Migraine affects 1 in every 7 adults globally, according to the WHO.
A migraine headache is an intense, throbbing pain which usually occurs on one side of your head. This debilitating headache is often accompanied with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound or smell.
Migraine attacks can last a few hours to days, and the pain can be serious enough to interfere with your day-to-day life. Some people get migraine several times a month, while others have them only occasionally. Most people with migraine start to have headaches during adolescence, yet it can begin at any age. Women are more likely to have migraines as compared to men.
Symptoms of Migraine
During a migraine, you might have:
- Pulsing or throbbing headache.
- Pain usually on one side near the temples, forehead and eyes. In some cases, the pain can occur on both sides of your head, face, sinuses, jaw or neck.
- Sensitivity to light, sound and odors
- Nausea and vomiting
- Nasal congestion
- Dizziness and blurred vision
Stages of Migraine
Symptoms of migraine may begin hours or days before the headache itself. In many people, they happen in four stages. These stages may include:
- Prodrome phase: You may notice changes that may warn of an upcoming migraine, one or two days before the onset of a headache, including: increased yawning, irritability, neck stiffness, craving for specific foods, and depression.
- Aura phase: The aura phase that occurs after the prodrome stage can last from 5 minutes up to 60 minutes. It may not happen with every headache, though. In this phase the symptoms arise from the nervous system and often involve your vision. The symptoms may include hallucinations, temporary loss of vision, pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg, ringing in the ears, changes in speech and smell, taste, or touch.
- Headache phase: It often begins as a dull pain that grows into throbbing pain which can start from one side of the head to the other. This phase can last for more than 3 days and may appear frequently.
- Postdrome phase: Also known as the recovery phase, lasts for a day or two. It’s often called a migraine “hangover” and most people who have migraine experience it. The symptoms include tiredness, muscle pain or weakness, lack of appetite etc.
Causes of Migraine
The exact cause of migraines isn’t known. Genetics and environmental factors appear to play a role though. Scientists think that they happen because of abnormal brain activity that sends wrong signals which affects the nerve system that regulates pain.
Risk Factors for Migraine
Several factors make you more prone to having migraines, including:
- Family history: Migraines tend to run in families. If you have a family member with migraine, then you have a good chance of developing it too.
- Age: Migraine often begins during adolescence and affects most those who are aged between 35 and 45 years, according to WHO.
- Gender: Women are three times more likely than men to have migraine.
- Hormonal changes in women: Migraine headaches, have been linked to the female hormone estrogen. Fluctuations in estrogen levels, such as before or during menstrual periods, pregnancy and menopause, seem to trigger headaches in many women.
Some people get migraine several times a month, while others have them only occasionally.
Migraines tend to run in families. If you have a family member with migraine, then you have a good chance of developing them too
Migraine can happen at any age, and children too can get them.
Women are three times more likely to have a migraine than men.
At UWAY, we treat almost all types of migraine effectively.
The treatment regimen for migraine at UWAY involves a combination of time tested, safe, effective ayurvedic oral medicines, external oil therapy, lifestyle modifications, dietary restrictions, and yoga.
With ayurveda treatment at UWAY, majority of migraine cases are effectively managed with long-term solutions.
You can see improvement in your condition between 2-3 weeks of treatment.
Migraine can have many triggers that aren’t solely food related, it is good to keep in mind that your diet may not give you all the answers.
Migraine triggers can vary from person to person, and most people with migraine have several triggers. Certain foods have a reputation for triggering migraines, including red wine, chocolates, aged cheese, citrus foods and so on. Though ayurvedic treatment can minimize the effects of the triggers caused by certain foods, if you have a very obvious food trigger, we definitely recommend avoiding those foods.
Ayurveda medications are usually a very safe and effective option for treating migraine. At UWAY, our doctors prescribe only proven medicines from well-established and reputed ayurvedic medicine manufacturers. However, just like certain foods do not always agree with everyone, few ayurvedic medicines may cause mild side effects in some patients. This is very rare though. In case you notice any such issue you can always talk to your consulting doctor or our medical team.
Consultations at UWAY can last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. We require the medical records related to the current problem, the medicines you are on currently and for pre-existing conditions like diabetes, hypertension, thyroid, cardiac issues etc.
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