Migraine is more than a nagging headache. It is a periodic or episodic ache or pain. What actually causes Migraine is not yet fully understood, though it is suggested that it often results from a variety of factors such as blood vessel enlargement and release of certain chemicals from the nerve fibres. Once this happens, the nerve fibres curl around the blood vessels. This leads to a swelling, just under the skin of the temple.
Symptoms of Migraine
- Migraine rules the head like a tyrant. There could be intense attacks of periodic headaches, preceded by visual disturbances, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, followed by sleepiness.
- The frequency, duration and intensity of pain differ in nature from person to person, but they all compel the affected individual to literally pray for relief.
- There may be a genetic element too, although migraine is more common in women, right from the teenage years and motherhood to menopause. It also tends to affect people who strive for perfection in everything they do.
- A migraine headache may start suddenly. It may also be gradual; this generally affects the unsuspecting individual in the wee hours of the morning.
- Migraine can also be brought up by a known or unknown allergen for example perfumes; a social event or meeting, possibly due to anticipatory anxiety.
- Pain may be intense, usually on one side of the head, ‘as if in a vice-like grip’.
- Sensory loss in hands
- Sudden change from happiness to depression or vice-versa.
- Aversion to light, profuse watery eyes.
- Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting at the peak of attack.
- Gas, bloating, loose stools or copious urination.
Diagnosis of Migraine
- The diagnosis of migraine is based on what the affected individual describes to the doctor. This is followed by a detailed physical examination and history taking. The patient is asked the symptoms, when headache occurs, how often, its duration, intensity and type of pain.
- Your doctor may also ask you to keep a diary of events to help document your headache’s characteristics, your lifestyle, diet, menstruation and medications used.
- Most doctors institute a series of blood tests to screen for thyroid disease, anaemia, or infections that can cause migraine.
- When a definitive diagnosis cannot be arrived at, your doctor may order tests such a computed tomographic (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to rule out brain disorders.
- When a brain aneurysm is suspected, an angiogram may be advised.
Healing with Homoeopathy
- Homoeopathy provides the best possible long-term solution for migraine.
- No two individuals with migraine display the same set of symptoms, peculiarities, sensitivities or temperament. Homoeopathy elicits and treats such special characteristics, looking at the possible cause causes and triggers.
- Homoeopathy helps to eliminate the need for conventional medicine. Homoeopathic medicines are free from side-effects.
- Homoeopathy gradually reduces the intensity, frequency and duration of the complaint and also could help to achieve a disease free period.
- Anxiety is best treated with homoeopathy without getting dependant on the medicine. Anxiety is also a triggering factor for migraines which can be treated very well with homoeopathy.