Archive for the “Headaches” Category

Posted on 06 Oct 2012

About Cluster Headache Cures

Headache is one of the most commonly occurring diseases that almost everyone suffers from once in a lifetime. There are several types of headaches of which cluster headaches are least common but are most agonizing. Cluster headaches are called so because of their tendency to occur in cycles repeatedly over a specific period of time. The cycle may be different for each individual. Cluster headache is a debilitating, sharp pain of extreme intensity that can last between 30 to 40 minutes or can even stretch for hours without any interim relief.

There is no particular cure for cluster pain as of now but there are certainly some methods to reduce the severity of the pain and prevent the frequent attacks. It is important to understand that headache is not a problem in itself rather it is the symptom of an underlying grave problem. Therefore in order to cure the cluster headache, it is important to fix the problem that is actually causing the headache.

Since the cluster headaches kick off suddenly and the duration is also not certain, it is difficult to cure them. However, scientists have identified some effective drugs to cure these headaches. Prescription drugs can be more effective than over the counter medications. But medication may provide only temporary relief from the cluster headache and they are not the permanent solution. Long term intake of drugs can also lead to incurable side effects.

If medication does not help to cure the acute cluster pain then there are surgical treatments also available. Through surgery, the patient may get rid of the nerve that is causing the pain. There is a high degree of risks such as sensory loss or weakened muscles involved in these types of curing methodologies.

Nerve block is another cure technique suggested by doctors. A numbing agent is injected in the nerve located at the back of the head. This prevents the pain signals to be passed on the nerve pathway. This nerve blocking provides temporary relief from the pain but is not a permanent cure solution.

The best cure option till date is the inhalation of 100% pure oxygen in the middle of the pain under the supervision of a certified doctor. It is a very effective, safe and inexpensive curing method. However, it may be impractical and inconvenient to carry the oxygen cylinders anywhere and therefore the cure by this method is not always possible.

To cure the cluster pain it is first important to know its deep-lying root causes. Depending upon them, an appropriate curing methodology may be adopted. Permanent curing of cluster headache is not feasible but it can be temporarily cured using the acute treatments and preventive methodologies. Since the pain caused by cluster headache is too intense to tolerate, it is very crucial to cure it using appropriate methods.

Posted on 28 Sep 2012

A Caffeine Headache

A caffeine headache can be tiresome, lingering and can be related to tension or negative reactions to caffeine. Often, those who complain about a caffeine headache find that it hits them unexpectedly and that they don’t always get headaches as a result of drinking or not drinking coffee.

Sometimes, such a headache can hit you unexpectedly. For example, you could drink plenty of coffee for 4 days running and on the 5th day, when you drink less coffee, a bad headache hits you and lingers for some time.

Cure or cause?

Scientific studies have proven that caffeine boosts the effectiveness of over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen which is often used to effectively treat pain relief from headaches. That is to say that taking a coffee or can of cola with a painkiller gets you headache relief in less time.

To understand why you may be getting persistent and recurring headaches from coffee or other caffeinated drinks it makes sense to look at the causes.

Caffeine withdrawal

When you drink caffeinated drinks, your blood vessels tend to get tighter and restrict. This is actually the reverse of what happens when you feel a migraine coming on. A migraine is partly caused by the blood vessels in your head that dilate and cause great discomfort and pain. Reversing the process of a migraine is likely to provide you with increased relief, which explains the reason behind caffeine’s ability to boost pain relief fast with some people.

Caffeine withdrawal is when your body has got used to consuming too much caffeine. When you begin to drink less, your blood vessels no longer restrict as easily as they used to. They may even end up more dilated than normal on occasions.

This means you’re more likely to suffer from occasional headaches as a result of reducing your caffeine intake. Your headaches can still occur around the time you drink coffee bizarrely enough. This also means you’re drinking too much coffee in general and you need to cut down.

Reduce coffee intake

Cutting down first to 2 coffees per day (one in the morning, one after lunch) is relatively easy to do. After this, cut down to one coffee per day. If you are able to, only drink coffee on occasions like when you’re tired and need to perform well.

Replace coffee and cola with tea and water when possible. Alternate between black and herbal teas (green tea). Within a week or two, your headaches should start to ease off and you’ll feel awake more naturally in the mornings with less of a need of a caffeine kick.

Caffeine dehydrates you

Being a diuretic, caffeinated drinks cause you to urinate more often. Did you notice that when you drink 2 or 3 cups of coffee, you need to go more often? Indeed, dehydration can cause headaches. When liquids are expelled from the body at a faster rate than normal, water is taken from parts of our bodies such as the brain.

