Migraine and Tension Headaches Symptoms and Cures
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Migraine and Tension Headaches Symptoms and Cures

Headaches affect all of us at some time. Migraines often confine sufferers to bed in a darkened room, and cause additional problems such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Tension headaches produce head pain only, but can last much longer. Like migraines, they are triggered by fatigue, stress and tension. Both types of headache can respond readily to alternative treatments.
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Headaches affect all of us at some time. Migraines often confine sufferers to bed in a darkened room, and cause additional problems such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Tension headaches produce head pain only, but can last much longer. Like migraines, they are triggered by fatigue, stress and tension. Both types of headache can respond readily to alternative treatments.

Symptoms

  • Classical migraine
  • Intense throbbing on one side of the head
  • Warning symptoms: zigzag lines, flashing lights, facial tingling
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tension headache
  • Tight band around skull
  • Head pain pulsing in time with the heartbeat

Cures

Naturopathy

A whole-food diet, stress reduction and therapies to relieve the effects of stress would be recommended. Hydrotherapy may be prescribed in the form of swimming as an easily accessible and stress-relieving exercise, and as a cold compress in the treatment of tension headaches or migraines. A tendency to either hypoglycemia or sinusitis, both headache triggers, would be noted, as well as current prescription medicines such as estrogen in the contraceptive pills. Applied Kinesiology might be used to help identify food allergens. Also, because some severe headaches are caused by constriction of the arteries supplying the scalp and brain, the application of hot air via a bonnet hairdryer can sometimes terminate attacks.

Vitamins and Minerals

Small, regular whole-food meals and snacks to eliminate hypoglycemia as a migraine trigger are recommended. Eliminate processed foods containing MSG (monosodium glutamate), used widely in Chinese cooking, and nitrate and nitrite preservatives found in hotdogs, ham, bacon, and salami. Common migraine food triggers include chocolate, cola, pork, onion, garlic, corn, eggs, citrus fruit, wheat, coffee, alcohol, cheese, chicken livers, pickled herrings (roll-mops), broad bean pods and tinned figs. For migraines or tension headaches linked with hangover, gastric upset, fatigue and/or nervous tension, make up a fresh juice mixture comprising 2 parts of tomato to 1 part of celery, plus 2 teaspoons (10 ml) onion juice if onions are not a trigger. Take one wineglassful every 2 hours until symptoms disappear.

Specific dietary supplements include vitamin B3 (niacinamide), which can help prevent or ease severe migraine. Others to relieve severe headache in general include calcium panthothenate and pyridoxine (vitamin B6) - especially good for headaches linked to PMS. Both of these should be taken as part of a B-vitamin supplement added to the recommended multivitamin/mineral supplement. Pollen is also reported to relieve severe attacks effectively.

Herbal Medicine

Feverfew is a renowned migraine remedy, which helps constricted blood vessels in the brain to relax, and counteract any inflammations. Valerian preparations combat irritability and nervous tension, and improve sleep. A cold compress on the forehead using extracts of chamomile, lavender, thyme or basil can help soothe away most headaches.

Aromatherapy

Bathe the forehead with cool water after adding 2-3 drops of lavender, sage or rosemary. Massage using 1 teaspoon (5 ml) grapeseed oil mixed with 1 drop of lavender, melissa, basil or juniper oil (or chamomile oil for severe nervous tension), or inhale cajuput, geranium, lemon grass or oregano in steam or from a burner.

Homeopathy

For tension headaches, take remedies every 10-15 minutes for up to 10 doses: Glonoinum 30c for headache pounding in time to heartbeat, worsened by bending over; Ignatia 6c for a headache causing a tight band across the forehead or skull; and Ruta 6c for a pressing, bruising headache linked to fatigue, aggravated by reading and relieved by rest. For migraine attacks, take every 15 minutes for up to 10 doses, preferably at the earliest warning sign: Iris 6c for blurred vision, a tight-feeling scalp, a right-sided headache, and when vomit is mostly bile; Spigelia 6c for a sharp, severe pain over the left eye, pain pulsating with heartbeat, worsened by sudden movements; and Pulsatilla 6c for a headache worse in the evening or during a period.

Medical Treatment

Painkillers such as paracetamol or NSAIDs, and specific migraine medication, which acts directly upon the blood vessels in the brain, will be recommended.

Prevention

  • Avoid foods with a known migraine link
  • Avoid long periods without food - hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can trigger migraine headaches
  • Avoid too little or too much sleep
  • Minimize stress for either type of headache

Caution

  • Do not assume persistent headaches are due to migraine or tension
  • Seek medical advice for any head pain that resists simple remedies and painkillers.

     

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Comments (4)

very informative and useful. ..Thanks

migraines are just awful

Anthony

This is a very informative and helpful post that covers everything you need to know about migraine symptoms, causes and treatment. Thanks for the information and for helping me take a proactive and preventative approach against migraine headaches.

Varleo

The tension to the brain can cause aneurysm or a strong headache, this leads to stress and consequently to the addiction of drugs. For this reason Findrxonline mentions should be doctors who recommend - vicodin or lortab - prescription medications that are used to control severe pain.

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