June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Millions of people are plagued with migraines and headaches all across the nation. For those who suffer, it is a debilitating disease that can affect day-to-day life. Unlike headaches, migraines take a more aggressive toll on the body: “Symptoms include moderate to severe pain, sensitivity to light, noises or odors, blurred vision, nausea or vomiting, stomach upset, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, sensations of warm or cold, paleness, fatigue, dizziness, and can shift from one side to the other or encompass the whole head” (Migraine Treatment Centers of America). Many people suffering with migraines are unaware or uneducated on what is happening to them and what they can do to help themselves through the pain. That is what this month is all about: helping people become aware of how they can treat, and possibly prevent, their pain.
Doctors, websites, and books all give different ways to prevent and treat migraines. Everyone’s body is different, however. What works for one person may not work for another. Here is where the majority of the complications of dealing with migraines come into play; with each body being different, there is no universal treatment for migraines. The Mayo Clinic provides several techniques and treatment options to help prevent and manage migraines:
- For many people, certain things can trigger a migraine. It is recommended to learn what triggers a person’s migraines, and to take steps to avoid them. These can include certain foods, perfumes, stress or not keeping a steady routine.
- Exercising is key to overall health. When it comes to migraines, regular exercise helps the body to relax, thus helping to prevent migraines.
For Treatment during a Migraine:
- Relaxing is key during a migraine attack. Lying down in a cool, dark room and trying to sleep is most important to help relieve the symptoms.
- Combined with massaging the hurting area, using a hot or cold compress can help to numb or lessen the pain.
Even with all the advancements in medicine and technology, migraines are still a mystery. There is hope, however, for all the men, women and children who suffer from migraines. New medications are continually coming out to help aid in the prevention of migraines. More and more triggers are being discovered and pin pointed. Knowing what causes a migraine means that doctors are one step closer to being able to completely prevent them. More and more homeopathic regimens are being shared from person to person. People are working together to help with each other’s pain and suffering. Knowing what is going on in one’s body and not being alone in that pain is half the battle.
The more that people know and understand about migraines, the more they can do to help themselves and others. National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is the opportunity to promote awareness and share information, reaching far more people. It’s also a time to show support and help others understand they are not alone in their suffering.
For more information on migraines, headaches, and treatments, please see the following websites: