Recognize The Symptoms Of Migraine & Tips How To Relieve It

Yesterday, I have wrote about migraine causes, now lets talk about the symptoms and how to relieve migraine. For some people, coffee can cause migraine, but for other people, it can be used as migraine treatment. Like me for an example, when I got migraine, I take few sips of instant coffee. After few minutes,  the migraine disappear. For note, I usually got migraine when late to eat. So, when I got migraine, I immediately ate even just a little and then take instant coffee to relieve it. If your migraine due to heavy thoughts, you can do treatment by calm your mind. Doing an activity that can relax your mind, for example listening to music, or  lay down and closed your eyes.

Migraine symptoms 

Early Symptoms: One or two days before the onset of migraine, patients usually experience early symptoms such as weakness, excessive yawning, really want a type of food (eg chocolate), irritable, and restless.

Aura: Only found in classical migraine. Usually occurs within 30 minutes prior to the onset of a migraine. Aura can be shaped visual disturbances such as seeing wavy lines, bright lights, dark spots, or can not see objects clearly. Other aura symptoms are tingling in the hands. Most people can not pronounce the words properly, feel numbness in the hand, shoulder, or face, or feel weak on one side of the body, or feeling confused. Patients may experience symptoms only just one or a few kinds of symptoms, but these symptoms do not occur together but alternately. An aura symptoms usually disappear when the headache or other aura symptoms arise. But sometimes the aura symptoms persisted at the beginning of a headache.

Headache and associated symptoms: Patients feel the throbbing pain on one side of the head, often felt in the back of the eye. Pain can move to the side on next attack, or on both sides. The pain ranges from moderate to severe. Other symptoms that often accompany the headache include:
  • Excessive sensitivity to light, sound, and smell 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Symptoms of more severe if physical activity
Last symptoms: Once headache cured, the patient may feel pain in the muscles, fatigue, or even feel the excitement of the brief. These symptoms disappear within 24 hours after the disappearance of the headache.

Migraine treatment

In the early stages, you can use anti-pain that can be bought without a prescription, such as paracetamol, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), to reduce the symptoms of migraine. Doctors usually recommend to use this medication first, to see if this medication can reduce the pain before giving anti-migraine medications that has to be purchased with a prescription, which have many side effects.

You can also try to reduce the frequency of migraines by identifying and avoiding trigger can cause migraines. If you suffer migraines are mild to moderate, you only need anti-counter pain relieving symptoms. If your migraine a moderate to severe, you need antimigrain purchased with a prescription. If you experience frequent migraine attacks, your doctor may suggest taking medications for migraine prevention.

Although medicines are usually the primary treatment of migraine, usually complementary therapies may help reduce the symptoms and frequency of migraine attacks. Complementary therapies include: 
  1. Acupuncture, which involves inserting very fine needles into the skin at specific points to cause the flow of energy throughout the body. This action can help to relax the muscles and reduce the headache.
  2. Relaxation techniques, which can help reduce stress in everyday life.
If migraines are not cured even after taking medication, it is necessary to change the type medications. If it has not healed well, additional tests such as an MRI or CT scan should be done to rule out other causes.

Tips to prevent migraine

The best way to deal with migraines is to avoid it. By identifying and avoiding triggers, the number and severity of migraine attacks can be reduced. Indeed, some of the triggers beyond our ability to control it, but there are some that can be avoided. The following points can help you to prevent migraines:
  1. Recognizing triggers migraine with making note
  2. Regular sleep and activity or healthy lifestyle
  3. Eat regularly, and avoid foods that can trigger migraine
  4. Avoid stress
  5. Avoid cigarette smoke, both as active and passive smokers 
Prevention can also be done with medication, although side effects can occur from mild to moderate. Although usually rather expensive, however, this medication are sometimes effective to prevent and reduce the severity of migraine, which improves the quality of life.
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Writen by: Mr Soed - Thursday, March 20, 2014