The Painful Truth Behind Migraines and Headaches

Headaches are an unwelcome guest that shows up in our minds. Whether we like it or not, everyone gets a headache now and then. Headaches come in varying severities and causes.

Many people get minor headaches when they are frustrated or stressed. Some people get headaches when their body chemistry is off or they are hungry. Usually the very worst headaches however come to those who suffer from migraines.

Migraines naturally take headaches to a whole other level when they strike. People who suffer from migraines have to deal with them on a regular basis. For some they can be infrequent like once or twice a year, while others deal with them far more often. Many people dread the approach of migraines. Those who suffer from them know that it’s nearly impossible to just shake off a migraine and live your life normally.

If you are someone who suffers from migraines, or someone who knows someone who does, it’s good to know the symptoms that one is coming. It can allow you to plan out how to handle your migraine.

Migraine Symptoms

Most migraine symptoms are shared among a lot of people. There are symptoms that can occur before the migraine as a warning, and symptoms that people have to suffer through during their migraine attacks. Here are some of the warning signs:

  • Mood Changes - These mood swings will typically mimic people who suffer from bipolar disorder. People will move from incredibly happy to depressed very quickly.
  • Cravings - Many people crave different foods and large amounts when they are about to have a migraine.
  • Thirst/Urination - Unsurprisingly, with one goes the other with these symptoms. Some sufferers will keep drinking and urinating in tandem.

There are other symptoms that may occur as well. One rare symptom that can occur before or during is referred to as “Aura”. This is a bit of a rare symptom, but can be very severe. Aura is an assault on the nervous system. People often have issues with their vision. They suffer from unexpected flashes or wavy “heat” effects.

Causes of Migraines

There is a difference between causing a migraine and triggering a migraine. The causes of migraines aren’t entirely known at this point. There’s some examples of things that might cause them. Slight brain imbalances are known to be common for people who have migraines. These are not behavior affecting imbalances, but simply some minor chemical imbalances. Many people seem predisposed to migraines based on their genetics. Other people share similar environmental factors.

There are a lot of things that can trigger a migraine incident. Many suffer from stress migraines that occur during tough times. Others can have migraines trigger from things they consume like specific food or alcohols. Environmental factors like changes in pressure and humidity are also common triggers.  

Migraine Relief and Treatment

Treating migraines is difficult. Generally it consists of painkillers and avoiding things that cause attacks to intensify like strong light. The best way to deal with migraines is through preventative measures.

Healthy living is one of the best ways. People who set up and a daily routine and fill it with exercise and healthy eating of foods that don’t trigger their migraines do much better than other people. Many women have to do what they can to reduce the effects of estrogen in their lives. Estrogen can be a very common trigger of migraines.

There are consistently new treatments and equipment being researched to try to help those with migraine attacks. Future equipment is hoping to treat them at the source, in the brain.