A migraine is a severe headache usually felt as a throbbing pain at the front or on one side of the head.
Some people also have other symptoms, such as nausea and sensitivity to light. Migraines affect more women than men, and hormones may be the reason why this is the case. For example, some women find that migraine attacks are more frequent around the time of their period. However, this association has not been proven.
Migraines usually begin in young adults. About 9 in 10 have their first migraine before they are 40 years old. However, it is possible for migraines to begin later in life. Everyone will experience migraines differently. Some people have attacks frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally. It is possible for years to pass between migraine attacks.
Some people find that migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include stress and certain foods. Migraines can severely affect your quality of life. During and after a migraine, some people need to stay in bed for days at a time.
However, there are effective treatments, and methods that can help to prevent migraines. Most people find ways of managing their migraines so that there is little disruption to their lives. One of the best ways of preventing migraines is recognising the things that trigger an attack.
Keeping a migraine diary is helpful. You may find you tend to have a migraine after eating certain foods or when you are stressed. By avoiding this trigger, you can prevent a migraine.
Recognising the signs: Some people who experience migraines begin to feel unwell up to a day or so before a migraine attack. The strange sensations that are sometimes felt before a migraine are known as the prodrome. They can include a change in mood, tiredness, hyperactivity or food cravings.
There are five distinct stages to a migraine, although not everyone goes through all the stages:
1. ‘Prodromal’ (pre-headache) stage. Some people experience changes in mood, energy levels, behaviour and appetite, and sometimes aches and pains several hours or days before an attack.
2. Aura. Some people experience a sensation, or aura, just before their migraine starts. Symptoms of aura include flashes of light or blind spots, difficulty focusing, and seeing things as if you are looking through a broken mirror. This stage normally lasts around 15 minutes to an hour.
3. Headache stage. This is usually a pulsating or throbbing pain on one side of the head. You usually have nausea or vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to bright light and loud sounds, with a strong desire to lie down in a darkened room. This stage lasts for four to 72 hours.
4. Resolution stage. Most attacks gradually fade away. Some people find the headache stops suddenly after they have been sick. Sleep often relieves the symptoms.
5. ‘Postdromal’ or recovery phase. There may be a stage of exhaustion and weakness afterwards.
Other symptoms commonly associated with a migraine are:
- nausea – you may feel queasy and sick; this may be followed by vomiting
- increased sensitivity – you may have photophobia (sensitivity to light), phonophobia (sensitivity to sound) and/or osmophobia (sensitivity to smells), which is why many people with a migraine want to rest in a quiet, dark room
Other symptoms can also occur during a migraine. These include:
- poor concentration
- feeling very hot or very cold
- abdominal pain (which can sometimes cause diarrhoea)
- a frequent need to urinate
Not everyone experiences these symptoms when they have a migraine, and they do not usually all occur at once.
The symptoms accompanying migraine can last anywhere between four hours and three days. They will usually disappear when the headache goes.
You may feel very tired for up to seven days after a migraine attack.
About one third of people with migraines have warning symptoms, known as aura, before the migraine. These include:
- visual problems – you may see flashing lights, zigzag patterns or blind spots
- stiffness or a tingling sensation like pins and needles in your neck, shoulders or limbs
- problems with co-ordination – you may feel disoriented or off balance
- difficulty speaking
- loss of consciousness – this only happens in very rare cases
Aura symptoms typically start between 15 minutes and one hour before the headache begins. Some people may experience aura with only a mild headache.
Food allergies can play a role in over 90 per cent of certain types of headaches, such as migraine, so it is important that you be screened for food allergies and sensitivities, and avoid eating all foods that you are allergic or sensitive to.
If you do the Jeff McCombs Candida Protocol you will already be avoiding all of the foods that trigger Migraines. However here are the foods to avoid at all costs.
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Remove or reduced caffeine
- Eliminate wheat and gluten.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Instead, eat a diet of fresh, organic foods with an emphasis on vegetables, especially dark leafy green vegetables, salads, free-range organic poultry, wild-caught, cold-water fish, and non-gluten, complex carbohydrate foods, such as red potatoes, squash and yams.
- Vitamin D has been shown to be a key factor in preventing and alleviating migraine and headaches. Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for a period of up to 4 weeks.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Omega 3s:
To help prevent and reverse migraines and headaches, supplement with B-complex vitamins, vitamin B3, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), evening primrose oil, and the amino acid DL-phenylalanine.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
- Wear a Conductive Silver Headband in the bath www.biotape.net
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Migraine and sleep disorders: www.mhni.com/faqs_sleep_disorders.aspx
Magnetic sleep pad benefits: www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=19990303184500
Causes of migraine and headaches: www.livestrong.com/article/130417-causes-frequent-headaches-feeling-tired
Oral and Intravenous Chelation: migraines.co.nz/624241-Oral-Chelation-Is-it-Better-than-Intravenous-Chelation.html
Reflexology for migraines: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYvoWq9XodQ
Yoga for migraines: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ds7gW47SbM
Ayurvedic treatment of migraines: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnaIMPkq1F4
Ayurvedic home remedies for migraine: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlsiDTB21Cc
Acupuncture and migraine: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHHOGpEanGE
How to get rid of a migraine or headache using EFT: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv8Ki9_Jk-w
Benefits of acupuncture:www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=27569
Response to Ayurvedic therapy in the treatment of migraine: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2876931
Herbal remedies and the treatment of migraine: www.drshen.com/medicineformigraine.htm
Little known herb, butterbur cures symptoms of migraine: www.naturalnews.com/028866_butterbur_migraines.html
Migraine linked to blood clots: tcmdiscovery.com/Activities/info/20089161_10599.html
Further Information (links and books)
Free Yourself From Headaches: The Natural Drug-Free Program for Prevention and Relief, Jan Stomfield and Anita Weil; Freedom from headaches, Joel R. Saper; Homeopathy for Headaches, Ursula Stone; Alternative Medicine Definite Guide to Headaches, Robert Milne MD; Curing Headaches Naturally with Chinese Medicine, Bob Flaws.