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How often it happens that while we are at work, at the gym, or simply having a walk, all on a sudden we grow a severe headache that literally bogs us down. We go over to a medical store, get some non-prescription analgesics, and get rid of the monster. At times, even that doesn’t work. And we find ourselves helpless, letting the devil have the upper hand. Hold on. It might be that you are suffering from an acute case of migraine. A migraine attack can last from a few hours to a few days together. In such a case, the headache, characteristically spreading to any one half of the head, is usually accompanied by feeling of nausea and vomiting tendency. Aversion to extreme bright light and high pitch of noise are also very common symptoms of migraine. It is very common in the US, with a higher percentage of women suffering from this menace.

Why does it happen?

An acute migraine condition is preceded by some kind of migraine trigger which may be classified as environmental, behavioral, dietary, infectious, hormonal, or chemical. Some of the very common triggers of migraine attack are – bright lights, loud noises, stresses (both emotional and physical), smoking habit or passive smoking, alcohol and caffeine, specific foods such as smoked fish, aged cheese, red wine, figs, bacons, hot dogs, chocolates, nuts, onion, citrus, etc. insufficient sleep or change in the sleep pattern can also trigger this syndrome.

Managing Migraine

The conventional procedure of migraine treatment focuses primarily on the three following areas – identification and avoidance of triggers, symptomatic control depending upon the specific symptoms that the patient is suffering from due to migraine, and prescription of preventive drugs. It is always advisable to consult a neurologist for the purpose, as once the root cause for the problem is detected, you can always keep its recurrence at bay.


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