. Stress can be brought about by anything that obliges you to conform to an adjustment in your surroundings. Your body responds to these progressions with physical, mental, and passionate reactions. We as a whole have our own specific manners of adapting to change, so the reasons for anxiety can be diverse for every individual. Normal reasons for stress include: Death of a friend or family memberSwarms Heavy traffic Showdowns Marriage Pregnancy Due dates Legal issues  and so on When you are not certain of the reasons for your stress, it might help to notice indications of anxiety. When  you can distinguish these signs, you can figure out how your body reacts to stress. At that point you can find a way to decrease it.By what method Can I Manage With Stress? Have reasonable desires; acknowledge that there are occasions you can't control. Request that others help or help you. Assume liability for the circumstance. Participate in critical thinking. Express troubling feelings. Be emphatic rather than forceful. "Affirm" your sentiments, conclusions, or convictions as opposed to getting to be furious, contentious, or detached. Keep up candidly strong relationships. Keep up enthusiastic self-control. Migraine Specialist in Delhi concurs that adapting is a procedure instead of an occasion. Hence, an individual may exchange between a few of the above adapting procedures keeping in mind the end goal to adapt to a distressing occasion and manage Migraine Pains.

The Types and Effects of Migraines

Dr. Nikhil Chandoori, Homeopath
What is migraine?Migraine is a condition that causes attacks (episodes) of headaches. Other symptoms such as feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting) are also common. Between migraine attacks, the symptoms go completely.Who gets migraine?Migraine is common. About 1 in 4 women and about 1 in 12 men develop migraine at some point in their lives. It most commonly first starts in childhood or as a young adult. Some people have frequent attacks - sometimes several a week. Others have attacks only now and then. Some people may go for years between attacks. In some people, the migraine attacks stop in later adult life. However, in some cases the attacks continue (persist) throughout life.What are the types and symptoms of migraine?There are two main types of migraine attack:Migraine attack without aura - sometimes called common migraine.Migraine attack with aura - sometimes called classic migraine.Best migraine doctors available at radical homeopathy best doctors in hyderabadMigraine without auraThis is the most common type of migraine. Symptoms include the following:The headache is usually on one side of the head, typically at the front or side. Sometimes it is on both sides of the head. Sometimes it starts on one side, and then spreads all over the head. The pain is moderate or severe and is often described as throbbing or pulsating. Movements of the head may make it worse. It often begins in the morning, but may begin at any time of the day or night. Typically, it gradually gets worse and peaks after 2-12 hours, then gradually eases off. However, it can last from 4 to 72 hours.Other migraine symptoms that are common:Feeling sick (nausea).Being sick (vomiting).Not liking bright lights or loud noises, so that you may just want to lie in a dark room.Other symptoms that sometimes occur:Being off food.Blurred vision.Poor concentration.Stuffy nose.Hunger.Diarrhea.Tummy (abdominal) pain.Passing lots of urine.Going pale.Sweating.Scalp tenderness.Sensations of heat or cold.Phases of a typical migraine attackA migraine attack can typically be divided into four phases:A warning (premonitory) phase occurs in up to half of people with migraine. You may feel irritable, depressed, tired, have food cravings, or just know that a migraine is going to occur. You may have these feelings for hours or even days before the onset of the headache.The aura phase (if it occurs).The headache phase.The resolution phase when the headache gradually fades. During this time you may feel tired, irritable, depressed, and may have difficulty concentrating.Less common types of migraineThere are various other types of migraine which are uncommon, and some more types which are rare. These include:Menstrual migraine. The symptoms of each attack are the same as for common migraine or migraine with aura. However, the migraine attacks are associated with periods (menstruation). There are two types of patterns. Pure menstrual migraine occurs with migraine only around periods, and not at other times. This occurs in about 1 in 7 women who have migraine. Menstrual-associated migraine occurs with migraines around periods and also at other times of the month. About 6 in 10 women who have migraine have this type of pattern. Treatment of each migraine attack is the same as for any other type of migraine. However, there are treatments that may prevent menstrual migraines from occurring. See separate leaflet called Migraine Triggered by Periods .Abdominal migraine. This mainly occurs in children. Instead of headaches, the child has attacks of tummy (abdominal) pain which last several hours. Typically, during each attack there is no headache, or only a mild headache. There may be associated with sickness (nausea), being sick (vomiting), or aura symptoms.Commonly, children who have abdominal migraine switch to develop common migraine in their teenage years.Ocular migraine. This is sometimes called retinal migraine, ophthalmic migraine or eye migraine. It causes temporary loss of all or part of the vision in one eye. This may be with or without a headache. Each attack usually occurs in the same eye. There are no abnormalities in the eye itself and vision returns to normal. Important note: see a doctor urgently if you get a sudden loss of vision (particularly if it occurs for the first time). There are various causes of this and these need to be ruled out before ocular migraine can be diagnosed.Hemiplegic migraine. This is rare. In addition to a severe headache, symptoms include weakness (like a temporary paralysis) of one side of the body. This may last up to several hours, or even days, before resolving. Therefore, it is sometimes confused with a stroke. You may also have other temporary symptoms of:Severe dizziness (vertigo).Double vision.Visual problems.Hearing problems.Difficulty speaking or swallowing.Important note: see a doctor urgently if you get sudden weakness (particularly if it occurs for the first time).There are other causes of this (such as a stroke) and these need to be ruled out before hemiplegic migraine can be diagnosed.Basilar-type migraine. This is rare. The basilar artery is in the back of your head. It used to be thought that this type of migraine originated due to a problem with the basilar artery. It is now thought that this is not the case, but the exact cause is not known.Symptoms typically include headache at the back of the head (rather than one-sided as in common migraine).They also tend to include strange aura symptoms such as:Temporary blindness.Double vision.Dizziness.Ringing in the ears.Jerky eye movements.Trouble hearing.Slurred speech.Unlike hemiplegic migraine, basilar-type migraine does not cause weakness. There is an increased risk of having a stroke with this type of migraine. Important note: see a doctor urgently if you develop the symptoms described for basilar-type migraine (particularly if they occur for the first time). There are other causes of these symptoms (such as a stroke) and these need to be ruled out before basilar-type migraine can be diagnosed

