Migraine Headache Natural Remedies

What is a headache?

Migraine Headache Natural Remedies

Many natural methods are as effective as medications and are used as headache remedy during pregnancy

A headache is any painful sensation that occurs in the region of the head and neck. It is commonly treated as a symptom rather than a disorder; it is often a symptom of a medical condition like flu. Headache is a more general term for any discomfort originating from the head or neck; it is further classified into specific descriptions like cluster headaches, thunderclap headaches, tension headaches, etc. according to the timing, source of origin and description of the reported discomfort.

Headaches can be a symptom of pretty serious illness, like stroke or meningitis. Here are some red flags to watch for when headaches occur:

  • Confusion or trouble understanding speech
  • Fainting after headache
  • Headache with high fever (102 F or 39 C and above)
  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis of one side of the body
  • Trouble seeing, speaking, walking
  • Stiff neck, nausea and vomiting (not related to flu or hangover)

In such cases, the person needs IMMEDIATE medical help!

 

Then what is a migraine?

A migraine is a headache characterized by throbbing pulsing pain in one area of the head (as opposed to other headaches that cause pain on two opposite sides of the head) accompanied by other symptoms. It comes from the Greek word hemikrania which means pain on one side of the head. Migraine pain is described as pulsating pain on a side of the head accompanied by nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, diarrhea or increased sensitivity to light, sounds and smells.

Generally, migraines often persist for specific amount of time, from 2 hours to as long as 3 days. And some people with migraines experience an aura (set of symptoms) before experiencing attacks. People with migraine often report much suffering because attacks may not respond to over-the-counter medications.

Migraine sufferers with aura may experience prodrome symptoms one to two days before the actual migraine such as constipation, depression, diarrhea, hyperacidity, neck stiffness and food cravings. For migraine sufferers with aura, the actual aura occurs just before the migraine, described with symptoms such as:

  • Visual disturbances; bright spots, flashes of light and various shapes in vision
  • Momentary vision loss
  • Pins-and-needles sensation in a arm or leg
  • Speech and language problems

After the migraine attack some people feel drained of energy or even mildly happy, thought the positive feeling might be related to relief from pain.

 

Why do headaches and migraines occur?

Aside from being a symptom of other medical conditions, the primary cause of headaches can be attributed to oversensitivity of pain receptors around the head. Some people have genes that make the more prone to headaches. It can be also a caused by medications, alcoholic drinks, processed meat or stress. Regarding migraines, its cause is not completely understood; but some hormonal and chemicals can be factors because migraines are often common among women and triggered by processed foods (chocolate, cured eggs, cheeses, etc.), stress, sleep disturbances and weather changes.

Headaches and migraines often happen with other symptoms such as abdominal disturbances, problems in hearing and seeing, and inability to perform mental work.

 

Managing headaches and migraines

Headaches and migraines can be a symptom of something, like medical conditions, too much stress in the body or even side effect of medications. Doctors are aware of this and usually manage it by having the patient undergo series of tests and laboratory exams. In this way, the chances of prescribing unnecessary procedures are lessened.

For those who are used to mild headaches and migraines, natural treatments exist to reduce intensity of discomfort and bring relief. Many natural methods are as effective as medications if properly used.

 

Do you suffer from headaches, migraines, nausea? What helps you in this battle may help others. Leave your comment below – many thanks!

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26 comments to Migraine Headache Natural Remedies

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  • Lisa

    Thank you so much for the tips for migraine relief. I have suffered from migraines for years they actually started when I was in junior high and would make me sick to my stomach, sensitive to light the whole bit then for awhile there it wasn’t uncommon for me to have a headache everyday with a migraine at least once every two weeks. I hope something here helps.

  • Don

    The best treatment for any headache and I do mean any is water. I always try water for any ailment first because if you are dehydrated it can cause all kinds of problems in your body and you may not even no you are dehydrated. I didn’t realize your brain could get dehydrated but it can and when it does it hurts giving you a head ache.

  • Thomas

    After a century of society and the medical community blaming Migraines on their sufferers, advanced technology and the age of information gave us the knowledge to begin to understand this debilitating disease. However, dangerous and outdated myths surrounding the Migraine disease have not yet been dispelled on a widespread basis. Not only are such myths believed by many loved ones and co-workers of those with Migraines, but by those with Migraines themselves. This blog does this.

  • Jackie

    It is interesting that the admin mentions that processed foods are a trigger for his/her headaches. I think processed foods are responsible for many of our common ailments. This would include obesity. Everyone should make it a point to avoid prepackaged foods and buy more whole foods. Even if that means spending a little more on foods that come from the farmers market. It is well worth the extra cost instead of your health costing you.

    • admin

      Jackie,
      I couldn’t agree more. For just a few extra $ we can buy much better quality whole foods and stay away from the preservatives in processed / prepacked dinners. It pays in the long run.
      – David

  • Theo

    Migraines are obviously more than just bad headaches. It is clear from this article that many people – and even some doctors – don’t fully understand this complex condition or what’s required for migraine pain relief. Even some physicians don’t recognize the cluster of symptoms that makes up migraines – such as headache, nausea or vomiting. So what sometimes happens is that they may dismiss a severe migraine headache and other symptoms as “women’s problems, like premenstrual syndrome or depression.

