a migraine does share a symptom (albeit more
severe and prolonged) with common headaches,
migraines are a neurological syndrome with their own specific
causes, symptoms, and treatments.
The first symptoms of an oncoming migraine, such as mood change, sleepiness, or even constipation can appear hours or even days before the actual migraine.
For about one quarter of
migraine sufferers, these first symptoms are followed by the
aura phase, which can manifest as auditory, olfactory, or
The actual head pain of a migraine can either follow or accompany
the aura phase, and usually lasts anywhere from four to seventy
two hours. After the pain subsides, a variety of symptoms
maybe be experienced and may include anything from being weak,
tired, and depressed to feeling euphoric and refreshed.
Treating migraine headaches
cause of migraines is still unknown, although there is a generally
accepted theory that points to a brain neurotransmitter disorder
that reacts to certain environmental or food triggers. Despite
the mystery surrounding the exact cause of migraines, there
is a great deal known about its treatment, and preventative
measures that can be taken to ease the most debilitating symptoms.
The best way to treat migraines is to stop them before they
start. Keeping a journal, especially a food journal, can go
a long way to identifying food triggers and other daily habits,
and can be instrumental in designing a lifestyle that eliminates
the causes of migraines.
If the symptoms of an oncoming migraine do start appearing,
there are pain relievers that can be prescribed that will
help to abort the migraine before it starts. Aspirin or ibuprofen
are usually prescribed for mild migraines. For more
severe symptoms, prescription triptan drugs have been found
to be very effective in relieving the pain, nausea and sensitivity
to light and sound that are associated with migraines.
supplements such as feverfew, coenzyme Q10, butterbur or magnesium
supplements have also been shown to be at least moderately
successful at controlling symptoms.
More about migraine pain & treatment around the Web:
Headache - Topic fact sheet
discussing the causes, various types of migraine symptoms
and pain, a list of food triggers, treatment options including
home care tips & advice.