You’ll notice that in some countries water is served with coffee in cafés. This is not only to rid the mouth of the taste of stale coffee, but also to dehydrate your body after drinking the coffee. If you’re dehydrated you increase the risk of a headache. Make sure you drink enough water together with coffee.

Furthermore, expelling water from your body at a higher rate than normal can deplete essential nutrients from your body. This, combined with dehydration, can intensify headache pains and migraines. This brings us to the next point.

Improve blood circulation

Many caffeine headaches can be relieved by simply improving blood circulation. Even if you are fit and healthy with excellent blood circulation, you may be low on essential oils that your brain and body benefit greatly from. Add plenty of fish such as sardines, anchovies and salmon to your diet. These are rich in essential oils.

If you’re not so keen on cooking or eating fish then fast track yourself to health by taking Omega 3 supplements. Another great way to prevent headaches is to improve your sleeping position and invest in a great pillow! A water pillow will support and adjust to your head’s position however you move during your sleep.

You’ll reach deeper, more restful levels of sleep and reduce circulation problems and eliminate neck pain this way.

Posted on 26 Sep 2012

How Migraine Sufferers Can Plan Again

We are told how important it is to ‘live in the moment’, to be aware of the full spectrum of sensory phenomena that surround us at any point in time. Yet humans would not have progressed without being able to plan ahead, to prepare for future moments which have the potential to further illuminate our lives. Without planning, we lose a key dimension of our existence. Planning is an essential skill.

“When you’re dying of thirst it’s too late to think about digging a well.”

— Japanese Proverb

Plans don’t always work out – many things can change before the event happens. For migraine sufferers like you, planning involves additional elements of uncertainty. You know this from experience – how many times have you made plans and then had to cancel them because you weren’t ‘feeling well’ and you knew that you would not be able to enjoy the experience? Then, as you cancel arrangements again and again, you may ask yourself, “Why bother planning at all?”

Although living in the moment has some advantages, choosing not to plan ahead in significant parts of your life limits you to your current circumstances or to the choices of other people.

Let’s examine how you can learn how to plan again. Here are some typical things for which we plan:

*Meeting a deadline at work.
*Attending an event that you have paid for.
*Going to a social function with family or friends.

Let’s assume that you are doing the right things generally to combat your migraines:

  • You avoid your triggers as much as possible
  • You are on a regular daily schedule
  • You get the right amount of sleep, and
  • You are taking the appropriate medication or are receiving other treatment.


In order to begin regular planning again, it’s important to achieve some successful outcomes, that is, you need to experiment. The first step is to pin down your knowledge about your migraines – how often do they occur and how severe are they? If you haven’t done this already, record your headaches over a one month period or longer to get this data. Knowledge is power – hopefully you now know that there are a significant number of days when you are well, when your plans potentially can be realized. You cannot predict exactly when the pain will strike; however, you can exert some influence on this.

In a word, pace is your key to planning around your migraines successfully. To meet a work deadline, you can’t allow everything to be done at the last minute. Your most advantageous path is to prepare well and to finish most of the work early. Having a longer time frame for completion allows greater flexibility for migraine days. While you won’t have full control over the progress of the work, you will know that you did your part to the best of your ability. From my own experience, working in a collaborative way with the other people involved will maximize the chances of bringing the project in on time.

For examples 2 and 3 above, pace has a shorter term meaning but applies nonetheless. Since your goal for the day is to get to and enjoy the event or function, do your best to limit any stressful activities in the time leading up to the event. Calmness, rather than panic, will give you the best chance to enjoy the evening.

As you achieve successes in following through on your plans, you will find that you are in the driver’s seat of your life once more. Then you can re-incorporate planning as a vital function in your life.

Posted on 08 Sep 2012

Migraine Headaches – Fighting A Fierce Foe

If you suffer from migraine headaches you know how debilitating they can be. Most people know if their headaches are everyday tension headaches or migraines. People who do get migraines tell me that they often leave them out of commission for days at a time. There are typical symptoms of migraines that can help identify them.

If you experience at least three of the following, your headaches are probably migraines:

* You’ve had more than one attack.
* Only one side of the head is affected.
* You experience an “aura” of flashing lights, blind spots, or a feeling of irritability or depression immediately before the headache,
* You experience stomach distress possibly with nausea and vomiting along with the headache.
* Someone in your immediate family also suffers from migraines.

