Updated: Oct 2, 2021
Recurring (periodic) and intense episodes of headache with/without other symptoms like nausea, dizziness is usually termed as Migraine. The episodes can vary in intensity and duration and may hamper the individual’s day to day activities and functioning when extreme.
Cause of Migraine
Till today it has not been fully understood, as a variety of factors can give rise to Migraine. It can be genetic, environmental, stress related, imbalance in the hormones, excessive consumption of caffeinated drinks and alcohol, pre-menstrual, menopause related, sleep disturbances, weather changes, food related and more.
Migraine usually occurs in stages like- the prodrome, aura, migraine attack and post- drome (post attack)
Prior to the migraine, the person may develop few symptoms indicating the onset. It commonly includes- mood swings, some sensation of stiffness in the neck region, food cravings/aversions, constipation, excessive gas formation in the stomach, changes in body temperature.
It is kind of a warning sensory sign. Examples include visual disturbances (flashes of light or blind spots), tingling/ twitching sensation in the body (head, face, hands, legs), speech disturbances.
During this phase the person usually develops headaches which may range from a mild one to an intense throbbing type. One may develop nausea with or without vomiting during intense pain. The pain can make the person feel tired and fatigued. Increased sensitivity to external impressions like light, smell and sound too is seen frequently. One must avoid doing at mental or intense physical activity during the attack and try taking adequate rest. Keeping oneself hydrated is essential too, during this phase, as it helps recover faster.
If the pain extends to the neck, back or arms and hands one can make use of natural muscle relaxants or hot/cold fomentation depending on what suits the individual.
Post the Migraine attack, tiredness and fatigue can linger in the body for few days. Many people also complain of a cloudy like feeling in the head with confusion and dizziness post the headache episode. It is advisable to take adequate rest during this period too and avoid any strenuous activities or activities that need’s one to focus like driving or making use of certain machineries as it can pose to be hazardous.
Homeopathy & Migraine
Homeopathy is one branch of alternative medicine that has a definite solution to help deal with Migraine. Homeopathic medicines work effectively in treating these recurrent episodes of headache and discomfort in a natural and gentle way. Being a holistic form of treatment, it considers the individual as a whole (mind and body), hence not just treating a part i.e.: migraine (here in this instance) but healing the individual as a whole. It helps bring about a balance in the emotional, mental and physical state. Homeopathic medicines are safe and free from any side-effects and can also be used in adjunction with other form of treatments. The symptoms peculiar to the individual are taken into consideration during a detailed case session post which a suitable homeopathic medicine is prescribed and the patient is regularly followed up to check for any changes needed with the medicines and dosages.
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