Those who suffer from chronic migraines often see their quality of life plummet. Imagine going about your hectic day, running from place to place trying to fulfill all of your responsibilities, when suddenly you get the sensation that a burly man is pummeling you over the head with a very large club. As you can imagine, no matter what critical plans you may have laid, this kind of thing would bring any and all of your scheduled productivity to an instant halt. From the Greek “hemikrania” or “half skull”, migraines are typically recurring, pulsating and intense pain that is localized to one part of the head. These attacks, often times of crippling ferocity, can last for hours or even days in some extreme cases. With such blinding pain, victims of migraine will often have to face an assortment of accompanying symptoms like nausea and vomiting, all of which add up to plenty enough to ruin your day in the best of circumstances.
What is migraine exactly?
So what exactly qualifies as a migraine, and how do they differ from headaches? It can be hard to tell for the average person, and some doctors may even find it difficult to diagnose these two similar afflictions. Most agree that if you have a blurring of vision, loss of appetite, dizziness and sensitivity to light, then you probably have a full blown migraine. Patterns are often a dead giveaway. The random headache you get for a few hours probably doesn’t apply. However, if you head pounds for two hours after work every day, you may be the victim of migraines.
It may be your diet…
The causes of migraine are often hard to suss out, and there are dozens of possible culprits. Pain in the head is a somewhat vague symptom, and getting to the root of it may be taxing to modern medicine. It may be difficult to imagine, but these excruciating ordeals can be caused by something as mundane as a small change in diet. Certain foods can trigger migraine, as can a stressful event or trauma, lack of sleep, or certain hormonal changes. However, one of the most common and difficult to detect causes seems to be a lack of certain essential elements and nutrients. Without a balanced diet, the body struggles to function properly, and often migraines are the way that it calls out for help.
…or a Magnesium deficiency
Deficiency in Magnesium is often thought to cause a rise in the frequency and severity of migraines, and it is well known that those lacking in this essential nutrient are far more likely to be migraine sufferers. Because magnesium is responsible for so many important bodily processes, the exact way in which magnesium interacts with migraines is poorly understood, however robust scientific studies have shown that magnesium is very effective in reducing some of the worst symptoms associated with chronic, debilitating migraines1. Magnesium can help with stress, high blood pressure, and difficultly sleeping- all of which are known to cause painful migraines. Magnesium may be particularly useful for women who struggle with a specific kind of pain. Because of its efficacy in combatting many symptoms associated with PMS (migraine among them) magnesium is a viable solution to relieve some of the monthly issues ladies face. Besides keeping a healthy level of magnesium, there is an assortment of possible remedies for those dealing with wicked migraines on a frequent basis. Lavender oil is another highly touted home cure, and inhaling this lovely aroma shatters anxiety and stress among other health benefits. Several other aromatic oils are known to help as well, so a bit of research may be warranted before you settle on a treatment.
Take your migraines seriously!
However you decide to fix your problem, make sure you consult with your doctor, as migraines can sometimes belie a more serious condition. Some medical professionals may even want to run a series of tests to check that nothing is amiss with a patient’s health. In order to deal with the most frequent and serious migraines, powerful prescription drugs may finally be needed.
After all, blinding pain on a day to day basis is not something anyone should have to deal with, and can quite literally be a living hell for the person going through it. Magnesium may be a good place to start when trying to overcome this debilitating condition.
1.Köseoglu E, et al The effects of magnesium prophylaxis in migraine without aura. Magnes Res. (2008)