What Are Migraines?

A persistent and recurrent throbbing headache, often in one side of the head, frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines may include a stage called aura, which is marked by visual disturbances.  More than 300 million people in the world suffer from migraine. It generally occurs in people who get less sleep, exposed to intense heat and environmental stress; and leads a stressful life.


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Link between Migraine and Stroke: An extensive study

Migraine sufferers may face an increased risk of stroke if they suffer from visual symptoms called auras or if they take the female hormone estrogen, a pair of new studies suggests.

Studies have found that people who have migraine headaches with auras may be 2.4 times more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot, compared to migraine patients who don’t see aura.

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And, women with more severe migraines who take hormone-replacement therapy may be 30 percent more likely to suffer a clot-based stroke than women not taking medication-containing estrogen, according to a second paper to be presented at the meeting. Estrogen, a female hormone, is contained in birth control pills and hormone-replacement therapy.

It’s important to note, however, that the new research only found associations between migraines with aura, estrogen therapy and stroke risk. It did not prove cause-and-effect.

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Migraine sufferers or women taking estrogen should address more important risk factors by quitting smoking, controlling their blood pressure, treating their diabetes or lowering their cholesterol.

How can Migraines be cured?

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  • Ice Packs:

    Always opt for cold rather than heat to stop migraine pain. Ice is best for anti-inflammation.

  • Relaxation Techniques:

    Massage can ease neck and shoulder spasms, while tai chi increases body awareness, making it easier to detect and treat an oncoming headache. Yoga that focuses on mindfulness, such as hatha and restorative yoga, may also help. Meditating and doing breathing exercises for 20 minutes twice a day can also bring a lot of relief from migraine pain.

  • Drink Plenty of Water:

    Lack of water cause headaches and migraines. Hence, drinking ample of water (minimum of 9 glasses per day) can help keep migraines at bay.

  • Good Sleep:

    Getting a goodnight sleep of about 8 hours can be a lot helpful for the people suffering from migraine.

  • Herbs:

    New recommendations from the American Academy of Neurology confirm that the herb butterbur can prevent migraines, possibly because it supports healthy blood flow to the brain. Dry-leaf capsules of feverfew may also reduce the frequency of migraines, though the clinical evidence is still inconclusive.

  • Supplements:¬†

    In a recent study, patients who took 400 mg of riboflavin (vitamin B2) daily experienced significantly fewer migraines after 3 months. CoQ10, another supplement, also proved effective in preventing migraines in a clinical study.

  • Acupuncture:

    Several medical researches have found that it provides some of the same long-term results as drugs but without side effects. While this efficacy may be partly caused by the placebo effect, the treatment can still provide real relief.