What’s a migraine? What does a migraine feel like?
A migraine is a common neurological disease that causes a variety of symptoms, most notably a throbbing, pulsing headache on one side of your head. Your migraine will likely get worse with physical activity, lights, sounds or smells. It may last at least four hours or even days. About 12% of Americans have this genetic disorder. Research shows that it’s the sixth most disabling disease in the world.
Migraine is a neurologic disorder that often causes a strong headache.
The headache comes in episodes and sometimes also comes with nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light.
Migraine attacks can progress through several phases, each with characteristic symptoms, varying in severity and duration. While this graph shows it as 4 distinct phases, the symptoms actually overlap significantly. Not all individuals experience all 4 phases and each person’s attack can vary from one to the next. A unique aspect of a migraine attack is the prodrome and postdrome phases. While a person may not be having a headache in this phase, they may not be feeling or functioning well for hours or days.
Many migraine patients describe their prodrome as the onset of yawning or feelings of depression, slow thinking, or fatigue. A fifth phase that occurs between cycles is called the interictal phase. It can be an unpredictable length of time and therefore some people struggle with the anxiety of not knowing when to expect their next attack.
Migraine With Aura
Two main types of migraine have been recognized: Migraine with and without Aura.
An aura is a temporary sensory disturbance before or during the headache. Common auras are the illusion of changes in vision, an unpleasant phantom smell, or confused thinking. While patients often describe an aura where they feel a numbness that starts in an extremity and moves centrally, visual auras are by FAR the most common. The “classic” visual aura is a scintillating scotoma – that is, a small central area of temporary blindness followed by brightly colored, shimmering light.
It is helpful to remember that an aura does not have to occur with every headache and about 5% of those with aura never have a headache. The most common of these painless migraine events is an ophthalmic, or ocular migraine. People often mistake this for a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke.
Migraines, which affect children and teenagers as well as adults, can progress through four stages: prodrome, aura, attack, and post-drome. Not everyone who has migraines goes through all stages.
One or two days before a migraine, you might notice subtle changes that warn of an upcoming migraine, including:
• Mood changes, from depression to euphoria
• Food cravings
• Neck stiffness
• Increased urination
• Fluid retention
• Frequent yawning
For some people, an aura might occur before or during migraines. Auras are reversible symptoms of the nervous system. They’re usually visual but can also include other disturbances. Each symptom usually begins gradually, builds up over several minutes, and can last up to 60 minutes. Examples of migraine auras include:
• Visual phenomena, such as seeing various shapes, bright spots or flashes of light
• Vision loss
• Pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg
• Weakness or numbness in the face or one side of the body
• Difficulty speaking
A migraine usually lasts from 4 to 72 hours if untreated. How often migraines occur varies from person to person. Migraines might occur rarely or strike several times a month.
During a migraine, you might have:
• Pain usually on one side of your head, but often on both sides
• Pain that throbs or pulses
• Sensitivity to light, sound, and sometimes smell and touch
• Nausea and vomiting
After a migraine attack, you might feel drained, confused and washed out for up to a day. Some people report feeling elated. Sudden head movement might bring on the pain again briefly.
When to see a doctor
Migraines are often undiagnosed and untreated. If you regularly have signs and symptoms of migraine, keep a record of your attacks and how you treated them. Then make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your headaches.
Even if you have a history of headaches, see your doctor if the pattern changes or your headaches suddenly feel different.
See your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you have any of the following signs and symptoms, which could indicate a more serious medical problem:
• An abrupt, severe headache like a thunderclap
• Headache with fever, stiff neck, confusion, seizures, double vision, numbness or weakness in any part of the body, which could be a sign of a stroke
• Headache after a head injury
• A chronic headache that is worse after coughing, exertion, straining or a sudden movement
• New headache pain after age 50
Herbal treatments for migraine
Migraine is a serious problem sometimes, and dealing with this problem may be tough, by using natural medications it becomes easier for the patients to deal with. Our best pack of migraine includes. P7 Powder, Ashwagandha, ginseng, and memcare syrup.
P7 Powder: Take one sachet a day with warm water/milk or as directed by your physician
Ashwagandha Capsules: Take two Capsules twice/thrice a day or as directed by your Physician.For better results take it for 3-4 months.
Ginseng: Take two Capsules twice/thrice a day or as directed by your Physician. For better results take it for 3-4 months.
Memcare Syrup: one teaspoon 2-3 times a day or as directed by your physician.
P7 Powder: Boost your immunity New P7 with Advance Formulation with increase 25 pouches of 5 gm. each. It is Enriched with Vitamins, Minerals & Fruit extracts. Omega-3 fatty acids as a DHA have anti-inflammatory effects. Increasing your DHA intake can help balance the excess of inflammatory omega-6 fats that is typical of western diets rich in soybean and corn oil.
Ashwagandha: It is helpful for general debility and weakness of the body, It boosts up the immune system and provides energy to body cells, It is helpful for hypertension and other diseases of the heart such as high blood cholesterol level, It is helpful for dealing with the general stress of mind and body, It helps to fight against the stress of daily activities, It is also helpful for arthritis, diabetes, premature ageing and other health diseases that may rise due and other health diseases that may arise due to weakened immune system
Ginseng: Supports energy, stamina & moods, Supports reproductive health, Powerful superfood with an abundance of raw, Vitamins & mineral, and Supports Hormonal balance.
Memcare Syrup: Maintain your stress level, Limit your sugar limits, do not consumed oily and processed food, avoid consuming any kind of drugs.