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The Causes and Cures For Migraines

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The Causes and Cures For Migraines

A migraine is headache that can include throbbing pain, nausea and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. They affect as many as 12 percent of the population and can be debilitating, leaving sufferers unable to function normally.

Migraines can be triggered by a number of factors, including:

  • In women, fluctuations in the hormone estrogen can trigger migraines
  • Going without eating for long periods of time
  • Certain processed foods containing a lot of salt
  • Food additive such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and artificial sweeteners
  • An increase in stress
  • Alcohol and high levels of caffeine
  • Irregular sleep patterns or jet lag
  • Sensory stimulation from bright light, loud noises, and strong smells.
  • Excessive physical exertion
  • Oral contraceptives and certain medications

Preventing Migraines

  • While many of the triggers for migraines are difficult to avoid, there are certain things you can do to reduce the number and severity of attacks, including:
  • Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise helps to reduce stress and tension
  • Control stress by finding ways to reduce stress triggers
  • Get enough rest and try to stay on a consistant sleep schedule
  • For women, reduce medications that contain estrogen if you suspect that they are triggering migraines or making them worse
  • Ask you doctor about Transcutaneous supraorbital nerve stimulation (t-SNS), which was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a preventive therapy for migraines
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