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Diagnosing And Fighting Migraines

Migraines are a headache in a class of their own. They cause incredible amounts of pain and cause you to miss out on big chunks of life. When a migraine appears, it can stick around for four to seventy two hours and causes a host of symptoms including purging, nausea, sensitivity to lights and sounds and a state of mental confusion.

There is one type of symptom that is generally seen in these type of headaches. These migraine auras appear as hallucinations and sudden flashing lights which can appear even before the headache has taken hold. Headaches with these types of symptoms are also known as 'Classic Migraines'. Each individual will experience this type of headache differently with symptoms lasting many hours or only briefly.

For some people, migraines are a constant fear in their lives. Other people might only have one or two migraines in a year. Luckily, there are many ways to treat migraine headaches in this day and age. Symptoms can be tamed down immensely and the frequency of headaches can be slowed down to a high degree.

Research has suggested that migraines are caused by a change in the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. The body reacts to these changes and causes inflammation to occur. There are also strong genetic links with seventy percent of those with symptoms have a family history of it.

There are several other things that are thought to trigger a migraine headache including: certain foods (like caffeine and alcohol), physical exertion, missing meals, sleep problems, prescription medications, hormonal changes, exhaustion and anxiety.

When you visit the doctor they will take a close look at your medical and family history before giving you a diagnosis. It is a good idea to keep a journal of your headache frequency and length in the weeks leading up to your doctors appointment.

Many medications that treat other conditions have a side effect of lessening the severity of migraine headaches. Certain anti-depressants and anti-convulsants have an especially good reputation of helping with them.

Using herbs to treat headaches is becoming more and more common. This type of treatment plan aims at treating underlying symptoms that often lead to migraines such as stress and changes in hormone levels. Passiflora, Black Cohosh and Don Quai are known for fighting off many of the major causes of these headaches. If you are unsure which ones to use then it would be wise to consult a local naturopath or homeopath for advice.

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Dee Braun, a single mom of 6, is a Cert. Aromatherapist & natural health practitioner. Click now to visit Natural Holistic Health Blog which offers info on more natural home remedies & healing techniques for common health, emotional ailments & conditions at

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