A chronic migraine is another form, or subcategory, of chronic pain. It is reported by the World Health Organization that migraines are one of the top 10 most debilitating diseases. Those with the chronic form of this condition suffer from 15 or more migraines per month, for more than three months. Individuals experiencing these progressive symptoms are advised to consult a neurologist.
Just what are the major differences between a common headache and a migraine? If it is a mild, dull pressure felt mainly in the forehead or scalp with few additional symptoms, it’s most likely a common headache. However, if you are feeling a mild, dull pressure in areas other then the forehead and includes additions symptoms like nausea and dizziness, this could be a migraine. Also, if the pain is felt on one side of the head, is intense and throbbing, you could be experiencing a migraine.
Migraines are intense and often accompanied by symptoms such as pain behind the eyes and temples. Nausea, vomiting and a high sensitivity to light are also common when suffering from this condition. These episodes can be triggered by anxiety, contraceptives, alcohol and hormone changes including menopause.
Another cause for migraines could be the weather, specifically when the barometric pressure drops. Changes in temperature, high winds, severe storms, high humidity or extreme dryness can trigger a migraine. Staying hydrated is a simple way to minimize or prevent symptoms from occurring. Check the local ‘migraine headache forecast’ so you can plan accordingly, but staying indoors can also help.
Common treatments for migraine suffers are pain relievers, anti-nausea medications, opioids or narcotics and other pharmaceuticals. Most of these drugs come with dangerous side effects and in some cases are highly addictive. In saying that, what are some safer ways to cope with or treat a migraine?
Take preventative measures to avoid painful episodes by making changes to your diet. Eat lots of colourful fruits and vegetables. Include magnesium-rich foods, wild caught fatty fish and even ginger, which helps the nausea experienced by some patients. Limiting stress is always beneficial and could help prevent painful symptoms as well.
Another natural treatment option for a migraine is medical cannabis. A recent study by Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Colorado, shows that out of 121 patients 40 per cent reported positive effects. As many as 19 per cent reported their migraines where prevented.
Medical cannabis can help to control nausea, is an anti-inflammatory and can alleviate pain when combining all cannabinoids, including THC and CBD. Consult your doctor for the best treatment plan.
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