Natural approaches can help; unfortunately, once a migraine starts you may have to rely on drugs for pain relief. But there are ways of avoiding migraines once you learn some of their causes.

Migraine headaches usually come in intervals, with complete freedom from pain between attacks. They can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

For many people the headache is preceded by feelings of depression and irritability as well as an increased sensitivity to light and sounds.

A classic migraine is preceded by a characteristic “aura” during which the person feels lightheaded, has a reduced field of vision, and may see flashing lights. The headache usually starts on one side of the head and is accompanied by nausea, abdominal discomfort, and sometimes vomiting.

Some people have daily attacks, others one every several months. The intensity and duration of the attacks may vary from one attack to another.

Inherited instability of the vascular system is one of the causes of a migraine. Migraine patients are more prone to fainting when standing up suddenly than other people and they are more sensitive to the vasodilatory effects of physical and chemical agents, (See list of foods for more).

Certain foods contain chemicals known as amines that dilate the blood vessels in the head causing a rebound vasodilatation and may thus precipitate an attack.

The most common foods implicated in migraine attacks as a result of amines include:

Avocado, banana, cabbage, eggplant, pineapple, plum, potato, tomato, cheese, onions, caffeine, canned fish, walnuts, wine, beer, aged or cured meat, yeast extract, MSG-containing foods, nitrates.

In addition some people are sensitive to artificial sweeteners like Aspartame, saccharine and all other artificial sweeteners. If one affects you, most likely another will, so avoid them.

Many women find that certain stimulants such as alcohol that have no effect on them otherwise can trigger an attack if they’re consumed just before a menstrual period. Keep a notebook of what food affect you so you remember to tell your health care provider.

Food is not the only cause of migraines. Low blood sugar caused by fasting or missing a meal often brings on a headache, which for the average person quickly disappears, following a meal, but for people prone to migraines the low blood sugar may start off a chain reaction that a belated meal will not stop.

Medications used to prevent the onset of migraines have had limited success, and as do all medications, they can have harmful side effects if taken for long periods of time.

Discuss hormone treatment with your health care provider if you are post-menopausal and on estrogen therapy.

Herbal treatments have long been popular in Europe. A double-blind study performed at the London Migraine Clinic showed that feverfew was successful at relieving and preventing sudden onsets of migraines. Feverfew has some of the same anti-inflammatory effects as aspirin, without the side effects of aspirin. However, it must be taken for several weeks before the effects are felt.

Magnesium is also helpful, as low brain magnesium has been identified as an important factor in the mechanism of a migraine attack.

One last thing: sometimes people go for long periods of time thinking they’re suffering from migraine headaches when, in fact they have chronic sinusitis. Consult with your health care provider if you think you are having migraines or any headaches regularly.

Posted on 18 Aug 2012

The Worst Foods For a Migraine

Often the cause of migraines is associated with substances found in commonly consumed food items as well as lifestyle and dietary preferences. By avoiding intake of some of these food triggers not only can you control the intensity of a migraine headache but adapting your dietary habits can prevent the onset of a migraine attack saving you from the agonizing pain and discomfort associated with this condition.

There have been numerous clinical studies and experiments on establishing lists of foods that lead to migraine headaches.

Of these some of the most commonly reported food triggers include:

· Cheese
· Chocolate
· Carbonated Drinks
· Hot dogs
· Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners
· Fatty foods
· Ice cream
· Too much or too little caffeine
· Certain citrus fruits
· Nuts
· Dried or smoked fish

Research evidence suggests avoiding foods containing certain chemicals for preventive treatment of migraines.

These include:

Tyramine – A naturally found chemical is some foods; it results from the breakdown of protein as food ages. The quantity of tyramine is said to increase as food is allowed to age.

Although the quantity of tyramine present in different types of cheese depends upon differences in processes of fermentation, degradation and aging; high levels of tyramine are found in:

· Blue cheeses
· Brie
· Cheddar
· Stilton
· Feta
· Gorgonzola
· Mozzarella
· Muenster
· Parmesan
· Swiss
· Processed cheese

Monosodium Glutamate – Monosodium glutamate is a high sodium containing chemical often sold under the name ‘flavor enhancer’. It is widely used in the preparation of various Chinese dishes and often reported to have caused migraine headaches. It is also present in commercial soups, soy sauce and salad dressings.

