1. MIGRAINE PILLS
2. YOGA DVD
3. HEAD MASSAGER
4. MIGRAINE HAT
5. SLEEP PILLS
6. SELF HYPNOSIS DVD
7. HERBAL TEA
8. HERBAL COFFEE
9. MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENT
10. VITAMIN B THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
B vitamins are a group of water-soluble micronutrients that play many important roles in the body. They contribute to neurotransmitter synthesis and help turn food into energy. Some B vitamins may have a protective effect against headaches. B-complex vitamins contain all eight of the B vitamins and are a safe, cost-effective way to naturally treat headache symptoms.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MIGRAINE?
• moderate to severe pain
• duration of 4 hours to 3 days
• periodic occurrence; several per month to several per year
• located on one or both sides of the head
• pulsating or throbbing pain
• nausea, perhaps with vomiting
• sensitivity to movement, light, and noise
• may exist with tension headache
PREVENTION OF MIGRAINE
AVOID STRONG SMELLS
Strong odors like those from perfumes and cleaning products can cause certain individuals to develop headaches. If you think you may be sensitive to smells, avoiding perfumes, cigarette smoke and strongly scented foods may help decrease your chance of getting a migraine
While having an alcoholic drink may not cause a headache in most people, studies have shown that alcohol can trigger migraines in about one-third of those who experience frequent headaches. Alcohol has also been shown to cause tension and cluster headaches in many people. It’s a vasodilator, meaning it widens blood vessels and allows blood to flow more freely. Vasodilation may cause headaches in some people. Alcohol also acts as a diuretic, causing the body to lose fluid and electrolytes through frequent urination. This fluid loss can lead to dehydration, which can cause or worsen headaches.
AVOID TRIGGER FOODS
Certain foods contribute to headaches. If you identify a particular trigger, avoid it for some time and see if the headaches reduce. Possible problem foods include caffeine-containing foods and beverages, monosodium glutamate-containing foods, nitrate-containing foods and tyramine-containing foods. Tyramine is a compound produced by the breakdown of an amino acid called tyrosine, and it’s found in foods like pizza and aged cheeses.
SEE A DOCTOR IF:
• your headache keeps coming back
• painkillers do not help and your headache gets worse
• you have a bad throbbing pain at the front or side of your head
• you feel sick, vomit and find light or noise painful
• you get other symptoms – for example, your arms or legs feel numb or weak
• If you injured your head badly – for example, from a fall or accident
• the headache came on suddenly and is extremely painful
• You have an extremely painful headache and sudden problems speaking or remembering things or loss of vision.
• You’re feeling drowsy or confused.
• You have a very high temperature, feel hot and shivery, and have a stiff neck or a rash
Published by an experienced medical doctor with a special interest in pain management
Dr BA Mabaso, MB ChB, MPhil, MBA, DHSM