Migraine and Homeopathy

Dr. Chetan Raj, Homeopath
There was a patient of mine who used to have a regular excuse at school for not doing his homework. The reason he used to give always was that he is suffering from a headache.The teachers would listen to him in the beginning but this had become an old news for them and the boy was being punished from then for not doing his homework, for not concentrating in the class and for many other reasons. This guy even would have the problem of going to sleep. His headaches would start suddenly at any time in the day and would go on for a day or two. His parents also didn’t bother much as even they thought that these were all pranks that were played by this guy just to avoid school and skip studies. It was too late may be a long time of about 3 to 4 years that this problem of his came to be known as migraine. Many of us might have heard about our friends, acquaintances, relatives telling us that they suffer from migraine. Many of them complaining that it is their life time partner which is not going to leave them. Migraine is a type of headache which develops on one side of the head which is associated with nausea, vomitings and photo phobhia. A migraine headache can be so intense that all you can do is find a nice dark place to lie down. This headache sometimes subsides in people when they have a nap. Generally there is a triggering factor in many cases like some may start with an headache on exposure to the sun, while in some it may start with hunger, in some it may start due to excessive physical work load. Some of you might be wondering, when to see the doctor if you feel that you suffer from migraine. You will need to see a doctor if you suffer from symptoms that include having a one sided severe, throbbing, uncontrolled bursting headache associated with nausea and vomiting. According to the allopathic mode of treatment there is no permanent cure for migraine. It is only that the patient will be given a palliative mode of treatment which will help in subsiding the headache for the given point of time, that is until the pain killer will act. The people who suffer from migraine develop a habit of taking pain killers on a regular basis whenever they suffer from a headache. This may lead these people to suffer from regular abdominal pains, excessive secretion of hcl leading to development of ulcers in the abdomen. The question is how can homeopathy help you. Homeopathy is a holistic form of treatment which does not cause drug induced complications. When the patient visits a homeopath for the treatment of migraine he will have to go through a detailed form of case taking which will help the doctor in finding out the root cause of the disease. Every disease in our body will definitely have a cause which is related to the mental part of the body. It is not that each case of migraine will be given the same medicine. There are hundreds of medicines in homeopathy which help in treatment of migraine. That is what the homeopath wants.After having a detailed discussion with the patient about his disease the homeopath decides which medicine suits him the best (mental and physical plane) It is not the disease that has to be treated, it is the patient who has to be treated. Once the cause of the disease is known the patient starts undergoing treatment. In a few months the patient will be free from his disease which will no longer trouble him for the rest of his life. The homeopathic medicine gives the patient a permanent cure for his migraine. 

The Magic of Magnesium

Ms. Tehzeeb, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Several research studies consistently depict a direct link between magnesium intake and migraines. Foods that help you obtain the recommended intake of magnesium include nuts, whole grains, unpolished rice, legumes, and chlorophyll-rich green vegetables such as spinach. In addition to inadequate amounts of magnesium in the diet, a long list of factors tend to deplete whatever magnesium stores you might have. Some of these factors to watch out for: The caffeine found in that coffee and aerated beverage of yours is notorious for removing magnesium from your system The aerated beverage also contain phosphates that bind with magnesium and prevent its absorption Alcohol and nicotine disrupt magnesium levels; so do many steroid and antibiotic medications, as well as those used to treat asthma, diabetes and blood pressure Additionally, diabetics excrete more magnesium than normal—as do people who suffer from chronic diarrhea So yes, ensure magnesium-rich foods are part of your diet if you are prone to migraine headaches or summer headaches. You may even consider supplementing magnesium. A strength of 200 mg/day should suffice. Pro-tip: Best to have the supplement after a magnesium-rich meal to optimize absorption.Some additional tips to beat headaches:Increase water intake – Yes, the most common headache trigger for most people is dehydration. With the sun leaching nutrients and water from our body, it is of utmost importance that we carry a bottle of water with us wherever we go and sip on it intermittently. Word of caution: As previously mentioned, caffeine, carbonated drinks and alcohol are beverages which dehydrate us! Don’t say we didn’t warn youExercise with caution – No, we aren’t saying exercising is bad. But for the summers, strenuous exercise should take a back seat as it could induce headaches. It is always best to modify your workout such that there isn’t overexertion. Work with a skilled exercise professional who would guide you w.r.t your exercise routineEat every two-three hours – Our brain cells work on glucose! Not giving your body the fuel it needs at the time it needs could aggravate headaches since your blood sugar levels drop. And do you know what happens when levels drop? Our body releases certain hormones to compensate for the depleted glucose levels. This in turn can cause an increase in blood pressure and can narrow your arteries. The end result? Headaches and migraines all because you forgot to eat one quick mid-meal. Certainly not worth it, if you ask us.That’s our summary for you for this week. Stay cool and headache-free this season!