Alcohol – Some foods are influence the intensity of migraines by influencing serotonin levels in the brain. Low serotonin levels are associated with a constriction or dilation of blood vessels which can initiate a migraine attack. Long term use of alcohol drinks has the effect of lowering serotonin levels. Of these red wine, whiskey and beer are most commonly associated with headaches.

Additives – Certain additives such as sodium nitrates, yellow dye and aspartame are known to be migraine triggers. Preservatives containing nitrates tend to dilate blood vessels causing pain. Processed food such as ready meals, cold cuts, hot dogs and sausages are all high preservative containing foods and should be avoided.

Food related migraines typically begin within 20-30 minutes of consuming a trigger. Once you are confident of the triggers causing your migraines, it is best to slowly reduce your intake and rely on fresh, natural and nutritious meals as opposed to excessive consumption of processed and packaged food.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012

The Best Way to Get Rid of a Migraine at Home

Migraine is a form of chronic neurological disorder characterized by sharp pains in the entire head or certain parts of it. Common symptoms pertaining to the condition include nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity.

For those who have experienced it, a migraine is extremely painful and often discomforting enough to keep you from functioning properly at your job, in the classroom or at home. Some people resort to over the counter medication such as pain killers where as others find themselves drawn to high potency drugs prescribed by medical practitioners. Although migraine symptoms are often minimized with oral medication, the side effects from prolonged use of high potency drugs are unpleasant. So here is compilation of a few home based remedies that are simple yet effective in their pain relieving quality!

Find peace and quiet– Photophobia is a typical symptom associated with migraine headaches that makes it discomforting for the patient to be around light. Retreat to the quietest room in the house and turn off lights. Make sure that there is no music or noise and just sit in a relaxed posture in an arm chair or lie down on the bed. Close your eyes and take deep breaths. As migraines often result from taking stress, shutting off and giving your body time to cool down can yield positive results.

Cool Off the pain-Another common cause of migraine is heat. During an attack it is best to avoid the sun. If you are outside find some shade. If you’re at home take a cold shower or use an ice pack over your head.

Take a healthy meal– Ask yourself, when was the last time you had a full meal? Work or school related pressure often leads to people skipping meals without realizing it and the resulting starvation can cause migraines. Take a healthy meal that does not involve carbonated drinks, caffeine or cheese. A good helping of fruits is ideal. A well balanced and healthy diet is essential for overall wellbeing and people who take nutritious meals are less likely to suffer from headaches and migraines.

Nap– Often irregular sleeping patterns or sleep deprivation can cause migraines, so make sure that you are getting a daily average of at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Distract yourselfRemember, excessive focus on the pain will just enhance your discomfort so try and distract yourself. Be close to a partner. Affection and emotional attention from a significant other has a soothing effect and relaxes the mind and body.

Although taking most of these easy steps can help counter the effects of a migraine attack it is best to make small life style changes that can help avoid a migraine episode altogether!

Posted on 12 Aug 2012

6 Foods Migraine Headache Sufferers Should Avoid

People who suffer from migraine headaches often have very specific factors that “trigger” an attack. What’s difficult for both scientists and physicians trying to solve the migraine mystery is that different people have different triggers.

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you are not alone. It’s estimated that there are over 28 million who experience the same excruciating pain that you do. I know that fact doesn’t make your pain lessen. Although the exact cause is still not exactly known, doctors do know that a migraine headache is a form of vascular (related to blood vessels) headache.

Something “triggers” the blood vessels in your head to become enlarged. This enlargement releases chemicals that cause inflammation, and pain, which further enlarges the brain’s large arteries. The increasing enlargement of these arteries magnifies the pain. It’s a vicious cycle.

What is it in Food that Causes Migraines?

Food, or rather chemical compounds found in certain foods, seem to be a major factor in “triggering” a migraine. The chemical compounds found in MSG (monosodium glutamate), tyramine, sodium nitrates and nitrites, caffeine, and aspartame are all known to cause migraines.

6 Foods to Avoid

Hot Dogs – are full of chemical nitrates and nitrites (preservatives). Other processed meats to avoid include salami, pepperoni, bologna, ham, bacon and SPAM all normally contain sodium nitrate as one of the ingredients.

Cheese – Contains the chemical tyramine, used for aging and fermenting foods. Other foods high in tyramine include dried or aged meats, fish or poultry.

Wine and Beer – Also contains tyramine in the fermenting process. Studies show dark beer and red wine are the worst culprits. Any highly fermented alcohol is also on this list. Vodka seems to be the least likely trigger.

