Throbbing Headaches - How You Can Limit Migraine Attacks

Although “migraine” is often used to describe any splitting or throbbing headache, a true migraine headache has distinctive characteristics. A migraine headache is usually an intense, throbbing pain on one, or sometimes, both sides of the head. 

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Most people with migraine headache feel the pain in the temples or behind one eye or ear, although any part of the head can be involved. Apart from pain, migraine also can cause nausea and vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Some people may also see spots or blinking lights or even have a temporary loss of vision.

Who Get Migraine Attacks The Most And When?

Migraines occur most often in adults between the ages of 20 and 50, and they are three times more common in women than men. It is not fully understood why, but experts say hormones play a role. For women, migraines are more common around the time of their periods and usually find their migraine attacks more severe around this time.

What Triggers Migraines?

Migraines can be triggered by many different things such as certain foods (like red wine and chocolate), caffeine (too much or withdrawal), lack of sleep (or changing your time of sleep), changes of weather, dehydration, stress, bright sunlight and even strong odors from perfume. 

Being overweight is one of the main causes of migraines becoming chronic.  Losing weight, especially around the stomach area may be beneficial , especially for younger people and even more so for women when it comes to limiting migraine attacks.

How Can You Limit Migraine Attacks?

To prevent migraines or at least reduce the number of migraine attacks you have, you need to lead a healthy lifestyle which includes good eating habits and at least 30 minutes of brisk walking a day. Do not however try to exercise during a migraine attack because that will only make symptoms worse.  

With regular exercise, you can boost production of the body’s natural pain killers and you can reduce migraine frequency. Eating healthy foods and staying hydrated, combined with regular exercise, will not only limit your migraine attacks but also boost your immune system to help prevent and fight off any other attacks your mind and body may come under. 

How Can You Manage Your Migraine

To manage your migraine you need to write everything down. By keeping a diary of the days and times of your throbbing headaches occur, how long the headaches lasted for and possible triggers such as what foods you had just before your headaches, then you may well see a pattern of what actually causes your migraines.  

With your journal, you will also be able to show your doctor who will be able to help you make assumptions of what you need to change in your lifestyle to help you prevent any throbbing headaches in the future.

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