5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of a Headache

Dr. Rajesh Kr. Bhardwaj
A headache continues to be one of the most common symptoms for which patients seek medical help - in the outpatient as well as in casualty/emergency, for sudden severe headache. A headache is responsible for a lot of suffering and loss of work days in the working population. It should be noted that brain tissue by itself does not experience pain, it is the meninges and blood vessels around the brain that cause the pain.The following headaches are the most dangerous ones-First-time headache in an elderlyThe worst headache of your lifeA headache associated with vomitingA headache associated with visual symptomsA headache associated with other neurological problems including neck stiffness etc.It is obvious that these are serious headaches that need urgent medical attention.Apart from these, a vast majority of headaches occur because of a migraine, or too much stress, or a chronic condition.To minimise the common ones, some simple lifestyle modifications can be made. These will help in reducing the severity as well as the frequency of these episodes. 1. Get adequate sleep. Lack of sleep, sleeping either less or more frequently causes a headache. Establish a good 'sleep hygiene' - go to sleep the same time every night, do not have a heavy meal before sleeping, read a light book before you sleep.2. Drink plenty of water.  It is true that in our busy schedule we sometimes forget to drink adequate water. We must drink water at regular intervals.3. Avoid certain foods.  Certain foods like cheese, chocolate, very heavy and oily meals, sweets can cause headaches in some people. These should be avoided. Do not skip meals. Skipping a meal or eating excessively - both can lead to headaches. You must eat regularly, and in moderation.Chocolates can sometimes cause a headache.4. Avoid going out in the hot sun. Carry out your outdoor activities in the morning or evening. If it is unavoidable to step out in the sun, cover your head, wear dark glasses and drink plenty of water.5. Regular physical activity.Especially some group activity like Yoga or playing a game helps connect with others and keeps you cheerful and healthy. Moderate physical activity is helpful.Many of the lifestyle-related headaches can be prevented by making these minor adjustments in our daily routine.

Migraine vs. Headache: Know the Difference

Dr. Mukesh P. Khatri, Homeopath
How to differentiate between a migraine and headache?When you feel pain or pressure in your head, it may become difficult for you to assess whether you are experiencing a common headache or a migraine. Let's understand how different they are from each other.A typical headache usually affects both sides of your head and varies from a mild to moderate pain. It can last from 30 minutes to up to a period of one week.Some specific areas which get affected by a headache areTemplesForeheadBack of your neckFactors that trigger this headache type are a muscle strain, stress or anxiety.A migraine, on the other hand, is also a type of a headache which results in an acute throbbing sensation in one part of your head. Usually, migraine headaches are highly painful. Migraine pain makes it difficult for a person to carry out his/her daily tasks. Symptoms or signs associated with migraine attacks are:  Vomiting  Nausea  Sensitivity to sound or light  Pain in the temples  Temporary loss of vision  Pain behind your ear or eyeWhat are the common causes of a migraine? Hormonal imbalances in women - fluctuations in oestrogen, especially during menopause or pregnancy  seem to trigger a migraine  Drinks like wine and extremely caffeinated beverages  Foods such as salty foods, aged cheese as well as processed foods can trigger the migraine attack.  Medications - vasodilators such as nitroglycerine and oral contraceptives can intensify migraine pain.How to treat a headache?treatment of headache can be taken with proper and perfect Homeopathic medicines whether short and/or long duration headaches.How to treat a migraine?Possibly avoid over the counter medicines, also stop taking water medicines you are taking accept Homeopathic medicine, which doesn't have any side effects and may or/ may not be consumable life time according to your treatment plans. Migraine is curable only with perfect and proper Homeopathic medicine tailored by Your skillful Homeopathic doctor according to your individuality.Some preventive tips:  Make changes in your diet such as avoid such foods, including caffeine and alcohol which are believed to trigger headaches.  You can also try muscle relaxation exercises, yoga or meditation to ease the migraine attack.apart from this cosmetics may also be possible cause, so probably must not be used during Homeopathic treatment.