Migraine (Image Credit: Katrina DeFrancesco)

Migraines, Be Gone!

Migraine (Image Credit: Katrina DeFrancesco)

Migraine (Image Credit: Katrina DeFrancesco)

Imagine riding through a loop in a rollercoaster with bright lights shining in your eyes after being hit over the head. From firsthand experience, I can safely say that is what a migraine feels like. If someone is perkily going about their day and complains, “Oh, I have a migraine!” they very well may have a bad headache, but probably not a migraine – migraines and perkiness don’t really go together.

How do you know the difference between a migraine and a regular old headache, you ask? Migraines have some qualities that typical headaches due not possess. The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, chills and fatigue with pain often strongly felt on one side of the head. Migraines often start between the ages of 10 and 45, and are more commonly experienced by women than men (women have all the luck, don’t they?).

Migraines can last anywhere from 6 to 48 hours – two days! The amount of migraine triggers is somewhat ridiculous. Not enough caffeine, too much caffeine, hormone changes, weather changes and missing a meal are among the many causes of migraines. Basically, if you’re migraine-prone and a strong wind blows, you could get a migraine. I’m not joking – WebMD says so! With so many potential causes for a migraine, it is best to be prepared with ways to prevent and lessen the pain. While a nap and some trusty Excedrin tend to do the trick for me, let us explore some natural remedies that have been known to help.

Discovery Health suggests using feverfew to help in both the prevention of migraines and dulling the pain of one during an episode. Feverfew is a plant that counteracts the constriction of blood vessels in the brain that occur when a migraine first strikes.  Feverfew can be taken as a tablet or even eaten fresh. Those who like to cozy up with a hot drink will be pleased to know that you can also drink feverfew tea.

WebMD suggests butterbur as a natural remedy for migraines. Like feverfew, butterbur is an herb that has been known to prevent and lessen the severity, length, and number of migraine headaches. Butterbur extract can be taken in pill form.

Those who experience migraines sometimes have lower levels of magnesium than those who do not suffer migraines. That’s why the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests taking magnesium supplements to decrease the frequency of migraines, particularly for women who notice that menstruation is linked to the timing of their migraines.

I’m not a blogging doctor, just a blogger, so be sure to consult a professional before testing out these natural remedies.  Once you get the green light from the doc, here’s hoping you’ll never have to feel like you’re on a rollercoaster loop with bright lights shining in your eyes after being hit over the head ever again.


Image courtesy of Katrina DeFrancesco
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