Symptoms of A migraine
Generalized or one-sided head pain and possibly nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances (light sensitivity, bright spots, and patterns before the eyes).
It might last for days. The first sign is frequent flashes of light or tingling
There may be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cyanosis (blueness) of the fingers from lack of circulation and oxygen. The pain is most common in the temple but may occur anywhere on the head, face, or neck
The pain is frequently on one side, but it may change to the opposite side, alternate sides, or be on both sides
Causes of A migraine
These are caused by a disturbance in the blood circulation. There are alternating constriction and dilation of the blood vessels in the brain and occurs between the ages of 10-30, more often in women (70%) than men.
Food allergies are frequently the cause. Search them out. Here are six of the most common causes: food allergy, low blood sugar, tension, depression, water retention, and menstruation. There often are no migraines during the second and third trimester of pregnancy, or after menopause is passed. Migraines can disappear for years and then reappear. They usually decrease after middle age.
Over 50% of those with migraines report that one or both parents also had the problem.
Home Remedies for A migraine
- Resting in a darkened room with an icecap to the head is helpful. There may first be an increase of pain, but within three minutes, the symptoms may disappear, except for a mild headache.
- As soon as one begins, if possible, take an enema. This will help stop the attack.
- When an attack begins, try wrapping something tight about the head.
- When it is a throbbing pain, place light pressure on the arteries of the neck for a few seconds at a time.
- Vigorous daily out-of-door exercise helps decrease attacks.
- Maintain a regular schedule. Too much sleep, too little sleep, missed meals, etc., may trigger an attack. Do not sleep in late. Some people must avoid naps during the day.
- It is thought that 25% of migraines trace their cause to food allergies.
Various studies have identified the following causes: cola drinks, chocolate, pork, corn, onion, garlic, eggs, tea, citrus, wheat, coffee, cane sugar, yeast, beef, alcohol, cheese, fried foods, seafood, mushrooms, and peas.
- Eliminate any suspected food from your diet for five days, and see if that helped solve the problem.
- Chills can induce migraines. Tiredness, anxiety, or eating late also can. Other causes include antibiotics, a high-salt diet, odors and inhalants, tobacco smoke, caffeine, refined carbohydrates, fatty fried foods, emotional stress and resentment, and allergy shots.
- Exposure to sunlight triggers migraines in some people. They cannot take the bright light in their eyes. Staying in the shade on bright days does not cause this problem.
- The amino acid, tyrosine, produces a breakdown product, called tyramine. Tyramine is a significant cause of migraine headaches. It does this by releasing norepinephrine from brain tissue, which causes constriction of scalp and brain blood vessels.
- Any substance which has undergone bacterial decomposition (such as cheese) has high levels of tyramine. Other foods with it include plums, oranges, bananas, raspberries, and avocados.