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Posted on 10-11-2015
Google defines a migraine as "a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision." In every day talk, people tend you use the word "migraine" as a way to describe a particularly bad headache.
- Migraines afflict 28 million Americans
- Women suffer from migraines more often than men
- On average, migraines last between four hours and three days
Both migraines themselves and migraine triggers can be inherited. Certain triggers can be passed down from one generation to the next, such as sensitivity to light, fatigue, and weather changes. Other causes include:
- Stress Everyone releases specific chemicals during stressful situations, but some people are more sensitive to these chemicals than others and the result is a migraine.
- Sensitivity to food chemicals and preservatives Alcohol or food additives such as nitrates often trigger migraines.
- Caffeine Drinking more coffee than usual, or going through caffeine withdrawal, is a common trigger.
- Weather Many people complain of migraines during storms, strong winds, or high humidity.
- A dull ache that manifests into a consistent pounding or throbbing
- Light, noise and odor sensitivity
- Loss of appetite and upset stomach
- Fatigue and dizziness
Headache relief can be hard to come by, especially for migraines. Here are a few suggestions:
- Pain relievers are a go-to, but be careful. Sometimes they make headaches worse or you could develop a tolerance if you are suffering from migraines regularly.
- Abortive medicines are prescription drugs that can stop migraines if they are taken at the first signs.
- Stress management and avoiding triggers Paying attention to when you get your migraines can do wonders for preventing them. When you know the warning signs, you can avoid them!
Whatever route you take, visit Lexington Family Chiropractic as part of your pain relief process. If you have any questions or if you are ready to make an appointment, Contact us today.
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