It is estimated that more than 10% of people around the world suffer from migraines, most commonly occurring in those aged between 20 to 50 years. They can often be dismissed as ‘just a bad headache,’ but those that unfortunately suffer from them understand how painful they can be.
To dismiss it as ‘just a headache is even harmful as it dismisses the pain of those that suffer from horrible migraines. At their worst, they can even disrupt the daily lives of those they affect, even rendering them unable to get out of bed for days. Research has shown that a migraine is the sixth most disabling disease around the world.
Migraines affect people in different ways and cause various symptoms. Unfortunately, migraines are considered chronic, meaning no known cure yet. However, there are several ways to care for a person suffering from migraines, and with good, proper care, many people are almost entirely able to minimize their migraines.
What Causes Migraines?
There has been a significant amount of research done, but there have been no conclusive results about what exactly causes migraines. The reason for pain like a migraine is due to the nerves in a person’s blood vessels sending pain signals to their brain due to a mechanism that is not fully understood.
While the cause may not be fully known, many known factors commonly trigger migraines. Some of these triggers are mentioned below.
Primarily, a migraine feels like a headache. This headache, however, can commonly be felt as a throbbing or pounding pain. It can also progressively go from mild to severe if left uncared for. The pain can also feel like it is moving around: it can start from one side of the head and go to the other, move to the temples, eyes, and even the jaw or neck.
A migraine is accompanied by several other symptoms, such as:
Ways to Deal with Them
Figuring out what ways to care for oneself through a migraine depends on how the symptoms and severity of the migraine. There are some general ways to practice self-care. These tips can go a long way with not only dealing with the current migraine but continuing these acts of self-care can prevent future migraine attacks as well.