The debilitating pain of a migraine is very common with more than three million cases in Australia. Migraine’s are the most frequent type of headache in children. It’s a multifactorial condition with genetic and environmental factors, that require a multidisciplinary approach.
Signs and symptoms of migraines can include;
- Aura preceding headache
- Scalp arteries may be prominent
- Severe throbbing pain generally experienced on one side of the head
- Sensitivity to light, sound, smell and touch
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Near-syncope (almost fainting)
It is clear to see why migraines can so severely impact a person’s quality of life. Sufferers commonly report that certain environmental factors can provoke or aggravate a migraine, making it very difficult for them to live in this noisy and polluted world at times.
“Triggers” are specific factors that may increase the risk of migraine attacks, but do not cause migraine attack. They may initiate the start in susceptible people. It can be very helpful to keep a “headache dairy” to identify your own triggers if you are a frequent migraine sufferer.
Some of the known causes of migraines are;
- Food allergies/intolerances
- Structural disorders, muscular tension
- In women, hormonal imbalances and poor liver clearance of toxins
- Fluctuating blood sugars
- Systemic inflammation, which primarily comes from the gut, lifestyle and diet
- EMF exposure – too much screen time is having an insidious effect on a lot of technology users. EMF’s are a silent, invisible source of stress to the body
- And last but not least stress – both mental and physical
Some stress busting strategies can be walking, swimming, yoga and/or meditation.