A migraine is a serious health issue. More than just a “headache”, migraines result from excessive dilation or contraction of the brain’s blood vessels. There are two types of migraine: common and classic.
In common migraines, the symptoms start slowly with a throbbing pain that may last from two to seventy-two hours. The pain is severe, and often centered at the temple or behind one ear. Alternatively, the pain can begin at the back of the head, and spread to one entire side of the head. It is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and tingling and numbness in the arms and legs that can last for up to 18 hours.
A classic migraine is similar to a common migraine, but is preceded by a set of symptoms referred to as an “aura”, which can consist of speech disorders, weakness, and disturbances in the senses of vision and/or smell. The aura can consist of brilliant stars, sparks, flashes, or simple geometric forms passing across the field of vision. The most common symptom is an inability to see clearly. The visual disturbances may last for just a few seconds, or persist for several hours before disappearing.
A variety of factors can “trigger” a migraine, including: allergies, constipation, stress, liver malfunction, too much or too little sleep, emotional changes, hormonal changes, sun glare, flashing lights, lack of exercise, and changes in barometric pressure. Dental problems may also be a factor. Low blood sugar is also associated with migraines. Studies show that blood sugar levels are low during an attack, and the lower the blood sugar level the more severe are the symptoms. Studies have also shown that women who suffer migraines round the time of their period do so because the Oestrogen levels are low. The root of migraines may also be in the liver; in structural or postural problems in the vertebrae; in the gut; or in a deficiency of Seratonin.
The conventional treatment for migraines include amitriptyline, diazepam and propranonol – all of which are used as a preventative means, rather than actual treatment, for an acute attack. In fact, for acute attacks patients may actually be worsening their condition, as some pain relievers may increase the likelihood of an attack!
At The Centre For Integrated Health, we constantly achieve positive results for our patients suffering from migraines. We also identify other underlying causes, such as any allergies, hormonal imbalance, emotional triggers, and dehydration. Our screening helps identify food intolerances and blood sugar issues. Our health programme develops a suitable eating plan and ensures appropriate fluid intake. We also explore any causes of stress that may be contributing or triggering. Through natural treatments, it’s usually possible to eliminate or drastically reduce migraines.
Miss “C”, born in 1974, had a family history of migraines/headaches (with symptoms common to migraine). Her migraines were so debilitating, that she was forced to take regular days off work each month; leading to strained relations with her employer.
We started our treatment by screening for food sensitivities. We discovered that Miss C was intolerant to cheese, citrus fruit, chocolate caffeine and alcohol. Her B vitamin and sulphur levels were also low.
After 3 months of avoiding trigger foods, and supplementing her diet, Miss C reported an 85% improvement in her condition! She also noted that she only had to take a single day off of work during a single attack; compared to many days due to several attacks in the past!
Migraine can be a severe, debilitating condition that can affect all aspects of life. It can also be a source of tremendous stress for family members and friends who want to help, but realize that there is little they can do. Fortunately, there are natural methods to treat migraine; methods that don’t involve harsh, suppressive drugs.
Contact us for an assessment of your migraine condition, and for a discussion of the screening and treatment options open to you.
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