Sunday, August 5, 2012

Migranes In Depth

A migrane is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.  In many people the pain is felt on only one side of the head.  Some patients get a type of warning before the onset of the migrane such as vision disturbances, this is called an aura.  Migranes run in families and occur more often in women than in men.  Migranes are theorized to be a type of brain disturbance.  They can be triggered by, but not limited to, caffeine withdrawls, changes in sleep patterns, and missed meals.  They can also be triggered by certain foods, such as, meats containing nitrates, baked goods, and any foods that are processed, pickled, fermented, and marinated.  Tests to used to diagnose migranes are CT scans, MRIs, and EEGs.  Normally physicians try to treat them with acetaminaphen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen.  These normally tend to not be effective.  A physician can prescribe something like Midrin to help.  Seek medical attention if it occurs frequently, it can be a result of a much more life threatening problem, such as a brain tumor.  Stay Informed!  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001728/

2 comments:

  1. Hi Christine,
    My sis always had migranes since she was a child. She learned recently that the garlic (that she loves and ate everyday of her life) triggered the migrane. Now she will not eat any garlic, lol.
    Patricia ♥

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  2. I used to get them all the time go to the er. And whatever they put in my IV stop them I used get them so much till one they stop I have not had one for 3 year

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