Are you among of the world’s 3 percent population suffering from chronic migraines? Then you must be aware of the fact that they are much more painful than just headache. A migraine attack consists of intense throbbing and excruciating pain, accompanied by nausea, vertigo (dizziness) and extreme sensitivity to sound and light. This condition can be so debilitating that almost 90 percent of the sufferers are unable to continue their routine activities and confine to bed during an attack. The World Health Organization (WHO) has rated it among the top 10 most debilitating conditions, claiming that the quality of life of migraine sufferers is worse than those living with asthma.
There are numerous treatment options available for managing migraine pains, ranging from pain medications to DIY natural remedies to Botox treatment.
- Pain medications for migraine headaches:
Although over the counter (OTC) analgesics such as ibuprofen and aspirin work well to relieve many types of headache pains, they prove to be relatively ineffective when it comes to alleviating signs and symptoms of migraine. Prescription medicines also do not work well for many migraine patients, and what’s more disappointing about these pain management drugs is that most of them have the potential for causing undesirable side effects.
- Natural remedies:
All those migraine sufferers who find over the counter analgesics and prescribed drugs to be ineffective, can always try all green natural therapies at home to relieve their migraine pain. And the best thing about these DIY natural remedies is that unlike migraine, they are not gender specific; both men and women can equally benefit from them.
- Drink plenty of water:
Dehydration can be one big trigger of migraine headaches. Drink plenty of water to make sure your body is not dehydrated. At least 8 glasses is recommended for normal circumstances. If you are a migraine patient, keep it at least 10 to 12 glasses.
- Drink caffeine
Caffeine is one natural ingredient that works as a double-edged sword as it not only helps relieve headaches but also hinders the transmission of nerve impulses causing migraine pain. However, for some people it can also trigger headaches, making the situation worse. Observe your condition after consuming caffeine to be sure about its effects on you.
- Fish oil and peppermint oil
Fish oil and peppermint oil are supposed to reduce inflammation and headache by restricting the blood vessels in the temples and parts of the head that hurt. Rub these oils in your temples and the parts of the head where you are feeling throbbing pain. Although there is no sound evidence for the effectiveness of fish and peppermint oil, most migraine sufferers say they work.
- Cold or hot compress
Another most effective natural remedy that helps relieve migraine pains is cold or hot compress. No one knows why a compress works, but it does help alleviate throbbing pain.
- Botox treatment for migraine:
If the aforementioned DIY natural remedies also fail to deliver satisfactory results, you can always seek Botox treatment for Migraine. It is one of the most effective treatment options for migraine and associated symptoms. Botox is best known for its anti-aging effects but only a few know that it has got the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval for treating numerous neurological disorders as well, including chronic migraines.
The procedure involves administering the toxin directly into the skin in the known pressure points in the neck and head, where it works by preventing transmission of nerve impulses from brain to the injected areas. The best thing about Botox injections is that they offer instant and lasting results. Generally a single dose is enough to alleviate migraine headache and associated symptoms. In case symptoms persist, the procedure may be repeated 7 to 10 days after the initial treatment.
It is pertinent to mention here that the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) has approved Botox to treat chronic migraines only, and that too in a situation when all other traditional treatment option have failed to deliver satisfactory results.
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