Chinese Food – Uses high doses of monosodium glutamate (MSG). A double whammy…miso, soy sauce and teriyaki sauce also contain tyramine.

Chocolate – The link between chocolate and migraines is still unclear. The culprit may be the chemical phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA may cause blood vessels to expand and contract. However, chocolate is a good source of folic acid, copper, and magnesium. Magnesium is beneficial for migraines.

Coffee and Soda – You got it! Caffeine. Excessive caffeine consumption (or withdrawal from caffeine) can cause headaches. Note: For some people, once a migraine attack occurs a dose of caffeine is actually helpful in treating the attack.

I know what you are saying. “Oh my gosh, that just about eliminates everything I eat!” That’s what I thought to. But remember, everyone is different. Not all these things will be a “trigger” for you. The best thing to do is start keeping a diary of what you eat, when, and how you feel afterwards (or even the next day or two).

Once you learn what to avoid, it’s just a matter of being sensible. Basically, a healthy lifestyle, with adequate fluid intake, good nutrition, enough sleep and enough exercise are good preventive measures to avoid the occurrence of a migraine.

Posted on 11 Aug 2012

Best Headache Medicine

Each and every six months new kinds of headache medicine are launched on the marketplace. And you will find still many more medicines in laboratory testing or in other developmental phases. Individuals suffer from headaches now more than at any time, however, their options for controlling the issue appear to multiply increasingly more. Nonetheless, the main problem that the population and also the health-related world are facing is the incorrect choice of medicines and also the drug abuse which incorrect administration leads to. For every headache medication, you will find advantages, side effects and other tradeoffs which must be considered.

However, the truth is the fact that no one can forecast the exact performance or effect of the specific headache medicine within a particular personal. Here are some of the problems to think about when selecting the best treatment for your headaches.

See a doctor and describe all your systems: headaches and something else that you might have experienced.

Work with the professional to identify the set off or cause of the headache.

Explain the headache as precisely as you can. Is it sudden or serious? Will it arrive back after the effect of the medication passes away? How many occasions monthly do you suffer from headaches?

Do you’ve any kind of drug sensitivity? Point out any other well being condition that you suffer from in addition to the medication you’re using to deal with it, in order to prevent drug interactions and serious side effects.

Headache medicine is available in numerous methods: tablets, suppositories, shots or sprays. The absorption route is different for each of these; a few are much more quickly assimilated than others. Nonetheless, you need to bear in mind that all kinds of headache medication provide temporary relief. They just buy you some time to determine the real cause of the problem and eliminate it. The traditional health-related approach ought to therefore be supported by supporting therapies and psychological counseling to be able to decrease the usage of medicines towards the minimum.

Therapeutic massage, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, bodily treatment, yoga, behaviour treatment, dietary and life style modifications help a lot for the control over persistent headaches of numerous types. You’ll have to work out a great rest pattern with a minimum of 8 hours of rest per night. You might need to eliminate a few meals from your diet plan but merely after you figure out which set off a headache. Alcohol and smoking are out of the question if you try out to deal with your condition efficiently. Only by making all of the suggested modifications, you’ll comprehend the full extent of the well being advantages that they bring.

Posted on 04 Aug 2012

2 Major Differences Between a Headache and a Migraine

Everybody suffers from a headache at some time or another, as it is just one of those medical conditions that affects everyone – male and female, from young to old, thin to fat, tall to short – and, just as headaches have no boundaries as to who they affect, they also come in a huge variety of types with just as many symptoms and consequences.

The average person develops a headache for any number of reasons such as stress, strain, tiredness, eye or neck strain, not wearing sunglasses in strong sunlight, spending too long at one’s computer – the reasons and causes are endless. Fortunately, these headaches range from mild to strong and, in almost every case, respond to over the counter pain medication. They do not last that long – maybe just a few hours – and do not make the sufferer feel sick in any way. It is just that our heads hurt, and the pain spoils our concentration and makes us irritable.

It is to be noted and kept in mind that if you suffer from chronic or recurring headaches that last for longer than a few hours each episode and do not respond to simple pain medication, or even if they worsen after medication has been taken, you should immediately seek medical attention, as such headaches could indicate an underlying medical condition of which you (and your doctor) are unaware; and which may in fact be serious.

Migraines are characterised by many symptoms which are not common to each and every migraine sufferer. The specific symptoms of migraine include:

– a pounding or throbbing in the head, as opposed to the ‘ache’ in a headache
– nausea and/or vomiting, which may occur at the onset of the migraine, or when it already has taken hold after some time
– a total aversion to light, known as photophobia
– light headedness or giddiness
– acute sensitivity to certain movements of the head or to certain sounds.

