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What causes migraines?

Migraines are quite a mystery, but there are some known triggers which cause migraines. Some of causes of migraines are physical causes, and some are mental.

Migraines are defined as severe headaches, with high levels of pain. Migraines are usually accompanied by sensory signs which effect eye sight and balance. These effects may include blind spots, blurred vision, flashes of light or enhanced sensitivity to bright light. Unlike common headaches, the severity of migraines is debilitating.

Common migraine triggers

Since migraines are triggered by different triggers for each person, it is hard to provide a general outline of which triggers one must avoid. However, there are common triggers which are known to healthcare professionals and researchers:

  • Hormonal changes (in women) – a drop in estrogen may trigger an episode of migraines. This happens close to the monthly period, when estrogen drops significantly. Hormonal treatments are not recommended, since they often make the migraines worse rather than curing them.
  • Different types of foods – mainly foods which are high in salt and processed foods. Lack of food (skipping meals, or fasting) is also a known trigger.
  • Alcohol and Caffeine – As if there aren’t enough warnings about the results of consumption of coffee or Alcohol, both are known to trigger migraines.
  • Change of sleep patterns – when a person is missing sleep or on the other hand – sleeping too much – it may cause him a migraine. This also includes a jet lag which effects sleep cycles.
  • Sensory overload – overloading the senses with stimulation may trigger a migraine. Bright lights, loud sounds, unusual smells (especially of chemical substances. E.g. paint thinner) – cause a sensory stimulus which may trigger migraines.
  • Physical factor – too much physical activity (yes, including sexual activity) or no physical activity – both make your body weaker.
  • Environment Change – air travelling, going to places in different heights than what you are used to, severe cold or heat which one is not accustomed to – these are known triggers of migraines.
  • Pills or medical syrups – some side effects of medication may include headaches, and for those prone to migraines – this may trigger a migraine episode.
  • Stress – a well-known trigger of migraines, which is quite hard to avoid or prevent. This is one reason we invented the Headoc – it doesn’t just help with the migraine, it also relieves stress.

If you have one of the risk factors for migraines (which include family history, gender – especially women, hormonal changes or hormonal imbalance) – it is important ot be aware of migraine triggers and avoid them as much as possible.

Treating your migraines

Treatment of migraines is problematic. Due to limited findings of the sources of migraines there is no solution that fits every one. Some may benefit from simple pain killers, some may need prescribed pain relieving medication, and some would use preventive medication. Since stress and anxiety are triggers of migraines, anti-depressants are also offered as a treatment for migraines.

If you prefer to avoid medication and pain killers, there aren’t many home remedies for migraines. There are some recommendations for relieving the pain which include:
– Get some sleep – if you didn’t sleep enough.
– Relax and rest – turn off lights, TV and other noises, and just breathe steady while relaxing the muscles. It’s hard to concentrate with a migraine, but the effort is worth it.
– Meditation or yoga – these activities will help relieve the muscles and take some stress out of your system.

Now, there is also the Headoc

Seeing that migraine sufferers have very few solutions to their problem, we created the Headoc. The Headoc is a device which include three main technologies, all aimed to relieve stress and anxiety while improving the mood. It is simple to use, and can be used anytime and anywhere.

Read more about it on the Headoc’s home page.