Those of us who suffer with migraines enjoy spending our time with friends and going on holidays as much as everyone else. This is something which might come as a surprise to some non-sufferers who know migraineurs and rarely see them socially.
According to a study published in the November 14th online edition of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, people who suffer from migraines with visual aura may have a greater risk of also having an irregular heartbeat.
When you suffer from migraines, making your home a sanctuary which you can retreat to is even more vital than normal. This means creating a home environment in which you can relax and which doesn’t trigger your migraines. With this in mind, here are some of the things to consider when decorating your home.
It’s not for everyone, certainly some people view it as a pseudo-science, but for others acupuncture could be a good complementary treatment to use as part of a larger migraine management plan.
If you suffer from migraines, then you’ll doubtless already know that a major trigger of migraines attacks is stress. As well as causing muscle tension (another migraine trigger), stress stimulates your body to send out chemicals which change your blood vessels.
Lots of migraine sufferers cite strong smells as a trigger for their migraines, and osmophobia (a dislike of smells) is a common symptom of migraine. Common migraine-triggering smells include (but sadly are by no means limited to); perfume, cologne, cleaning products, petrol, and strong food smells.
The placebo effect is a well-known phenomenon among the medical community. In essence it is where a non-therapeutic pill (such as a sugar pill with no medicinal properties) is given to a patient, after which the patients symptoms improve and the patient feels better.
If for whatever reason you’d rather not take pharmaceutical medication to treat your migraines, or if you’re keen to find something that you can to do in addition to the medication you’re already taking, these natural treatments for migraine may prove to be of some help.
University is hard enough as it is. Throw migraines into the mix and it becomes a whole other ball game. Forget trying to organise your work so that you can meet your deadlines on time. If you suffer with migraines you can be the best planner on campus and still find yourself in trouble. You may have a carefully mapped out work timetable, but throw in a migraine attack that lasts multiple days and you can still end up in a massive rush to get everything finished in time through no fault of your own. However, there are things migraine sufferers can do to help make life at university smoother.