  • Jared

    The human body is so very complex and I would say that swe are only beginning to unlock the mysteries of the human mind. It has been said that the heart is treacherous; who can know it. While the mind as many deep dimensions. I sure wish we could tap into more than just the five or ten percent that scientists claim is our limitation. That is a tall order. We should hope that we can learn to quell headaches.

  • Mickey

    I loved you article, I have never suffered from headaches this bad before so I don’t know what people are going through when this happens but now that I have read your article I have a little bit more understanding and can sympathize with them. Thank you for explaining this in laymen’s terms and making it easy to understand.

  • Hazel

    What causes the aggravation to the pain receptors? I am curious because I used to suffer from migraines. But something has to cause the receptors to go off right? What is it that cause that which in turn causes the pain you get? I understand a little more about migraines and things but I still don’t know what causes them in order to prevent them.

    • admin

      Hazel,

      The triggers are different for each person. For me it’s the weather change and I can’t control that :-) Not enough liquid intake is my other trigger – I surly have this fully under my control.

  • Paul

    I had a friend that would get migraines so bad that the doctors would give her some kind of shot and a special nose spray that was just a onetime use thing to relieve the pain. It rarely worked but I had to give her credit she tried all the time to prevent them. Thank you for posting this information I hope that it will make people more understanding to the plight of head aches.

  • Phillip

    Caridad, you put that into words that made a lot of sense and I agree with you completely. No one has ever explained it that way before and that was great, it was simple and it made sense and when I thought about all the headaches I have suffered through wondering why it made me laugh it was so simple.

  • Maria

    Pain receptors around the head, that makes perfect sense. What cause them to be in pain though? I am curious because I used to suffer from migraines and I finally realized that I was dehydrated. I never knew that your brain could get dehydrated. But I guess it can and when it does it hurts. Thank you for your explanation I appreciate that.

  • Lynn

    Migraines are nothing to scoff at, I used to get the kind that would have you debilitated in bed for days. I would throw up and it was like it relieved the pressure somewhat. The family couldn’t be loud and my husband couldn’t turn on the light in the bedroom they were so bad. I have the utmost respect for migraine suffers and I hope they develop something to stop them.

  • Floyd

    I use to get migraines but I learned quickly that if you drink enough water to accommodate your body. I forget but I think that is something like 1 oz. of water per half pound of weight. Your brain is a muscle and when it gets dehydrated it hurts like a cramp in your leg. By staying hydrated I have been able to curve the headaches

  • George

    Irene you are so lucky to have not had chronic headaches. I used to suffer from a headache a day, it was like clockwork and you could feel it coming on. I don’t have those as much anymore but if I don’t get enough liquid it can get pretty bad. Thank you for the sympathy you show in your comment, I am sure it will help comfort a lot o people.

  • Michael

    I can empathize with those who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. I am fortunate not to have a chronic problem with this, but the few times that I have suffered from headache it was excruciating. If this booklet is as good as advertised, and its remedies are as affective for anyone as they are to those in the testimonials, and it is more than worth the $87. I will be sure to recommend it.

  • Willis

    I know the topic of this article is based on headaches and migraines and the possible remedies available. But I also imagine that those who stumble upon this article may be drinkers in search of some sort of cure for their hangover. If that is you, I have just the remedy for you. So far, I have not found a better pick me up from a hangover than one of those five hour energy shots.

  • Irene

    Headaches and migraines are a bit of a mystery aren’t they? I’m sure those who suffer from this malady don’t think of it as a minor issue. As anyone who has ever suffered from a headache or migraine noticed too well that it can debilitate you and sideline you. I do not get chronic headaches but I have suffered a painful headache one time and I literally could not do anything – could not function at all.

  • Margaret

    Headaches seem to be a bit of a mystery to us. I find it just as perplexing how or why top-notch professional athletes can be susceptible to migraine headaches. I know of a couple of cases where professional athletes have had to miss games because of a migraine headache. I can be surprising because you tend to think of star athletes as indestructible are invincible. I guess headaches can affect almost anyone at any time.

  • Eric

    There have been few times in my life when I have suffered from headaches or even a migraine. I am thankful for that. The only times I can recall suffering from headaches have been after nights of binge drinking, when I’ve had a hangover. Other than that, I tend to exercise and eat healthy and I attribute this to my good health. I suppose the propensity for headaches is also hereditary to a certain extent.

  • Caridad

    It is amazing to me that in this day and age when medical science has advanced so much and we have things such as MRIs to scan the brain and its activity, among other things, that we cannot fully explain the cause of headaches. Nevertheless, this article contains the best explanation for headaches that I have ever heard. Oversensitivity of the pain receptors in the head region makes a lot of sense to me. Thank you.

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