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Apr 5, 2010

Anyone who suffers migraines will tell you that the intensity of this kind of attack is not like any ordinary headache.
Most who suffer from these attacks will tell you that the very idea of a future migraine is enough to send them to bed in a dark room…and if you've never suffered one you should consider yourself very fortunate. There are, however, natural methods for dealing with the actual migraine attack and there are also natural methods for avoiding future attacks.
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The migraine itself is usually described as a throbbing, very intense headache. Often there will be blurred vision, difficulty concentrating, nausea, vomiting, eye pain, and the intense head pain. Migraines are typically progressive over time and can sometimes even advance to the point of mumbling speech and disorientation. Over-the-counter pain relievers will usually not even come close to touching the pain associated with migraine attacks. The conventional coping strategy is complete silence and darkness for the duration of the attack.
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Often there are things that will trigger a migraine for people susceptible to them. Food triggers are common and include dairy, eggs, chocolate, coffee, and some food additives. Stress, anxiety, and fatigue may also be personal triggers for some people. For successful migraine avoidance, it is important to learn what your personal triggers are and do everything possible to avoid these. As you learn what triggers your migraines, you can also learn how to build your defenses against future migraines.
Here are a few alternatives that may offer some relief:

  • Amethyst crystals – amethyst has been found to lessen the pain to some extent and may make the migraine pain at least tolerable and less frequent. 
  • Feverfew – taken daily over several months, many sufferers will have a dramatic decrease of migraine activity. Can also be taken preventatively. 
  • Aromatherapy – several drops of lavender on a warm cloth and placed on the forehead. Will often take the edge off the pain on an attack.
  • Increased intake of folic acid and other B vitamins may reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks.
  • Black cumin seed or Nigella Sativa (pictured) is literally a warehouse of 100 important organic nutrients with yet to be tapped potential of several others of its components. Since ancient times, Nigella Sativa has been used to cure many ailments: respiratory tract problems, irregular periods, headaches, relieving toothaches, de-worming, lactation enhancement, liver, stomach problems, and skin problems.
  • It is important to keep in touch with your body and listen to the signals you may be receiving. If you suffer migraines, it is likely that your body is trying to tell you what you should be avoiding or limiting (both in diet and lifestyle). By listening and getting in touch with your body and its signals, you can achieve optimal health and well-being.

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Posted: Apr 5, 2010 7:38am
May 15, 2008

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

—Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness, and leg cramps
—Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy
—Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep
—Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long
—Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks
—Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome)
—Tension or migraine headaches
—Jaw and facial tenderness
—Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odours, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold
—Feeling anxious or depressed
—Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet
—Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder)
—Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise
—A feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet
—Painful menstrual periods
—Dizziness

Symptoms may intensify depending on the time of day

  • morning, late afternoon, and evening tend to be the worst times,
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tends to be the best time.

Symptoms may also get worse with -

  • fatigue,
  • tension,
  • inactivity,
  • changes in the weather,
  • cold or drafty conditions,
  • overexertion,
  • hormonal fluctuations
    (such as just before your period or during menopause),
  • stress,
  • depression,
  • or other emotional factors.

If the condition is not diagnosed and treated early, symptoms can go on indefinitely, or they may disappear for months and then recur.
                          adapted from a WebMD article


 

 
 
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