Migraine is a common term used by many referring to sheer headaches. However, those who do not suffer from it are likely to get alarmed by the reaction given by a migraine bearer.
However, one who has a history of migraine, or even those who have it occasionally, do understand the immense pain they go through; it is sometimes associated with nausea and blurry visions.
Women are four times more prone to have migraines than men.
Reasons for Migraine:
Factors can be various: Migraine can be gifted to you genetically.
Increase in tyramine can cause migraines which can sometimes be carried down to you through smoked fish, beer, cheese and the like food options.
Sleep dysfunctions can also be the cause of migraine pain.
However, hormonal imbalance is a major cause, and the correlation between the levels of oestrogen and progesterone in your body and migraine attacks, has been established for quite some time now.
It has been found, that a drop in oestrogen level a couple of days before menstruation, in a woman, can cause migraine pains during the period.
Research published in the June 1, 2016, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the ‘American Academy of Neurology’, shows that, for women with a history of migraine, oestrogen levels may drop more rapidly in the days just before menstruation than they do for women who do not have migraine history.
The experiment included 114 women with migraine history with 223 controls. It was observed that “within-woman rates of decline showed that E1c decline over the 2 days following the luteal peak was greater in migraineurs for both absolute rate of decline (33.8 [95% confidence interval 28.0–40.8] pg/mgCr vs 23.1 [95% confidence interval 20.1–26.6] pg/mgCr, p = 0.002) and percent change (40% vs 30%, p < 0.001)” and hence it was concluded that “the timing and rate of estrogen withdrawal before menses may be a marker of neuroendocrine vulnerability in women with migraine.”
What can be the remedy?
Sometimes, women ignore the early migraine attacks considering them mild headaches. This is not the right attitude. When the pain is less, it can be modified or treated; slacking down can actually make it irreparable.
Apart from medical treatment there are several other options which can prevent and cure migraine pains naturally.
- Hydrate the body- The best way to prevent it is to keep yourself hydrated. Drinking a glass of water as quickly as possible can avert pain. However, it is suggested that you keep drinking glasses of water throughout the day. Drinking 8 times a day, from a 250ml glass is enough hydration and can cure any form of pain caused due to dehydration.
- Caffeine reversal- If you are not addicted to coffee, then a cup of it at the time of migraine can provide relief.
- Hot compress- This gives maximum results in a migraine attack. However, hot compress should not be used with pain relief gels or balms, because both produce the same effect, hence the remedial behaviour of both may be neutralized.
- Apple Cider Vinegar- It can do miracles in pain. Dissolve a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water with honey and drink it. It works.
- Peppermint- applying a few drops of peppermint oil on the forehead can relieve the pain a lot.
- Cayenne pepper- Cayenne pepper is an extremely popular anti-migraine remedy; it can enhance the circulation of blood in addition to improving blood flow. The presence of capsaicin makes it the perfect antidote for pain as it contains an important ingredient known as capsaicin.
- Ginger- It is an active worker in blocking Prostaglandins, which can be lucrative in muscle contractions as well as change in hormone levels, or inflammation of blood vessels in the brain tissue.
Leading a stress-free life is the most important thing. Regular work-outs, morning and evening walks increases blood circulation to the heart and brain, hence you can stay healthy. Good sleep is important along with a healthy diet.