Migraine Causes and Symptoms
Specifically what triggers Migraine? What is a Migraine? A Headache is an intense pounding headache on one, or sometimes, both sides of the head. Headache can last for hours or even days. Headache usually begins in the forehead, the side of the head, or around the eyes and gradually gets more severe. Just about any movement, activity, bright light, or loud noise makes the pain worse. Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms during a Headache. You may find it hard to believe that Headache is the third most common disease in the world Around 1 in every 7 people suffer from Headache. An average person may spend around 5% of his life experiencing an attack of Headache and anxiety and depression are significantly more common in people with Headache than in healthy individuals. Luckily, scientists and researchers have found certain triggers which initiate an attack of Headache. A proactive person can easily avoid these and effectively prevent a Headache in this video we’ll be talking about a few of the fairly common triggers that initiate Headache and we will aslo talk about how you should control these triggers which will help you to manage your condition better. Make sure to subscribe to our channel as we will be releasing many more videos on these topics.
A study done by Danish researchers found that 50 and 80 percent of people living with Headache report that their attacks are linked to stress. Some people specifically experience Headache after a stressful event, and some also experience a new attack during a stressful event. It is a very reasonable advice to control stress levels if you want to prevent Headache. People who don’t manage stress well can have many other health issues as well like stomach pain, sleeping problems, illness, and depression. Various stress relieving techniques such as – Yoga, Meditation, time out techniques will prevent your stress levels from rising
- Lack of sleep Poor Sleep is one of the most common factors linked to Headache and is often cited as a trigger for acute attacks of Headache. If you have an erratic sleep schedule you are not only more prone to develop Headache but are also at an increased risk of anxiety and depression. Many people report that sleep often relieves their Headache headaches. Sleep is vital for the brain, it recharges necessary nutrients, removes waste and consolidates memory. Hit the bed early, follow sleep hygiene, avoid electronic devices in bed, and avoid unplanned daytime naps.
- Hunger and thirst Research has shown that skipping meals is frequently linked to the onset of Migraine. Fasting is also a very common trigger for Headache. It remains uncertain how this happens and it’s probably related to falling blood glucose levels. People with Headaches are advised, not to skip meals. Even Dehydration has been suggested as a possible Headache trigger due to involvement of hypothalamus – the thirst and hunger centre of the brain. A small survey of people with Headaches revealed that “insufficient fluid intake” was linked to headache onset in about 40 percent of responders. Time your meals. Drink plenty of water and if youre working always carry a water bottle and lunch. A good meal schedule goes a long way in ensuring you prevent Headache.
- Foods and Food additives certain foods are frequently reported as possible triggers for an attack of Headache. A 2008 Brazilian study found that among people with Headaches – certain foods in their Diet was one of the most frequently reported triggers. Chocolate, caffeine & alcohol were the most common substances associated with Headache attacks. If youre suffering from Migraine its best to avoid these. Other foods frequently associated with Headache include: cheese and salami fermented, cured, and pickled foods, which contain large amounts of the amino acid tyramine even artificial sweeteners like aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) have also been linked to Headache. MSG- is used to impart a savory flavor to various foods. Many people in the general public believe MSG can trigger headaches. Most controlled research has failed to identify a link between the consumption of MSG and headache, and any other condition, in normal individuals. However, a small 2009 study concluded that MSG could trigger Migraine and pain in the face and head. Despite the conflicting evidence it may be wise to avoid MSG.
- Alcohol and caffeinated beverages Alcohol triggered Headache in about one-third of people in a 2008 Brazilian study, making it one of the most commonly reported triggers for Headache. A closer look at the study’s numbers shows that red wine disproportionately affects women, around 22 percent reported Headache headaches following red wine consumption. Some experts have reported that excessive caffeine consumption can trigger Headache and they suggest that it’s wise to monitor your intake of caffeine from coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks. That sudden burst of energy that you get from these beverages is actually caffeine playing its role. People with Headache must strictly avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages as these are notorious for causing intense episodes.
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