Migraine sufferers also describe certain stages in the development of their migraines. Even though not every migraine sufferer goes through all these phases, there are some which are well known and which most sufferers do, in fact go through. The two stages are known as the ‘premonition stage’ which may start from a few hours to a day or two before the actual onset of the migraine, which is characterised by distinct behaviour and/or mood changes. And the ‘aura phase’, when sufferers may be subjected to variations of slurred or incoherent speech, hallucinations; flashing, prismatic and/or extremely bright spots of light, muscle weakness and/or dizziness.
The 2 major differences therefore between a headache and a migraine are:

1. Migraines are distinguishable by there being other symptoms besides pain which are involved in the episode; and

2. Migraines develop in phases, whereas headaches do not.

Those of us who are unlucky enough to suffer from migraines should be under the care of a medical professional. It should also be noted that any sudden and/or sharp head pain, whether termed a ‘headache’ or a ‘migraine’, should be checked out by a doctor as soon as possible, to rule out it being a symptom of something more serious.

Posted on 17 Aug 2011

Learning to Live With Migraine Headaches

Having a migraine headache can be a very debilitating and frustrating experience. Some people are lucky enough never to know the pain of a migraine headache, while others must take precaution and search for the best treatment.

Symptoms of a migraine are more severe than a regular headache. The Mayo Clinic describes this type of headache as lasting for several hours or even days accompanied by sensitivity to light, feelings of nausea, sensitivity to sound and possible vomiting. Many sufferers even experience blind spots, flashing lights, and tingling sensations in their arms and/or legs.

Just imagine trying to finish a day’s work when your head is pounding. Migraines make easy everyday tasks more difficult because all the victim can do is focus on the throbbing. During very severe episodes, you will probably not be able to do anything at all. If you suffer from light and sound sensitivity during a migraine you would be better off isolating yourself in a dark room in utter silence.For some of us who suffer migraines, a door being opened and closed as gently as possible still sounds and feels like a drum banging beside our heads. As such, family members or people living with you must be aware of this so they don’t make things worse for you.

There is no known cure for migraine headaches. This makes life challenging and unpleasant for those who have chronic migraines. Doctors can prescribe medications to help alleviate the pain and other symptoms, but waiting the headache out can be a very draining and excruciating experience. It is important to note that medicines to deal with the pain brought about by a migraine is more effective when it is taken before the migraine has become severe. You will need to know how to anticipate the onset of an attack and take your medication before its get more serious. It may not necessarily stop the migraine, but it may somewhat decrease its severity.

While experiencing a migraine headache can be a terrible, all-consuming feeling, there are certain triggers that you can watch out for and learn to avoid so you can minimize the onset of your migraines.

Stress is a huge trigger when it comes to migraine headaches. According to WebMD, when a person undergoes a stressful experience, the brain releases a set of chemicals to combat the strain. Even though the brain is trying to fight the headache, these chemicals often makes it worse.

This is why it is so important for those who are susceptible to migraines to learn how to be calm and deal with stress. With less stress, the frequency of migraine occurrences might diminish. Being less frazzled does not necessarily mean that these painful headaches will go away. Thus, it is still important to look out for other factors in your life that might be causing migraines as well.

Another migraine trigger happens to involve what you eat or drink. Some doctors believe that migraines can be helped by controlling diet. Offenders include cheese, alcohol, caffeine, peanuts, tea, non-aged meats, wine, chocolates etc. We may love these things, but is it worth the constant headache? No, it is not. Dietary triggers for migraines are usually unique to each person. What can trigger a migraine in one person does not necessarily trigger a migraine in another person. You might need to do a bit of trial and error to figure out what are your specific dietary triggers, but it will be worth the effort as this will allow you to avoid food and drinks that are sure to cause a migraine attack.

Diet and stress are not the only causes of migraines, though. Sleep patterns, light sensitivity, hormones, physical exertion, and much more can contribute. Since these are aspects of life that we cannot escape at times, it is imperative to learn to identify these factors and manage them as much as possible.

In the end, migraine headaches might beat us down at times, but it is in our power to be cautious and be able to manage it. There is no way to completely make these headaches disappear, but lessening the severity and frequency is a very real possibility by learning how to identify the triggers, adjust your lifestyle so as to avoid those triggers and developing methods to help you cope during the onset of a migraine attack.