What is the cause of migraine, and how to heal it?

@utsadetti (4593)
United States
December 12, 2006 12:06pm CST
Sometimes I get confused whenever my wife complains that she has a migraine. I guess a migraine is a kind of headache. I used to have a headache but it's easy to heal. My wife often get mad when she has it. She told me it's really sick. Half part of her head is terrible. I try to help her, but because it's a kind of sudden illness so most of the time I am not prepared to help her. She has a medicine to cure it for a while but it doesn't always work out. I guess there is a kind of special treatment like treating on the blood stream, or treating with a routine exercise. But i am not really sure what kind of advice I should give her to help her keeping away from that kind of sudden headache.
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@arunk7319 (1282)
• India
13 Dec 06
Even my wife suffered from migraine headache. It is not like normal headache, she gets totally sick, she always says that she feels more pain at the back part or left half part of the head. I was totally confused, she takes a paracetamol tablet and immediately within 1-2 hrs she gets releaved from the pain. I took her to various doctors but invain, but most of the doctors advised her to do meditation and not to take more mental strains. Now she is doing meditation/yoga daily in the morning and evening twice, she spends around 2 hours in a day for her meditations. She was working for company, but now i told her not to go and get strained or tensed at the work place. Now after doing meditation / yoga she is far better, the chances of getting migrain headache now is may be once in 3-4 months. Please try meditation / yoga.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Wow, your wife has the same migraine like my wife? sorry for her. Yeah, it's disturbing our life.
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• India
13 Dec 06
migraine is basically a migratory pain. it occurs on one side of the haed.symptoms include nausea,vomiting,blurred vision. try take vasograine(tablet).
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@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
wow, so confusing terminology! I don't understand at all.
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@sweetcakes (3506)
• United States
13 Dec 06
The basic causes of migraine headaches are not yet known but appear to be a combination of genetic factors that cause specific biologic or physical abnormalities and environmental factors. Research targets include blood flow in the brain and head, changes in hormones in the central nervous system, and electrical imbalances in cells.
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@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
so, it means it can not be cured?
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
13 Dec 06
To understand a migraine if you have never had one the best way I can describe it is to take your worst headache that you have ever had, not picture it a thousand times worse. Often when migraines hit people they cannot tolerate light at all, they are nauseous, and even the smallest of sounds seems like a marching band going by them. To help your wife, first make sure she sees a doctor and that they run tests to see if there is anything medically triggering them. Also eye checks, since eye strain can cause them. After that you and your wife need to figure out what her triggers are. Some triggers can be air pressure changes, caffeine (which can also be a cure), chocolate, certain scents like flowers or perfumes, food of any sort, etc. Once you find some of the triggers you can then try to avoid them, not always but sometimes. When she does have a migraine be patient and quiet. Let her sleep if she wants to or hide in a dark room. Whatever works best for her. It's a lot of pain to deal with and she might seem angry during it but she's just trying to handle the explosion in her head.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Hi, thanks a lot lol. it's explaining me clearly.
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@kokopelli (4842)
• United States
13 Dec 06
first, you need to know what's causing it coz it differs with every person. i usually get migraine when i lack sleep, or when i overstress my eyes. once you discover what triggers it, then you can avoid it.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
13 Dec 06
yeah. that's the problem. whenever i ask my wife. she doesn't know the cause. It happens suddenly.
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@vhmehta (621)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Migraine is a very sharp pain. No one knows the exact reason for its cause but it can develop due to fuctional changes in nerve system. the pain could be excruciating and can be severe. There are two types of medicine available for migraine: 1. Pain releiving: Relieves the pain and used during pain. 2. Preventive medication: Used to decrease the frequency of Migraine attacks. Doing exercise daily can help reduce the frequency of occurance.
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@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Thanks for your advice. I'm interested in doing meditation. What kind of meditation is that?
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
13 Dec 06
Migrane Capsules - photo of packagin of Migraleve, capsules for the relief of migrane headaches.
I used to have terrible migrane headaches but for the last 5 years or so they are very few and very far between. When I feel the first sympton of a migrane coming on I take MILAGREVE, which is available in the US. The normal dose is 2 capusles but one is sufficient to make it go away in less than 20 minutes. I tried to buy some online but it is not available. I don't know if you need a prescription but here in Portugal one is not needed, although it is preferable. There is a treatment outlined in the information sheet that you can follow over a period of time but I found it was not necessary.
@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
13 Dec 06
oops MIGRALEVE
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
is it MILAGREVE? is that available in Indonesia?
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
23 Dec 06
It may be I will have to check with a pharmacist friend of mine to see if it is available there under another name. I'll get back to you after the holidays.
30 Dec 06
Migraine is of different types and different people respond to various chemicals to trigger a migraine attack. For instance if I eat cheese or chocolates I go through a terrible phase of migraine. Yet for others it is pollen which acts as the culprit. So you got to monitor your eating habits and try to find out what the trigger really is.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
30 Dec 06
yeah, buddy, it's so complicated. different doctor has different advice.
@rebeka (364)
• Romania
24 Dec 06
ignore them if u can, try to think that it's not hurting...lol...it never woriks 4 me
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
24 Dec 06
so you try to ignore and it cures you?
• India
23 Dec 06
You have to experience to really know the suffering of a victim of migraine! I suffered it when I was studying in College. Those days were the worst in my life. When the attack begins the victim would not be able to open his eyed to daylight. Light rays will pierce your head like needles. You will feel like vomiting and you cannot concentrate on anything. Usually the attack would begin at about 9 in the morning and would last for 2-3 hours. By the time it finishes on its own, you will be exhausted and mentally wrecked. Don't blame your wife. The pain is REAL!!! The cause of this ailment is yet to be identified by the medical community. Some say it is nerves twitching. Some say it is the blood. I think that it will eventually cease as was my experience. I no longer suffer from that migraine. I wish your wife a speedy recovery.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
23 Dec 06
yeah, i must understand my wife then. your story remind me that. thanks buddy
@amitheone (274)
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
I suffer from migraine headaches and I find relief when I exercise. It seems that the endorphins that the body releases during exercise helps to numb the pain. I also found out that dehydration are triggers for me and also long usage of the computer. I wear dark sunglasses when in front of a computer monitor to ease eye strain. My attacks occurs every 3-5 years. I'm having attacks now, so I have to wear sunglasses.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
23 Dec 06
that's a good idea! exercise?
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
14 Dec 06
Bunny2 - Bunny2
There can be many different triggers for migraines and everyone is different. I often get migraines if I am dehydrated or haven't had enough water the prvious day. Heat also brings it on so summer is bad for me. Also certan perfumes (Poison, Red Door, and similar smelling ones - I like them but they're dangerous for me). Mine are also hormonal at times. Some people find cheese can be a trigger, or MSG or certain foods. There are lots of treatments - the best of the natural remedies is a roll on peppermint and lavender oil that is available in Australia - it's called Migrastick. Excellent. I find paracetomol and other analgesics useless, but sometimes combined they help, but rarely cure. For a non coffee or tea drinker, having a strong cup of coffee can help and it dilates the blood vessels. I hope your wife can find some relief.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
23 Dec 06
yeah, thanks lol.
@emarie (5455)
• United States
13 Dec 06
well, my husband used to have migraines all the time before he met me. he was taking barbatol for it. after several types of medication he realized that his migraines were triggerd by things he ate and his long hair. he once had hair that was almost to his butt. and his hair was think itself. so that would trigger the headaches. once he realized what the trigger was he could stop the medication and he hasn't really had a serious magraine since. i know its hard to see a loved one to go through this. from what my husband explained to me, it can be pretty painful. she should really talk to her doctor and figure out what is causing it. watch out for patterns in what she eats and if it triggers a migrane. things like that...good luck.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
23 Dec 06
barbatol? we don't have in indonesia.
• India
13 Dec 06
Migraine is a painful neurological condition, of which the most common symptom is an intense and disabling episodic headache. Migraine headaches are usually characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head. Absent serious head injuries, stroke, and tumors, the recurring severity of the pain indicates a vascular headache rather than a tension headache. Migraines are often accompanied by photophobia (hypersensitivity to light), phonophobia (hypersensitivity to sound) and nausea.The history of humanity's suffering from headache dates back to 9000 years ago when basic drastic therapy of that time was trepanation. Headache with neuralgia was recorded in the medical documents of the ancient Egyptians as early as 1200 BC. types of migrane: 1 Migraine without aura 2 Migraine with aura 3 Basilar type migraine 4 Familial hemiplegic migraine 5 Abdominal migraine 6 Acephalgic migraine Massage therapy and physical therapy are often very effective forms of treatment to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. However, it is important to be treated by a well-trained therapist who understands the pathophysiology of migraines. Chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical spine are effective in treating migraine headaches. for more details i recommend you to go to doctor or visit "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migrane"
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Hi, you give me a lot of explanation! Thanks a lot lol. but, what is types of migrane: 1 Migraine without aura 2 Migraine with aura 3 Basilar type migraine 4 Familial hemiplegic migraine 5 Abdominal migraine 6 Acephalgic migraine this mean?
• India
13 Dec 06
Migranes are terrible and the only way to cure it is to do deep breathing excercises every day. some migranes are stress related or even hereditary. Medicines will only give her temporary relief so I suggest she try the excercises.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Okay, i'll suggest her to do it.
@palliyath (122)
• India
13 Dec 06
I know migraine is one hell of a headache.I think it is because of the excessive use of cold items.It is happening due to the cough that is stucking in the head.Nowadays their is so many ways to prevent u from this disease,there is a treatment using ultra violet rays.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
ultraviolet? i don't think i have in my country
• United Arab Emirates
13 Dec 06
Flower - Flower
even i am suffering from migraine..it is headache but it pains terrible...i ll have vomitting and attimes i cry too becoz of it...even a small sound will be irritating..i will not be able to c anything clearly and everything annoys me..if ur wife have migraine, u have to adjust with her and help her.. Best way to cure or prevent is: 1. Drink minimum 6 glasses of water early morning in empty stomach even without brushing teeth. 2. do meditation...make yourself relaxed 3. dont get tensed for everything 4. take life in a easy way.. I have started practicing it, and now it has got reduced considerbly..
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
what kind of meditation?
@sj_chaudhry (1538)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
you know there is no specific medicine and specific cure for headache. but she can avoid specific foods, habbits and activities wich led ehr to had tht pain. by doing this she can reduce the frequency of the pain.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
thanks lol.
@nettmu (396)
• Philippines
13 Dec 06
A lot of different cues can cause a migraine in migraine sufferers. For instance......Caffeine, Hunger, lack of food, Hormonal changes, Yeast, Excitement, Citrus fruit, Eye strain, neck or head injury. If you're susceptible to migraines write down possible causes each time you have a migraine. By working out what the trigger is you can stay away from it
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
thanks lol
@sj_chaudhry (1538)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
migrane is our family problem... it starts with specific kinda food or acidic food, light, exposure to sun for a long time and constant reading or working. there is no specific medicine for it, but rest is the best thing you can do. if u feel minor headache immediately took painkillers aur pain reducer medicine... here we have found Tylenol(acetaminophen) for Migrane and headaches and it really works.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
14 Dec 06
yeah, how poor our family is.